According to the media, certain professions almost systematically attract people with {{camp}} sensibilities and drama queens. Most typically these are "hip" professions linked to showbusiness or the arts. Although most noticeable of male characters, it still affects women quite frequently.

Bonus point if they're [[FunnyForeigner French or have some sort of accent]], double bonus if they ''are'' CampGay (they tend to be at least AmbiguouslyGay), and if they say "I am not an X, I am an ''artist''", oh boy do you have a winner. Such professions include:

* Interior designers
* {{Fashion designer}}s
* [[ChattyHairdresser Hairdressers]] (But not barbers)
* Make up artists
* Painters of the [[TrueArtIsAngsty non-brooding kind]]
* [[{{Luvvies}} Actors]] and film directors
* Caterers (but ''not'' "chefs" or "cooks," who are either {{Funny Foreigner}}s or tough guys)
* Wedding planners
* Opera artists
* Dancers: either backup or ballroom
* Anyone involved in [[TheMusical musical theater]]

Common [[ExploitedTrope variant]]: a tough working-class manly-man has to act the part to get work in one of the above.

Compare RealMenWearPink.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Ayame Sohma from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', male-romantic-fantasy-fashion designer. He's actually straight, but that's not going to hold him back from frequent HoYay gags with Shigure or just plain looking fabulous.
* Teenaged version: Hajime Mizuki from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''.
* Fashion-design students George (who's bisexual) and Isabella (who is transgender) in ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''. Notably averted, though, by Arashi, who's a punk rocker - and handles the sewing.
* Pegasus from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' pulls this, to the point when it is often mocked in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. He's a painter and card game inventor who comes across as not-entirely-straight until the very end, when you realize everything he did was for his wife.
* Fai, from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle TheAbridgedSeries''.
--> Sakura: Fai made this for me! He's good at sewing... and cooking... and interior decorating...
* Kenji from ''Manga/KinouNaniTabeta'' is gay and a hair dresser.

* Bianca Castafiore of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. OK, she's rampantly heterosexual, but she's still a drama queen who looks like a man in drag. One writer actually published a fictional biography of her as a [[ castrato]]
* Cacofonix the bard in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is usually drawn with very campy mannerisms, relatively flamboyant dress, and is in love with an image of himself as a tragic, misunderstood artist. He is also a (relative) NonActionGuy, and has no romantic life whatsoever (apart from getting [[ButtMonkey tied up a lot]]?), when all the other major male characters in the comics have either wives or occasional love interests. His DistaffCounterpart in ''The Secret Weapon'', Bravura, wears trousers and acts out male gender roles (although her main romantic interest is Asterix, she pursues him much like a particularly awful, boorish man would pursue a woman, which he finds extremely upsetting). She's also a drama queen, though much less so than Cacofonix.
** Laurenceolivius, the Roman theatre director in ''Asterix and the Cauldron''. He resembles Music/DavidBowie, talks and acts in a stereotypically camp way and is even happy when the heroes end up getting him thrown to the lions, on the grounds that it'll be a great show.

* This is has even transcended to other cultures. In the Bollywood flick Kal Ho Na Ho (Tomorrow may never come), the wedding planner is unmistakably campy. It leads to some humorous moments because the servant of the groom has been terrified that he is gay, and is SO happy that he is marrying a woman, that she practically beats up the wedding planner to keep him away.
* The live-action ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''' Cruella [=DeVille=] - the [[Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians sequel]] has an even campier stylist played by Creator/GerardDepardieu.
* Paulette Bonafonte from ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' (though the entire movie is arguably campy).
* ''Film/FatherOfTheBride1991'' (the Creator/SteveMartin version) has Wedding Planner Franck Eggelhoffer, who also appears in ''Father of the Bride II'' to plan the baby shower.
* And the obvious subversion is the whole '''point''' of the Creator/AdamSandler vehicle ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan'', wherein the titular Zohan is the most badass of badasses - but he doesn't want to be a super-soldier anymore; he just wants to cut hair. In fact, not just cut it, he wants to make it "[[CatchPhrase silky smooth]]".
* Long before that, Warren Beatty's hairdresser in ''Film/{{Shampoo}}'' (1975) was a TheCasanova who used his job to find new women to seduce.
* Azrael from the movie ''Film/{{Dogma}}''
-->'''Jay:''' "What are you, some kind of fucking chicken?"
-->'''Azrael:''' "No, I was an ARTIST, STUPID!"
* The gallery owners in the ''Honey and Clover'' movie.
* The hairdresser in ''Film/ShesTheMan'' was definitely camp, but they're [[AmbiguouslyGay never clear about his sexuality.]]
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' has Serge the gallery guide. Later he reappears as a weapons dealer, but still over the top.
* ''Film/GetShorty''. Actors and directors. Loan sharks, punk rockers and producers, however, are strangely down to earth.
-->'''Karen:''' Actors never order off the menu. They always special order something they just have to have. And they never pay for anything.
* Invoked in ''Film/BillyElliot''. In the middle of the manliest of cultures, a boy wants to become a ballet dancer.
* "The French Mistake" number from ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. Combines acting, dancing and musical theatre.
* Simon Marshall in ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' is equal parts camp and uptight TV producer. He and his crew mistake George as the new spokesperson for a line of men's shirts which Simon instructs George to call "gear and fab and all the other pimply hyperboles." When George calls them "grotesque" and then calls resident teenager Susan Campey a drag ("We turn the sound down and say rude things"), Simon flips.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' has Ryan Evans, the choreographer and co-President of East High's drama club. He's the only non-jock male among the series' main cast, and is the most effiminate of them all.

