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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Power Rankings, Episode 9: Breast Foot Forward

We are getting down to the nitty gritty on season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race, as six queens remain to vie for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar.

Last week saw The Vixen make her (not so dramatic) exit, so now we are down to 3 New York City queens (Miz Cracker, Aquaria, Monet X Change), and three others scattered across the United States (Asia O' Hara, Kameron Michaels, Eureka O'Hara). 

I'm sort of equating season 10 to season 7, in that it's on the boring side of things for the most part, however something these two groups have in common is that they both had a strong top 6 in each. I don't think, as of right now, that there is a clear winner. For a while there I thought it was Eureka (and boy did you all let me have it about that force-fed situation), but last night's episode sort of made me think differently and right now its hard to really figure out who is on top as, spoiler alert, NO ONE WENT HOME!

The mini-challenge this week was figuring out which two models had the same pair of underwear on, and honestly, I don't know what they are feeding them in Los Angeles but you really can't have a booty competition without an actual BOOTY! 95 percent of their asses were flatter than Aquaria's sense of humor (shade, shade, shade all around.)

The maxi-challenge was television themed, as it was a spoof of the HBO show Westworld (full disclosure, I've never seen an episode of it), called Breast World. Overall, it was a pretty good showing from all the queens, with a couple of missteps that would've gone unnoticed had there been more of them there instead of just six.

Each week, we are doing a power ranking of who is on the top, the middle and the bottom.  In last week's rankings, Eureka stayed at the top for a 3rd week in a row. Who will fall where this week?

1. Asia O'Hara (last week: #6). Asia needed that challenge to redeem herself from the middle of the pack realness that she's been serving lately (including a trip to the bottom two last week). Acting seems to be something that she excels in, and she was able to take a late in the game character in Breast World and make her shine over all her competitors. Also, the talk that Ru had with her in the werk room will more than likely propel her into the top 4 if not top 3, as you could tell it resonated with her to the point of tearing up. Good work, Asia.

2. Eureka (last week: #1). Eureka was in the top spot for me for the past three weeks, but she did falter during this week's episode both in the main challenge and the runway. I still don't think she is going anywhere. I don't think she is getting the "winners edit" (see above), but they have crafted such a storyline around her where I don't think she will be leaving anytime soon. I don't know though.

3. Monet X Change (last week: #2). What does she have to do to win a mother f***ing challenge around here? Monet was hilarious last night, and even though they read her for her runway look, I still thought it was fabulous as she played the part of her in 50 years really well. I struggle to wonder if she will ever win a challenge before the finale, but then again, if Trixie Mattel can make it through AS3 never winning anything and be crowned the champion in the end, then maybe Monet has something going for her.

4. Aquaria (last week: #5). This is where things get so confusing as I don't know where to place the other three. Aquaria was safe last night, primarily because of her runway look, and I get her mentality about wanting to win and having no problem saying it to the other girls, but I still struggle with the fact that she doesn't captivate me the way the other girls do. 

5. Kameron Michaels (last week: #2). Kameron ended up in the bottom two, which was evident from the moment the rehearsing segment started. Her lip sync was incredible (a tad better than Eureka's IMHO), but I struggle with her the same way I struggle with Aquaria in that I don't know what else she can do at this point. 

6. Miz Cracker (last week: #5). I don't want to put her at the bottom, but at this point, its where she is for me. Cracker is hilarious, and a phenomenal queen, but its not translating the way it should here. She was in the bottom 3 for a performance that felt forced, and I do wonder if she can muster anything left to really give her a win and prove why she's still in the competition. 

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. 

Is Miss Vanjie Returning For Another Drag Race Season?

Is Miss Vanjie Returning For Another Drag Race Season?


We’ve Made Some Interesting Discoveries!

#MISSVANJIE! Who isn’t obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 contestant, Miss Vanessa Vanjie Mateo?! I mean, the name in general – she’s crazy – and we’re crazy about her! We aren’t the only ones, even RuPaul, has worn Vanjie attire on the red carpet for the 2018 Time 100 Gala while the rest of the season has felt Miss Vanjie’s prescence as they blurb her catchphrase AKA name in nearly every episode. Hell, I think my roommate is about to throw a fit because I’m still screaming Miss Vanjie while leaving for work every morning. Please believe me when I say, Miss Vanjie is the best addiction to plague society: She’s harmless – she’s Vanjie!


