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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Review: Episode 3: Draggily Ever After (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

After last week’s elimination of the beautiful and bubbly Jaymes Mansfield, everyone’s eyes are open – but sadly, everyone was not surprised to see her sweet self sashay away.

After the first elimination, everyone’s eyes are open. It’s a real competition, and it’s another week of watching every queen in that work room scratch their way up that little step closer to the winner spot (especially the newly determined Trinity Taylor).

Baby queen Valentina, who unexpectedly won last week’s main challenge, is keeping her head up high and is hoping for a successful streak in this competition. I would suggest for her to stay that little bit humble; at the point of entering the competition, Valentina had only been doing drag professionally for 10 months, so she is going to still make some mistakes. I want to make sure she knows she still has a long way to go – think of her as a new Shangela. She’s amazing but she could still flop. Sorry!

Ru’s entrance is all animal (I love the leopard print suit) but the challenge is anything but real. This week’s main challenge? Designing an outfit for a fairy-tale character! These queens have to be princesses, and as a new design challenge, let’s analyse the interaction and the – yes – panics.

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Not having the easiest time really, Farrah Moan and Kimora Blac are performing the classic drag sin: they don’t sew! I hate Kimora’s view of sewing her own outfit, if I’m honest; she said she pays people to make her outfits, she never makes them herself. It’s a classic skill, and as a drag queen who has been doing the art form for ten years, you would expect Kimora to have some idea of using a needle and thread. Someone send her to a tailoring class (and English, while we’re at it – you’ll see why).

Everyone’s ideas for princesses are different, and their inspiration are incredibly varied! Eureka’s idea, for example, really does stand out (as pointed out by Kimora) and you will see later on how she really is a different kind of princess.

Queens like Aja, Farrah and Valentina are using the elements of nature in their concepts, such as ice and fire, and these are stable and useful and broad enough to manipulate, but will they be executed without any stress? It’s Drag Race, it’s not that easy!

Again, special mention of Farrah Moan, who is compared to a crying child by her obvious expressions of pain and fear because she is lacking the fundamental skills of making clothes – pray, girl. Pray.

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As the girls prepare, making themselves up, things get personal and this talk is personal and tear-jerking, as the topic of conversation move to the Pulse nightclub shooting from Orlando, Florida last summer. Trinity shares her history of working at the club and how she performed as soon as the weekend before the shooting took place.

Returning queen Cynthia Lee Fontaine shared her losses during the tragic attack, as she knew people who worked at the club and knew a couple of people who had their lives taken. Discussing this event brings almost all the queens to tears, and they all embrace before showtime.

Let’s move on to the runway, where the princesses are introduced – along with their animal and non-animal sidekicks – and shake their royal stuff.

Special shout-out to Charlie Hides, who once more rocked her outfit 110% (and her ‘Lady in Waiting’ made me laugh quite a bit). At this point, it seems there is no bad Charlie can do! I am hoping more and more for her to be the winner!

Alexis Michelle, also, made me giggle. The look was unique, and I loved how it looked, but her sidekick was what won me over (mainly because of the low English accent and the uncanny resemblance to Season 6’s Ornacia).

Every queen had such different looks, from one to another to another; it did highlight the diversity of these queens (although one queen almost burned herself to the ground in a not-too-clear outfit).

A repeat for the bottom two, and another obvious choice from the queens, are chosen to fight for their right to stay in the competition through the Bonnie Tyler hit “Holding Out For A Hero”.

One queen is killing it, using every second of opportunity to move and twirl and give the power you need to; the other, I’m afraid, is showing everyone she is going home. You cannot match up to that power when you aren’t using your whole body as your weapon to win. I was waving from mid-song, saying “sashay away” myself.

RuPaul confirmed it all with those two words herself, and I smile because she wasn’t prepared for the struggles of this contest.

Looking back, the season is going strong and I believe the judgements are as fair as always (but I’m still not over last week’s first elimination for my own reasons). If anything, the episodes need to possibly slow down in its pace slightly, because the first viewing of it (I watch it at least twice before reviewing), I thought it was on and over in no time.

Slow the episode down, let us see more of these queens before they possibly leave.

But overall, I am looking forward to seeing where this contest goes.

Rating: 7/10

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Review: Episode 2: She Done Already Done Brought It On (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

As a reviewer, I need to not be biased but in my opinion, this episode ended terribly!

