21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Drag queen Aradia poses in the forest near an abandoned plastics factory in Appalachia.

Aradia was once in the military and now incorporates camouflage into her drag. “I've been told my whole life I was straight. But I started to accept more of my homosexual side when I was an Army. Whatever I am, it's not straight. And the Army just kind of forced me to see it.”

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2022
Date Uploaded: 10.2023
Photo Location: Cumberland, Maryland, United States of America
Copyright: © Michael Snyder