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Rotem Lutsky for Dazed Beauty

Meet Rotem Lutsky, Tel Aviv's premier 17-year-old drag artist


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Here the artist creates 5 exclusive looks for us

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Rotem Lutsky is the 17-year-old drag artist serving sass all the way from Tel Aviv. “With drag I can fulfil fantasies that have been running around my mind for a long time, blending make-up, fashion, performance, art and everything I love,” says Rotem. “I can travel in time through different decades, change my face, and go extreme with my body language and facial expressions, which are things that I lack in my everyday life.”

Living in a conservative, homogenous area of Israel, Rotem struggled growing up and was constantly bullied for their sexuality and the way they looked. ”It just lit a fire under my ass to dress even crazier and be gayer and weirder, which was very empowering to me and still is.” Through shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and the world-famous YouTube series Milk’s LegenDIARY Looks, Rotem learnt about the endless possibilities of drag. “They taught me about club culture and drag as something other than a man dressing up as a pretty woman.”

Drawing on some of fashion's most iconic looks, from Alexander McQueen's 90s neckpieces to John Galliano's early noughties collections for Dior, with a bit of 1920s Theda Barat and 1930s Marlene Dietrich (check the pencil thin brows) thrown into the mix, Rotem began creating high fashion inspired looks under the drag moniker, Amélie La Fauve. After sharing some initial looks on Instagram, it wasn’t long before they were sauntering down the catwalk for Israeli designer Linor Kahlani’s Shenkar graduate show. “It was such a liberating experience! I was having the time of my life posing and walking and doing crazy shit on that runway in front of some really important people who were in the crowd, we were really starting a fashion riot on that runway and I truly felt like we were going on a war to change the face of fashion and the world in general.”

At the moment, Rotem is focusing on what Rotem does best: creating fantastical looks for Instagram. “I’m always learning new things and going to new places with my art and my drag which is incredible to me. I’m currently learning how to style wigs and sew, and on, a mental note, I’m learning how to come out of my shell, communicate with people, make contact. I’m trying to learn how to behave amongst other people and be a part of the human society, because most of the time I feel very alienated and sort of stupid comparing myself to other people, but I’m trying to grow out of this.”

It's the year 2080 and the two sexes have become obsolete in favour of one single type of human. Describe your perfect evening in.
I always fantasised about the human body being made out of clay, so people can shape their body to fit however they feel inside, whether it’s physically possible or not, so if there will be a situation where there’s one single type of human, I would love the default to be just a sexless body made out of clay, so every person would create themselves and recreate themselves when they feel like it. That would end gender dysphoria and body issues forever, which would be awesome.

You have to replace your body with that of an animal or a mythological creature. What do you go for and why?
Probably a swan or a giraffe or some animal that has both grace and fierceness in it. Being able to look really elegant and gracious, but remaining tough and knowing how to attack when in need is something that I admire about some animals, and some people too.

It's 30 years from now. You stumble home at 3 am and catch your reflection in the fridge door. What do you look like?
It depends on whether I’m in drag or not. Out of drag I would love to look just how I do now, only with a lot of tattoos and a bowl cut because I always try to grow my hair into a bowl cut but end up having a nervous breakdown and shaving it. I would love my hair to be able to change length and colour naturally, like characters in dress up games do. In drag I would love to have my waist being like two inches, my legs to have the shape of high heels but entirely out of my own skin, boobs when I want to, my face completely distorted like I try to make it look with my make-up, just an extreme version of the classic beauty ideal. 

If you had to choose one surgical enhancement, what would it be and why? 
I would probably make my fingers really long. Not only would it look super cool, but it would probably also give me some extra abilities that are impossible now.

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