I'm no drag queen herstorian, but as a casual consumer of drag culture, I can tell you that in popular drag media today, the death drop (sometimes referred to colloquially as just a "dip") is a quintessential move in the drag artist tool box. It requires skill; it's dramatic; it's exciting, and it can even be dangerous. Aja (pictured above), a competitor on Rupaul's Drag Race seasons 9 and All Stars 3 revealed in an interview with Them that she wore knee-high boots in the above pictured performance because she injured her knee in a dress rehearsal and bled through her costume.
Anyway, death drops are everything, and I'm always about education, so here are 7 drag queen death drop GIFs that have my mother saying "I still don't get it."
There's probably no queen in contemporary media better known for her death drop than the one and only Laganja Estranja. Here she is dipping after entering the workroom for the very first time on the set of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 6, to which my mother would probably respond, "why did she fall?"
Chi Chi Devayne, star of RPDR S8 and AS3 knows her way around a death drop too. Something that might make my mom say, "wouldn't that hurt? Is she trying to fall?"
Here's the full GIF or Aja. Here she's death dropping from a five-foot tall block. A stunt that has my mom saying, "that looks unsafe, Colin. You better not be thinking about doing that."
No death drop list is complete without Shangela Laquifa Wadley from seasons 2, 3, and AS3 of RPDR. "Like they're falling. And that's supposed to be a dance move?"
Laganja returns, this time on an episode of Skin Wars. "I just don't get the appeal."
The same GIF but reversed! "This isn't any better."
Okay, so this one isn't a drag queen, and my mother and I agree that - while her hands might be voguing - the fall might be an accident.