Now let’s get on with the rest of the review.

No time, no intro, and the whole internet knew the answer to last week’s question anyway: who is the 14th queen? I’ll give you a hint. I was “CuCu” to think she wasn’t the returning queen! But yep, she’s here and it’s as if she never went home. But thank goodness she did, because she had gone through one hellish year and she happily made it back on stage, healthy as ever!

But as there always is with a returning queen from a previous season, there are some unsure murmurs (remember how everyone was with Shangela’s return/s?), especially the idea that she knows the competition and she knows how to play the game better than these new queens. But that does not specifically mean she’ll last longer than the rest of them!

Let’s move on to coming to the work room, where in walks RuPaul – AND sitcom sweetie Lisa Kudrow. First Gaga, now Lisa Kudrow, but if I’m honest, Lisa’s appearance didn’t come as naturally as Gaga’s. I mean, it was appreciated and the queens loved seeing her, but her appearance felt forced. As if it was ‘to keep up’ with the introductory guest Lady Gaga.

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But now onto the main challenge, which is – in true feminine fashion – a two-group challenge. This challenge is that the two teams compete in the draggiest of athletics: cheerleading! The captains are the new return, and Gaga challenge winner Nina Bo’nina Brown, leading teams representing RuPaul and representing guest judges The B-52s – and let’s go go go!

One team has struggles through practices, and their plans even involve switching the roles of two queens – but despite this change, it’s all for the best, as one member claims. I have all the hope in the world that this team wins, and cheer their little sweet hearts out!

And if learning the lines and chants are tough, the actual athletic side of things would be too troublesome – I feared a queen was gonna fall during the stunting and break a bone! Especially when one was seasoned queen Charlie Hides, whose commentary sounded fearful and stunned that she did it perfectly. I have faith in you, girl!

As always, work room conversations get deep and personal, and this was Peppermint’s turn to share a tough tale from her high school days. But this story had a happy ending, where she said she felt she had a “circle of love” from the other students. Peppermint, hands down, is one of the most inspirational queens in the history of Drag Race; not only for competing as a transgender woman, but for surviving and sharing stories like she did in this story.

The returning queen takes a moment to share the story of her cancer battle, which was only around a year before this season was filmed. She said it was hard, and she was breaking down, but she got over it and she’s in remission, and believe me, the warm reception from the other queens was more than astounding. RuPaul was right: everyone on Drag Race is a large ever-growing family.

Let’s move onto the runway!

The queens are ready, and they brought it on alright! The characters are unique, and most – not all – of the queens got their acts perfect for the descriptions given.

The competition starts and the athletics are amazing; these queens are fierce and confident – even if there was a tumble here and a fumble there. I gasped at some moments with these girls, because wow, can they move!

But there were a few of them lost in their groups. They could have done a little more to sparkle as bright as their studded uniforms. However, special mention to Trinity Taylor for keeping in youthful character when stunting and being launched into the air. I could re-watch those seconds for hours!

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The runway looks are “White Party” – so white. All white, most white, but some even manage to get lost on ‘white’ as a tip for the runway (I’ll let you see who).

Special mention on these outfits to Jaymes Mansfield, who gave me “Marilyn Monroe on a winter morning” (it was beautiful); and Valentina, because she looked so elegant that she could make any man commit (whoa!). Sadly, though, this time around, everyone is NOT safe and someone has to go home – dang – and my heart broke when I saw who was on the bottom two (only one of them; the other one, I knew she would be there).

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I’ll say this now: it was the first, and as I’ve seen, one of the most controversial in terms of who stayed and who left. When it’s camp queen versus showgirl queen, one gets an advantage based on the song – the lip-synch for this was B-52’s “Love Shack”, which is so a song for the camp queens to perform because when it comes to those classic hits, they have to be funny! They have to be played up! And this lovely camp queen played it up well, and that’s not the bias speaking. I have many who agree. But who ended up leaving the competition?

That’s one creative campy queen out first (my heart is still breaking!) and that leaves 13 – again. Good luck to them all, but still, I believe that was the wrong judgement.

I’m sorry, Ru. You sent the wrong queen home.

Rating: 8/10

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Review: Episode 1: Oh. My. Gaga! (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

It’s back and it’s bigger (and brighter) than ever!