Clearly World of Wonder Productions would be a fool not to capitalize on the Miss Vanjie phenomenon. They already arranged for Vanjie to join RuPaul during a keynote speech at DragCon LA 2018 to everyone’s surprise. It’s safe to say Vanjie is the winner of the season – she’s a viral sensation and the rest of the Queen’s fan bases won’t hold a candle to Vanjies – not even YOU, Aquaria! We haven’t seen the last of Vanjie on our screens and I must speculate her return for season 11 of Drag Race! Hear me out:


Well, Miss Vanjie is canceling a handful of performances. Our favorite queen has a six-week gap immediately following the Fourth of July and heading into mid-August. Why would a Drag Queen be canceling performances? It’s not like they’re taking night classes or continuing a college degree. They’re so obviously going on Drag Race! Drag Race is a Queen’s destiny now. The Scorpio, a gay bar in North Carolina, has apologized to their patrons for Vanjie canceling a performance. Hmm… check out their apology below and a time gap in Vanjie's schedule below:



In a recent interview with PopBuzz, Vanjie states she’d go back to Drag Race for any reason. She tells:

“If they asked me, of course. Bitch, if they asked me to come clean the bathrooms, I would do it. If they say 'Miss Vanjie, we can't bring you on, but can you please be the janitor for All Stars?' I'd say, yes of course. Give me the gloves, Mary. Let me start cleaning.”


Okay, so WoW isn’t wasting any time jumping from season to season of Drag Race. We didn’t even have enough time to fully be upset over mediocre Trixie Mattel unfairly winning Drag Race: All Stars 3 before we saw a group of new queens literally the next week. The next Drag Race season is arguably probably cast, so we’re due for filming soon. What better time to film than the summer? Season 10 will be wrapping up and followed shortly by the Fourth of July so the busy crew can enjoy a week off with their families. Right? Right. This only means, to me, our girl Vanjie will be making an appearance on season 11. It’s not like queens from season’s past haven’t been brought back before in a regular season. Remember Eureka who’s being shoved down our throats, Shangela who is the most robbed Queen in the show’s history, or that woman who wouldn’t stop talking about her CuCu?! Yeah, they all returned for a new season and did well…besides the Cucu head.


Anyway, take this for what its worth. Possibly nothing but speculation…but let’s hope we can see Vanjie one more time.


Do you think Miss Vanjie will be appearing on the next season of Drag Race?!

Thousands Sashayed into RuPaul's Record-Breaking DragCon

Over 50,000 fans sashayed into the fourth annual RuPaul’s DragCon LA this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Created by mother Ru herself and World of Wonder, this was the largest #DRAGCON to date since it was first held in 2015. And no, it didn’t blow up--there was no sign of Tyra Sanchez anywhere—HALLELOO!

DragCon was packed with over 350 exhibitor booths which included hundreds of meet & greets, performances, and panels which included the following:

RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Bianca Del Rio, Trixie Mattel, Billy Eichner, Brian McCook (Katya) Alaska 5000, Jinkx Monsoon, Alyssa Edwards, Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Blair St. Clair, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Eureka, Kennedy Davenport, Manila Luzon, Alexis Mateo, Vanessa Vaaaaaanjie Mateo, Kameron Michaels, Mayhem Miller, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, Naomi Smalls, Bebe Zahara Benet, Raja, Shangela, Sharon Needles, Valentina, Violet Chachki, Sasha Velour, Chad Michaels, Ross Mathews. For full list of talent, click here.

Thousands of VIP pass holders were able to walk the convention floor hours early while enjoying a live acoustic performance by current All Star reigning queen Trixie Mattel. VIPs also got a first-chance to see the Werkroom replica before everyone else as well as snapping selfies at the over 30 instagrammable spots on the convention floor. Not to mention, they got dibs on the sick’ning vendors with everything your drag-loving hearts could ever desire.

 

 

On the first official morning of DragCon, RuPaul’s Drag Race and All Stars winners Trixie Mattel, Sasha Velour, Sharon Needles, Alaska 5000, Jinkx Monsoon and Bebe Zahara Benet Sissied That Walk down the pink carpet in front of thousands of fans for an epic Crowned Queens Walk.

 

 

As if seeing so many fierce reality television queens wasn’t sensory overload enough, DragCon attendees turned it out with their looks to give other visitors a run for their money. They served face, body, head to toe extravaganza that put many to shame while leaving others gagging.

 

 

This was my first visit to DragCon and what can I say? It was a beautiful experience. It was incredible to see that this tiny show that I use to watch nine years ago had not only grown, but exploded into world domination, inspiring and touching the lives of the young, the old, the marginalized, the disabled, the persecuted, the judged, the misunderstood, the queens—in every one of us.

RuPaul shared about the importance of this event, now more than ever:

In this time of chaos and lies, for three days tens of thousands of big-hearted, super-creative, and sensitive souls peacefully gathered to celebrate their truth at RuPaul’s DragCon. Seeing all the young people and families and queens has filled my heart with gratitude and hope. The future is going to be fierce.

