The Week in Drag – The WOWIE nominees, Pandora Boxx spills the tea, Trixie and Katya watch Beef and more

Christine Fitzgerald 10 Min Read
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2023 Wowie Awards

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to our weekly wrap-up of news and updates from the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

DragCon is just around the corner and your chance to vote for your favorites in the annual WOWIES is here. The anticipation is building for the eighth season of All Stars, and we’ve got commentary on the new batch of queen-testants from Ongina, Yuhua, Silky and Jan.

In addition, we have a recap of the Netflix series Beef from Trixie and Katya, wig wizardry from Jaymes Mansfield, a great interview with two-time All Star Pandora Boxx and lots more. Let’s not waste another minute and let’s bring it to the runway!

Don’t forget that tonight, celebrities and your drag favorites are teaming up for “Drag Isn’t Dangerous”, streaming live at 7pm (with a replay available for 48 hours after the live event.) “Drag Isn’t Dangerous” was created by Producer Entertainment Group (PEG), a full-service artist management firm, record label and production company representing many of the world’s top drag queens and LGBTQIA+ talent. 

This one-night-only telethon on Sunday, May 7, at www.moment.co/dangerous features a mix of live and pre-taped performances, appearances, and testimonials from drag performers, LGBTQIA+ entertainers and celebrity allies, as well as a live celebrity phone bank accepting callers’ donations. Adam Lambert, Melissa McCarthy and Idina Menzel join a list of celebs and drag performers for the star-studded event.

In addition, a charity single, “Drag Isn’t Dangerous” featuring Jayelle and Ocean Kelly will be released on streaming services and performed live on the telethon.  All revenue from the streaming and downloads of the song will be donated to the telethon. For more information and updates on the “Drag Isn't Dangerous” campaign, visit www.dragisntdangerous.com and to buy tickets for the fundraiser, visit www.moment.co/dangerous.

Pretty much ALL of your Drag Race faves, as well as drag icons and queens from the Boulet BrothersDragula are heading into the kitchen to cook up some fun on the upcoming Hulu series Drag Me to Dinner. The show, hosted by Murray Hill (who is fantastic on HBO’s Somebody Somewhere). The friendly competition pits two teams of drag artists against each other to throw the best dinner party, with each week having a unique theme introduced by hospitality expert (and Neil Patrick Harris‘ hubby) David Burtka. After the queens compete in distinct categories — including Food & Drink, Design & Decor, and Entertainment & Overall Vibe — judges Neil Patrick Harris, Bianca Del Rio, and Haneefah Wood will deliberate and declare one the winner, who will walk away with the prize: the Glorious Golden Grater. 

Among the Drag Me to Dinner teams are Drag Race All Stars 1 team contestants and hosts of “The Chop” Manila and Latrice, “Race Chaser’s” Alaska and Willam, “Hall & Closet” cohosts Jaida and Heidi, drag mother-daughter duo Vanjie and Alexis MateoDrag Race season 8 finalists Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls, House of Avalon members Gigi Goode and Symone, and longtime collaborators Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme.

The other queen-testants include BeBe Zahara Benet, Biqtch Puddin’, Chelsea Piers, Darienne Lake, Detox, Ginger Minj, Jackie Beat, Jaida Essence Hall, Jasmine Rice LaBeija, Kiki Ball-Change, Marti Gould Cummings, Mayhem Miller, Meatball, Merrie Cherry, Morgan McMichaels, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Nina West, Peaches Christ, Peachez Iman Cummings, Pixie Aventura, Raja, Rhea Litré, Selma Nilla, Sherry Vine, Thorgy Thor, Trinity the Tuck and the late Heklina. Drag Me to Dinner premieres Wednesday, May 31 on Hulu.

This week, the nominees for the WOWIES were announced. These awards celebrate the tops in artistry, activism and entertainment amongst the LGBTQ+ community. As you can imagine, there are a LOT of Drag Race queens among the nominees. Gigi Goode, Juriji Der Klee and Ra’Jah O’Hara are up for Best Instagram, while Kerri Colby faces off against Plastique Tiara and Sugar & Spice for Best TikTok.