Yes, I didn’t need to wait another week – or two – or it could’ve been like six – to begin the newest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, because the beauties at Netflix are streaming all episodes from season 9 right after they air in America. Awesome! So what did I do? I woke up early, repeatedly checked Netflix until I saw the “New episodes” banner and click-click-clicked my way in!

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The first queen to walk in is the herstory-making Peppermint, who won me because of the simple yet stunning outfit with some long beautiful braids. I knew from then this season was going to be a big one for eleganza.

Then the red-hot Valentina – the ‘drag baby’ of this season’s selection – follows, sweet and petite. She has that glint in her eye, telling us all that she could Shangela her way through (compete with little drag experience and make a strong impact).

Every queen makes a dramatic entrance – as expected. Then in comes Eureka (this season’s big and beautiful queen), Charlie Hides (the oldest queen in Drag Race history who doesn’t look it!), Farrah Moan, Sasha Velour (with the vocal talent of Yoko Ono), Alexis Michelle, Shea Coulee, Trinity Taylor (the Coco Montrese to Eureka’s Alyssa Edwards – you’ll see), Kimora Blac, Jaymes Mansfield (MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE), Nina Bo’nina Brown and Aja. That should be all of them, right?

Oh, forgot a queen: Lady Gaga! In her trademark drag look, Gaga storms in and the girls lose it! One queen has a personal moment with Gaga and straight then, I can see there is emotion here and let this squash all the rumours saying she is rude, vain, self-centred, because she isn’t.

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As soon as RuPaul enters, he welcomes his queens (in person, and not through a video message – wow!) and announces the first challenge: it’s a pageant! And all the pageant queens are cheering and squealing on the inside.

After their formal introductions, the main challenge is to honour the music legend before them in copying a famous outfit from Lady Gaga.

While the girls de-drag and re-drag, we get a look into the queens’ personalities. We see some shade already being thrown, and have a sneak peek into their talents as drag performers. Some shock, some do not, and you’ll have to check out who does which – but believe me, it follows straightaway with most first impressions when they strut their stuff on the runway.

In my honest opinion, I enjoyed the Gaga outfits more than the pageant ones. Maybe it’s because I love Gaga to death myself, but they hit the mark and made me incredibly happy! My favourite of these outfits go to British-American Gaga impersonator Charlie Hides, who decided to take on a Brit Awards style (I promise, there is no bias), because it made me go “oh Gaga!”

As we conclude and the winner is crowned, RuPaul halts the celebrations: “The real competition is just about to begin!”

She brings in a new queen. A 14th queen! And she’s a returner!

Who? Who? WHO?!

All will be revealed next week – DAMN! The suspense will kill me, and if you’re as big of a fan as me, it’ll kill you too. Let us get killed together until next Friday/Saturday, when the second episode airs.

Altogether, this is a strong start and as the game changes, I get drawn in more and more. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds for us.

And to end, I just want to say: go Jaymes Mansfield!

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Rating: 10/10

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 9’s Queens – Reviewed

By Joanna Cosgrove

If you are anything like me and have been getting every new Drag Race fix you possibly can, you would be more than aware that the new competing queens have been announced for Season 9, airing in the US in March. I have done my own research on these queens and, to be honest, they all seem delightful and unique and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to seeing this season unfold.

I want to give a quick run of all the queens competing this year; as good as I can, because none of us know what they truly are like yet. I might get their personalities all wrong, but even if I do, I will still give my opinion on how they will do on the show and what I might be expecting from them.

We will be going in alphabetical order, from Aja to Valentina, so sit back and let me show you the colourful cast of this year’s Drag Race.

 

1: Aja

From Brooklyn, New York, Aja’s fun fact is her drag name was inspired by a Bollywood tune from the 1980’s. She said she resonated with the lyric “Aaja”, and adjusted it to use as a drag persona (even if she doesn’t know the translation).

We seem to also have an honest queen on our hands. Aja has stated that she does things differently; she won’t keep problems and bothers to herself, and she’s not afraid to call out someone. This trait could cause some tension between her fellow competitors, and could lead to enemies, but let’s hope for the best with her!

She is laidback, relaxed, and content with just playing in the race. However, it is a tough competition – not having that drive could really hurt her if she makes it far into the season, so best of luck to her.

Drag look: Aja said her drag is a cross between slutty and anime girl, and says it corresponds with the reputation she upholds in her hometown. A key phrase used is “Judy Jetson hooker”, which itself brings on a great image of what we should be expecting from her.

