“Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman win!” Those words are some of the most iconic in all of TV, and they hail from one of the most entertaining shows on TV. RuPaul’s Drag Race has taken the world by storm, and I have to admit I love it. It is an amazing show that displays acts that seem like they should be impossible. It does not seem possible that Katya Zamolodchikova should be able to do a back handspring in stilettos, or that Latrice Royal, the self-proclaimed chunky yet funky star of season five, should be able to drop into the splits at a moment’s notice. Drag Race is a cultural phenomenon that is captivating the world by storm. So in this post I am going to be giving you everything you need to know about Drag Race so that you can get into the 11th season with ease.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is a show hosted by RuPaul Charles, the supermodel of the world and perhaps the most iconic drag queen of all time, that features 16 drag queens battling it out to see who can be the next drag superstar. The show features a multitude of crazy challenges from creating a full outfit out of trash to impersonating celebrities during the snatch game. The show is filled with lots of talent and even more personality. Some of the most iconic quotes in pop culture come from Drag Race including but not limited to: “not today Satan”, “the shade, the shade of it all”, and of course “Miss. Vanjie, Miss. Vanjie, Miss. Vaaanjiieee” as well as so many more! Really if you are not watching Drag Race you are missing out. On top of all of the drama and funny moments, Drag Race also serves as a great example for anyone out there who may be struggling through some tough times. Ongina shared about her struggle with HIV on season 1, and Roxxxy Andrews recanted about the way her mother abandoned her at a bus stop when she was a child on season 4. I know it’s pretty heavy, but these examples mixed with the drama and over the top personalities makes for great TV.
Now Drag Race has been nominated for 23 Emmys and has even brought home 9 of them. The 11th season is in full swing, and it is looking to be a great season. Considering I have seen all 10 of the previous seasons of Drag Race, as well as the 4 seasons of all stars, and even the weird Christmas musical special I feel as though I am now qualified to give you some of my top picks to take home the crown. Plastique Tiara is a queen from Vietnam who is straight up beautiful, this queen looks like a genetic woman, as well as being a force to be reckoned with in challenges. Nina West is an iconic drag queen who is distinguished for her great outfits as well as entertaining personality (she even won entertainer of the year in 2008). Silky Nutmeg Ganache is such a big personality that she has managed to irritate practically every other queen in the competition, but she is a monster when it comes to mini challenges so it seems like she will do well this season. Finally, the meme queen herself, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. Miss. Vanjie took the world by storm after being eliminated first on season 10 when her exit line went viral.
So that’s it! You are now ready to enter into the Drag Pantheon, or to at least watch a bunch of men in dresses do it. Drag Race is on VH1 every Thursday night so make sure to tune in so that you don’t miss a beat. Finally, always remember, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else. Can I get an amen?”
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