Other RPDR Queens Chime in On Pearl’s Accusations of RuPaul

The floodgates were definitely opened earlier this week, when season 7 RuPaul’s Drag Race star Pearl opened up about an incident that allegedly happened between her and the show’s titular host.

Pearl, who became a runner-up for the crown in 2015, spoke out about Ru during a segment on the web series Hey Qween!, which is hosted by Johnny McGovern.

The alleged situation happened while Pearl and the rest of the queens were recording covers of Ru’s songs. The Emmy-winning host surprised them by showing up, and Pearl took the opportunity to thank him for being such a hero for the young queen.

“I felt like the only way for me to get any way on the show was to build some kind of relationship with the judges,” she said. “We were filming a segment, just kind of chatting, banter whatever together, and then the camera went down for a moment and I turned to RuPaul and I said ‘Oh my god. I just want to thank you so much. It is such an honor to be here, such a pleasure to meet you. You have no idea, like what this…’, just giving her that whole everything I wanted to say to her.”

“And she turned to me, and she said, ‘nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling.’,
 Pearl claimed. “And that broke my spirit. And that is the reason why I had one foot in, one foot out the entire time on that show. And maybe that’s me being petty, and maybe that’s me thinking that it should have been something that I never should’ve expected it to be. But in that moment, it was so heartbreaking because I idolized her, worshipped her, and I just felt that it was so disrespectful. I had never even been to LA before: it was so Hollywood, rotted, like how could you say that to somebody that is just obsessed with you?”

The alleged situation is one that has sparked a ton of comments on social media, both Pro-Pearl and Pro-RuPaul. “That is sad that she said that. People look up to her to be a role model, so she should check herself,” and “Get a life Geez. Everyone is a victim lately,” are just two of the many thoughts that RPDR fans have shared since word got out about Pearl’s claims.

Two other RPDR queens have now spoken out about the situation and their thoughts on the matter. Laganja Estranja and Gia Gunn, both from season 6 who had memorable showing in arguably the greatest season of Drag Race ever, shared what they think about the whole ordeal.

"I think what happened to Pearl has happened to several of the other girls,” claims Laganja. “I have no personal experience with this, as any time I have approached Ru with realism, I have received the same back. That being said, I’ve heard similar stories about her teaching the girls the ways of Hollywood. In my eyes, as insensitive as it may have been, it was her way of passing the knowledge she has fought to learn down to the next generation. I myself hope that I am able to be more cognizant of others' emotions and intentions as my success rises, but it’s really hard to say what RuPaul feels. I sympathize with Pearl as my spirit would have been broken, too. It was so hard for me when I got kicked off the show and did not receive any acknowledgment from RuPaul. But after I talked to him about the situation and my feeling on his podcast, ‘What’s the Tea?,’ he’s always been sure to give me a hug when he sees me. We must remember that man fought so long and hard to get where he is and synthesize with him, too!! No one is perfect, not even our Mutha!!"

"As contestants from RPDR we all have a different story and experience to tell,” says Gia. “I have also concluded that the RPDR experience also means something totally different to one another.  Some will retire from drag, therefore will never open their mouths or "bite the hand that feeds you."  However, for me personally I couldn't agree more with Pearl, as I can relate and also validate my sister's point of view.  I never worshipped RuPaul or her show, matter of fact, although I was a fan I never wanted to be on her show. Somehow or another I was blessed and have made the best of this blessing that did indeed change my life.  Moving to LA to build a stronger relationship with the entertainment business, I never realized how actually cruel and cut throat it is.  I now understand why some celebrities do indeed commit suicide or harm themselves due to feeling "alone" because it's clear that feelings don't exist in this industry.  Everybody has a pay check to collect and its dollar amount certainly has nothing to do with how you feel.  RuPaul has created a movement, yes, but is she the only person to be thankful for?  Absolutely not. We as a community don't give ourselves enough credit for creating all of what we have, after all if it weren't for us alumni who travel the world spreading this message of "everybody say LOVE”, I really don't think there would be much love to be had. With that being said, at the end of the day it really depends on how bad you want "it."  Whatever it may be.  Some will do what it takes to rise to the top, including being cold and harsh to those who support you.  But what I am discovering is that there is a way to still "make it" and feel good while doing what you're doing.  At the end of the day I believe in the traditional saying that my parent's instilled in me since a young age: ‘treat others the way you would like to be treated.’  However, with experience from my transition I have learned it's impossible to live by that saying if you don't treat yourself with love and kindness.  At the end of the day, none of us owes RuPaul anything, just like she doesn't owe us a simple ‘hello.’  Nobody ever said the truth is fair and we as people cannot run from the truth either.  Therefore, stay tuned for my book where my real truth will be ruvealed...pardon me, REVEALED!"


Pearl Opens Up About a Disheartening Moment with RuPaul

Pearl, who made it to the top three of RuPaul’s Drag Race in season 7, has spoken out about the show’s titular host in a new interview on the web series Hey Qween.

The Brooklyn-based queen talked about quite a lot during her interview on the Johnny McGovern hosted program, but there was one subject that stood out more than the rest. This being RuPaul himself, who had a memorable showdown with Pearl during the show’s 5th episode.

“Do I have something on my face?” is what many fans remember most from Pearl during that confrontation, which had a lot to do with her perceived lack of drive up until that point on the show. She said on Hey Qween that what was shown was very edited down and that the conversation between them went on for an uncomfortable amount of time. Pearl talked to production about the situation after and they were able to calm her down. That worked in her favor, as she won that particular episode alongside Max and propelled her way to finale night with Ginger Minj and season seven winner Violet Chachki.

There was an alleged incident that happened prior to the stare down between Ru and Pearl, which she also discussed on Hey Qween. Each of the girls recorded a new version of one of Ru’s tracks for an album called RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz 2. Pearl got “Hey Booty” to record, which she didn’t even remember the name of during the interview with Johnny. She did mention, however, that season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen always played it when they were around each other as a joke.

