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Dolly Faibyshev

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The legendary American country singer Dolly Parton once famously said “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap”, inspiring thousands of performers during her long and still active career. Dollypalooza, held in New York City, is the annual celebration of the national treasure and her work, where drag and faux queens alike come together and perform as the legendary country singer. Photographer Dolly Faibyshev (USA) visited the event in 2015 to document the high camp extravaganza, capturing performers in the middle of their acts, as well as in moments of downtime. The images show a range of performers, varying in style but always with a few things in common: the signature blonde hair, piled up as high as possible, the colour pink and as much glitz as possible. Faibyshev’s series not only serves as an entertaining peek into the world of drag, but also shows the performers’ dedication to the much lauded founder of Dollywood.