During his Keynote address on Sunday, May 13th, RuPaul expressed:

Here we are in a time when it seems like the world's gone backwards....politically and everything, the pendulum has swung all the way...it's up to us and how we see ourselves on an emotional and personal level to push the conversation forward.

Before entering the convention center, all DragCon goers were greeted with a larger-than-life “Everybody Say Love” sign that set the tone of tolerance, inclusivity, and peace at the convention.

But let’s get down to it. As I mentioned, this was my first time at DragCon and ultimately, I had a great time. I met some amazing people, witnessed more death drops than I have ever seen in real life, and got to kiki with my favorite queens. Still--with all that, and with every event, there was chaos.

First you should know that if you are going to DragCon, YOU MUST HAVE MONEY. We're talkin' CASHFLOW REALNESS. If you plan on just paying for your pass and then coming to enjoy everything without spending a dime…that may be hard. Aside from paying for whatever you want to buy, you will have to pay for something or even pay for a meet & greet if you want to smile and pose with your favorite queens. This isn’t like meeting them at the bar or the club, they are there to run a business and their teams have it on lock making sure that they are making their coin. Completely understandable, though. RuPaul’s Drag Race has made entrepreneurs of them all over night and they need to sustain their very expensive careers. Just know that if you plan to get a picture, it’s gonna cost you, so don’t be offended if you are turned away.

One thing that was a great escape at DragCon that cost no extra money was The Runway. Throughout the weekend contests and presentations were held on the convention floor that had the crowds LIVING! If you were looking for the hot spot with all the music, The Runway was the place. With hosted and scheduled performances by Eureka, Alexis Michelle, Chad Michaels, Mayhem Miller, Trinity K. Bonet, Detox, Latrice Royale, Morgan McMichaels, Laganja Estranja—the queens were bringing it to the runway.

Special guests Evan Michael Lee and Chase Kolozsi from World of Wonder’s The Gaymer Guys, hosted a special cosplay contest that flipped the wigs of judges Jiggly Caliente and Pandora Boxx. And another highlight was the season finale of Hey Qween with Jonny McGovern, Lady Red and Peppermint.

The perfect opportunity to spend some more time getting to know the queens is by attending sessions and panel discussions, which also make DragCon a meeting of the minds. Sessions do cover a lot of points for RuPaul’s Drag Race fanatics, but at their core, these panels are a dialogue for drag and LGBTQIA culture that truly elevate visibility.

That being said, for DragCon LA, scheduling and timing for all sessions was a bit of a disaster. There was overcrowding in the lines and staff was having a hard time getting everyone in order because we all seemed to be in a haze. One late session potentially pushed back all the sessions in the room which interfered with the ability to run to the next line and wait for the next session. I know DragCon is only 4 years old, so maybe they will learn from these mistakes and have better communication among their team to insure that people don't get out of hand because—let me tell you—Drag Race fans can be VICIOUS and entitled!

If you were lucky enough to get into the sessions of your choice, it was definitely worth the wait. From Brian McCook (Katya) giving an uncensored, uncut and inspirational “DEB Talk” in the style of a TED Talk about the Drag Entertainment Business to Billy Eichner Glamming up the Midterms, the DragCon sessions were meaningful and insightful—but also tons of fun!

During one session, the RPDR Season 3 queens Ru-united to dish about what life has been like for the queens since they were on the show and how they have seen the evolution of drag and Drag Race over the last 10 years. It was an honest conversation about how drag has manifested into a popularity contest with social media and how most fans forget that paramount to everything, drag is art! Panelists included Phoenix, India Ferrah, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Raja, Stacy Layne Matthews, Manila Luzon, and Alexis Mateo. The panel was moderated by Michael J Freeman.

Billy Eichner and Funny or Die partnered with DragCon to present their efforts in Glam Up the Midterms, an initiative started by Eichner to encourage voting citizens to cast their votes in the midterm elections in order to make the changes we so need in this world possible. Eichner was joined by Alaska and Peppermint for some “Billy on the Street” style games that got the audience pumped and had them rolling on the floor. Eichner also welcomed three community powerhouses who are creating political and social change in the Los Angeles area.

Jasmine Masters’ Class was also in-session during DragCon as she gave her humble opinion and had real talk with sister queens Kennedy Davenport, Tempest DuJour, and Shea Couleé. The four loud-mouthed queens dished about their time on Drag Race, the difficulties that come with being in the public eye, and they even down and dirty discussing their favorite sex positions before taking questions from the audience. Jasmine Masters definitely had something to say and panel attendees were present and ready for class!

