Sashay away // Shantay you stay

..Fashion tribute to the 90’s drag sub-culture.

At first when I took a glimpse at the fashion blog “Sashay Down” the first thing that came to my mind is the super-hit of the 90’s original supermodel Rupaul Charles. RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), best known mononymously as RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums.


The words “shante” and “sashay” are found in the lyrics of RuPaul’s 1993 hit House music record “Supermodel (You Better Work It)”. “Sashay” is pronounced “sa SHAY”. Here’s a video of that hit record. Here is the video of the video Supermodel :

The fashion world has always been influenced by the sub-urban culture like the drag divas, from the famous runway catwalk till the glamorous balls. Later the walk invented by Ru was even used in the Beyonce videos and it became the world wide phenomenon as we know the Sashay fierce walk.

Famous models, runaway agencies where inspired to the empire that Ru built. Serving up Naomi Campbell meets Joan Crawford realness; the song became an instant hit, not least because of its campy use of product placement as well as the enduring demand to “Werk.” After that, the rise was meteoric. The following years would see Ru become the face of MAC Cosmetics and the company’s first Viva Glam star. After this period RuPaul created RuPaul Drag Race a show that inspired models like Tyra Banks to create ANTM. For the uninitiated, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is a competition on the Logo network to find “America’s next drag superstar.” It is a campy, joyful pastiche of “Project Runway,” “America’s Next Top Model” and “America’s Got Talent,” requiring its would-be superstars to sing, dance, act, strut and lip-sync for the title. Along the way, in and out of drag, contestants design and make their own dresses, spackle on their own makeup and merrily talk trash about, and to, one another.

Is it any wonder that it has become the fashion industry’s favorite show?

“I’ve seen every episode,” said Marc Jacobs, famous world fashion designer. “It makes me laugh, it makes me cry. There’s a lot of power in it, and I’m not a big reality TV show fan at all.”
Now we want to say one of the most iconic Ru catchphrases “Dress to kill babies and love yourself” wishing you all to Sashay your walk always in the world of fashion.

You better Werk !

Written by Bruno Ferra
Bruno. Art-lover critic journalist, fashion victim, financial researcher and perfection addicted. Actually working as a market analyst at Union Bank, always wearing a couture standard for clothes. My passions include reading, watching movies, travelling around the world, photography, make-up artistry and going in theater or opera. Favorite music is jazz, blues and classical rock. Animal lover and proudly owned by a bipolar black cat named Miko.