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2: Alexis Michelle

Another New York queen, Alexis has done the classic trick on finding a drag queen name: just feminise your real name! Alexis Michelle came from her birth name, Alex Michaels, and you can’t fault her for the wonderful simplicity.

It also seems the New York lifestyle is within Alexis. She is greatly talented and gives off immense theatricality. She is more of a performance queen; she is a singer and great at lip-synching (this could be incredibly handy in the competition). She is strong and believes in the line, “my biggest competition is myself.” Gotta love a queen with confidence!

Drag look: Alexis’ focus point is highlighting the link between curves and glamour. She is confident in her body, works well with a structured and put-together look, and she is willing to show it off in a glitz and glam way to win this competition – with that little hint of prostitute as well.

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3: Charlie Hides

Let us feel proud, UK Drag Race fans! A very own London queen has made it into the competition!

Charlie Hides (using her real name as her drag name) is a London performer, and is making herstory on the show as the oldest ever competitor. I wouldn’t have guessed from her photos, but Charlie is actually 52 years old! 52! And she’s competing among these young and new, up and coming drag queens; good luck to you, Charlie. But she does find the age thing hilarious – and said she’s happy to be on season 9 because she might’ve died by the time season 10 came round.

She is the most mature, yet immature. In my opinion, older queens don’t take the game of drag as seriously as the younger ones, and that is a good view on things. I really hope my hometown queen rocks in this competition!

Drag look: Charlie is all arts and crafts. She creates her outfits with many elements and inspirations in mind, all with one main goal: high fashion. She works on “let’s have fun, let’s look good, let’s make a few people laugh” – so she styles herself on her feelings and those of others. Generous queen.

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4: Eureka O’Hara

A Tennessee queen, Eureka’s name was inspired by her mother – how sweet. Her mother is from Germany, and is also named Eureka but spelt in the German version. With this, she simplified the spelling for Americans to read and pronounce – her words – and from that, Eureka! (Literally)

As a bigger queen, Eureka works at breaking stereotypes: she’s high energy, and she’s a dancer when she’s on stage. She works with her body shape, and wears the fashion she has been warned against – and she rocks it:

Drag look: She describes her look as, and I quote: “the Kool-Aid man meets Eureka’s castle meets Hobby Lobby meets the Grand Duchess meets Mary Queen of Scots meets fabulousness”. Eureka’s a perfectionist when it comes to her look, and she won’t settle for anything less – go her!

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5: Farrah Moan

No major award for guessing where Farrah’s drag name came from!

From Austin, Texas, Farrah Moan is one of the younger queens of the competition. She gives off a fun and relaxed demeanour, and is just looking to show off her unique style and fashion sense to the others in the competition, as well as the judges. She isn’t competitive, and she shows that naturally.

Drag look: A cross between fetish and showgirl; you can’t say that isn’t unique. Shown in the promo photoshoot with a sugar pink latex dress and soft pink curls in her hair, Farrah Moan is showing off her inner fantasies and outer performer.

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6: Jaymes Mansfield

From Wisconsin, Jaymes Mansfied is a personal favourite of mine. She’s squeaky and sweet, and I can’t help but find her adorable! Her name comes from Jay Mansfield; she just fused her name with her birth name, James.

Fun fact about Jaymes is she’s a YouTube star! I found Jaymes Mansfield on YouTube, and she is great at makeup and wig styling; she also gives tutorials on DIY accessory and clothing design (my favourite video is her one on how to make a bow). From her talents of sewing and creativity, no doubt she’s going to excel on the show!

Drag look: She is here with the bright colours and blonde wigs we are all expecting from someone who lives life as a pageant. Jaymes, with her Wonder Woman-esque transformation, is going to wow and amaze with every outfit she brings to the competition. Believe me. I can tell!

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7: Kimora Blac

A Vegas queen! Here we go!

Kimora Blac is presented as a classic queen, introducing herself with striking make-up and a wonderful floor-length gown. Her name came from Kimora Lee Simmons – but now she’s “irrelevant” (her words!), she is the one Kimora.

She has such great confidence in her looks and her body; she details her own attractiveness, in and out of drag, and labels herself a perfectionist when it comes to her drag – while bringing down other queens. With her introduction, and rumours she was a bossy queen during her run in season 9, no doubt this girl is gonna make us scream at our screens.

