“Moon Goddess Ru”


I’m one of those gays who love all things camp like John Waters, Bruce Villanch, Sailor Moon, and of course, Sarah Brightman.

That image of Ms. Brightman coming out in a black bikini with sweeping pink tulle train, rising some 30+ feet on the air on a swing with roses and showering the audience with rose petals in the Harem Live in Las Vegas DVD was etched so deeply in my brain that I needed to channel it through the RuPaul doll.

I bought Barbie blonde hair extension on eBay and a nondescript Barbie dress. I cut out a crescent-shaped cardboard, covered it with aluminum foil and white millinery roses (the same technique I used for the Rurandot shoot).

Although, I have to say this: I used to love, love, love Sailor Moon. When I was in junior high, I collected the Naoko Takeuchi comic series and even her art books. But I rewatched it a few years ago and just hated it because I found the female characters to be really dependent on the men (namely Tuxedo Mask).

Date: January 23, 2015
Set design & headdress by Yuska Lutfi Tuanakotta