33-year-old Canadian Melodie Rousseau is an actress by day, but at night, she makes herself up as a virile man － and takes the stage at Montreal’s cabaret halls as a drag king.
Performing in drag is not only a means of artistic expression － it’s a political statement by Rousseau and others looking to step out of the formidable shadow of drag queens.
Rousseau, who performs as Rock Biere, needs two and a half hours for her transformation. She would use a make-up brush to draw the eyebrows and contours that define her alter ego.
Little by little, Rock Biere’s more masculine jawline emerges. She straps down her breasts and sticks fake hair on her chest and chin.
While drag queens have entered the mainstream thanks to shows like "RuPaul’s Drag Race," drag kings are still under the radar. In Quebec province, they can be counted on one hand, according to veteran Canadian drag king Charli Deville. (AFP)
virile：形容詞，強健的。例句：The ad features virile men swimming in the pool.（這則廣告以在游泳池游泳的強壯男子為主角。）
formidable：形容詞，艱鉅的、巨大的。例句：A formidable future lies ahead of us.（我們面對艱困的未來。）
contour：名詞，輪廓。例句：The painter carefully studied the contours of the model’s face.（畫家仔細研究模特兒的臉部輪廓。）