Drag look: “Sexy and showgirl”. She takes sophistication into account when she’s in drag, and takes the aesthetics from her Las Vegas home and links it in. Her pink number in the promo photoshoot is just a sneak peek – let’s hope she stays long enough to show us more!

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8: Nina Bo’nina Brown

From Atlanta, Georgia, let’s be real: we haven’t seen a queen like her since probably Vivacious (you remember Vivacious? And her little friend Ornacia?)

One of the older queens, from the promo photoshoot, it’s obvious that Nina is a queen like no other. She had gone through many names in her drag career, and her style had gone in a similar way. Striking, intriguing, and genuinely here to shake up the competition, I am here for Nina Bo’nina.

Drag look: Cosplay, fantasy, and no steady aesthetic. She claims herself she has a tough time labelling her aesthetic in drag, but is open with admitting she gets inspired by sci-fi and fantasy in the media, such as from video games and movies. If she goes the distance, I would be happier than happy because we sometimes need a good change from the glamourous and pageant-born queens.

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9: Peppermint

As sweet as her name, the New York-born Peppermint is another part of Drag Race herstory.

Peppermint is the first Drag Race contestant to enter the competition as a transgender woman. Previous competitors, such as season 3’s Carmen Carrera and season 5’s Monica Beverly Hillz, have come out either while being in the competition or after their respective season was over, but Peppermint is entering as a transitioned woman and you know what? She is still one fierce queen!

Drag look: She won me over with her outfit from the promo photoshoot; the mixes of teals with her caramel/auburn hair just wowed me. With her long great history, I have no doubt her classy and glam looks will win everyone over – as well as her confidence in her drag.

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10: Sasha Velour

This is definitely the season to stand out from the crowd; here comes Sasha Velour. Her name, cleverly, can be broken up: “Sasha” is her birth name, and “Velour” comes from the velvet substitute fabric which she compares to the concept of drag.

Continuing the collection of New York queens, the Brooklyn beauty is known to take on all competition and take in every element of drag. Her drag is strongly linked to her identity and from that, you can tell things are going to be personal.

Drag look: With a hairless physique and bold make-up style (those eyebrows are like whoa), I can tell she is going to grip everyone. Someone who sees their performance as artistic and meaningful as she does, I can tell every look is going to yell out “Sasha” – and I’m listening every damn time.

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11: Shea Coulee

This Chicago queen stormed on with a bold but naturally toned outfit, and I am listening to her loud statements.

Her drag name came from her own middle name, Shea (Swahili for “beautiful boy”). She seems to kill it in all corners: she has talents everywhere, and could be a great threat to everyone in this competition if the challenges allow her to show off. She has a breezy personality, and it seems everything is effortless. I cannot wait!

Drag look: She put culture into her couture. Her outfit was African-inspired for the promo photoshoot, and it showed off her pride in herself. I hope we can see more of this in the new season, and if we do, beware, queens! You might need to make those heels a little higher.

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12: Trinity Taylor

From Florida, Trinity Taylor is strutting her stuff onto the screen this season. Her name came from Trinity from The Matrix, but in a different stream altogether, she originated in the pageant circuit. You know what this means? We got a fighter on our hands!

She is a make-up artist, and she expresses this through her drag: she takes a new turn compared to how she handles clients, and her expertise definitely shows.

Drag look: Trinity’s introduction is in a whole bundle of blues, but she simply explains her aesthetic as “fierce”. With striking colours and a love of gemstones and glitter, I don’t think we’re gonna lose sight of Trinity. She’s gonna keep shining in the season. All the luck, girl!

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13: Valentina

Small and adorable, and a hint of sass. Let’s meet the last queen in line.

Being the first announced queen via live stream on Facebook, Valentina is a quick favourite of everyone’s. Her name came from a salsa sauce, called Valentina – original like hell – and she is spicy!

Living in LA, she finds herself to be hot and beautiful and with that kind of confidence, how can we doubt it? She is a perfect and luxurious queen, and takes her time with drag. Can’t wait to see what looks she brings out in the season!

Drag look: The mint number and strawberry blonde hair made me gag – in the good way! She wanted to be glam and gorgeous, and bring in some 1960’s retro eleganza and yeah, she made it work. Hope you do well, Valentina; you’re too sweet to go too soon.

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There we have it: 13 new queens introduced to our new world of sparkles, spandex and spitefulness (I’m kidding!). Best of luck to every one of them, and I have my favourites for the top 3 – but no, I’m not putting that in here. I’m keeping that personal.