“There is one thing that I have not discussed at all ever about RuPaul,” Pearl revealed. “So, I know that I was not perfect on the show, and I know that I was distracted about something and it took me a long time to come to terms with where all of it came from, and I know exactly where it came from.” Pearl met RuPaul while on set that day, where she admits to being “blown away” by simply seeing her.

“I felt like the only way for me to get any way on the show was to build some kind of relationship with the judges,” she said. “We were filming a segment, just kind of chatting, banter whatever together, and then the camera went down for a moment and I turned to RuPaul and I said ‘Oh my god. I just want to thank you so much. It is such an honor to be here, such a pleasure to meet you. You have no idea, like what this…’, just giving her that whole everything I wanted to say to her.”

“And she turned to me, and she said, ‘nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling.’,
 Pearl claimed. “And that broke my spirit. And that is the reason why I had one foot in, one foot out the entire time on that show. And maybe that’s me being petty, and maybe that’s me thinking that it should have been something that I never should’ve expected it to be. But in that moment, it was so heartbreaking because I idolized her, worshipped her, and I just felt that it was so disrespectful. I had never even been to LA before: it was so Hollywood, rotted, like how could you say that to somebody that is just obsessed with you?”

“It is what it is,” she continued. “That really explains a lot of my attitude on the show.” Watch the full clip below:



What are your thoughts on Pearl’s claims? Do you think she is telling the truth about Ru?

The Ten Most Beloved Queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race

A total of 126, yes, 126 queens have entered the werk room on RuPaul’s Drag Race over the past decade. Many of them have shot to international stardom, where their lives have gone from being a known star in their city or town to millions of people chanting their name, buying their merchandise and spending top dollar to see them perform.

It’s a huge change in the world of drag from what it was before the show started, as the queens who have participated have showcased just how lovable they truly are. This charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent that they all possess has turned RPDR into a money-making, Emmy-winning extravaganza of sorts that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Speaking of the world “lovable,” there are a huge group of queens from the show who should have that name tattooed somewhere on their body. These are the ones that you rarely, if ever, hear anything negative about, whether it’s from something they did or those f***ing trolls on Reddit who have nothing better to do with their lives than to hate on someone they don’t know.

Question is… who are the queens that have that sort of Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Hudson/Sandra Bullock type of appeal… in that they are universally loved by all?

I polled a ton of people I know (and don’t really know) about this question, and these are the ten that I got the most responses from. They are in no particular order either. Just ten queens you want to hug, braid each other’s hair and eat cookies with.


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Latrice Royale (Season 4, All Stars 1)


Hello I’m a woman

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Katya (Season 7, All Stars 2)


Waiting for this Stormy Daniels interview like.. . #jujubee

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Jujubee (Season 2, All Stars 1)



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Bianca Del Rio (Season 6)

Miz Cracker (Season 10)


Poetic Justice Braids Realness. I believe this one belongs to @mug4dayz?!

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Ongina (Season 1)

BenDeLaCreme (Season 6)


Pretty, pretty ??

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Sharon Needles (Season 4)


Ain’t we cute?!

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Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5)



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Monét X Change (Season 10)

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'Oh No She Betta Don't!': RuPaul Flips on the 'All Stars 4' Cast

Hell hath no fury like a Ru scorned... in this situation.

In ten seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race (and all three All Stars editions), the legendary host himself has rarely had any moments where he's flipped out on a queen or multiple queens. To be honest, the only ones that I can think of over the years where this has actually happened has been at the reunions, when he lost it on Tammie Brown in season one and The Vixen back in June

Well, brace yourselves Drag Race fans, because he's going to do it again for the upcoming All Stars 4, which is rumored to be airing in 2019 (although it shouldn't be happening for a long time, IMHO). 

The 57-year-old spoke about the ordeal on his podcast What's The Tee with Michelle Visage, where the iconic duo laughed it up about how he exploded and why caffeine was partially to blame for it happening. 

“I’ve known Ru for 30 years. I just sat there and let her have her fun, screaming at the top of her lungs," Michelle chuckled. 

Ru said that he was "jacked on java" when the incident occurred... while also admitting what many of us have known for weeks. “This is for All Stars, and everybody knows we’re doing All Stars, we’re not giving anything away. Let them guess what episode I go friggin’ crazy on.”

Michelle also said that the cast was "s**ting their pants" when it was going down. "They didn’t know what the fuck, they were like, ‘Erm’, she said. “I’ve known you like that before. That’s like old Ru.”

So this gives us one exciting reason to tune into All Stars 4 when it happens sometime soon. The alleged list of AS4 girls has been spotted all over Reddit (it's a slightly more interesting bunch than the last group), so it will be fascinating to see who is on the receiving end of Ru's meltdown.

Dusty Ray Bottoms Reveals Which Queen She Didn’t Like On RPDR

New York City queen Dusty Ray Bottoms was the latest guest on the always entertaining Hey Qween this week, hosted by Johnny McGovern.

For those unfamiliar with Hey Qween, Johnny (otherwise known as the “Gay Pimp”) and his lovely cohost Lady Red Couture welcome a variety of guests on the show to discuss their lives, spill a little tea and of course… throw a little shade.

Dusty did not disappoint whatsoever. The talented performer, who appeared on season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and has developed quite the name for herself in and out of The Big Apple, discussed many facets of her life during the extremely riveting interview.

This included her diving deeper into the background she has with her family, which was a big focal point of her storyline on the show. While on RPDR, Dusty discussed how his coming out story was truly horrific, and how his parents sent him to a conversion therapy camp when he was much younger. Something he talked about in the interview, that was not discussed on the show, was how he was also sexually assaulted at a mall when he was 12 years old and the aftermath of that situation.

Dusty, along with Blair St. Clair and Monique Heart, really tugged at our heartstrings this past season with their openness regarding issues like conversion therapy, rape and homophobia within their own families. If anything, it furthers the conversation in our community and props to each of them for being as candid as they were and are about them.

