Boston Globe kills fashion spread featuring drag queens

BY Advocate.com Editors

August 20 2003 12:00 AM ET

Boston magazine reports that daily newspaper the Boston Globe put the kibosh on a fashion spread of conservative women's clothing being modeled by Asian drag queens. The photos were already taken, but just a few days before the spread was to run, the Globe decided the layout was "inappropriate." "The magazine's staff did commission a photo shoot of female impersonators in tasteful clothing," says Globe spokesman B. Maynard Scarborough. "But it was deemed inappropriate, and a decision was made not to publish it. It's not going to run." Globe editor Marty Baron avoided going into detail on why the spread, which was to have run August 24, was killed. "I'm not sure I want to go into that," said Baron. "This was a decision we made, and like a lot of decisions, it was made collectively."

Stylist Anna Wallach, who chose the tweed suits for the shoot, told Boston magazine, "[The models] were all small, and they pretty much wore standard model sizes. You can't tell these people are drag queens. They look like beautiful models, for the most part. We didn't want the clothes to look stupid or silly. We weren't making a joke about women. We wanted it to be a subtle kind of thing.... I think this is the best stuff I've ever worked on."

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