* At the end of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''White Night'', it's revealed that Thomas, an [[HornyDevils incubus]], has been [[VegetarianVampire feeding himself]] by becoming a hairdresser (he draws power from intimacy, and says that styling a woman's hair is the second most intimate thing one can do with them). In order to make them feel more comfortable and [[ThePornomancer prevent them from molesting him]], he plays up campyness, including a fake French accent, and implied homosexuality.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Pepe, a designer at a dwarf fashion house, plays up his campness when working (as well as claiming to be an Uberwaldean dwarf). When off-duty, he's a tough Morporkian lad from the streets ... but [[AmbiguouslyGay probably]] [[MachoCamp gay]], nonetheless.

[[folder: Live Action Television ]]
%%* Fez from ''Series/That70sShow''.
%%* Kazama Daisuke in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''.
* Oren Pierre Alfonzo in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. Interesting in that he combines CampGay mannerisms and dress with ManlyGay physique and military background.
%%* Played with a lot in ''Series/UglyBetty''.
* Michel from ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' is the concierge of the Independence Inn. He has a French accent, is very image conscious, will be rude to supposedly rude guests, dotes on his Chow Chow dogs, loves Celine Dion, has an appreciation for the "finer things," and has a giggly girlfriends-like relationship with his mother.
* Elim Garak, the Cardassian [[strike:former Obsidian Order spy]] tailor on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Although [[ExecutiveMeddling the suits]] ([[JustForPun heh]]) gave him a girlfriend (Ziyal, the half-Bajoran daughter of Gul Dukat) to [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday quell the gay rumors]].
** The ExpandedUniverse novel ''A Stitch In Time'', written by the actor Andrew Robinson, may or may not have ''said'' he was bisexual, but if it didn't it tried its hardest to imply it.
** Both Andrew Robinson and Alexander Siddig (formerly known as Siddig El Fadil, the actor playing Dr. Bashir) have stated in interviews that they were well aware of the gay/bisexual subtext between their characters, and that they and the scriptwriters deliberately played with that subtext. Robinson stated in an interview (and in the author's note of his novel) that he always found the idea intriguing that Garak might be bisexual because Cardassians, being aliens, shouldn't have the same sexual taboos as people today (meaning the Western World). So ''yes'', fans of that pairing are ''not'' just imagining things.
** The title of the Andrew Robinson interview about Garak was ''"Cardassian - Writer - Tailor - Spy. Actor-Director Takes a Stitch In Time"'', by Michelle Erica Green (webdate: 3/18/2000). The interview can be found via the Internet Archive ''Wayback Machine'' [[ here]].
** See also this essay: ''[[ The Queer Cardassian: The Case for a Gay Garak]]'' by The Plaid Adder.
** And on, Julia Houston mourned the sudden end of the relationship between Garak and Bashir in her essay [[ ''"The Loss of Garak and Bashir"'' ]](Dateline:10/24/98)
** And finally, one of the writers for the show, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, has [[WordOfGod stated]] that he wrote [[ Garak to have an attraction to Bashir]], but [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited and unnoticed]].
* Mr. Bob, from an episode of ''Series/GetSmart''. He was hired to redecorate Max's place. In a subversion, he's really a tough guy with a Brooklyn accent, who can handily whip Max in a fight, but he needs to sound and act camp to be taken seriously as an interior designer.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Norm turns out to have a talent for interior design -- previously undisclosed as he has spent his entire life trying to hide it. Frasier and Lilith persuade him to try it professionally, but to get work he has to put on a (rather subdued) camp persona. Come to think of it, since Norm has long been married to the always-off-camera Vera, with whom he never sleeps, to whom he pays as little attention as possible, but on whom he will never cheat even when tempted, one is tempted to wonder...
** Norm's referrals to his wife are camp in & of themselves; he is hiding his deep affection for her because he "knows" that the denizens of the bar would rib him for being openly loving about her.
* Parodied in one sketch on ''Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes'', with the "Heterosexual Interior Designers" (or some other similar name). Their client refuses to admit them in, since they simply aren't gay enough.
* ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'': Patsy Stone.
* Averted by Ice, the Bounty Hunter/Caterer on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', who is neither campy while catering nor obnoxiously macho while bounty hunting.
* Mr. G in ''Series/SummerHeightsHigh''.
* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "Pros and Cons", Hannibal gets his camp on when he poses as a hairdresser.
* The titular Wig Master from the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Wig Master".
* The ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Painted Ladies", which was about the growing acceptability of make-up in Edwardian Toronto, featured a rather flamboyant cosmetician called Oscar Ducharme, played by Thom Allison from ''Series/{{Killjoys}}''.