A fun part of Hey Qween is called “Look at Huh”, where Johnny shows an assortment of people that the guest has worked with in the past. This allows them to discuss their honest opinions about each person they “look at,” which can sometimes lead to some serious shade being thrown.

It was during this where Dusty flat out admitted to not liking one of her season 10 queens after her season finished. Could it be Aquaria? They had issues in the first episode when Dusty called her out for her attitude with her prior to going on the show (they are both from NYC).

Turns out it was Chicago-based queen The Vixen, who was quite the polarizing cast member this season. “So, when I came back from Drag Race, I told Mark (his partner) that I loved everyone. The one person I did not like was The Vixen.”

Her feelings changed, however, many months later. “It wasn’t until we all got back together, and we were shooting something… I forget what we were shooting,” he said. “But we were all in the same hotel, and we were all just on a hotel balcony smoking a blunt. That day, most of us girls all sat in a circle and we all spilled the beans on what we said about each other. I was like, ‘Vixen I said this about you,’ and then she was like ‘this is what I said about you.’”

The cast did this before the show aired, which Johnny said was “such a good idea.” Dusty later admitted that the two were able to “jump on that page” later on that night, while also adding that she was “a very different person” after the show finished.

“Vixen is very chill, she’s very humble… she’s also very wise. She’s a very wise soul,” Dusty continued. “She’s definitely someone to look out for and definitely listen to.”

Watch the full clip here:



5 Songs We Want to See Lip-Synced to on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Over the past decade, RuPaul’s Drag Race has captivated audiences for several different reasons. One in particular focuses on the oh-so-dramatic LSFYL (lip sync for your life), where the bottom two (or top two queens in the land of All Stars), battle against one another to either stay in the competition or win $10,000 and the chance to send another queen home.

This portion of the program has brought so many memorable moments, from season one when Tammie Brown didn’t know the words to the song all the way to season 10 when Kameron Michaels and Eureka did the split at the exact same time to a Patti LaBelle classic.

The show has also brought many obscure songs back to life for a new generation to enjoy. So many YouTube videos of songs that have been lip synced to on RPDR have the top comment as “RuPaul brought me here.”

When Alyssa Edwards won the lip sync against Ivy Winters to Gwen Guthrie’s 1986 hit “Ain’t Nothing Going on But the Rent,” in season 5, the top comment on the YouTube page after the episode aired was “Thank you RuPaul for introducing me to this music gem.”

There is still an entire catalog of songs that haven’t been done yet on this Emmy-award winning show. I hear so many of them in the car and think, “God this would be awesome to lip sync to,” and I’m not even a drag queen (just a super cute gay dude). There will be many seasons to come for this show (hopefully), and therefore these next five songs just might make it on at some point.

Take a look at the five songs (in no particular order) RuPaul and co should consider for the upcoming seasons of RPDR. Which song would you like to see them do?

Sheena Easton: “Sugar Walls”

Remember when Sheena was singing about her baby taking the morning train before Prince got ahold of her and she changed the conversation to her naughty lady bits? RPDR is all about puns and innuendos, and this song is beyond perfect for that sort of thing to lip sync to.

Bonnie Tyler: “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

I love both versions of this classic hit (Nikki French’s take on it in the 90’s was stellar), however Bonnie’s would be preferred for a lip sync. The song has so much power, so much drama, so much everything that it would be a “grab your popcorn” kind of moment to watch two queens battle it out over such an intense hit.

Britney Spears: “Slave 4 U”

So many Britney songs could easily make this list (let’s try to forget Honey Mahogany and Vivienne Pinay doing “Oops”) but “Slave” would make for a great song for them to utilize the stage and their bodies with.

Monifah: “Touch It”

I’m getting hot just thinking about this being done. This song screams SEX with an IDGAF attitude. At least one queen can take that mindset and bring it to the runway.

Spice Girls: “Say You’ll Be There”

A fun idea for them to do would be for the final four queens to lip sync to a girl group hit that has a bunch of individual solos. “Say You’ll Be There” is perfect for this kind of thing, as many of the girls in said group sing on their own in it and it would showcase who really is the best lip syncer from the bunch as opposed to all of them doing one song in unison.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Instinct Magazine Exclusive with 'RPDR' Legend Tatianna

Tatianna has really blossomed into quite the superstar over the past two years, primarily due to her appearance on the wildly successful second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Many of us though (who watched her original season back in 2010) were fully aware of just how incredible she really was and is before all of this new madness ensued.

She originally appeared on season 2 many moons ago, where the talented D.C. queen made it all the way to the top four and became a fan favorite in the process. Tatianna was then brought back into the werk room six years later for All Stars 2, where her personality, fashion and talent helped her usher in millions of new fans which worked wonders for not only her but the show itself.

Now, she’s the name on everybody’s lips, and rightfully so, as Tatianna is branching off into other areas of her career outside of being a fierce mother f***ing showstopper on stage. This includes dropping her debut album T1 and even developing her own fragrance. The title? Choices… of course. What else would it be?

Tatianna sat down with Instinct to discuss both of those exciting aspects in her life right now, as well as who she thinks should be on the fourth season of All Stars and if she was happy with Aquaria winning season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Take a look.

Tatianna, first off... "Thank You!" for doing this interview. How have things been for you this past year?

 No thank you! This year has been pretty great so far! 

Did you have a great Pride month? Any upcoming Pride related activities for you?

 Pride month was great! I got to participate in Capitol Pride in my home town of Washington DC. It was a really great experience. 

Did you watch season 10 of Drag Race? If so, were you happy about Aquaria winning?

 I did get to watch season 10 and I thought it was an awesome season! I thought Aquaria winning was well deserved. I was also rooting for Asia to win just because I find her so immaculate with her craft and is really a caring and supportive sister.

As an All Stars alum, is there any particular queen you would want to see compete on AS4?

I would love to see Ongina or Jade from season 1! Also, my season 2 sister Jessica Wild! I love seeing girls from the older seasons get to show their talents to this newer fandom the show has created.

Would you do it again if they asked you back for a 3rd time? 

