It’s a drag queen’s world in Cher’s new video, and don’t you forget it!
What’s better than Cher? More Cher! The six-decade diva has just released a new clip for her recent single “Woman’s World” where, in a move straight outta the George Michael in “Freedom! ’90” playbook, Cher doesn’t even appear in her own music video.
Instead, she calls upon Willam, Chad Michaels, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Alyssa Edwards, and Manila Luzon from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — some of whom you might remember from Lady Gaga’s “Applause” lyric video — to re-create some of her most iconic looks as they lip-sync for their lives. YES TO ALL OF THIS THX.
Watch Cher’s “Woman’s World (’RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Remix)” video after the jump.
Before we dive into the video, let’s make sure we’ve all got a good understanding of every Cher visual that RuPaul’s talented drag queens are re-creating in the clip. It’s important to know your pop diva herstory! Before Gaga, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Madonna, and probably even movable type itself — THERE WAS CHER. So, uh… ya know. #BowDown
1.) CHER’S “HALF BREED” VIDEO, 1973: Willam channels one of Cher’s most memorable early performances.
2.) CHER’S OSCAR DRESS, 1986: Although she didn’t actually win her Academy Award until 1988 for “Moonstruck,” Chad still delivers an Oscar-worthy visual performance. Brava!
3.) CHER’S “IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME” VIDEO, 1988: We kinda think that Cher, portrayed here by Shangela, actually can turn back time, seeing as how she wore this same barely there outfit to the 2010 VMAs to present Lady Gaga with her Video Of The Year Moonman.
4.) CHER’S CHARACTER IN “MERMAIDS,” 1990: If there were ever a person who could make “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” a drop-dead
gorgeous serious affair, it’s Miss Alyssa Edwards. That look in her eyes, it just seethes with: “Back rolls?”
5.) CHER’S “BELIEVE” VIDEO, 1998: Manila, are you using that marabou boa-meets-PVC pipe headpiece this weekend? JUST WONDERING.
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