Eureka O’Hara is helping Billboard Pride celebrate LGBTQ heroes during Pride Month by leading a herstory lesson on iconic actor, singer and drag queen Divine.
Born in Baltimore in 1945, Divine (real name Glen Milstead) starred in several John Waters films including Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and as the original Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.
Another interesting fact about Divine is that the 1989 song “Cha-Cha Heels” by Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat was originally meant for Divine, but unfortunately she died in 1988 before she had the chance to record it. O’Hara also points out that Divine inspired the character Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
On a more personal note, the RuPaul’s Drag Race queen reveals that she has a strong appreciation for the icon. “Divine was raw, she wasn’t afraid, and she used the character Divine to get past her own size issues,” O’Hara says. “To me, she was one the first, though kind raunchy, amazing creatures that represented body positivity.”
You can watch the full herstory lesson on Divine above.