 I really don’t know if I would compete again on All Stars. I had such a great time doing season 2 and I felt so well received by the viewers. I don’t know if I would want to risk changing that experience. 

You have a lot going on outside of RPDR. I saw you released an album. Can you tell us more about that?

Yes! Music is something I’ve always enjoyed doing so my album T1 is really special to me. I got to work with the same producers that did The Same Parts (Dj Madscience and Mark Barrie) so they really understood what I was going for. I wrote 9 of the 11 tracks while on the road, so the album is really a reflection of who I am. I feel blessed just to be able to say I have an album out! 

On top of that, you have a fragrance appropriately called Choices. How did this come to be?

Making Choices the fragrance was a dream come true. I met Killian Wells, who runs Xyrena, at Dragcon in 2017. He said he would love to develop a fragrance with me and I immediately said yes! I got to be very hands on with creating the scent and the look of the packaging. I wanted something truly unisex and fresh. Something I would wear every day. The end result is something we are really proud of!

What else do you have coming up in 2018 that your fans can look forward to?

Well I’ll definitely be releasing more videos and singles from the album! I’ll also be on the road a lot this end of summer/Fall so that’s exciting. 

What is your one piece of advice for anyone who is looking to become a star in their own right, both in and out of the LGBTQ community?

I have a few tips! Firstly is be yourself! Stay humble. Know that all of this is a blessing and can be taken away tomorrow. Don’t turn down an opportunity out of fear. And finally, don’t stop learning and growing!

For more information on Tatianna, please check out her official Twitter here.

Instinct Magazine Exclusive With Gay Television Icon Carson Kressley!

Carson Kressley has been a television staple for many of us for almost twenty years now. He found instant fame as part of the original fab five on Bravo’s hit series Queer Eye, which has since been remolded and retooled with a new cast on Netflix.

The Allentown, Pennsylvania native has since then kept his audience captivated with everything that he does, while bringing in thousands of new fans as time has gone by. This is due to his success on other hit shows such as How to Look Good Naked and RuPaul’s Drag Race, the latter of which he has been an official judge on for four seasons straight.

Now he’s doing something a tad bit out of the ordinary (for many adults): camping, as he makes his way to Camp OUT at Club Getaway this coming weekend. Camp OUT was first introduced in 2017 as a fantastic camping weekend for the LGBTQ community, where it is filled with a variety of outdoor and indoor activities as well as a ton of food, drink and so much more for us to enjoy (you can find more about last year’s journey here).

Carson was nice enough to sit down with us right before he heads to Club Getaway in the tiny town of Kent, Connecticut this weekend to discuss the aspect of summer camping as a grown up, his thoughts on Aquaria winning season 10 of RPDR, if he would ever go back full time to Queer Eye and more exciting developments in his life. Check it out.

How excited are you to be participating in Camp OUT at Club Getaway?  

I’m super excited.  I was always jealous of kids that got to go to summer camp!  I never did, and now it’s my chance.  And I’m pretty sure this will be even better because “I’m legal” now!

Does the idea of "roughing it" thrill you or the other way around?  

Well I happen to be pretty rugged actually, but I think this will be more of a “glamping” experience. They have some really cute cabins - think rustic Ralph Lauren - and food and activities looks fabulous.  And they have a bar.  What more could you want?

What fun activities do you have planned for it?

Well I’m a big tennis fan, so I plan to spend some time on the courts for sure.  And I love the water - so I’m thinking some time on and IN the lake is a must.  Most of all, I’m looking forward to hosting their comedy night on Saturday.

You've become a major tv star in your own right over the past twenty years. How did you get so tenacious and career driven?

You know I try to say yes to as many opportunities as possible as they present themselves.  And it has served me well.  Hard work helps too.  Talent only gets you so far! 

Were you happy with the result of RuPaul's Drag Race this year? Are you coming back for another lap in 2019?  

I’ve been so lucky to be a part of this iconic show.  And thrilled that it’s been nominated for 12 Emmys this year.  I think Aquaria is a great winner.  I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time. And yes I hope to be back next year!

Would you ever go back to Queer Eye if they asked?  

I was so lucky to be a part of that show!  We won an Emmy for our efforts and it was the defining moment in my career.  I’d be happy to make a cameo if I were asked.  But that’s about it.  I’ve been there and done that and thrilled a new group of gay men is getting a chance to experience that magic.

What else do you have coming up that your fans can look forward to?  

I have a new design show premiering in October on Bravo.  It feels like I’m home!

For more information on Carson Kressley, click here. For more on Club Getaway, click here.


'Yes Gawd!': The 20 Best Catchphrases From 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

RuPaul's Drag Race, just like its most recent winner Aquaria, officially turns 10 next year (kidding, well at least the latter portion I am).

The show has given us 10 regular seasons and 3 All Stars versions that were chock full of dramatic, emotional and hilarious moments. 

RPDR has also given us more catchprases than any other show out there, to the point where we use them in our daily lives today. And yes, it goes beyond saying "VANJIE" three times while walking backwards.

As many of us are going through major RPDR withdrawal right now (until DragCon in NYC this September), let's count down what we think are the top 20 catchphrases to ever leave some of these queens lips. 

Happy Hump Day Hunties!



