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This Brazilian Drag Queen Teaches Kids About The Natural World

By Kristin Hunt

Drag performers are a multi-talented bunch. They aren’t just makeup experts or skilled tailors — they often serve as educators, bringing LGBTQ issues to light or simply reading stories at the library.

Emerson Munduruku is one of these drag queens. The Brazilian artist and activist uses his drag persona Uyra Sodoma to teach kids in Amazon communities about conservation, enlightening them through elaborate, environmentally-inspired costumes.

Munduruku paints his face in bright greens and dramatic reds, twisting long, flowing leaves and brush into his hair. He typically leaves his chest bare, except for necklaces strung with beads and shells, and wraps his legs in a long, flowing skirt. The entire process takes up to two hours, according to the AFP.