A drag queen (dubbed the “Drag Queen of the Century” by People) that broke every rule with her uncommon and disdainful style, an inspiration for Disney’s iconic villain Ursula the Sea Witch, the ever muse of filmmaker John Waters, several disco hits such as You Think You’re a Man and I’m So Beautiful, there are many things to remember of Divine, born Harris Glenn Milstead on October 19, 1945 in Baltimore. “I think with John wanted a very large woman, because he wanted the exact opposite of what normally would be beautiful,” Milstead told NPR’S Fresh Air about Divine’s one-of-a-kind trait in 1988. “He wanted a 300-pound beauty, as opposed to a 110-pound beauty. He wanted, as I’ve been called, inflated Jayne Mansfield. And also, it’s ironic that he would say the most beautiful woman in the world turns out to be a man.”
Let’s take a look back at the subversive artist during the 1970s and 1980s:
1972. Divine as Babs Johnson in ‘Pink Flamingos.’
1970s. Divine attending an event in New York. Photo by Art Zelin.
January 1975. Lady Divine in New York City. Photo by Ron Galella.
January 1975. Photo by Leee Black Childers.
February 1975. Close-up portrait of Divine at the theatrical premiere of ‘Female Trouble,’ New York. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.