20. "Why y'all acting brand new?": Shea Coulee (Season 9)




19. "This is not RuPaul's Best Friend Race!": LaShaun Beyond (Season 4)



18. "I love a buffet.": Eureka (Season 10)



17. "Get those nuts away from my face!": Latrice Royale (Season 4)



16. "OK it's time for dinner!": Miz Cracker (Season 10)



15. "Choices" and/or "Thank You": Tatianna (Season 2 and All Stars 2)



14. "I FEEL VERY ATTACKED!": Laganja Estranja (Season 6)



13. "I just want fried chicken.": Jujubee (All Stars 1)



12. "Absolutelyyyyyyyyyy.": Gia Gunn (Season 6)



11. "Water off a duck's back.": Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5)



10. "GO BACK TO PARTY CITY WHERE YOU BELONG!": Phi Phi O'Hara (Season 4)



9. "Miss Vanjie... Miss Vanjie... Miss... Vanjie.": Vanessa Vanjie Matteo (Season 10)



8. "Oh Honey.": Trixie Mattel (Season 7)



7. "I HAVE HAD IT... OFFICIALLY!": Detox (Season 5)



6. "You're perfect, you're beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista, you're a model. Everything about you is perfect. Did you stone those tights?": Aja about Valentina (Season 9)



5. "Hiiieeeeeeeeee": Alaska (Season 5 and All Stars)



4. "Party!": Adore Delano (Season 6)



3. "I don't have a sugar daddy, I've never had a sugar daddy, if I wanted a sugar daddy yes I probably could go out and get one because I am what? Sickening. You could never have a sugar daddy because you are not that kind of girl. Baby everything I have I've worked for and gotten myself. I have built myself up from the ground up you f***ing bitch!": Shangela to Mimi Imfurst (Season 3)



2. "Not today, Satan.": Bianca Del Rio (Season 6)



1. "Back rolls?": Alyssa Edwards (Season 5).

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.







The Definitive List: Ranking All The ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race' Queens From 1 to 126

A total of 126, you read that right, one hundred and twenty six queens have sashayed their way into the work room on RuPaul's Drag Race over the past ten years. 

The show, which started off pretty small in 2009, has grown into a multiple Emmy-award winning program that has given a platform to drag like it never has before. 

Many of the queens who competed on the show have taken that platform and done some wonderful things with it. They have developed larger social media followings than many celebrities out there, as all kinds of people are completely enamored with who they are both on and off the show. It's a testament to how the times have changed for the LGBTQ community in terms of acceptance and visibility, and each and every single one of these queens should feel proud about what they have accomplished.

I have come up with, in my own special way, a ranking list of all the queens that have competed since season one. To each their own, of course, but this list only focuses on how they did in their individual seasons. It does not include their lives post-show (for the most part), and it also doesn't mention anything about All Stars as that is a separate entity.

So, without further ado, take a look at who landed where from their time on the best reality competition program in the world. 

1st. Bianca Del Rio (Season 6). A no brainer here. Just a standout drag queen who stayed true to herself the whole time and pulled out an easy win in the end of the show’s best season.

2nd. Alaska (Season 5). Here’s someone who tried out for all five seasons, watched her boyfriend Sharon make it on after his first try and win, and still come through and bust her ass to make it to the end. If Ru ever needs someone to fill in or replace her at some point, it would have to be Alaska as her love for drag and this show is undeniable and her work ethic to get to where she was on that season was downright incredible to see.

3rd. Latrice Royale (Season 4). The Oprah of drag. You just love her. You love her confidence, her laugh, her fashion, her humor… everything. Just an amazing spirit and human being.

4th. Katya (Season 7). Weird and original is a delicious formula, and Katya was the textbook definition of that in S7. Should’ve made it further than she did, but she’s an easy winner in our books all this time later.

5th. Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5). We rooted for Jinkx in season 5 as she had to deal with so much hateration from several other queens and Michelle Visage that it was sort of a foregone conclusion that she would win in the end from all the support she had. And she did.

6th. Bob the Drag Queen (Season 8). Commanded the werk room from day one. Never really faltered. Won in the end. Remained humble. Fin.

7th. Alyssa Edwards (Season 5). One of the most unintentionally funny queens to ever compete on RPDR. All Stars helped cement this, but season 5 helped with it and made her a household name for a variety of reasons from Alyssa’s Secret to “Back Rolls” and so much more.

8th. Sharon Needles (Season 4). Sharon paved the way for future queens who didn’t fit the pageant and glamour aesthetic that the show was sort of known for in its first three seasons. Her type of drag and personality would’ve either got her sent home first or had her go to the distance, and it was beautiful to see her do the latter and take home the crown in the end.

9th. Adore Delano (Season 6). Here’s a queen that could’ve gone home during the first two episodes she was on in her season and then did a complete 180 to almost win the whole thing in the end. Her journey was one that this sort of show was made of, and it was beyond fun to watch as she kept creeping towards the top.

10th. Willam (Season 4). The only queen to be disqualified from the show and still has an IDGAF attitude about it. Willam was the star of season 4 and let that be known while many of the other girls grew frustrated about his attitude. We, the public, loved it, and continue to do so to this day.

11th. Raja (Season 3). Fierce all the way through, took no s**t, was funny, creative, innovative, etc. etc. etc. Easy winner for S3.

12th. Raven (Season 2). The eternal runner up and the true winner of season 2. The best damn makeup artist the show has ever had and a personality that is equally captivating and scary all at the same time (in the best of ways possible).

13th. Detox (Season 5). The people’s queen. Season 5 had so many amazing cast members, none of which came close however to Detox in terms of personality and just being a kickass bitch in every single episode. Was fun to watch from start to end.

14th. Jujubee (Season 2). Is there anyone more loved from this show than Juju? She never won the show, never won a competition… but who CARES! She’s that queen we all want to be, the one we would want to hang out with in high school and helped put this show on the map in its early years.

15th. Sasha Velour (Season 9). So many other queens were deemed front runners in the beginning of season 9 that didn’t really include Sasha. She showed them, time and time again, just how much of a competitor she won, and blew our freaking heads off to earn that win in the end (rose petals. Duh.)

16th. Manila Luzon (Season 3). A good mixture of the four qualities that make up a Drag Race winner but came up short against Raja in the end.

17th. Violet Chachki (Season 7). Jaws dropped every time she came onto the runway. Came there to win… and she did, even if it meant that she wouldn’t be in the best light for most of the season.

18th. Trixie Mattel (Season 7). All Stars not included, Trixie got a raw deal early in season seven but was so freaking well liked that it was a foregone conclusion that she would return. That definitely rings true to this day.

19th. Kim Chi (Season 8). So. Much. Fun. To. Watch. Every outfit was great, no matter what she wore, but she also had a great back story to her in terms of her insecurities and family life. Would’ve won easily if Bob wasn’t in her way.

