Fashion photographer Marco Ovando is excited to announce the release of his first photography book, The Dolls, featuring icons of the hit award-winning program, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ovando has worked extensively with many of the drag queens in the wildly-popular international “Werq the World Tour”, and most recently due to Covid-19, the “Drive N’ Drag Tour”, where the talent is referred to as “the queens” by staff and crew but the girls, themselves, use a different moniker-- “the dolls.”
In his career of fashion photography spanning more than 25 years, Ovando has always been at the forefront of capturing the glamour of the drag world, including from the very first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, now 13 years ago. The Dolls is a collaboration between Brandon Voss of Voss Events (producer of “Werq the World” and “Drive N’ Drag”) to provide a glimpse of this fascinating world of drag and performances through the eye of Ovando’s camera.
Split into four sections, The Dolls begins with studio and on-set portraits of the top drag queens that Ovando has been capturing for years. Included are winners and fan-favorites of the show: Aquaria (season 10), Yvie Oddly (season 11), Jaida Essence Hall (season 12) and Violet Chachki (season 7), who also graces the cover of the book. Readers will then see the grandeur of the queens’ performance in the following sections “The Shows” and “The BTS” (behind the scenes) where Ovando has shared exclusive photos from the tours and the popular Las Vegas residency, “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live.” Lastly, we see the dolls in their element as both event guests-- at premier events such as the Met Gala-- and the featured entertainment in the final section “The Parties” with photos from fabulous parties around the world.
From photographer Marco Ovando comes The Dolls— an intimate look into the lives of the world’s favorite drag superstars with over 200 pages of glamour and exclusive never-before-seen photos. The Dolls is a must for any Drag Race superfan and photography enthusiast, providing an intimate window into this world of entertainers that are adored worldwide.