Attending DragCon was an unforgettable experience. Yes it was three long days of walking, talking, dancing, standing, waiting, not eating, taking selfies—but by the time you realized your feet were numb, you were ready for the next day. I don’t recommend heels if you’re not use to them! I wore some butch flats instead.

I think there are a lot of sides to the idea of DragCon. Hardcore Drag Race fans will either love it or hate it. Drag purists may feel like it is a crazy whirlwind mega bitch of consumerism that is so far removed from the essence of the art of drag that they would wonder why anyone would spend a dime to visit. In my honest opinion—and I’m no Jasmine Masters—DragCon is part of the LGBTQIA revolution that has come to ignite discourse about the celebration of the obscure and what is different, and glamorous, and beautiful. It may also be the only place where people feel like they can freely express themselves without the fear of being in danger.

Expensive as it may be, DragCon and what RuPaul’s Drag Race has given to the gay community is groundbreaking. We forget that behind a simple reality show there is a message of tolerance and appreciation for individuals who have had to fight their whole lives to stand out, to be accepted, and to survive. We are truly lucky to be alive at a time where DragCon can even exist and where thousands can gather to honor pioneers and future generations of not just drag culture, but the LGBTQIA community that just wants to love and be loved—with heels click clackin’ about.


DragCon returns to New York in September. Badges and VIP Packages for the second annual “RuPaul’s DragCon NYC” will go on sale May 14, 2018 at RuPaulsDragCon.com. If you’re in the area, you bettah getchu some and start saving those monies, Henny!  

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. 

Finally a Response from Robbie Turner and the Infamous Car Accident Tweets

Following a tweet that drag performer Robbie Turner posted on April 15th RuPaul’s Drag Race fans and alumni seemed to be thrown for a loop with speculation. Robbie stated in a series of tweets that he had been in a car accident where the Uber driver was killed, but no confirmation of such an accident was ever confirmed.

Many fans called him out for being a compulsive liar that has in the past fabricated outlandish stories that have proven to be false while others were sympathetic to Robbie and wished him a speedy recovery.

After reaching out to Robbie and his representation, Instinct never received any comment.

Soon after everyone’s wig was flipped, Queer/Bar in Seattle, where Robbie was the resident host, announced that Robbie Turner would be taking some time off to focus on his mental health.

Since the infamous tweets that shook the drag world, Robbie has been silent. Many fans have claimed that they have been blocked for posting negative comments on his social media, but not a single response--until now.

Robbie Turner just posted on Instagram a long apology to various entities that comes right after the release of his Entertainment Weekly interview:

Just today, 12 days after the online scandal, Entertainment Weekly has released an interview with Robbie Turner that talks about what transpired. I’ll quote some of the responses here, but in brief, yeah--the car accident never happened!

Robbie shares with EW that he was in an altered state of mind because he believes something had been slipped into one of his drinks and that he had slipped in the shower. The entire car accident and going to the hospital after was a very vivid dream that he perceived to be reality.

Robbie shares:

I woke up with bruises on my body, and I woke up with a headache, so my initial reaction was I thought I had a concussion. I was worried because I was alone… I wasn’t going to be seeing anyone for a few days. I usually try to rest and sit still after a weekend of shows. And I more or less woke up worried that I had a concussion, [so I] made a scheduled post for when people would be waking up Sunday morning… I was already falling asleep and was panicking… I did wake up with very large bruises and a headache, and I’ve always had this irrational fear of concussions.

After days of poking around and sleuthing to figure out everything I had gone through, days later I saw footage of me coming home, getting out of a car, and getting into my apartment okay. What [I] think happened is that I was slipped something [in my drink], because I didn’t drink that much that night, and [that I] slipped and fell in the shower. The hat I was wearing is completely bent and gross, so we think I hit my head in the shower, got out of makeup, went to bed, and had a very vivid and ridiculous dream.

Robbie continues to share that he never thought to contact the authorities or to gain confirmation that the accident had ever occurred, but he did go to the hospital and was informed he hadn’t been there as he previously thought.

After doing my own sleuthing I went to the hospital and got an affirmation that I had not been seen on Sunday like I thought I had, which was horrifying and embarrassing… And so I spent the next few days resting and trying to find out [what happened] from the police and the hospital and everything was turning up into a weird dead end and almost becoming comical to the professionals that I was seeing. I thought I was losing my mind…. A friend of mine who is a therapist came over and told me that I should get a psych evaluation for the whole scenario, so I spent the next few days after that speaking to crisis counselors, and when I was finally seen by a psychiatrist. I talked to them about everything that has been going on, even prior to the accident, because it’s just been kind of a nightmare in my personal life. There have been many deaths and a lot of loss, and the social worker and psychiatrist [said] it sounds more like I had a mild mental break, and it was triggered by slipping in the shower and being slipped something [in my drink].

