Who is Chad Michaels?
Chad’s Michaels is the runner up of the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and the winner of Drag Race All Stars. Chad is first and foremost a Cher impersonator. Chad has admitted that she has invested so much into her impersonation, that she has Cher to thank for just about everything in her life.
Chad was referred to during the course of Drag Race as “momma” since Chad was a mentor figure to the other contestants during season four. One of Chad’s famous quotes from the show is “I’m a professional.” Chad exudes what it means to take one’s craft professionally. Chad knows down to the most insignificant details how to impersonate Cher in a realistic fashion, and has talked about that while on the show.
How does Chad inspire me?
I try to embody the phrase “I’m a professional.” I have made mistake in my life, but they have contributed to my knowledge, and I’m a better person for having made them. Chad also admits that she’s made bad choices, and has talked about them. Just like how Latrice has gotten up and went on to greatness, so has Chad.
Chad is also a perfectionist. I’ve dealt with trying to always be 100% perfect as well, so I see that part of me in Chad when I saw her on TV. At work, I beat myself up mentally if even a single thing goes wrong or is out of place.
Who is Raja?
Raja’s is the winner of the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Raja is also the make-up artist for the fourth through twelfth cycles of America’s Next Top Model. Raja has done the make-up for Dita von Teese, Pamela Anderson, Paulina Porizkova, Iman, Tyra Banks, Twiggy, and most famously for Adam Lambert.
Raja described herself on Drag Race as “a model, uber stylish, doing stuff that Gaga was doing before Gaga even knew about it.” When she walked in the work room for the first time, she stunned everyone else with her look. In turn, they all underestimated her and she went on to win the season.
How does Raja inspire me?
Much like Chad, Raja is a very serious professional. Having worked with widely known, A-list celebrities, Raja sets high expectations for herself. Nearly all of my exposure to Raja has been through Drag Race, which shapes Raja’s influence over me.
Over the course of the show, Raja was constantly raising the bar and outdoing herself in her style and presentations. Raja was always pulling out unexpected looks, and was described as editorial.
To that end, I seek to exude similar traits myself. Raja is versatile, showing looks in many different genres, and plenty of different styles. I like to diversify myself professionally as well. I know about more than one position at my current job, and have studied many different aspects of both theater and business. Raja knows how to command attention and execute her craft with perfection.
The biggest takeaway I get from Raja is working on perfecting my own style. Raja has been in the industry long enough that while she is always learning and improving, she has perfected her own style and knows how to execute it. I am still a complete novice when it comes to fashion, but I have people who are teaching me how to better myself specific to menswear.
Thanks Chad Michaels and Raja, for being inspirations!