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'': Sander Cohen is a ''creepy'' version of this trope, combined with the MadArtist. To a lesser extent, this also applies to Dr. Steinmann, "Surgery's [[{{Squick}} Picasso]]".
* Zhang He of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''. ''"We move! Our path through to the battlefield shall be paved with the petals of roses!"''
* Hairdresser Octopus in ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper 2''.
* Star the Opera Singer in ''VideoGame/SilentScope 2''.
* Bebe, the head of the Fashion Club in ''Videogame/{{Persona 3}}''. However, in the PSP version, he's a romance option for the female character.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Wanda Rocket of the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}''. [[ Her first appearance]].
* Felix the hairdresser from ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep''. He's even a ThirdPersonPerson.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''' Mr. Bickles. And Cupid, though he falls for Momma Cosma under the spell of his own arrow.
* The first-chair hairdresser at the new shop in Arlen on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. The rest are catty women. Doughy army sergeant-barber Bill has to act the part (poorly) to get a job there and express his stifled creativity.
* The indomitable Edna Mode from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. She plays this one for all it's worth.
* Dion, the fashion designing college student in ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}''.
* [[CampGay Bobbi]] [[MeaningfulName Fabulous]], rocker-turned-beautician from the WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb episode "Dude We're Getting The Band Back Together", fits this to a T.
* Ze [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench French-accented]] Painter Smurf in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Ze Smurfs]]''. He's always temperamental when it comes to his ''masteurpiesas''.
* The Chameleon Brothers from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.
* Straight female example: Fashion designer Rarity from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' generally designs with an over the top style, full of embroidery, gems and layers that wouldn't feel out of place in a DragQueen catwalk. She is very expressive, to the point of being stilted at times. Always worried by the latest trends, colors and good taste. She has all the characteristics of your CampGay fashion designer despite being a biological female and only showing attraction to the opposite gender.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, ancient Egyptian servants who are speculated to be the first same-sex couple in recorded history, shared the title Overseer of the Manicurists in Palace of King Niuserre. Always Camp indeed.
* An example arising from the 2014 Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames: In response to host country Russia's enactment of laws against "homosexual propaganda," US President UsefulNotes/BarackObama pointedly refused to attend the opening ceremonies, and in his stead sent three openly gay American Olympians: Caitlin Cahow (hockey player, participated in these Olympics), Martina Navratilova (retired tennis player, doubly insulting to Russia because she defected from Communist Czechoslovakia during the Cold War), and Brian Boitano (retired figure skater). Or at least, Obama ''thought'' that he had sent three openly gay Olympians--as it turns out, Boitano had never "officially" come out, and everyone from the President on down seems to have simply thought "Male figure skater? Figure skating is so camp he ''has'' to be gay." Boitano corrected this error, "officially" coming out after the announcement.