Robbie also touches on the response he received and the online bullying from fans and followers that really turned blew the whole situation out of proportion.

There’s absolutely a larger bullying community now, and I think people like to use the term “calling out” as a cover, as a guise to what they’re actually doing, which is bullying someone. I personally don’t read a lot of the comments, and the things that I have seen have been screen shots that a friend will send… I don’t want to see any of it. I’m already fully aware of what happened and what’s happening. But it is interesting to see that side of people that I’ve worked with in the Drag Race community. It’s like, well, I hate to point it out, but no one is perfect and everyone makes large mistakes that they regret whether it be on a public level or not… Unfortunately, I don’t think people have control, and they start reading one thing and turn it into a giant campaign to basically eviscerate someone when they don’t actually have 100 percent of the proper information.

Then, when asked about how he felt regarding other Drag Race alumni who commented about the whole incident, Robbie had some choice words about his ‘sisters’:

Not one of the girls that you mentioned reached out to me once, so I’m not completely surprised that those are the types who said something because they’re trying to remain current, and talking about somebody else’s drama gives them material, I guess. I’ve just never been that person because I don’t see the point of kicking people who are down because it’s an unfair advantage.

But do you think Robbie was trying to stay current? Because regardless of what happened, I think it worked!

And does Robbie have any regrets with respect to this incident?

I’m a little horrified that I did publish it in the first place, and looking back it’s always easier in hindsight… but fear I think is a powerful motivator, and I was so fearful that I was not going to wake up, so I made a plea for help, and if you read the original post it was clearly scrambled… reading it now I’m like, oh my goodness, why did I post anything? I should have called someone to come over [and] take me back to the hospital if I was having an issue.

Read the full interview HERE


Based on this interview, we now understand that the car accident DID NOT occur straight from the drag queen’s words. So now, have we reached a point in this story where we should leave Robbie alone? He is going to take some time off to be on antidepressants and work on his mental health. I mean, it seems it was really doing a number on him.

It seems the great drag mystery of 2018 has been solved, but do you believe Robbie Turner’s explanation for the whole thing or do you chalk it up to, as Robbie called it, ‘trying to stay current’? Or should we all be more sympathetic now that he has come clean about the fictional accident? Or was it a gag that spun way too out of control from which he could never return?

 

Keep Those Coins Coming: RuPaul Develops Make-Up Line

Is RuPaul coming for Kylie (Jenner) and Jeffree Star in the cosmetics industry?  The queen of all queens can now add another title onto his already plush resume,as it has been revealed that he's developing a collection of makeup products with Mally Beauty.

 

#MallyXRuPaul More info coming soon!

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“Ru has always stayed true to who he is and unapologetically puts himself out there. He exemplifies self-acceptance and has inspired and taught millions of people to love themselves,” founder Mally Roncal said in a press release regarding the exciting collaboration.

“This seamlessly blends with Mally Beauty’s mantra: What makes you different makes you beautiful! I feel blessed to have the honor of working with RuPaul and have him connected to my brand.”

The cosmetics line will consist of 10 or 12 products.  This isn't the first time that Ru has worked with a cosmetics brand, as he became the face and spokesperson for MAC cosmetics back in 1994.  The MAC brand was part of a very important challenge surrounding people living with HIV during the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

No further details about the collaboration as of yet, but its something that Ru looks very excited about. “I love Mally. Her approach to make-up is exemplified by her personality; smart, sexy, fun, and beautiful. I really dig this woman,” Ru said in a statement.

Will one the products be a Miss Vanjie brush? (Fingers crossed).

 

Who Is The Best Drag Race Winner?

Who Is The Best Drag Race Winner?


A Ranking Of All Original Nine Winners!

#GAG! Like most of the LGBTQ community, I've found some of my time being dedicated to the one reality television series which truly caters to us. While we've been progressing with additional series such as Queer Eye and Finding Prince Charming, one long running series with arguably the best/worst fandom is none other than RuPaul's Drag Race. Since 2009, in an age RuPaul dubs, "before the internet", Drag Queens have filled our brains and their names are on the tip of our tongues. Over a hundred Queens have stepped into our lives, ready to be judged. And judged they will be, damn it! Check out my list of the best original winners below:


 

 

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09. Violet Chachki 

Yawn. Is there any season of Drag Race more forgettable than their seventh season? Sure, we got to see the lackluster introduction to Trixie Mattel and high-energy, extremely likable Katya, but is there anyone else to truly fan for? Clearly RuPaul had an aneurysm before she declared the winner Violet Chachki. While fashion forward, I struggled to even remember who she was. Literally, I had to Google how to spell her last name. Is she still doing drag?



