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The Week in Drag – Music, Makeovers and More

The Week in Drag – Music, Makeovers and More

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Despite the fact that season 11 is now one for the her-story books, the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race haven’t slowed down! We’ve got some exciting updates from some of your favorite queens, including new music from Manila Luzon, a drag makeover on a man known for giving others makeovers and two queens sashaying down the center aisle of an airplane. It’s been a busy week, so let’s get to it!

In podcasts, Mano and Matt shared highlights from DragCon, including interviews with Pandora Boxx, Yvie Oddly and Monét X Change on “What the Tuck?” and Willam and Alaska dropped some “Hot Goss” on their podcast “Race Chaser.” Since we are on a current Drag Race break, the queens are going back to review the “classique” episodes, this week covering the season two reunion. 

RuPaul’s new talk show debuted this week. Check out the premiere with guests James Corden and the Property Brothers. And, since it’s Ru’s show, you know that Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews were also in the house. The show is on a 3-week trial and all of the episodes are available to watch on YouTube.  Support Ru and the show by following @RuPaulShow on Twitter and sharing your feedback on social media. 

There was some controversy this past week over a Vulture/New York Magazine article ranking the “most powerful drag queens” in America. Fans and some of the queens bashed the photos that accompanied the article, and others went the satire route. The Advocate wrote an excellent think piece tearing the article apart – and rightly so, as so many drag pioneers – including Lady Bunny and Miss Coco Peru – were unjustly left out. Photos and poorly-written article aside, it was great to see 37 fabulous queens, including Latrice Royale, Morgan McMichael, Tammie Brown and Pandora Boxx gracing the cover of New York magazine. 

Monét X Change, Nina West, and Adore Delano were guests on The View and talked about their careers and Pride with Meghan McCain, who, lest we forget, is married to a notorious right-wing conservative. The controversial choice was a big topic on Twitter, but the interview was great.

Detox, Bob the Drag Queen, Tatianna, Jujubee, April Carrion, Sasha Velour, Peppermint, and Milk took part in a stunning photo shoot representing the colors of the original pride flag to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

The premiere of the HBO documentary Wig is this Tuesday night. The doc talks about the emergence of drag culture and how the NYC ball scene contributed to today’s understanding of queerness, art and identity. It also centers around the return of Wigstock, a drag extravaganza that was initially created by the legendary Lady Bunny. Along with Bunny, Willam, Latrice Royale and some of the most stunning queens you’ve ever seen star in this must-see film, which debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Valentina is the subject of this week’s episode of Werk the World, available on WOW Presents Plus.

Last week, Manila Luzon, adorable out of drag, released a new song, “Gay Man” and I can currently not get it out of my head. 

Also last week, Miz Cracker gave Queer Eye‘s avocado aficionado, Antoni Porowski, a drag makeover. The two share conversation during the transformation, talking about coming out, pride and visibility. Come through, Eva Cado!

This week, Eureka O’Hara gives American Horror Story and Star Trek star Zachary Quinto his own drag makeover, introducing us to the stunning Noa Fence.

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Ginger Minj and Jinkx Monsoon are joining the cast of the 2007 Tony-nominated musical adaptation of Xanadu for a nationwide tour this fall.

Bob the Drag Queen and Trixie Mattel star in a hilarious in-flight instructional video for Jet Blue. The airline just launched a new plane, dubbed the “Shantay Blue Stay”. The other airlines need to take a lesson from this video. I would certainly pay attention to this when I travel.

Monét X Change welcomed Ru and actor/singer Anthony Rapp on the third episode of her new series for Build called The X Change Rate.

Lastly, the gorgeous Milk joins Jonny McGovern & Lady Red Couture on the latest Pride-themed episode of Hey Qween!

Wow, that’s a lot of fabulousness for one week! I’ll be back to spill more tea and kiki about your favorite queens. Until then, everybody say LOVE!

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