Bob The Drag Queen Reveals The Stuff She Uses Outside Of Drag

Bob The Drag Queen Reveals The Stuff She Uses Outside Of Drag

In our new series, ‘Stuff I Use’, celebrities and influencers share their shopping styles and the everyday basics that help them get it all done.

Caldwell Tidicue hates shopping. Affectionately known as Bob The Drag Queen, the non-binary recording artist, podcast host, activist and now fashion designer would rather catch up with a friend or play Super Smash Bros than spend a day wandering between shops and stores.

“Shopping gives me stress”, Bob, that he/him and she/her pronouns use, HuffPost told. “Especially for clothes. I have childhood memories of wearing clothes on TJ Maxx for hours on end. It felt like hours, just hours, clothes fitting on TJ Maxx.”

Thanks to having lived in New York City for 12 years, Bob said shopping conjures up images of blisters, too cold outside but too hot in the store (or vice versa), and carrying more bags than there are seasons of “Drag Race.” ”

“There’s no going back to your car. There is no place to keep your things. You still hold onto the first thing you buy when you buy the last,” she said. “A lot of that has been carried over with me here in LA, even though I now have a car. When I go shopping, I want to have the one thing I need.”

Though she’s now become famous for her signature style, Bob shared that growing up in Atlanta she wanted to dress like her peers.

“When I was younger, I really liked trends,” she said. “Like high school and high school, the trends of Atlanta’s young black scenes. I wore race car jackets. I wore these as anime shirts, like these button-up shirts with anime on them. Hawaiian shirts were really big for some reason… I really liked that.”

Ironically, following trends is what inspired Bob to start making her own clothes, in her own style – something that has helped her stand out and succeed in her career.

“I got into this one model where it was cool to bleach your pants, like adjusting your own pants,” Bob said. “It was the first time it didn’t have to be a label. An old pair of jeans or cheap jeans or Walmart jeans—you could tie them up and spray paint them, and do all these things to personalize your clothes.”

Throughout her career, Bob’s sewing talents and strong creative eye have continued to flourish. In 2016, her ability to create breathtaking outfits helped Bob win season 8 of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” (beating Drag Race fan favorites and otherwise iconic queens Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls). In 2020, Bob premiered HBO’s first unscripted show, “We’re Here,” with fellow queens Eureka O’Hara and Shangela, and performed one-night drag shows in small towns across the US. And now, in 2022, Bob is about to launch her own clothing line.

‘It’s called House of Bob. We’re going to drop it in the next few months,” she said. “It’s inclusive, non-gender, it’s very comfortable and I’m excited for you all to see it. I get to make clothes that I know I would wear. I have an unpleasant aesthetic that I really enjoy playing with.”

As an itinerant queen and TV star, Bob . travels a lot. She prioritizes comfort and functionality and would rather conjure up takeaway than make a four-course meal at home. Whether she’s making new jokes or crafting business plans, Bob keeps everything digital. Not one for notebooks or sticky notes, the self-proclaimed “Google Docs girl” wants it all in one place — her 2018 MacBook Pro. She loves oral hygiene, audiobooks, plain black socks, and quick trips to the big newsstands closest to her. being home.

Most of all, Bob the Drag Queen encourages people to be – and dress – like themselves. While she may hate shopping, Bob lists thrift stores and the gender department where you’re not used to shopping as the best places to find unique pieces — that, and buy a cheap sewing machine and teach yourself how to sew.

“Fabric is just clothing that has yet to become clothing,” she said.

From dental floss sticks to Michelle Visage’s memoir, here are the things Bob The Drag Queen uses to hold it all together.

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Black high socks

“All my socks are black, so I never have to match my socks. That’s a life hack that people don’t do enough. All my socks are the same brand, the same kind, the same color. So I never have to match my socks. It changed my life, really changed my life.

“The thing with black socks is you can wear those athletic black socks with, like, ‘cute’ clothes, like you’re dressing up. You can’t dress up with a pair of white socks, but you can dress with a pair of black socks. I usually wear Hanes.’