20th. Aquaria (Season 10). Easily the most fashionable queen from her season and maybe top 5 in all seasons. What was great about Aquaria is that her personality developed so well from someone who read as cold and reserved to somewhat of a sweetheart by the time she took the season 10 crown.

21st. Ginger Minj (Season 7). Should’ve won that season. She’s the type of queen you want to see when you go to a drag show. I still don’t understand to this day how she lost.

22nd. Shea Coulee (Season 9). It was Shea’s game to lose, and it’s a shame that the new “lip sync for the crown” format f***ed that up for her. If that didn’t change, she would have the crown on her head today.

23rd. Chi Chi DeVayne (Season 8). I think a lot of people pegged Chi Chi to go home first but she proved many of us wrong on several levels. Her comedy, fashion sense and likability propelled her into the top four and could’ve easily gotten her a top three spot according to many fans of the show.

24th. BenDeLaCreme (Season 6). Effervescent with a quirky and unique attitude, Ben was easily one of the biggest stars of season 6 and played her drag character extremely well… much to the chagrin of Michelle.

25th. Shangela (Season 2 and 3). Halleloo! She went home first in season 2 only to emerge (out of a box) and dominate the next season. It was a ton of fun to see her take on the “Heathers” and knock a couple of them out in the process as well.

26th. Phi Phi O’Hara (Season 4). The original Drag Race “villain” of sorts… but was she? Phi Phi came ready to win at all costs, and it rubbed the other queens and viewers the wrong way. It’s worth taking a look at the show again, as she really was in it to win it and wasn’t taking anyone’s bulls**t along the way.

27. Nina Flowers (Season 1). Nina was the first queen to make it to the end of her season having never lip synced or be in the bottom two. An arguable winner against the one who took the crown.

28th. Eureka (Season 9 and 10). Would’ve gone the distance in season 9 most likely but made up for it in season 10 to become the only big girl to really have a shot at the crown (other than Ginger).

29th. Naomi Smalls (Season 8). The modeliest (sp?) of models to compete on RPDR, Naomi commanded the werk room the moment she walked in. Not only that, but she had a refreshing and fun personality to boot.

30th. Roxxxy Andrews (Season 5). I will always wonder how different Roxxxy would’ve been if Jinkx Monsoon wasn’t on the season. She spent so much time negatively critiquing her, that if she spent half that effort focusing on herself and how good she was, then she may have actually won the show’s fifth season.

31st. Peppermint (Season 9). Peppermint was the little engine that could in her season as she almost went home a handful of times. Still, she persevered and worked her way into the final two. That is something she should be incredibly proud of.

32. Chad Michaels (Season 4). Chad had a drag aesthetic of yesteryear but made it look great for the time she was on the show. Also, no one will ever do Cher better than she can… even Cher herself.

33rd. Ongina (Season 1). Criminally eliminated early on. She made bald look great in a wig-filled drag world and was fun, honest and exciting to watch in the show’s debut season.

34th. Asia O’Hara (Season 10). Asia was the mother-type on the most recent season and helped many queens out with their aesthetics and emotions. The butterfly thing was hard to watch but it really doesn’t matter as her career right now is brighter than ever (no pun here).

35th. Valentina (Season 9). Love her or hate her… she made good television. Valentina would’ve won season 9, we all know this, but she either forgot the words to a song or wanted to have a dramatic exit. Regardless, she’s become the licorice of Drag Race: you either want to beeline for it or avoid it at all costs in the supermarket.

36th. Kennedy Davenport (Season 7). Kennedy was classic drag in a modern era. Very southern, very pageantry, but it worked and helped her get to the final four in her season. Also her impression of Little Richard proved that a drag queen doesn’t need to impersonate a woman in order for it to be freaking hilarious.

37th. Yara Sofia (Season 3). Hands down one of the top three makeup artists to ever be on the show. Her looks were sickening each and every week, and she should’ve had more wins under her belt if the judges weren’t gagging for Raja’s looks all the time.

38th. Pandora Boxx (Season 2). The top three in season two would’ve been a lot more fun if it was Pandora, Raven and Jujubee. The first really funny queen to ever compete on RPDR where her talent outweighed her fashion choices (proving you don’t need that to win this show).

39th. Bebe Zahara Benet (Season 1). She exuded elegance all throughout season one which seemed to appeal to what RuPaul was looking for in a winner for the show’s first season. That worked wonders for her and helped get her the crown in the end.

40th. Trinity Taylor (Season 9). Trinity called every single person out that needed to be called out (Valentina, Charlie Hides, Eureka) and gave no f***s about it. We need more queens like her to tell it like it is without worrying about a social media backlash.

41st. Monet X Change (Season 10). So freaking lovable. It’s hard to say anything negative about Monet when she was such a joy to watch in season 10. One of the most likable queens to come out of the show in recent seasons, easily.

42nd. Courtney Act (Season 6). Courtney propelled herself into the top three of her season by showing consistent look after look after look while showcasing her phenomenal voice and fun acting talent. She wasn’t going to win against Bianca or Adore IMHO (maybe in another season sure), but she was heck of a lot of fun to watch on and off the runway.

43rd. Pearl (Season 7). Hmm. I would’ve never thought of Pearl as being a top three finalist, but she made it. Not sure how, really, but her whole “waking up” storyline in season 7 sort of helped in that and it got her to the end due to some strong showings as the show progressed.

44th. Tatianna (Season 2). Keep in mind, I’m only including original seasons here. If All Stars was a factor, she would be much higher. Tati was controversial for many reasons but did a really good job at holding her own against Raven and other queens who saw her as less than. She wasn’t and she isn’t… at all.

45th. Miz Cracker (Season 10). So talented. So funny. So original. So misunderstood. So frustrating. Didn’t deserve to go home at all. Calling my cable provider.

