Hello, hello, hello and welcome to our weekly wrap-up of news from the Drag Race universe. With the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15 a mere week away, we take a look back at the episode that gave us our top 4 and the queens’ out-of-this-world fashions.
We also bid a sad farewell to drag royalty, let you know about a fabulous fundraiser hosted by William and Alaska and catch up with Drag Race’s long-elusive season two champion. We also have new makeup from Trixie, an un-bear-ably cute wig transformation video from Jaymes Mansfield and some drag DIY from Willam. Let’s get to it and bring it to the runway!
Drag has lost one of its pioneers with the passing of the legendary Heklina. On Monday, Peaches Christ, who was working with Heklina in London, shared the tragic news. Heklina, born Stefan Grygelko, was a fixture of the San Francisco drag scene, hosting the long-running weekly series Mother and helping open San Fran’s legendary Oasis club. After her untimely passing, messages and tweets celebrating the life of this beloved entertainer took over social media. Heklina was 55 and will be surely missed.
Bianca Del Rio and Raja recap and review last week’s video shoot challenge and stunning runway looks on “The Pit Stop.”
Bob and Monét give us their two cents on the penultimate episode on the latest “Sibling Watchery.”
Raja and Raven toot and boot the Drag Excellence runway looks on “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
The lovely Kylie Sonique Love and Yuhua Hamasaki take a closer look at the final four fashions on “Bootleg Opinions.”
Rock M Sakura and Cash Monet recap the episode and I absolutely LOVE Rock’s look in this video.
DeJa Skye analyzes the only lipsync of the season that produced a double shantay between Mistress and Anetra on “DeJa-Nalysis.”
Willam and Alaska recently announced a live and online event for a great cause. The pair are joined by Eureka O’Hara, Detox, The Princess, Meatball and other entertainers for “Drag Is Good” A Digital Worldwide Event streaming live from Nashville’s PLAY club on Thursday, April 14. All the proceeds from the show will be donated to the ACLU Drag Defense Fund to fight discriminatory laws in court all over our country, and to local Tennessee mutual aid funds. If you’re in Nashville, you can score tickets for the live event here and if you’re not in Tennessee, you can get tickets for the streaming event here.
Congrats to Drag Couenne, who was crowned as Belgium’s first Drag Race Superstar in the eagerly awaited finale episode of World of Wonder’s Drag Race Belgique Season 1. Catch the whole season and witness her journey to the crown on WOW Presents Plus.
Need a laugh? Some of your favorite funny queens are coming to a TV near you with brand-new comedy specials. Drag Race champion turned Broadway sensation Jinkx Monsoon discusses her life journey and sings a few songs to boot on Jinkx Monsoon: Red Head Redemption, premiering May 16. Darienne Lake talks about her childhood in the Catholic church and her coming out journey on Darienne Lake: Altered Boy, which premiered on April 4.
The dazzling Peppermint shares tales of the Big Apple and life as a transgender performer on Peppermint: So-SIGH-ety Effects, premiering April 18. On May 2, your season one winner talks about moving to America from West Africa and lots more on Bebe Zahara Benet: Africa is Not a Country.
Ginger Minj takes us on a musical journey about growing up in the Southern Baptist church (and Florida) on Ginger Minj: Bless Your Heart, premiering May 30 and lastly, Monét X Change talks Power Rangers, opera and lots more on Monét X Change: Fist of Glory, premiering on June 13. In collaboration with Comedy Dynamics and Tribeca, all of the specials will be available in on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, Vimeo, and cable providers worldwide.
I adore Coco Peru, and I relish any chance I get to see this legend, so I was incredibly delighted to see that Coco is this week’s guest on Delta Work’s hilarious series “Very Delta.” She talks about her inimitable wig, Panettone, her role in Trick and so much more.
James Ross (the artist formerly known as Tyra Sanchez) is the latest Drag Race alum to be “Exposed” by Joseph Shepherd. It’s a truly enlightening interview and I am really glad that James spoke about his journey and what has happened since he was crowned season two champion. By the way, Joseph has a Kickstarter set up to raise money for more of his fantastic interviews. You can support him here.
Eureka O’Hara and Angeria Paris Van Michaels compete in a friendly fashion challenge inspired by hair colors from göt2b in the “Take It To The Runway – That’s So Metal Challenge.”
In more “take my money news” Trixie Mattel is here to drain your wallet with another colorful collection from Trixie Cosmetics. This time she teamed up with Laganja Estranga for the “Laganja ExtravaGANJA” collection – just in time for your 420 celebrations!
Laganja takes us behind the scenes at the photo shoot for the new campaign and Trixie’s video.
Bob and Monét are back with more sage advice, including how to quit dating app addiction, having a friend as a landlord and more on “Sibling Advicery.” Enjoy before Bob sets out on the road with Madonna!
We love a crafty queen and Willam is back with another fun project on “Crafternoonting.”On this episode he creates some adorable neon palm trees.
Crystal interviews Willam about the UK Hater’s Roast tour and prompts her to roast British drag, the royal family, British men, Ru and the season 15 queens.
Okay, last Willam video (I promise.) Take a tour of Chicago with Willam (I would LOVE to as I love Chicago and Willam.)
Jaymes Mansfield works her wig wizardry on an unlikely subject as she makes over the RuPaul Build-A-Bear. It’s so stinking cute!
Laganga Estranja is back with another unboxing video with so much stuff from Akira as well as stuff from Kim Chi Chic, Betsey Johnson and more.
And that’s it for this week. Since it wasn’t released in time for last week’s recap, I am leaving you this week with the fabulous video for “Blame it on the Edit” featuring season 15’s top four. Until we meet again, stay healthy, stay safe, support the queens and say LOVE!