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Music Video: Whatever Violet Wants

published on 12 March 2021

'I have always loved the Sarah Vaughan classic "Whatever Lola Wants." It’s a true drag staple. I love the lyrics, anything about a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it has always drawn me in. Those are the kinds of women that inspire my drag. I’ve had the idea to cover it for a very long time and of course putting my own spin on it, making it a bit more modern and fetish-inspired.' - Violet Chachki

Created as an homage to 20th century French artist Pierre Molinier, Ali Mahdavi directs a surrealist, fantastical music video for Violet Chachki's empowering anthem 'Whatever Violet Wants.' After bonding over a shared love of Molinier's androgynous, shocking and fetishistic expressions of femininity alongside the old glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age, the duo paired up on this provocative music video, cementing Chachki's status as one of the most influential drag queens of the 21st century.

'I have always loved the Sarah Vaughan classic "Whatever Lola Wants." It’s a true drag staple. I love the lyrics, anything about a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it has always drawn me in. Those are the kinds of women that inspire my drag. I’ve had the idea to cover it for a very long time and of course putting my own spin on it, making it a bit more modern and fetish-inspired.' - Violet Chachki

Direction:
Artist:
Violet Chachki performing 'Whatever Violet Wants'
Styling:
Laurent Mercier/Lola Dragoness von Flame
Hair:
Jean-Baptiste Santens
Film Edit and Post Production:
Redda Sqalli
Director of Photography:
Ali Mahdavi & Hamdi Chahed
Set Design:
Laetitia Advocat
Production:
Julien Robbe/Wildbox Production
Storyboard and Lighting:
Thanks to:
Monsieur Jean Luc Mercié

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