The Week in Drag – All Stars is back, Down Under crowns a champion, the Drag Race/Brady Bunch mashup we never knew we needed, and more
Hello, hello, hello and welcome to another jam-packed update from the queens of the international Drag Race universe in the Week in Drag!
The eagerly awaited sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars debuted this week and gave us amazing talent performances, gorgeous runway looks and loads of drama. While we greeted the All Stars, we said goodbye to our queens from Down Under, as we officially have our next drag superstar.
We cover all of the news from these shows and check in with some of your favorite alums. Pride month may be wrapping up, but there’s still so much to celebrate. Let’s beat our mugs and bring it to the runway!
As much as I am glad that All Stars is back, I’m even happier that “The Pit Stop” is back. On the premiere episode, Trixie Mattel and Bob the Drag Queen give their unfiltered feedback on the queens’ entrances and performances in the variety show.
Two-time All Star Manila Luzon joined Trixie to review the stunning fashions of the Blue Ball on the second episode of the week.
Us Weekly interviewed the queens of All Stars 6 and asked them about their first impressions of their competition. Here, they react to the werk room entrances and reveal who they were most gagged to see.
We’re only 2 episodes in, but who is poised to be this season’s villain? Pandora Boxx (who could never be a villain), Scarlet Envy and Silky Nutmeg Ganache weigh in.
The queens are all coming in hot, with lots of confidence and, dare I say, nerve? With this many talented queens, there’s sure to be some great performances, stunning runway looks and drama. Who do the all stars feel is their biggest competition?
Since we got two charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent-packed episodes of All Starts this week, we had to say goodbye to two queens. On the first “Whatcha Packin’?” of the season, Michelle Visage chats with the first eliminated queen, Serena Cha Cha. She talks about her wig creations, why she didn’t do the cha cha during her talent show performance and her aspirations to be the “Martha Stewart of drag.”
Not to play favorites or anything, Pandora Boxx released the video for “Ridiculous”, the song she performed for the variety show challenge – and it. Is. Everything.
Just to prove I’m not playing favorites, here is Ginger Minj’s video for her song “Gummy Bear” – and it’s also quite great.
Pride month is coming to an end, but it’s doing so with a bang. Paramount+, the home of All Stars 6, is airing a new special, called Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch. According to the network, the special promises to “make and break pop culture history” as it reunites original members of the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch and adds some drag magic with RuPaul’s Drag Race favorites as they recreate the 1971 episode, “Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?”
Original cast members Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), Eve Plumb (Jan) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) are all set to make appearances on the new special, as will RuPaul (who played guidance counselor Ms. Cummings in the 1990s reboot movies) and Michelle Visage. The casting for the new bunch includes Kylie Sonique Love as Jan, Kandy Muse as Cindy, and Shea Couleé as Marcia. Bianca Del Rio relaces Florence Henderson as matriarch Carol, BenDeLaCreme will play Greg, and Nina West takes the center square as Alice. The new special airs on June 30. Check out this sneak peek of the Brady-fied queens courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Miley Cyrus brought out the big guns for a cover of Cher’s hit “Believe” on her Pride special, Miley Cyrus Presents Stand By You. All Stars 6’s Kylie Sonique Love and Drag Race alum Jaidynn Diore Fierce joined Venus Ann Serena, Iris Lefluer, Raquel Rea Heart and Sapphire Mylan for this amazing tribute to the divas diva. Miley posted the clip to Instagram in advance of the special, which debuted on Peacock on June 25 with the caption, “Believe, IS IT EVEN A PRIDE SPECIAL IF YOU DONT PLAY @cher?! THE ANSWER IS NO! #BELIEVE ME THIS SHOW IS GONNA BE EVERYTHING!”
Celebrate the last few days of Pride and make this season the Summer We Deserve with BABE wine. We recently told you that season 13 finalist Rosé is the (oh-so-appropriate) spokesperson for the brand, and recently celebrated National Rosé Day in New York City. The queen took to the streets of Chelsea in a BABE pink limo to celebrate the partnership made in drag heaven and gift New Yorkers with BABE Wine and continue the Summer We Deserve festivities. The event wrapped with a special surprise performance by Rosé herself. Stock up on this bubbly treat – now in Instagrammable limited-edition tie-dye cans and make a difference, as BABE will donate one dollar for each case of these Insta-worthy Rosé cans sold, up to $50,000, which will support the ACLU Foundation’s efforts in pursuit of liberty and justice for all. Check out the wine locator to find BABE Wine near you or purchase it online here.
RuPaul tells the stories behind her stunning season 13 fashions, created by Zaldy. From her candy apple cut-out dress to her power jacket mini dress, if Zaldy isn’t on the shortlist of Emmy nominated designers, I will be severely disappointed.
We have a new member of Drag Race royalty, as Kita Mean was crowned the winner of the first season of Drag Race Down Under. In this interview with New Zealand TV, she talks about her experience on the show, calling it a “bucket list crossed off” item, living authentically through drag and what she learned about herself with the help of Michelle and Ru.
All season long, the queens nominated each other for superlatives on “Drag Race Yearbook”. Top 4 Art Simone is here to react to the results (and the perfect queen won the title of Miss Congeniality if you ask me.)
Raja and Raven toot and boot the finale runway looks on the final Down Under “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
Canada’s Scarlet Bobo and Yuhua Hamasaki rate and review the Aussie finale looks on “Bootleg Opinions.”
Our newly crowned queen debuted her first video as a Drag Race champion this week. Check out the appropriately titled, “Kita Mean.”
Drag Race España has been bringing it to the runway, with some unforgettable looks (and plenty of escandalo). Alexis Mateo and Nicky Doll discuss the episode 3 looks, where the queens paid tribute to their roots, on “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
Trixie and Katya celebrate Pride by re-watching the Reese Witherspoon classic Legally Blonde on “I Like to Watch” (with a bonus cameo from John Cantwell, a/k/a Love Connie.)
Trixie and Katya devote the latest episode of “UNHhhh” to the teachers who inspired them and made them the queens they are today – the ones they love and remember and the ones that brought about sexual fantasies.
Trixie whips up a Vampire’s Kiss martini and shares clips from the iconic vampire series True Blood on this promotion for HBO Max (home of the wonderful series Veneno).
Willam dropped a new video for the song “Oopsie Woopsie” this week, as well as a fun, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the clip. I love the song (even though it’s too short) and wish I could balance on a hoverboard as gracefully as she does.
Rock M Sakura always looks amazing, and, if you ever wanted to get her glow, she shares her drag makeup essentials with you in this video. She covers everything from care and cleansing to eyeliners and highlighters – with the personality and charm we love about her.
Jaymes Mansfield is back, bringing new life to cheap party store wigs. Here, she works her magic on a Harley Quinn-inspired hairpiece and turns it into a work of art.
And that wraps up another week of fabulosity from the queens. We leave you this week with a song that we can’t get out of our heads. Enjoy Jan, Alaska and Peppermint inviting you to “(Put Your) Gay Hands Up” and, until we meet again, stay healthy, get vaccinated and say LOVE!