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A Sonicare toothbrush

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Food delivery for every meal

“I don’t have any food in the house. That’s expensive, I’ll say. But even if I didn’t make a lot of money, I’ve always, always eaten out before every meal. I don’t know what the deal is. You know, i just didn’t grow up in a house with a mom who cooks so i just never liked cooking i don’t know i don’t get any pleasure from cooking it stresses me out i’d rather spend the money and have it make food appear.”

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A fridge full of drinks

audiobooks

Basic training equipment from the nearest store

“Normally I don’t have a very diverse aesthetic, to be honest. It’s kind of like being a non-binary, bohemian professor of African American studies at a community college is kind of the vibe I’m going for, or just Functionality That’s the two things Like I’m going to work out so I need shorts.

“I don’t want to tell you because it’s so simple and not great: I can just go to Target because it’s closest to my house. I go to whatever is closest and I live near a Target. I go to Target, I’ll go to the running clothes department and buy some shorts.”

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Instagram athleisure

“I go shopping online when I see someone wearing a certain piece of sportswear or sportswear that I like. I love this new feature of Instagram where you can tag as a business, but you can also shop. You love someone’s short pants you can just buy the shorts right away and there that’s really cool I like buying online because you just buy things and then they just come to your house in a week.

“I don’t change clothes [in stores.] Me and my partner went shopping at a thrift store, and I saw something I liked and I didn’t know if it would fit, and he says, ‘Try it!’ and he was fitting things on, and I was a rule, not a rule, almost every time I didn’t fit things in the store. It just takes me back to the time, in that locker room at TJ Maxx, what in my head felt like three hours putting on 20 pairs of khakis that all look exactly the same to me, but my mom swore they were all different. Completely different.”

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Second-hand and vintage clothing

“Going to thrift stores is remarkable. Wearing clothes from the past, wearing clothes with stories, wearing clothes that you’re almost certain no one else will wear. It’s just great fun. Thrift stores are a great place because they have the widest variety. There is no common denominator except ‘this is all donated.’ Most clothing stores follow some sort of trend, while in the thrift store it is literally, ‘What can we get that was donated to us?'”

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Clothes from “the other section”

“In terms of wanting to get outside the gender binary and express yourself and have fun with clothes, on a daily level, one simple thing you can do is just try to go to the other aisle. So if you’re used to shopping in the ‘women’ aisle then go to the ‘gents’ aisle If you shop in the ‘men’ aisle go to the women’s aisle You will be amazed at how much it stretches your horizons and your perspective will broaden to the store down the aisle where you’re not used to shopping.”

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Google Docs for everything, on a popular MacBook Pro

“I know people who write things down, that’s really cool and hip of them. I’m not that kind of girl. I type everything and put it in a Google Doc. I’m a Google Docs girl. I really, really believe in Google Docs You can share things so easily I don’t really write things down I have terrible handwriting half the time I can’t even read my own handwriting I am very forgetful I lose things all the time So I really rely on typing.

“I have a MacBook Pro, it’s like 2018, so I’m probably due for a new one. Every once in a while I have a little problem, just because I use it so much, but I mean, it’s over a lot of work for me In recent years.”

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Video games to unwind and calm yourself

A sewing machine

“The best thing you can do to start dragging is learning to sew. Because fabric is a lot cheaper than clothes. Fabric is just clothes that have yet to become clothes. Learning to sew is really the best way to save money as a drag queen Without a doubt.

“Makeup lasts quite a long time. Depending on how often or how often you wear it, foundation can last for a few months. Same goes for lipstick and eyeshadow and all that stuff. But you don’t want to be that every time you wear it. going out wear the same dress so learning to sew is a real game changer that helped me a lot in drag you can really become the image of your own mind.

“I have a Pfaff, it’s a German sewing machine. But a Singer Heavy Duty is a great machine. If you’re getting started, I recommend a Singer Heavy Duty.”

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