A Queen Is Born

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, positive, campy series has innuendo and heart.

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Positive Messages

It sends the message that drag queens and kings are people who want to transform into a persona in which they feel comfortable. Kindness, respect, and love are themes, as are some of the struggles with acceptance. 

Positive Role Models

Both Gloria Groove and Alexia Twister are kind. The people who appear on the show are from different races and genders. Most of the loved ones who are invited to be more accepting of someone's desire to be in drag are willing to give it a try. 

Violence

Things like bullying and the lack of acceptance from loved ones is discussed. 

Sex

There’s lots of campy humor, including some polite but suggestive references to genitals, butt shaking, etc. People are shown in foundational undergarments. 

Language
Consumerism

Popular Brazilian celebrities are featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Queen Is Born is a Brazilian reality series that features a pair of Brazilian members of the LGBTQ+ community who are developing their drag personas. Conversations about self-acceptance, and accepting and supporting people in the LGBTQ+ community, are frequent. There’s also some campy  humor (including polite references to genitalia). The series is in Portuguese, but it's subtitled in English. 

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What's the story?

A QUEEN IS BORN (Nasce Uma Rainha) is a Brazilian series featuring aspiring drag queens and kings working to meet their full potential with the help of their self-proclaimed godmothers. Each episode features popular drag queens Gloria Groove and Alexia Twister helping someone develop their drag persona. They evaluate their wardrobe, strutting, and other performance skills. With the help of guest coaches, they enourage their charges to build the confidence they need to develop their authentic drag selves. They also try to encourage their loved ones to embrace and accept their LGBTQ+ lifestyle chioces. At the end of each episode, Gloria and Alexia organize a show where the newly transformed drag queen or king gets to strut his/her/their stuff to the world. 

Is it any good?

This fun and heartwarming reality series (which is in Portuguese, but subtitled in English) features members of the LBGTQ+ community supporting each other by helping with drag transformations and encouraging acceptance. Gloria and Alexia aren’t afraid to offer constructive criticism, but they give their guidance with positivity and kindness. In doing so, they create a safe space for their guests to be who they truly are while welcoming them into a community where they will be fully embraced. 

There’s lots of makeup, color, and campy humor throughout each transformation, which makes the overall show entertaining. The up-and-coming queens and kings share some emotional personal stories about accepting themselves, and desiring the acceptance of others. This makes watching them transform into confident drag queens all the more satisfying. But the best part of A Queen Is Born is how genuinely likable the hosts are, and how much they want to make a positive difference. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the norms and values associated with drag cultures around the world. What do they have in common? What are some of the differences? Do they face the same challenges that the drag community faces in the United States?

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  • Over the years there have been many stereotypes perpetuated by the media about people who dress in drag. What are some of the positive media representations of drag queens/kings and other members of the LGBTQ+ community that exist today? 

  • What messages do Gloria Groove and Alexia Twister send to people who love drag? What do they say to the people who don’t accept them? Do you think A Queen Is Born will help the way drag queens and kings are understood by others outside of their community?

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