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MAC's First US Store Used To Have a Drag Queen Bouncer

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Lady Bunny, "Makeup Bouncer." Image via Getty
Lady Bunny, "Makeup Bouncer." Image via Getty

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Recently, we took a trip down makeup memory lane with MAC's SVP of makeup artistry, the charmingly loquacious Gordon Espinet. Espinet has been with the company since their start and he told us about the early days of MAC, back at their first shop in New York's Greenwich Village:

We opened that store in 1990. Back in those days MAC was like a cult and we would have a line around the corner all the way down Christopher Street for people who wanted to come in. And there were arguments! So we decided we'd hire [legendary drag queen] Lady Bunny as a doorman, and she'd say, "You—you can't come in. You and your friend, you can come in." It turned into Studio 54!

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