Media often shies away from the sensitive (and somewhat gruesome) discussion about female menstruation. From television shows to our very own social media news feeds, these platforms typically avoid the discussion of a woman’s period and downplay it to something that’s carefree and simple—case in point, almost every sanitary pad commercial in our country. But in reality, a woman’s period is a tedious (and sometimes horrendous) yet a natural biological process that unfortunately, every woman has to go through every month.
Considering this, Filipino-American RuPaul Drag Queen contestant, Manila Luzon decided to shed some light on what having a period really looks like.
Check it out:
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Ru said my ORIGINAL Curves & Swerves Runway look was in “bad taste” and production told me to wear my back up. I was really looking forward to wearing this gown that I think celebrates a perfectly normal human experience! Many of my fans are young women who may feel pressured by society to be embarrassed by periods. It’s empowering to teach young women about their bodies, encourage them to celebrate them AND to question people who tell them not to! My goal with this look was to normalize menstruation by looking sick’ning even if I was on my period! Instead, i decided to wear the beautiful quilted dress you saw in the episode because it is not my show, it’s Ru’s. But because of Ru, I have my very own platform to speak for myself and show you all my interpretation! ❤️ my Period Gown is by @theladyhyde
According to Luzon’s Instagram post, the dress was meant to “celebrate the perfectly normal human experience” of having one’s period. However, the production team behind RuPaul’s Drag Race did not agree with his sentiment. Show creator RuPaul even said the dress was in “bad taste.”
Despite this, Luzon still wanted to show off the gown via his Instagram account. It was there that he explained what it meant for him to wear such a provocative piece of garment.
“Many of my fans are young women who may feel pressured by society to be embarrassed by periods. It’s empowering to teach young women about their bodies, encourage them to celebrate them AND to question people who tell them not to! My goal with this look was to normalize menstruation by looking sick’ning even if I was on my period!” he writes.
Whether or not you agree with Luzon’s decision to showcase this dress, it seems like his message has already been recognized and praised by many of his fans and followers.
More power to you, Manila Luzon! 🙌
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