Our favorite “bootleg queen Yuhua Hamasaki, Rock M. Sakura and TS Madison are competing for Best YouTuber honors and this season’s runner-up Anetra is among the nominees for “WOWlebrity on the Rise.” See all of the nominees and cast your votes here. Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13th LIVE by host Ts Madison at our WOWIE Awards ceremony at RuPaul’s DragCon.

WOWIE nominee Yuhua Hamasaki and one of my favorite OGs from season one, Ongina, take a closer look at the All Stars season eight entrance looks and share their “Bootleg Opinions.”

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I am loving Jan’s new podcast “Unpacked”. This week, she is joined by Silky Nutmeg Ganache to talk about the AS8 entrance looks as well as a wide range of topics including DragCon, the MET Gala, Alyssa Edwards dance-offs and more.

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Long-time friend of Socialite Life (and my own, personal drag doppelgänger) Pandora Boxx did a fantastic, in-depth interview with Matt (from Drag Tea) where she spills the tea about Drag Race (including her fashion feud with season two judge Santino Rice) All Stars season one and also discusses her participation in Adam Barta’s hilarious show #THEDISH. I love Pandora so much and am so glad to have her back on my YouTube feed.

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Season 15 champion Sasha talks to the very funny Dulcé Sloan on The Daily Show.

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Drag Race alums, including Shangela, Trixie Mattel, Raja, Eureka O'Hara, Scarlet Envy, Morgan McMichaels, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Angeria Paris Van Michaels, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Monét X Change and Kornbread were out in LA supporting the congenial Nina West as the touring production of Hairspray hit the Dolby Theater. Kornbread shared a sweet story on her Twitter about her experience seeing Nina as Edna Turnblad.

In addition, a trio of Tracy Turnblads (Ricki Lake from the 1988 film, Maddie Baillio from Hairspray Live and Carly Jibson from the original Hairspray tour) joined the current tour’s Tracy, Niki Metcalfe, and Nina (as Edna Turnblad) for a photo op and after party.  You can still catch Hairspray in LA until May 21. After that, the tour heads to Atlanta, Omaha, Austin and Tempe. You can get your tickets here

I binged the amazing Netflix series Beef, starring Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, and I thought it was fantastic. If you need a second opinion, look no further than Trixie and Katya, who recap the highs, lows, and WTF? moments of the show’s first season on “I Like to Watch.”

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On the latest (on YouTube) episode of “UNHhhh”, Trixie and Katya discuss all things domesticity, including home ownership, burp tubes and meeting new neighbors.

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Trixie, who gets the best PR (again, how do I get on these lists?) unboxes new products from Refy, Colourpop, Sigma Beauty and Wet N Wild.

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Jinkx Monsoon takes Cosmopolitan’s “Expensive Taste Test.” Can she pick out the priciest hand cream, the bougiest espresso, and the most expensive truffle? Watch and find out.

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Jaymes Mansfield is back with another video in her “Iconic Brunettes” series. This time, she pays tribute to Alexis Carrington herself, the fabulous Dame Joan Collins.

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Jaymes test her Drag Race knowledge and takes a trivia quiz while she gets into drag. I love Drag Race, but I don’t think I’d fare much better.  

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Enjoy this compilation of clips featuring Bob the Drag Queen talking about our reigning drag superstar, Sasha Colby.

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Bob and Monét answer the New York Times’ “36 questions that lead to love” on their last “Sibling Rivalry” together before Bob heads off to tour with Madonna.

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Sasha Velour plays a fun round of Song Association with ELLE and sings a little Cher, Blondie and Shirley Bassey. Check out her new book too: The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag.

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Sasha also talks about her new book and her desire to compete with Sasha Colby on a future All Stars season with ET Canada.

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I missed this last week, so I am making up for it now. Salina EsTitties kikis with Maddy Morphosis on “Give it to Me Straight.”

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Rock M. Sakura gets painted by Vampire Chinese, who creates an absolutely stunning golden angel look.

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Spend a week in Los Angeles with Laganja Estranja and special guest Trixie Mattel in her latest “Day in the Life” vlog.

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And that’s all for this week! Until we meet again, stay safe, stay healthy, support the queens and say LOVE!


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