My favorite television show is RuPaul’s Drag Race. I ADORE it. I could watch reruns for days and not get sick of it. We don’t have cable, but my husband humors my drag addiction and buys Drag Race on Amazon for me. So I get to see episodes usually 1-2 days after they’ve played on Logo. The delay sucks, but it’s better than nothing!
Yesterday was the premiere episode of season 6 and I am SO excited for it! Drag Race is pretty much a yearly show, so it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had a new season to watch. In preparation, last night we watched the “Meet the Queens” promo. For those unfamiliar with Drag Race, this segment gives each of the queens a chance to talk and answer questions and tell us a little bit about themselves. It’s a nice way to familiarize yourself with them and pick your favorites before the show even starts.
Before I pick apart these new queens though, I should explain a bit my love of drag and drag queens.
My first real exposure to drag was in college. I went to an art school and was dating a boy whose roommate liked to do drag. I remember being very surprised when I learned this because I couldn’t picture this guy made up as a woman. In those days, I didn’t really understand drag and I thought it was all about making a convincing illusion and passing as a woman. My boyfriend’s roommate was tall, broad shouldered and very masculine looking. I couldn’t imagine him making a convincing woman. I was at their apartment one night when he was getting ready to go out to a club and I saw him about 80% through his transformation and my mind was completely blown.
He was beautiful. The way that he used makeup to contour his face, and to contour his chest so that he looked like he had breasts was mind-blowing to me. I had never imagined he would look so beautiful. It wasn’t that he looked like a woman exactly, but with his features made up in a way to make him appear soft and feminine, he became something else. Not a woman, not a man, but just beautiful. It literally took my breath away. I told him that he looked gorgeous and he seemed so happy. He probably just thought I was the typical straight girl telling the drag queen that she was beautiful, but I meant it. It wasn’t that I was attracted to him sexually when he was in drag, there was just something so interesting and different and exciting about a man being able to transform himself so dramatically that I just immediately fell in love with the whole process. I was enchanted.
When I heard that RuPaul would be coming out with a reality show about drag I immediately started watching it on Logo. This was back in the days when we had cable. I fell in love with drag all over again. I loved getting to see the men painting themselves up and watching the transformation firsthand. I loved seeing the faces of the guys behind the drag. I loved hearing them talk about drag and their experiences growing up and how they got into it. I loved learning about drag terms like fishy, ki-ki and throwing shade. I just loved it all. If I had been born a man, I would be the biggest fucking drag queen of all time. I live for it. No matter how much shade I might throw, I still love ALL of these queens for doing what they do.
So that’s my herstory with drag and why I am so completely in love with this show. But enough about that. It’s time to talk about THE QUEENS!
Adore Delano: So cute. I love the giant pink hair, the put-on ditsy spoiled-brat personality, and her love for her mom who’s from the 80s. Not my favorite, but she’s in the top for me. I hope she sticks around for a while. I am not familiar with her from her American Idol days (the last season I watched of American Idol was when Fantasia won), so I’m hoping she lasts at least to a singing challenge so I can hear if the girl has pipes.
April Carrion: Boring. Sorry ’bout it girl. She seems sweet enough, and she’s got a great body and face, but I need more than just a pretty face. I pick her as cannon fodder and probably an early elimination. It’s a shame because I usually LOVE the Puerto Rican queens and it’s sad that she’s all they have to show this season.
Ben de la Creme: Also adorable, and who can’t love Jinx’s bestie? I LOVED Jinx. There is something just a little too rehearsed and scripted with Ben though. I have a feeling that when I see her interacting with the judges she will probably prove to be just as witty on the fly, and then my love for her will be solidified. For now though, I do love her, but I’m keeping her at arm’s length. She could be a real contender though.
Bianca Del Rio: I love me a dry and jaded queen. I think Bianca will be fun in the talking heads, but I’m not convinced that she’s got the goods to make it far in the competition. She’s a middle-of-the-pack queen for me. I don’t hate, I don’t love, but I do like.
Courtney Act: Gorgeous and sweet, but I wonder if she might be TOO sweet for the competition? I can’t imagine her reading a bitch. She seems to have done very well for herself in Australia though, so maybe she has the goods. I loved her stories about her holistic father singing the praises of his drag queen son to his clients.
Darienne Lake: The token “big girl” this season. Every season it seems like the big girls come out and they’re funny and full of confidence but it hasn’t worked out for one yet. Will it work for Darienne? I don’t know, she makes me think of Divine and a more old school of campy drag. If she brings the funny and really embraces the camp, she could do well.
Joslyn Fox: I take it back Gia Gunn, I hope Joslyn Fox goes first. I was so bored during her interview I stopped paying attention. TO A DRAG QUEEN! And girl thinks she’s a glamazon. Did you forget to pay your water bill? Your wig is thirsty! Also Adam Ant called, he wants his highlighter back. Next please!
Kelly Mantle: LOVE. So much love. Her style is so clear, and I just loved the dry sense of humor and the witty personality. My favorite queens are the ones that have clear characters, but still let their own personalities shine through. Kelly Mantle has this in spades. She is one of my favorites.
Laganja Estranja: Alyssa Edwards you are not. It takes more than a sickening body and dance moves to be America’s next drag superstar. I think this one is going to be a bitch and piss everybody off. She’ll probably stick around longer than she should.
Magnolia Crawford: I wanted to love her and her Marilyn Monroe looks, but I cannot get behind someone who has no idea how to properly contour their nose. It looks like someone flicked a french fry at her face. This combined with the fact that she says she applied because of peer pressure makes me think she won’t last long. I don’t see hunger in this one.
Milk: I am SO in love with Milk. Quirky, different, funny, striking. I think Milk is going to be amazing and surprise all the viewers and all the other queens. As much as I love Kelly Mantle, I think I’m rooting for Milk.
Trinity K. Bonet: I have love for a queen who takes absolutely no steps to take any of the ghetto out of her voice. Trinity seems like a straight shooter and I do like that about her. I don’t think she has what it takes to win, but I like her sincerity and I think she’ll be fun to have around and to listen to in talking heads. She seems very real.
Vivacious: Probably one of the most different queens to ever be on the show. I think Vivacious could either be very successful, and will school the other queens, or she might have a difficult time being the only old-school queen in a sea of younger girls. I’m interested to see if she’ll wind up being caught up so much in the expression of her own drag that she discounts the drag of those around her. We shall see. Either way I look forward to seeing her on the show.
So there you have it! The queens of season 6! Hopefully Amazon puts the premiere episode up by tonight so I can watch it. I am ready to gag on the eleganza!