I need the next month to go by as soon as possible, so I can see these fresh faces on screen.

I’ll be watching it with all you. See you then!

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Top 10 Drag Queens To Ever Grace The Runway

By Joanna Cosgrove

More relevant now than ever, especially with its popularity on Netflix, it’s an understatement to say RuPaul’s Drag Race is becoming very influential in mainstream media – especially as this year, the world’s most fabulous reality show won its first Emmy.

If you have watched this show, from its early beginnings in 2009 to its eighth season that finished this year, you will be aware that 100 – yes, 100 – drag queens have walked into that work room with the same dream: to become America’s Next Drag Superstar. Including All Stars, there have been 10 winners of that crown so far; but not every fan loves the winning queen. Many queens, from season to season, win over our hearts with their beauty and their touching life stories.

In this list, I will rate my personal favourite 10 drag queens and believe me, it’s tough to narrow down 100 into 10. If things are necessary, another top 10 will be written up – until then, here are my first top 10.

 

  1. Adore Delano (Season 6)

We all love a bitch – well, if you watch Drag Race, at least.

Adore came in with grace (sorta) and throughout her long-term run in season 6, she was always there to cause drama, anger others, and give us some entertainment. But let’s not forget some of her winning styles!

I knew she was going to succeed in the season when I saw her come in, turquoise wig on and red outfit rocked, she was going to make her outfits stand out. Whether that’s in a good or bad way, that’s not up to me to decide. All I can say is, her face is all you remember. Her made-up, naturally bitchy face.

Favourite quote: “Party!”

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  1. Chad Michaels (Season 4)

Don’t get confused. I promise, this queen is not Cher. But damn close!

From the start of the season, Chad was honest and said she has one specialty: impersonating the one and only Cher. I mean, going as far as having surgical procedures to look like the iconic star. As crazy as that sounds, it really really pays off because she is as Cher as, well, Cher.

But unlike other drag impersonators, Chad did not stick to the Cher shtick. She was able to show various characters, show herself, and that is not the easiest for a drag queen who is known for one personality on stage.

Being one of the older queens who have competed, I give her all my love and respect. And just to finish: I love her pimp character!

Favourite quote: “I’m Cher, bitch!”

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  1. Ivy Winters (Season 5)

True Drag Race fans, I know you just read this name out loud!

Ivy Winters (pronounced “Ivyyyyyyy Winteeeeeeers!”) was definitely one of the more memorable queens, even years after her competing on season 5. I know, every queen is basically memorable, but Ivy had a difference. With Ivy, I never felt spite, and that’s saying something when it comes to season 5.

For those who have no clue what I mean: in season 5, many queens were turning on Jinkx Monsoon (who fortunately ended up winning the season) and not in the sassy drag queen way. I meant, in the rude and spiteful way; in a way that made her feel out of place and break down in front of the others at times. Who was Jinkx’s one friend: Ivy.

An honest angel, Ivy was the definite Miss Congeniality as if it wasn’t Jinkx winning that crown, it sure as hell should’ve been her!

Favourite quote: “Hey ladies!”

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  1. Detox (Season 5)

Detox can be summed up in one word: lips.

As I spoke about earlier with Chad Michaels, some queens have surgery to change their looks and possibly help their career in drag; that is too true for Detox. Throughout the season, she gets the usual cosmetic surgery jokes – along with some chicken comparisons – but like any charismatic queen, she laughs along and puts all her effort into the challenges.

Now to her lips. What gets her the giggles? What saves her in lip-syncs? Those lips. Yes, her lips have had work done also, but you should see how they dance. They shake, bounce, stutter, and you know it’s something unique and talented that Detox should use to her advantage.

(And let’s not forget her brilliant musical work with Willam and Vicky Vox!)

Favourite quote: “I’ve HAD IT!”

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  1. Katya Zamolodchikova (Season 7)

Her name is Eкатерина Петровна Замолодчикова – but don’t worry, you can call her Katya.

Our only season 7 queen on this list, Katya brought some dirty good humour to the screen – even if it’s not a new thing on this show – and she made the show that little happier to watch. But as we discuss these past queens, we can talk about their success on Drag Race, and discuss what they’ve been up to since they appeared.

