All the Vegan Drag Queens You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now
June is LGBTQ+ Pride month (and we are donating a portion of proceeds from our Pride-Themed June Marketplace to the Ali Forney Center) so let’s celebrate all the Queens.
We're not talking about the Queen of England, or even queen bees. We're talking about the bold and the beautiful. The song-belters and the lip-synchers. The high-heeled and high-haired royalty of the cabaret scene. We're talking about drag queens.
To celebrate Pride, let’s give it up for all the vegan Queens. That’s right. These Queens aren’t just ruling the world, but they’re creating a kinder planet by living a vegan lifestyle. Here are all of the vegan drag queens you need to follow on Instagram right now.
1. Eda Salad
A vegan of eight years, Eda Salad credits her long-term partner along with author and podcast host Colleen Patrick-Goudreau with inspiring her to adopt the kind lifestyle.
“I love makeup because it’s a form of art that allows for growth and change,” says Eda. “If you don’t like the way a look is coming together, you have the ability to wash it off and start over.” A full-time graduate student based in San Antonio, Texas, when she’s not studying, Eda Salad is performing, giving live vegan cooking demonstrations, and offering make-up tutorials. You can also watch her in all her high-haired glory playing games on Twitch.
2. Bimini Bon-Boulash
On a show filled with memorable entrances, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant Bimini Bon-Boulash offered a show-stopping declaration upon taking the stage.
“I’m vegan, ha ha!” she announced. Later in the show, she explained, “I’m East London’s plant-based princess ... I'm like the most famous vegan in East London. Because I don’t stop going on about it.” Girl, please keep going on about it!
3. Fay Ludes
Known as Chicago’s Drag Disco Biscuit, fabulous flame-haired Fay Ludes is the alter-ego of vegan author and makeup artist Melisser Elliott, who wrote the book The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More.
Peruse Fay’s instagram for one awe-inspiring drag look after another, featuring their magnificent makeup expertise, and then pick up a t-shirt at FayLudes.com.
4. Morgan Wood
Berlin-based vegan queen and drag show host Morgan Wood brings fierceness to the people by hosting drag performances on her YouTube channel, where she also reads horoscopes and posts other videos “of drag things.”
Morgan usually sticks with makeup products that are clearly labeled vegan. Her favorite brands include NYX, Illamasqua, Revolution Pro, and Sugarpill. “But I guess really, my favorite product is very simple,” she says. “And not just for makeup: coconut oil, which I use as a primer, makeup remover, moisturizer, and aftershave!”
5. Sima the Vegan
Crowned the vegan drag queen of Orange County, Sima’s feed is full of gorgeous big green hair and beautifully articulated plant-based eats.
You can see her interviewed by vegan activist and journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell on Jane Unchained News, where Sima tips her wig to the original vegan drag queen, Honey LaBronx, and cooks up a Mexican vegan shrimp cocktail.
6. Kyle James
Living life in full color, in addition to their royal duties, Queen Kyle James is a community educator, LGBTQIA+ youth organizer, and nonprofit consultant who has been vegan for eight years.
Kyle uses drag and performance as a vehicle of radical love and activism. As co-chair of GLSEN Upstate New York, they amplify youth voices and experiences to promote and advance progressive change. Kyle views veganism as a powerful socio-economic and political act that is grounded in the love of all beings. They believe veganism is a necessary path forward in creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable future for all.
Maya Gottfried is the author of books for children and adults, including Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary and Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal.