Well, hello, hello, hello! Hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. Speaking of labor, I have a lot of work to do and catch you up on the latest news from your favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race queens, so let’s get to work!
DragCon NYC was a smashing success. Beloved queens and friends of the show descended on the Javits Center in New York for three days of panels, meet and greets and more. 40 queens, including this year’s champ, Yvie Oddly, as well as Manila Luzon, Bebe Zahara Benet, Tammie Brown, Nicole Paige Brooks, Pandora Boxx, Venus D Lite, Plastique Tiara, Mercedes Iman Diamond, Shuga Cain and more, sashayed down the pink carpet, led by Trixie Mattel riding a mechanical lipstick.
Ru conducted two fascinating Ru Talks with designer Diane Von Furstenberg and actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg and entertained the crowd with two DJ sets. A fierce time was had by all. Ru said of the event, “RuPaul’s DragCon NYC is over, but the love and beauty that filled the Javits Center will stay with me forever.
Kudos to all of the gorgeous attendees, the super talented queens, and the spectacular vendors that came together to make magic. Can’t wait for RuPaul’s DragCon UK in January! And a loving reminder from Mama Ru, don’t forget to sashay your way to the polls in 2020. Register to vote now at VOTE.GOV!”
Check out more photos from DragCon NYC 2019 in the gallery at the bottom of the article!
Of course, I just get back from Las Vegas and they announced a new RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! show in Sin City. Mama Ru made the announcement at DragCon NYC. The show starts an 8-month run at the Flamingo Resort and Casino in January of 2020. The show features a rotating cast, including Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Coco Montrese, Derrick Barry, Eureka O’Hara, India Ferrah, Kahanna Montrese, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Shannel, and Yvie Oddly. (Coco, Shannel and India are currently performing at Drag Brunch at the Treasure Island casino.) Said Ru of the new show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! is an immersive, interactive thrill-ride for everyone who loves to laugh, dance and sing-along when a fabulous drag queen shakes her padded ass on stage.” Tickets are on sale now, and this chick is already planning her next trip to Vegas for this show.
Over in podcast land, Nicole Byer is back! She and Mano Agapion recap the All-Stars season one superhero challenge and Untucked on two episodes of “Drag Her.” Willam and Alaska spill the tea about DragCon, get political and take a deep dive into the DMs on “Hot Goss” and relive season three’s Money Ball on “Race Chaser” classique.
Willam (as always) has so much going on, I feel like I should also post a “Week in Willam” recap. This week, his YouTube channel has new episodes of “Ass-umption” and a very NSFW (but very funny) “Beatdown.” If that’s not enough, Willam entered the world of cosmetics with the launch of his new makeup line, Coverboy, at DragCon NYC. The collection, it seems, already has celebrity fans in Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.
On “Hot Goss,” Willam and Alaska discuss RuPaul’s new line of wigs for (of all places) Party City. Season nine’s Jaymes Mansfield shows you how to win your local Halloween contest with one of these glammed-up wigs.
Drag has certainly inspired a performer or two and vice versa, as evidenced by Farrah Moan calling out Ariana Grande for copying her All-Stars season 4 entrance look. Ariana donned a very familiar-looking corset in the video for her song “7 Rings.” On September 4th, she Farrah tweeted a side-by-side photo of the two lewks and noted, “Ariana should give me a cut of that 10M since her team literally sent a pic of me to the designer and paid them to copy my look from as4.”
The next day Farrah clarified her comments to ET Live correspondent (and Pit Crew alum) Jason Carter, stating, “I honestly had no idea that my tweet was going to blow up so much. I thought maybe it was gonna get two or three thousand of my fans going like, ‘Oh, sure,’ but I guess, internationally, people kind of see the similarities.” I’m #TeamFarrah here and hope this leads to more recognition for queens and the designers that make them look fabulous.
Here’s a double dose of Jinkx Monsoon for you. First, she continues educating her son Kamikaze on the birds and bees in the latest episode of “Cool Mom” and shares her impersonations of Miss Vanjie, Bernadette Peters, Alyssa Edwards and more in her “Lost Snatch Game Audition Tape.”
Lastly, as we all know that haters gonna hate, especially when you’re a fierce drag queen, we’re going to let Miz Cracker, Bob the Drag Queen and Monét take them on in the latest episode of “Sibling Rivalry.”
That brings us to the end of another roundup of the latest from our favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race queens. Until next week, everybody say LOVE!