46th. Alexis Mateo (Season 3). She won as many challenges as she was in the bottom, it seems, and made it to the final three as the only quote unquote “booger” that season against Raja and Manila Luzon. She did, however, play a great game throughout and kept it real each and every episode.

47th. Carmen Carrera (Season 3). Such a knockout, beauty, etc. Probably the most stunning queen the show had up until that point. She did sort of rely on her body, as Michelle would say, but during the competition but it worked for her and got her very far in a sea of very talented competitors.

48th. Kameron Michaels (Season 10). Proof that quiet can get you far. Kameron is one of only two queens (besides Coco Montrese) to survive three lip syncs. Some thought she coasted throughout S10, but she was just playing a relaxed game while everyone else was pretty much going haywire.

49th. Tyra Sanchez (Season 2). The most controversial winner in RPDR history. Was Tyra good at fashion? Yes. Was she good at anything else? That’s arguable. She may have won but didn’t possess a lot of the characteristics that future winners had even when they first entered the werk room.

50th. Vanessa Vanjie Matteo (Season 10). How someone who went out first became the most memorable part of season 10 is quite frankly unreal. But saying your middle name three times while walking backwards will do that for you.

51st. Alexis Michelle (Season 9). A tad confident some would say but backed it up in a ton of challenges like her impressions of Kris Jenner and Liza Minnelli.

52nd. Joslyn Fox (Season 6). Quite possibly the most underrated queen the show has ever had. Go back and look at her Snatch Game and Reading Challenge performances for those receipts.

53rd. Aja (Season 9). Blunt, brutal, in your face and had a song created over her “aggressively complimenting” Valentina. Awesome.

54th. Miss Fame (Season 7). Could’ve easily been rotten and mean given how pretty she is, but was a simply sweet lady with a fashion sense that was some of the best the show has ever seen.

55th. Acid Betty (Season 8). There is no one like Acid Betty in terms of her makeup artistry and costume construction. She was so much fun to look at, but didn’t really seem like she was having that great of a time… at all.

56th. Darienne Lake (Season 6). Darienne did a good job in some of the challenges, primarily ones that highlighted her comedy ability, but she sort of got lucky in getting herself to the top 4.

57th. Monique Heart (Season 10). I didn’t get the hype with her originally. Now I think she’s awesome, hilarious and one of the most authentic queens to ever step foot into that werk room.

58th. Cynthia Lee Fontaine (Season 8 and 9). Queens like Cynthia are smart when it comes to finding something that is memorable only to them. “Do you want to see my cucu?” or any variation of the word “cucu” proves that point.

59th. Thorgy Thor (Season 8). The Raven of being a runner up in one season. She came close to winning so many challenges that Bob took, and then got kind of bitchy towards the end of it. She didn’t exactly redeem herself in All Stars either.

60th. Milk (Season 6). She got shat on by other queens for challenging drag stereotypes by dressing with a beard or in men’s clothing, but it so worked on her. One of my favorite queens from the best season of RPDR.

61st. Max (Season 7). Max did not deserve to go home that early on. She was uniquely talented in her character and viewpoint, but sadly did a bad Snatch Game impersonation and lost the lip sync later on in the episode.

62nd. Ivy Winters (Season 5). Yes, Ru made her name a catchphrase (it got annoying), but Ivy’s sweet exterior and fashion ability were fun to watch in season 5.

63rd. Trinity K. Bonet (Season 6). Fashion forward but lacked the confidence needed in a season that had a variety of headstrong personalities. Best lip syncer of the season… IMHO.

64th. Shannel (Season 1). Shannel could’ve easily won season one (or at least made it to the end) if she didn’t let her ego get in the way. She represented that classic, Las Vegas type showgirl that is underappreciated in today’s drag world.

65th. Jessica Wild (Season 2). The only queen to impersonate RuPaul really well (sorry, Trixie). Also needs a spot on All Stars at some point.

66th The Vixen (Season 10). Controversial, outspoken, polarizing, unapologetic. Everything we need in a drag queen. There should be more Vixen-types for the upcoming seasons.

67. Kenya Michaels (Season 4). Super fun, stylish, and contrary to popular opinion did a good job as a crazed Beyonce in Snatch Game.

68. Nina Bo’Nina Brown (Season 9). Nina had crazy potential but let her insecurities and demons completely wreck her on S9.

69. Derrick Barry (Season 8). “It’s Britney… bitch?” (question mark is there on purpose.)

70. Jiggy Caliente (Season 4). One of the most lovable queens from a season that was insanely dramatic. Also, the owner of the worst ensemble ever created on the show (we all know what that was).

71. Mariah (Season 3). Study Joan Crawford… last longer. Simple as that.

72. Farrah Moan (Season 9). Became more known for her whining, which was oddly endearing. Plus her epic showdown with Valentina during the reunion was legendary.

73. Coco Montrese (Season 5). Talented queen but didn’t really get a chance to shine as the entire season was focused on her rivalry with Alyssa.

74. Stacey Layne Matthews (Season 3). Her version of Mo'nique in Precious is still one of the best Snatch Game performances of all time.

75. Jaidynn Diore Fierce (Season 7). Criminally underrated.

76. Gia Gunn (Season 6). “How is she though?” and “ABSOLUTELYYYY” are forever embedded in my brain.

77. Blair St. Clair (Season 10). One of the sweetest queens to ever compete, with a sharp eye for fashion. Was eliminated too early, IMHO.

78. Morgan McMichaels (Season 2). Came out the gate a strong contender (won the first challenge) but faded shortly after that.

79th. Laganja Estranja (Season 6). Laganja is proof that creating an exaggerated character doesn't work for every person. 

80th. Robbie Turner (Season 8). Robbie’s shining moment was her Les Chicken Wing performance, but her acting abilities (something she claimed to be an expert at) faltered all over the place.

81st. Delta Work (Season 3). Delta’s insecurities and her blunt attitude towards “the boogers” was her downfall in season 3.

82. Sahara Davenport (Season 2). Sahara had a presence to her that read as extremely regal and poised. It’s something that many other queens wish they had but don’t. Rest in peace, queen.

