Forget Ursula: Check out Divine’s top looks


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Forget Disney’s de-dragified Ursula. Instead, check back in with the OG. Because, honestly, they broke the mold after Divine.

Let’s face it, Melissa McCarthy’s Ursula looks like what would happen if Florida made a law that only Sunday School teachers can do drag.

Divine’s influence made Ursula special. Up till now, the character had charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. But Melissa McCarthy’s version looks like someone forgot their red nose on Red Nose Day.

The Little Mermaid producer and lyricist Howard Ashman suggested basing Ursula’s appearance on Divine. He knew the actor from Baltimore where they both grew up.

Pink Flamingos

Divine’s entertainment career began playing female leads in the alternative movies of independent filmmaker John Waters.

The drag queen achieved stardom in cult classic Pink Flamingos as Babs Johnson, ‘the filthiest person alive’. Pink Flamingos featured nudity, rape, murder, incest, cannibalism, bestiality, and necrophilia. Not to mention a singing anus and the consumption of dogshit.

In one scene, Waters enlisted unsuspecting citizens of Baltimore as film extras.

“We drove downtown and when I yelled action, Divine would hop out of the car and we’d shoot him walking down the street… All of those people’s alarmed expressions when he walks by are genuine. They recognized that the filthiest person alive had appeared in front of them!”

The plot focuses on Babs Johnson’s rivalry with Connie and Raymond Marble who try to usurp her title by tagging themselves the ‘filthiest people alive’. But Babs and her gang capture their enemies and Babs convicts them of ‘assholism’.  As judge, jury and executioner, she conducts the trial in the bush with the defendants gagged and tied to a tree, but she is dressed fabulously, and she does have complicit media representatives in attendance.

Female Trouble

In Female Trouble, Divine played Dawn Davenport, a troubled teenager who leaves home over a disappointing Christmas gift.

By the end of the movie, Dawn has achieved fame. After strangling her daughter (a Hare Krishna devotee) backstage, she performs her nightclub act for a devoted audience.

“Who wants to die for art?!” she asks.

“I do!” volunteers a man, and she promptly shoots him.

Later, Divine enjoyed an international pop career. ‘You Think You’re A Man’ was her biggest hit but there’s something special about ‘Walk Like A Man’.

Read more: We can never get ourselves enough Divine. 

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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