Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race concluded last Thursday with New York’s very own Aquaria taking home the crown.
Aquaria, as talented as she is, follows in a line of 10 seasons of queens who all have one major thing in common: they were in really good shape when they won (and continue to be to this day).
Over the course of almost ten years of Drag Race, many plus-size queens have entered the werk room with the goal of winning the $100,000 dollar grand prize and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. Yet none of them have actually won it yet. Is this a glaring problem that the show is only exacerbating? Is it a societal issue regarding people with size? Or does size really not matter in a competition like this?
Several plus size queens have gone the distance on RPDR, with many coming close to winning. Let’s break down each season and how far they got:
Victoria “Porkchop” Parker (Season 1): 9th Place
Mystique Summers Madison (Season 2): 10th Place
Mimi Imfurst (Season 3): 11th Place
Stacy Layne Matthews (Season 3): 8th Place
Delta Work (Season 3): 7th Place
Madame LaQueer (Season 4): 10th Place
Jiggy Caliente (Season 4): 8th Place
Latrice Royale (Season 4): 4th Place
Penny Tration (Season 5): 14th Place
Roxxxy Andrews (Season 5): Runner-Up
Darienne Lake (Season 6): 4th Place
Ginger Minj (Season 7): Runner-Up
Kim Chi (Season 8): Runner-Up
Eureka (Season 9): 11th Place (Taken out due to injury)
Kalorie Karbdashian Williams (Season 10): 13th Place
Eureka (Season 10): Runner-Up
It’s interesting when you look at the statistics of the big girls from RPDR. None of them made it far in the first three seasons, with many making very early exits. My theory was that they wanted Mimi to go the distance a bit, but she picked up India Ferrah and that was that.
Latrice became the first big girl to really give the others a run for their money, and would’ve been serious competition against Chad Michaels and Sharon Needles (sorry Phi Phi) had she made it into the top three. Roxxxy was never going to win season 5, as she was a huge villain and it would’ve made the fan base of the show erupt in a really bad way. Darienne was lucky to have made it into the top 4, IMHO. That spot should’ve been for BenDeLaCreme.
Season 7 was the first one to have a true big girl contender in the finale with Ginger. If Katya wasn’t going to win, then Ginger should have. I think that season was really made for her, as she fit into so many categories that could’ve put her into the winners circle but her attitude made a lot of the audience shift to either Pearl or Violet Chachki with the latter coming out with the W.
If Bob the Drag Queen wasn’t on Season 8, then Kim would’ve won. Bob was just unstoppable. I always wonder how far Eureka would’ve gone on her original season, as she was doing great up until the whole injury thing. Just like Ginger, she really did an amazing job throughout her own season this past year but the pendulum swung towards the north again and crowned Aquaria the winner (4 out of the past 5 winners have been from NYC).
So will a big girl ever really win this game, or does weight have anything to do with this? I asked my friends their thoughts and this is what they said:
“They should win because they’re fat?”
“Yeah, I mean, I would rather a big girl win because she deserves it. Not just because she’s a big girl.”
“Conversely big girls have done extremely well post #DragRace. I do see the point though.”
“I’m waiting for that Big girl that is all about being talented instead of a fat joke to appease the audience.”
“We already have a plus size winner of Drag Race! Jinkx (Monsoon) just took a few years to get there! (Her words not mine lol).”
“Eureka doesn’t deserve to win just because she’s a plus size girl. This takes away from Aquaria who worked her ass off and deserved to win just as much as any of the top queens. Just because Eureka didn’t win doesn’t mean you can shade Aquaria’s hard work.”
“I think the bigger problem is that we choose to lean towards contestants based on size as opposed to talent. It’s like reverse size-ism.”
What are your thoughts on this subject?
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.