08. Sasha Velour 

Alright, I'll admit Sasha Velour had one of the most memorable lip syncs to date. Roses falling from her wig?! Uhh, girl! That's pretty intense! It clearly shook the audience, RuPaul, and Shea Coulee (Who certainly thought she was going to win the whole show). However, besides her final performance, Velour disappeared among larger personalities. The looks were incredible, but everyone knows Velour wasn't their first choice to take home the crown.



07. Tyra Sanchez

Honestly, regardless of Tyra Sanchez's recent drama of being banned from DragCon, I would still place her low on a list of all-time winners. While I appreciate her controversial attitude for the sake of dramatics, she truly didn't bring the heat during her performance in the series second season. Heat - as in shutting down the others. It's still debated to this day fellow contestant, Raven, should've snatched the crown. While Sanchez served us a lot of entertainment; a final win shouldn't have been in her cards.



06. BeBe Zahara-Benet 

Throwing this back all the way into Drag Race's first season. Should BeBe Zahara-Benet have won? Absolutely. She was arguably the most marketable Queen out of the bunch. While being marketable, she also was deemed as "comfort" for the time. She wasn't a fishy Queen blending the lines of being Transgender. She was gorgeous, modest, and looked straight out of Studio 54. Zahara-Benet is classic, traditional Drag...which is why she probably doesn't stack up compared to the rest of the Drag Race winners.



05. Bob The Drag Queen

The only reason Bob The Drag Queen isn't higher on this list is because, let's be real, we've all seen her shtick before. Hilarious, yes. Dude in a dress, of course! Bob is familiar with everyone because she essentially represents your friendly hometown Drag Queen who made it on television. Luckily for Bob, she ended up on a season complete with CuCus, fodder, and Derrick Barry; which made her the clear winner from episode one. A win definitely deserved, but I believe we all feel our hometown hero could've done the same routine.



04. Jinkx Monsoon

I would love to place Jinkx Monsoon higher on this list. Monsoon defeated a mean girls clique and defied odds by winning over the audience's hearts. In the same vein as Bob, Monsoon had such a hometown Queen vibe. She would be more successful if she had been on a season prior, since she virtually has duplicated the narrative of former winner Sharon Needles.


 

Thanx babe @ryan_paul_turner for my cute buns

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03. Raja

Ahh, Drag Race season 3. The innocence before the obsessed fandom began to destroy the edits and producers became heavily involved in creating story lines rather than allowing Queens to be petty and well...themselves. Long before we had talks of conversion therapy and work room heart-to-hearts for ratings, we had a divided cast of Boogers and Heathers. Raja, a Heather, was a force to be reckoned with. Her fashion had us gagging while her confessionals read the competition flawlessly. When she believed she'd be perceived as a villain, she strictly stated she only gossiped among her friends - because who doesn't talk a bunch of bull with their best friends among the kitchen table? Raja is truly one who has made her mark in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.


 

SHOW #3,456.....  #sandiego #blameitonbiancadelriotour2018 #herewego #clowninagown

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02. Bianca Del Rio

It's no secret Bianca Del Rio has been one of the few Queens to use her position to further her career outside of the nightclub scene. From Netflix films to comedy specials, Del Rio has most made a thumbprint in mainstream media. To this day, I still cannot scroll through social media without seeing one of her quotes or a GIF of her. With a flawless win of never landing in the bottom, Del Rio demolished her competition.


 

I’m gonna get ya Salt Lake City!!

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01. Sharon Needles

The fourth season of Drag Race truly changed the series. The audience began to grow, especially with a powerhouse of personalities such as villainous Phi Phi O'Hara, former inmate Latrice Royale, ejected and blackballed contestant Willam, among many other colorful characters. Now, hear me out, the winner of the season, Sharon Needles, truly changed Drag Race. She brought a heartbreaking story of being an outcast her entire life. Drag was her outlet and she excelled at being one of the best. Through being berated by O'Hara, Needles became America's Sweetheart. Ever since Needles won with talent and a gut-wrenching history of pain, World of Wonder Productions has been trying to find a Needles in each season moving ahead. Needles, without question, changed reality television as we know it...and all of the winners of Drag Race need to be bowing down to her.


Who is your favorite Drag Race winner?! 

Did Drag Race's Robbie Turner Have a Brush With Death?

Over the weekend, RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Robbie Turner allegedly got a rude awakening that is a serious reminder to all of us not to drive drunk.

