lili_one: Vintage Drag Queen photographs--Francis Renault
Circa 1925. (The inscribed dates on some of these photographs do not necessarily reflect the date they were taken.) Francis Renault (born Antonio Auriemma; 5 August or September 1895 (or 1893), Naples, Italy - 29 May 1955), female impersonator or "femme mimic".
Late The etymology of the phrase “drag queen” is debatable, but many scholars believe that the phrase was coined in the as a reference to the hoop skirt. As seen in this photo, hoop skirts would “drag” along the ground.