Baltimore could get a monument to drag icon Divine

Nick Duffy January 26, 2016
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Fans of the drag icon Divine have called for a monument to be erected in memory of actor and drag icon Divine.

Divine (born Harris Glenn Milstead) was an early drag superstar and John Waters collaborator, appearing in a number of films including Hairspray, Female Trouble and Pink Flamingos.

A number of documentaries have chronicled Divine’s life – including Divine Trash, Divine Waters and 2013 take I Am Divine.

According to the Baltimore Sun, a number of Divine fans are looking to put a monument to the famous resident on Tyson Street – where a famous scene poo-eating scene in ‘Pink Flamingos’ was filmed.

Michal Makarovich, owner of the nearby Hampden Junque store, is appealing to the Baltimore’s Public Art Commission to call for an eight-foot monument to Divine.

He said: “There will be pilgrimages to see this, I think.

“We think there will be an international fan base.”

The proposed eight-foot monument would be made from marble and concrete monument, featuring a mural of Divine in full drag make-up, atop a series of steps in Baltimore.

The proposal would include a “small bronze representation of the doggie doo”, according to the newspaper.
Baltimore could get a monument to drag icon Divine
Neal Foore, owner of a local hair studio, said: “I think it would be great. Anything to highlight Baltimore is good. Why not?”

The monument is estimated to cost between $50,000 and $100,000 – but proponents say it would be invaluable in promoting the city’s cultural history.

A spokesperson for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the newspaper: “The mayor thinks that the idea sounds divine, and looks forward to seeing more details on the proposal.”

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