It’s no secret that Sasha Velour loves Marlene Dietrichanyone who saw her flawlessly impersonate the androgynous Hollywood icon on this most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race could tell you that.
So we were only mildly surprised to learn, via Quartz, that the artist behind today’s Google Doodle, a gorgeous portrait of Dietrich in honor of what would’ve been her 116th birthday on Wednesday, is none other than the season nine winner of Drag Race herself.
I was so honored to create the artwork for today’s Google Doodle to honor Marlene Dietrich’s 116th Birthday. She’s a true icon. https://t.co/KGMb5OXZBv
— Sasha Velour (@sasha_velour) December 27, 2017
“She was a wild original!” Velour told Google about her Dietrich homage. “Despite the pressures of the time, she followed her own course, especially in terms of politics and gender.”
In case you didn’t know, the Academy Award-nominated star of Morocco and Shanghai Express was and continues to be celebrated for her style and fashion sense, which often blurred the boundaries of gender and gave queer and drag communities enduring androgynous imagery that would last for decades to come.
“As a drag queen, that’s particularly inspiring to me,” said Velour. “She just had this power to be herin every role she’s mysterious and strong, brilliant. That’s what I aspire to be when I step on stage.”