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Modern pop culture legend and LGBTQ+ groundbreaker Trixie Mattel has raised the bar a notch higher on an already accomplished career with her reinterpretation of Lana Del Rey's powerhouse debut single and now-iconic 2010s indie ballad "Video Games
". With her signature autoharp in-hand, Mattel speeds up the tempo and trades the orchestral grandiosity of the original for a lonesome western whistling and an arrangement forged in the fires of classic mournful country and Americana.
The video, which drops today, combines the iconic melodrama of its source material with Trixie's patented life-size Barbie style as imagery of cowboys, horses and classic videos games are projected over her, serving as an allusion to the grainy footage, vintage montage aesthetic of Lana Del Rey's original video.
In a feature with Consequence of Sound, Mattel sites numerous influences that spurred her reinterpretation of the track, including the cinematic vibes of films like Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Fantasia, classic toy commercials, Pioneertown (an unincorporated "classic western" town in the San Bernardino desert that often serves as the location for film shoots), and the beautiful yet melancholy nature of living in Los Angeles this past summer.
Over the past few years, Trixie Mattel has become a trailblazer in the pop culture universe, redefining what it means to be a "drag queen" by releasing three acclaimed, charting albums ('Two Birds', 'One Stone', and most recently, 2020's 'Barbara'), launching a successful cosmetics company Trixie Cosmetics that has flourished even amidst the global pandemic, co-authoring the NY Times Best Seller "Trixie and Katya's Guide To Modern
Womanhood", raising over $100k for numerous charities and organizations in 2020 through her "Twitch Tuesday" video game livestreams, and becoming a celebrated touring and YouTube comedienne (best known for the wildly popular "UNHhhh " and the Netflix-produced "I Like to Watch" series), all while winning the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.
Trixie Mattel has brought her one-of-a-kind sense of humor, and visual aesthetic (which has inspired countless makeup artists and performers) to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the MTV Movie & TV Awards, The Tribeca Film Festival (supporting her documentary "Moving Parts"), and sold-out stages across the globe. On top of her own curated YouTube content, she has also partnered with a seemingly never-ending list of media brands and outlets to create content that has clocked in millions upon millions of views including GQ, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Bon Appétit, Polygon, Elle, Good Housekeeping, BuzzFeed, The Onion A.V. Club and more.