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Gottmik made history by crashing the “cis-tem” and showing the world that drag isn’t binary

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Who else but Kade Gottlieb, better known as Gottmik, can say they changed RuPaul’s mind about what drag is this past year?The RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 fan fave strutted into the werkroom as the first transmasculine contestant to vie for the crown, offering viewers a new way to think about drag, and finished by placing as second/third runner-up.Before joining Drag Race, Gottmik was an established look-queen, having worked with celebrities like Lil Nas X, Adam Lambert, and Heidi Klum.And while the 23-year-old Arizona native is by no means the first transmasculine performer to slay a stage, doing so on drag’s biggest platform marked a moment of progress for the brand, and an opportunity for its legions of fans to expand their own.

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