RuPaul’s Drag Race recently earned its first Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.” And the timing couldn’t be better. Indeed, fresh off this impressive honor/accolade, “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” begins its second season (premiering on 8/25). We at MWS figured we’d honor the occasion by writing a little retrospective about RuPaul, drag and the upcoming show.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Ru the Trailblazer
It’s hard to think of something RuPaul hasn’t accomplished during his highly successful entertainment career. After all, his achievements include publishing two books, topping the Billboard charts and appearing in over 50 films and TV shows. More importantly, he’s continually championed LGBT rights and causes. And, certainly, he has really brought drag into mainstream culture.
Indeed, for a long time, drag was a niche art form. Performers like Divine were really more cult figures. Then RuPaul emerged on the scene and started changing (and challenging) the landscape. Nowadays, you can turn to Broadway and discover a number of shows featuring characters in drag. The long list includes such hits as Hairspray, La Cage aux Folles, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Certainly, one of the great aspects of RuPaul’s Drag Race is that it’s truly helped to establish drag as a legitimate art form. The challenges issued within the show demand a great deal of artistry – whether the performers are lip-syncing, dancing, acting, doing stand-up or simply creating original looks and characters. Moreover, it takes an incredible amount of talent to successfully transform one’s appearance into another gender. Yet these fierce makeup artists and hairstylists make it all look easy; the end result is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
RuPaul ’s Drag Race All Stars – New Twists and Contestants
The upcoming Drag Race All Stars features ten contestants from previous seasons returning to once again fight for the crown. Not only are they seeking redemption, they’re also hoping to further fine tune their personas. Of course, they’ve all previously demonstrated charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent – the four qualities RuPaul desires in a drag queen. And fortunately for these contestants, judging by the previews at least, their looks have never been more polished and their tongues have never been sharper.
The biggest twist of the new season is the elimination process. Usually, the bottom two queens from each episode must lip-sync (for their lives), with the loser “sashaying away.” This time around the top two will lip-sync, with the winner choosing the queen they want to eliminate. We can only imagine the drama that will ensue!
Now without further ado, here are the queens fighting for a place in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame:”
From Season 7 – comedy queens Ginger Minj and Katya
From Season 6 – runner-up Adore Delano
From Season 5 – the RoLaskaTox clique, Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska, and Detox, as well as longtime rivals Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese
From Season 4 – Phi Phi O’Hara
From Season 2 -Tatianna
Good luck to all the contestants and may the best woman win!
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