What I love Katya for most is her long-running web series UNHhhhh with fellow season 7 queen Trixie Mattel (who just about missed out on this top 10), because more than on Drag Race, we can see the filthy optimism that makes Katya that “Russian bisexual transvestite hooker” she promised to be on her first day on the reality show.

Favourite quote: “When in doubt, show them you’re a**hole”

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  1. Sharon Needles (Season 4)

Hell is on Earth – and its name is Sharon Needles.

From the introducing episode of season 4, we all knew something new was rocking the Drag Race world. That something is gothic wonder Sharon Needles. When every queen was glamour, or comedy, she stormed in with that edge that her fellow contestants honestly thought would put her at an advantage – but there is no one way to drag (despite what some queens say). Sharon was also, at her time of competing, one half of a drag couple; her partner was season 5 contestant Alaska and she was even mentioned on Drag Race before she was brought on to compete. All because Sharon wanted to win a cruise for her. She definitely did one better – and all while grossing out the girls!

Favourite quote: “When in doubt, freak ‘em out”

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  1. Shangela Laquifa Wadley (Season 2/3)

Where do we start with Miss Shangela?

Being the only queen to ever compete in two main seasons of Drag Race, Shangela was catapulted to fame quickly because she was one hell of a queen!

With a whole lotta glamour, glitter and hollering, Shangela Laquifa Wadley quickly became a favourite with Ru – maybe not with her fellow contestants (both sets of them) but oh well. I personally scream whenever I see her gorgeous self jump onto the TV screen because she has that humour and beauty which is a winning score when it comes to drag queens. Shangela is 10/10, would watch again – and again – and again.

Come back soon, Shangela!

Favourite quote: “Halleloo, ladies!”

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  1. Latrice Royale (Season 4)

Larger than life. Large and in charge. That is Latrice!

One of the bigger queens in Drag Race her-story (I had to), Latrice won us over one one-liner at a time, and it was never planned. She is a natural comedy queen, but at the same time can bring the house down with her perfect makeup and drop-dead gorgeous fashion.

Formerly convicted, Latrice Royale saw a new life in drag performance, and thank god she did! She’s good at what she does, and on-screen has proven herself to be one professionally appearing actor, dancer, and lip-syncher (personally, Latrice should’ve stayed! She should’ve won the lip-sync!)

Since Drag Race, similar to the previous entry Shangela, she has made the occasional return to set the challenges for the contestants and outside of the television world, has been touring and taking part in musicals and stage shows.

Looks like that biscuit Jesus really did a number on Latrice!

Favourite quote: “Get those nuts away from my face!”

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  1. Bianca Del Rio (Season 6)

We had comedy queens. Now here’s the queen of comedy… Queens.

Bianca Del Rio made her entrance on the second first episode of season 6 (for those who are a little confused: watch season 6), as she walked in, elegant as ever. But that elegant walk was from a rough-voiced, foul-mouthed, over-eyelashed comedian who took “all T, no shade” to a whole different level.

Bianca and her “Rolodex of hate” ended up winning, but that was after a whole season of one-liners and slams that will make you laugh your head off, then sit back and think “damn, was that okay to laugh at?”

Similar to season 4 winner Sharon Needles, Bianca did not have that usual glamour look (did I mention her eyelashes?!) but hell, she stayed true to the drag art that she enjoys and she does better than anything else. Need a reference? Watch the Drag Queens of Comedy challenge! Or see her Judge Judy impersonation! Or just watch the whole damn season!

Favourite quote: “Not today, Satan”

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  1. Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5)

This is it! This is my number one queen!

Jinkx Monsoon is literally the most inspirational queen to ever walk onto Drag Race, because even I, who has personally watched season 5 about four times in full, cannot think of any queen more deserving of her crown.

Throughout her season, Jinkx was pushed to the ground for simply being very different. She was insulted for taking different approaches to challenges, for her narcolepsy (which we see her struggle with throughout the season), and especially for her comedic take on acting challenges. She had one honest heart, and she showed more raw emotion than any other contestant on that season. She even made me cry more than I would wish to tell you.

Jinkx fought through all her criticisms and with her humour, glamour, and loveable personality, she won! One of the most deserving queens to ever win a crown.

Now, post-Drag Race, Jinkx goes around the world acting, performing, doing everything she loves to do.

I’m currently saving my money up for her return to the UK because I would do anything to see my queen.

Favourite quote: “Water off a duck’s back”

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