The drag performer was on his way home in an Uber when the car was struck by a drunk driver. Robbie lost consciousness and woke up much later in the hospital, but the Uber driver was killed in the collision.

Although this has not been confirmed by authorities in the Seattle area, Robbie recounts the happening on Twitter:

And with this horrific experience, it has put things into perspective for Robbie, giving him a platform to spread love and encourage others to thank those closest to them:

There’s no doubt that even when you are a careful driver, there will be others who get behind the wheel drunk and take the lives of innocent people in the process. According to NHTSA, at least 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes every day—that’s one person every 50 minutes—over 10,500 per year. Take advantage of tools like ride sharing (Uber, Lyft, etc.), stay at a friend’s house so that you crash on a couch and not into another person. We are all responsible for the lives we put in danger when we get behind the wheel, so if you want to party under the influence--don’t drive.


UPDATE: The Stranger and Seattle Gay Scene have reported that both Seattle Police and Uber representatives haven't been able to confirm that this actually happened. We have reached out to Robbie Turner several times for clarification, but it seems the drag performer has gone dormant in response to this alleged car accident. There are many questions about this story, including what happened to the person who was 'killed'? What happened to the drunk driver? Why are there no reports on this ever occurring? Tons have flooded social media calling Robbie out for his compulsive lying. If he is lying, why has Robbie Turner fabricated such a story?

h/t: Robbie Turner Twitter, NHTSAThe StrangerSeattle Gay Scene

Calling in Sick? People Didn't Believe RuPaul Was on 'RPDR' Last Night

Last night's RuPaul's Drag Race had so much packed into 90 minutes that we are still in gagging almost 24 hours later.  33 different outfits (yes, 33 unedited ensembles walking down that runway), The Vixen (justifiably) yelling at another queen again and (SPOILER ALERT) Monet X Change and Dusty Ray Bottoms giving us one of the best lip syncs in quite some time.

But wait... was there something/someone else there, or not there, that we missed out on?  The latest conspiracy theory about the best reality show on television has once again got the internet shook and we are here for it (for now, until the truth hopefully gets revealed.)

For the runway portion of RPDR last night, host RuPaul did not show her face for the first time in the show's almost decade-long history.  Her look read as very Leigh Bowery, with her face totally covered as she topped that off by wearing one of the largest pair of shades the world has ever seen.  But... was it her... or someone else?

Some folks on the internet thought she called in sick and had someone sit in for her instead. They said that she had a sore throat last week, so it would explain why she wouldn't show up. 

Based on the previous conspiracy theories that have gotten out about this show before (like the one where Bebe Zahara Benet wasn't an actual contestant but a judge for All Stars 3), we will take this with a grain of salt.  Let's just hope that we see Ru's gorgeous mug next week so that the internet can refocus on something different like another Aquaria/Cracker battle that is bound to happen at some point.

Do you think that was Ru on last night's show... or not? 

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 Power Rankings: We Have a New Front Runner

Episode three of RuPaul's Drag Race aired last night on VH1, which saw the first New York City queen go home: Yuhua Hamasaki (I never saw her winning TBH, but I definitely didn't see her going home this early).

Last night's episode (plus Untucked) gave us a vibe similar to how season 4 was in terms of certain cast members having a very vocal and in your face opinion and attitude about the others in and out of the werk room, which quite frankly helped make this show into what it is today.  Not saying that I enjoy the whole Bad Girls Club meets RuPaul's Drag Race sort of thing that last night was, but at the same time, one queen's thoughts on racism needed to be shared and for good reason. 

That being said, there are 11 queens left, and moving forward, I will be doing a power ranking of sorts that shows where each queen will fall (IMHO) after each episode airs.  Based on last night's episode, here is how I think the group stands.

1. Asia O'Hara.  I wasn't really convinced about Asia in the first two episodes, as I sort of just found her presence to be simply "there".  Episode three showed her really stepping her game up, by easily winning the Tap That App challenge by using one of the funniest faces I've ever seen on RPDR plus her feather-inspired runway look which was also able to find its funny by Asia consistently blowing the hair out of her face.  As of now, she is potentially the one to beat, as she's never been in the bottom, and has been able to control her emotions pretty well compared to some of her still competition.  Stay tuned though.

2, Blair St. Clair.  Blair is going to be the silent killer of this season.  If you haven't realized it already, she's been in the top for all three episodes as of now, but has yet to win a main competition.  That to me is not a problem, as it shows that she's been consistent with her performance unlike others such as Mayhem Miller who has sort of been all over the place.  Blair is funny, unique, has a great story behind her and really is coming across very likable so far which can allow the producers to craft a great story for her as the season goes on.  She's definitely one to look out for at the moment.

