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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.


 

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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.


 

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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.


 

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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?! 

World of Wonder Launches World of Drag Quarterly Subscription Box

The holidays have clearly come early for all you RPDR fans out there! World of Wonder, the multi-platform production company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and Untucked, present the World of Drag quarterly subscription box... hunty. 

World of Wonder twirled the globe searching for the most sickening items from your favorite queens. The result? World of Wonder’s World of Drag box - a curated collection of custom products designed for your inner drag queen.  Picture this to be your very own version of QVC, or shall we call it, RuVC? 

Check out the items that will come with your first delicious and big box:

Purse First makeup bag by Bob The Drag Queen-  Running late with no time to put on your face? Toss your makeup into the official Bob the Drag Queen makeup bag and head out the door--purse first, purse first.

Exclusive RuPaul metal art by artist Jason Mecier - You’re born naked and the rest is drag. And art. The way Jason Mecier crafts stunning portraits out of pop culture’s detritus is the very definition of drag; that fabulous alchemy of making something out of nothing. It’s an honor to bring you his iconic portrait of RuPaul.

Sasha Velour playing cards - Whether your aesthetic is the Queen of Clubs, Diamonds, Spades or Hearts, these Sasha Slaying Cards will dazzle and distract your opponents in any game. Break them out for a round of strip poker.

Special collector's item edition of The DIVA Rules by Michelle Visage- READING is what? FUNDAMENTAL. Michelle’s book teaches you to ditch the drama, find your strength, and sparkle your way to the top.

This box, and its looks to be a very nice box, is available for pre-sale today.  Check out the link here!  Here's Bob to tell you more: 

 

Drag Queens Take You 'Out of the Closet' in new series

You remember those iconic episodes of MTv’s Cribs? You know, the one with Mariah Carey in the bathtub or Hugh Hefner galavanting around the Playboy Mansion? Oh, the early 2000s!

Well, if you are like me and you can’t help watching old episodes and laughing at how ridiculously lavish and dated they are--you’re probably excited to learn that a new form of cribs is hitting the web feature--get this--the drag queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Now, you may or may not be a fan, but the new series may bring back a little bit of nostalgia for people showing their possessions. What’s wrong with me?

The new digital series appropriately named Out of the Closet will take viewers and fans on a behind-the-scenes (and makeup) look at the lives of some Drag Race favorites. From makeup, to garments, to some of their best secrets Logo will give you a look at the queens you’ve never seen before.

In the inaugural season, you will get to see the closets and spaces of Sasha Velour, Acid Betty, Aja, Alexis Michelle, Kimora Blac and Manila Luzon. Maybe they’re saving Vanessa Vanjie Mateo for season 2?

Out of the Closet will be released every Tuesday at 12pm beginning April 17th on the Logo website, just in time for lunch with the ladies!

Until then, check out the teaser below: