This week, country music superstar Maren Morris posed in Willie Nelson drag on the cover of Billboard alongside drag queens and kings Eureka O’Hara, Landon Cider, Sasha Colby, and Symone.
The 33-year-old is known as a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community, even receiving an award from GLAAD last month. Many will remember her infamous feud with Jason Aldean's wife Brittany over trans issues and representation.
Billboard asked Nelson what he thought of Maren’s take on his classic look, and the country icon seemed to offer his personal stamp of approval. “Was wondering where that outfit went,” he wrote in a cheeky comment on Instagram.
As part of her Billboard cover, Morris moderated a round-table discussion with the four “drag luminaries,” discussing everything from LGBTQ+ culture to the legislative attacks on the community as of late.
“I don’t think any of us got into this art form to be an activist, but that’s ultimately thrust upon you to exist in this space and to feel like you can sleep at night,” she admitted. “You’re going to lose fans along the way — that’s just part and parcel of being public-facing. But there is a lane that you’re widening: I see it year after year at my shows. The crowd feels so diverse and safe. I know everyone likes money, but is it worth your biography saying that you never picked a side because both sides pay money to buy a t-shirt?”
Morris also wrote a piece for Billboard on “Why Being Inclusive is Good for Business.”
In the article, Morris talks about her commitment to supporting the LGBTQ community. “The way the country music industry has treated LGBTQ people has been awful — there’s been almost no representation,” she said.
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