3. The Vixen.  When you come into the first episode saying you are ready to fight, you better back up those words.  And she has, each and every episode.  The Vixen is this season's Phi Phi O'Hara, but with a more justified POV.  I love Phi Phi, but a lot of her anger in S4 came across as pure insecurity whereas The Vixen has a major point and I'm so glad that they didn't really edit anything out in Untucked when she came head to head with Aquaria regarding how the NYC queen shaded her about simply borrowing a wig.

Sure, her delivery might be over the top and I do agree with Miz Cracker when she can bring it down to a five instead of a ten, but The Vixen knows how past African-American queens have been treated on and off this show (Jasmine Masters, Nina Bo'Nina Brown) and she simply doesn't want that happening anymore and decided to speak on it on television as opposed to simply on social media.  She rightfully put Aquaria in her place, and didn't back down.  It shows that she's not only talented queen on the runway, but a smart cookie off of it in terms of knowing how to play this game but at the same time voicing your opinion when needed.  

4. Eureka O'Hara.  Eureka figured out what her flaws were in season 9 and is doing her best to not repeat them.  After winding up in the bottom two last week, she quickly recovered by doing a pretty funny performance in the Tap That App challenge, and killing it on the runway.  Her whole thing, moving forward, is to keep her balance of funny and fashion going at a rate that can put a lot of these other queens in the back row as opposed to the main stage.  She has it, we know she does, just stay balanced and she'll go the distance.  

5. Monet X Change.  Monet has a New York City mindset that is very reminiscent of Bianca Del Rio in season 6.  She knows how to throw shade at the other queens, but has also been very smart and very balanced in how she handles the others, particularly the Aquaria vs. Vixen meltdown on last night's episode.  Her humor shined in the Tap That App challenge, and it looks as if this whole sponge thing will be her "Purse First" moment of the season.  I hope she gets a win in some of the main challenges moving forward, because she's someone who I really want to see make it to the end of this game.

6 Miz Cracker.  I'm fairly confident that Miz was in pure heaven last night when Aquaria, who has talked so much smack about her so far, got her ass handed to her by The VIxen.  Miz is talented, funny, irreverent and quirky, which has been seen a good amount so far.  She has yet to really have her moment to shine, so unless she's able to find that in the upcoming episodes, she remains in the middle of the pack for now.

7. Mayhem Miller.  Sure, she won the first episode.  Kudos on that, but she's a bit of a mess with her emotions and clearly can't speak up for herself.  I knew from the middle of the episode last night that she would be in the bottom two.  Yes, she killed it in the lip sync, but if you can't speak up for yourself on a show that will make you a superstar like your fellow sisters Detox and many others, than you really shouldn't expect to go that far.

8. Dusty Ray Bottoms.  Dusty's story about her horrific upbringing being gay was incredibly jarring and heartbreaking to watch, so I'm glad they gave her a human element this early in the season.  That being said, she's been middle of the pack so far and unless something changes with that soon, I don't see her going the distance at all.

9. Kameron Michaels.  Kameron's quietness and inability to perform in a comedy sense will be her downfall, especially with Snatch Game coming up.  

10. Monique Heart.  She's extra in a way that isn't good, and her delusional thought process in thinking that she should be in the top every week really is hard to watch.  See ya. 

11. Aquaria.  Aquaria is a perfect example of why people hate millennials.  She got everything she deserved last night after throwing some major shade at The Vixen, that led to her crying a couple of times which no one was really here for.  Don't start nothing, won't be nothing is the true statement here, and she's clearly pissed off half the girls that are left (including Dusty outside of the show), and quite frankly, I don't see her lasting that much longer.  This is what happens when people fill your ego to the brim to the point where you can't really see how you act with others.  

 

 

 

Blair St. Clair Hilarious Recreates The Yodeling Boy Viral Video!

Season 10 RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Blair St. Clair might be getting sick of all this "Vanjie" hilarity, as she has found an amazing way to bring the spotlight back on her by doing a spoof of that viral yodeling boy video that just went out!

For some reason, a 10-year-old boy named Mason Ramsey decided to visit a local Walmart and sing the Hank Williams classic "Lovesick Blues."  The video has received millions of views, and already has several memes spawned from it.

Blair St. Clair wanted to get in on this "yodeling" action, so she posted her own version in what looks to be yet another Walmart.

LOL!  Also, peep the man on the side, who came dressed like the woman from the original video.  Given how several queens on RPDR says that Blair looks like a 10-year-old boy out of drag anyway, this opportunity came at a perfect time for her.

Shante you stay, Blair. Oh, and of course... there had to be a Shangela "sugar daddy" parody made for this.

 

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