83. Mayhem Miller (Season 10). I pegged Mayhem to go the distance early on, as she was already so well known outside of RPDR. It just didn’t happen for her, sadly, as her quieter persona hurt her in the end.

84. Mimi Imfurst (Season 3). Mimi would’ve gone the distance had she not lifted up India. Her personality was off putting but hey, at least she had some compared to the other girls that season.

85. Lineysha Sparx (Season 5). One of the most physically stunning queens to ever enter the werk room (both as a boy and a queen). And yes, I thought her rendition of Celia Cruz was hilarious for all the wrong reasons.

86Rebecca Glasscock (Season 1). It’s pretty much known by longtime RPDR fans that Rebecca should not have been in the top three, nor anywhere near the top that season. She got by on looks with little to back anything else up. But, regardless, she made it to the finale that season over someone way more deserving: Ongina.

87. Milan (Season 4). So underrated when it came to her lip sync abilities. She destroyed Madame, Kenya and almost Jiggly in her effort to win the season 4 crown. 

88. Mrs. Kasha Davis (Season 7). “There’s always time for a cocktail.” Should’ve been the one to come back instead of Trixie, but I understand why that didn’t happen.

89. April Carrion (Season 6). She got royally screwed in season 6. Sort of shocked she hasn’t been asked to do All Stars yet (she actually campaigned for it during the S6 reunion).

90. DiDa Ritz (Season 4). Love DiDa and her personality, but I struggle to still find out she made it to the top 5 in her season.

91. Serena Chacha (Season 5). She’s only this high on the list for the fact that she took on her entire cast in Untucked during the second episode and was delusional enough to believe she was in the right the entire time.

92. Tammie Brown (Season 1). Was the first queen to really get into it with Ru at one of the reunions. It took almost ten years for that to happen again. Also… “I don’t see you walking children in nature” and “Teleport us to Mars” is just… well, iconic.

93. Dusty Ray Bottoms (Season 10). Dusty had a great style and edge to her, and gave Monet a run for her money during the lip sync to Nicki Minaj’s “Pound the Alarm.”

94. Monica Beverly Hillz (Season 5). Monica was very brave to open up about being a transgender woman on the show. I wish she would’ve lasted longer but she seemed defeated the entire time.

95. Madame LaQueer (Season 4). Don’t wear green... ever… at least in front of Michelle Visage.

96. Jasmine Masters (Season 7). Jasmine’s most memorable moment was when Nina Bo’Nina Brown impersonated her on Snatch Game.

97. Mystique Summers Madison (Season 2). I’m not really keen on them doing another All Stars season, but Mystique would benefit from being on it given her amazing transformation over the past couple of years. Also... “I AM FROM CHICAGO!”

98. Jade Jolie (Season 5). You gotta give Jade this: she was able to read the house down for someone who was very reserved. We wouldn’t have the legendary “back rolls” comment from Alyssa Edwards if she didn’t say it originally.  

99. Vivacious (Season 6). Not sure if I should write Vivacious or Ornacia here.

100. Victoria Porkchop Parker (Season 1). The first queen to ever be eliminated on RPDR. I love how RuPaul finds a way to speak about her at every reunion, further solidifying her legendary status on this show.

101. Laila McQueen (Season 8). Such a cutie but got so screwed early on that season.

102. The Princess (Season 3). One of the few bald-headed queens (Sasha Velour, Ongina) from RPDR. Had a great aesthetic that would’ve been fun to watch had she made it further. Darn, those quiet personalities.

103. Nicole Paige Brooks (Season 2) … “from Atlanta, Georgia.”

104. Yuhua Hamasaki (Season 10). ANKH ANKH!

105. Akashia (Season 1). Arguably the best lip syncer in the show’s debut season. And let’s not forget her epic fall on the runway which she turned into something seriously fierce a second later.

106. Tempest DuJour (Season 7). I personally loved Tempest and her personality. However, she was sent home twice in the same season. Ouch.

107. Kimora Blac (Season 9). Adjective.

108. Kelly Mantle (Season 6). The judges WERE NOT feeling her bacon.

109. Jaymes Mansfield (Season 9). Super cute and quirky but was swallowed whole by the big personalities of season 9.

110. Sonique (Season 2). Just never seemed like she really wanted to be there.

111. Dax ExclamationPoint (Season 8). I liked Dax’s viewpoint as a cosplay sort of queen, but her attitude both episodes was really her downfall.

112. India Ferrah (Season 3). Sweet queen, but only remembered for being lifted up by Mimi Imfurst.

113. Charlie Hides (Season 9). Her lip sync had more excuses than actual footsteps taken during it.

114. Lashaun Beyond (Season 4). “Post Apo-po-lop-tic” (SP?)

115. Phoenix (Season 3). Her showdown with India Ferrah during the werk room entrance was so dramatic and over the top but amazing nonetheless.

116. Vivienne Pinay (Season 5). Overconfident fish.

117: Honey Mahogany (Season 5). Caftan.

118. Sasha Belle (Season 7). “I kind of misunderstood the assignment.”

119. Jade (Season 1). Fierce but got destroyed by Rebecca Glasscock in her lip sync. 

120. Magnolia Crawford (Season 6). Quite possibly the most negative person to ever be on RPDR.

121. Naysha Lopez (Season 8). The most pointless bring back ever.

122. Kalorie Karbdashian Williams (Season 10). She knew how to make that ass jiggle. I’ll give her that.

123. Kandy Ho (Season 7). I struggle to find anything that she did good outside of her several lip syncs that she was in (which were great).

124: Alisa Summers (Season 4). Her one hilarious point from season 4 was mentioning how she could’ve turned it out in the first lip sync had she worn sneakers like Jiggly Caliente did.

125: Venus D'Lite (Season 3). Her attitude during the one episode she was there was really off putting, and she made the lip sync against Shangela really uncomfortable to watch.

126: Penny Tration (Season 5). You should be lucky you even made it onto this list when the one who sent you home was Serena Chacha.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.