John Simone’s career started in 1987 publishing celebrity and nightlife shots in Stephen Saban’s eponymous club column in the original Details magazine. He shot Susanne Bartsch’s first parties while also documenting society, fashion, and the club kids, most notably as chief photographer for Michael Alig’s Project X magazine.
Simone is fascinated by RuPaul because she emanates a fierce confidence and charisma, promoting her fashion glamour as a vehicle of authentic personal liberation. She is living proof of a creative space between the extremes of masculine and feminine, a space where everyone can explore the dimensions of their true selves.
Simone presents these images to engage people with issues of gender identity who may find a sense of connection through exposure to the historical context of drag and how RuPaul and other gender warriors have lead the way in the ongoing struggle for acceptance by mainstream society.