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‘Werk, Joslay Rizal’: This TikTok video shows rare photo of Jose Rizal in drag

Jose Rizal is one of the most revered figures in Philippine history who fought for the country’s freedom during the Spanish colonization period. Not only did he serve the country with his wisdom and bravery, but he also served with style while dressing up in drag!

It’s a known fact that Rizal has previously posed as one of the models for Filipino painter Juan Luna’s numerous paintings. In fact, in one of Luna’s works, Rizal once wore women’s clothing.

This was shared by TikTok user Laki Larry in a recent video he uploaded, where he showed a rare photo of Rizal dressed up in drag.


Pwede nang isali sa drag race si jose rizal at si juan luna! True story! #foryou #foryoupage #fypシ

♬ original sound – Laki Larry – Laki Larry

In the photo, Rizal can be seen donning a headdress while his friends were clad in long dresses. The reason behind Rizal wearing such an ensemble was to model for Luna’s The Death of Cleopatra, where he posed as an Egyptian scribe.

Image 1 (via Wikimedia Commons)
via Wikimedia Commons

According to Larry, the photo came from his grandmother who lived with one of Rizal’s past lovers in Tarlac. “They’re all in drag, in girls’ clothing,” Larry said.

He then went on to explain the process of how Luna made the masterpiece, where he painted everything first except their faces and later put Rizal and his friends’ faces after. Now, that’s an interesting story!

People on the video-sharing platform couldn’t help but leave some comments after finding out about the photo. Some even gave Rizal drag names, such as JRizzle and Josie Rizz.

Jose Rizal in drag reaction 1 Jose Rizal in drag reaction 2 Jose Rizal in drag reaction 3

Who would have thought that we would see the day Jose Rizal dressed up in drag, huh? Well, us neither, but let’s admit it: he did look sickening and slayed that ‘fit!

Only if we can get Rizal to say “The youth is the hope of our future, henny!” at the time. Just kidding!

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