The Week in Drag: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Reunion

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Reunion
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This week, on a supersized Week in Drag, we kiki about the RuPaul’s Drag Race reunion, get the latest from the season 11 queens and catch up with one of the queens from the show’s first season.

VH1 sent my screener too late, so I don’t have a full recap of the reunion for you. I’m sorry! To sum it up, my favorite reunion looks were Shuga Cain, Nina West (I loved the fact that she accessorized with sock monkeys) and Mercedes Iman Diamond, who shone bright like a…well, you know. Some other gags from the reunion included:

RIP, Branjie. Brooke Lynn Hytes and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo dated for four months after the show wrapped but couldn’t make it work with their schedules. They are still friends and have feelings for each other, so I am not ready to give up hope yet!   

Vanjie, by the way, looks a little…ummm…different this week. Great, yes, but definitely a little different. Whatever could her secret be?

We are finally through with “Wig-gate.” Thank God. Rajah O’ Hara is all of us

I have kind of stanned Nina West all season (and you know she is going to take the Golden Tweeterhead and the title of Miss Congeniality this season.) During the reunion, we find out that “the pride of season 11” has some fans in high places.

In the “try, try again” department, the queens tried to ru-deem themselves after this season’s terrible reading challenge, with mixed results.

The queens played a little “toot or boot” and the eliminated girls shared some sweet sentiments about the final four.

You can watch the whole shebang on VH1 or here (for the moment.) Who do you think will take the crown? I think all four queens are fabulous, but my heart hopes it’s either Yvie Oddly or Brooke Lynn Hytes. We will find out on Thursday! 

And now, back to your regular drag coverage…over in podcast-land, David Gborie joins Mano and Matt to spill the tea about the semi-final episode on “What the Tuck?” and Willam and Alaska deliver another thoroughly entertaining discussion and dissemination of the episode on “Race Chaser.”

Top five queen Vanjie shows you how to recreate her gorgeous makeup look from her final runway in this tutorial, serving up tips on foundation, eyebrows and more with a side of her hilarious personality.

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Branjie talk takes center stage during Vanjie's interview with Michelle Visage on “Whatcha Packin'?” Vanjie and Michelle take a look back at her looks that were successful (her leopard print caftan and turban) and not so successful (her facekini look with the unflattering pants.) She also shares an amazing look she didn't get to wear, updating the Barbie doll nightmare that got her kicked off on season 10. I will miss Vanjie…until she shows up on All-Stars. Which she will.

Raja and Aquaria let loose with a surprising “boot” on this week's “Fashion Photo Ruview.” Find out whose look Raja describes as “Micky's on a Monday on an off-month, like some time in January.” Laganga Estranga is not feeling attacked as she joins Manila Luzon to talk about the final four on “The Pit Stop.” 

As fans of the show know, the season 11 finale has already been filmed. The red carpet coverage gives you a sneak peek at the queen's season-ending lewks – and they are fierce!

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The eliminated queens break into trios to kiki about the finale and talk about how taking part on Drag Race has changed their lives on “Queen to Queen.” Check out the chat featuring Kahanna Montrese, Shuga Cain and Scarlet Envy here. Catch up with the “social media queens” Soju, Ariel Versace and Plastique Tiara here. Visit the “dreamgirls” – A’Keria C. Davenport, Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo here. Ra’Jah O’Hara, Mercedes Iman Diamond and Honey Davenport sill the tea here.

Alaska and Alyssa Edwards (along with Miss J) showed up on The Bachelorette to coach the suitors to walk to the runway and serve as judges for the Mr. Right pageant.

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Alyssa is branching out to the world of cosmetics, working with Anastasia Beverly Hills on a colorful eye shadow palette. Set to hit stores and online retailers on May 29, the $45 palette contains 14 vibrant colors with names like “Back Rolls” and “Texas Made.” This collaboration is a great fit for Alyssa, who told ELLE, “Makeup has empowered me since I was a little boy, and this collaboration has given me the opportunity to share that with the world.”

Not to be outdone, Aquaria is collaborating with NYX Cosmetics for a new eye shadow palette “featuring 10 shadows inspired by the city, nightlife, and the future.”

Nina West may be gone from Drag Race, but she's surely not forgotten. Last week she not only released a comedy EP titled John Goodman, she also recorded an EP of kids songs called Drag is Magic. She recently released the video for the title track, where she plays a character reminiscent of Mrs. Doubtfire. She tells Huffington Post, “To all the little boys and little girls who don’t always see their unique selves reflected in other forms of media, or who are being told they are too feminine, or who are told they shouldn’t want to play with that toy – I want this album to be where they feel silly, goofy, loved and seen.”

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If you love shoes and you love Willam, have I got a video for you. Willam shows of her new kicks, including some pastel Louboutins, a pair of “so ugly” animal print, thigh high boots (with a criminally low heel) and a shoe from Dsquared called “The Giant.”

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I haven't linked to Trixie and Katya‘s “UNHhh” web series in a while, and for that, I am ashamed. Speaking of which, shame is the topic of this week's ep.

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One of the OG, season one queens, the lovely Jade Sotomayor, talks with Logo about her style evolution, her biggest inspiration and takes us on a tour of her fashion finds on the latest in the network's “Out of the Closet” series.

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