The Week in Drag: Aquaria, Shuga Cain, Bianca Del Rio, and More!
It has been an action-packed week for your favorite Drag Race queens – past and present. If you haven’t caught up on season 11, check out our latest “Ru-cap”!
Over in podcast land, Vulture’s Matt Rogers joins Mano Agapion for this week’s episode of “What the Tuck?” and the gorgeous Courtney Act joins Willam and Alaska for the latest ep of “Race Chaser.”
If you like your recaps to be more visual, Raja and Aquaria have your “Fashion Photo Ruview” featuring the toots and boots from last week’s caftan-themed runway and the always delightful Jinkx Monsoon joins Manila Luzon to discuss last week’s magical episode on “The Pit Stop.”
I don’t know about you, but I was really sad to see Shuga Cain sashay away last week. Our dearly departed queen talked Drag Race and fashion with Michelle Visage on “What’cha Packin;” and gave us all the gift of an amazing makeup tutorial. She also told MTV that she was “super surprised” that she was sent home last week, adding, “After going through it, I was like, I will never come for a queen for whatever she did or didn’t do on the show! You’re never prepared enough for this thing. It is definitely not what you expect.”
Race Chaser’s Alaska chatted about her upcoming Drag Queen of the Year pageant at DragCon with NewNowNext. She said of the competition, which includes queens you won’t find on Drag Race, “That’s what excites me about drag is it doesn’t have any rules and it is for everybody. I find it strange for it to be, ‘Well, you can compete in this venue, but you have to be this, this, and this, or you have to be this type of performer or have this type of background or this type of genitals.’ It was really wacky to me. It was a no brainer that I’d want to make it open to everyone who participates in drag.”
It’s been around for a while, but Willam’s “Beatdown” web series on YouTube is a scream. On the latest episode, she comments on a faux freckle fail and an awkward confrontation at the KFC. Check it out.
Bianca Del Rio, currently starring in the West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in London spoke to Digital Spy about why she took on the role of a shopkeeper who harbors a past as drag queen Loco Chanelle. She shares, “It was something about the story that I truly loved and it really resonated with me and I thought it was great storytelling, it’s a brilliant show. It’s interesting and it shows a side of drag that is great, but also a side of humanity that is great. If I can be a part of this then why not?”
Willam, Alaska and the legendary Lady Bunny were among the guests at the premiere of the documentary Wig at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Latrice Royale was interviewed by Miami’s NBC 6 about Florida’s proposed amendment 4, giving former felons in the state the right to vote. She said, ” I made a mistake and it’s important not to let the sin become a scarlet letter on your life,” adding, “We have a voice and we deserve to have a voice.” I love me some Latrice.
Trixie Mattel, whose documentary Moving Parts also debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival is profiled by Fast Company.
Aquaria and Violet Chachki made her-story as the first drag queens to walk the red carpet at the Met Gala. Ru also attended, in boy drag. I covet Violet’s glove gown and Aquaria’s Legh Bowery-inspired bodysuit is everything.
Season 8’s Laila McQueen takes us into her workroom in the latest installment of Logo’s “Out of the Closet” series
Trixie Mattel and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo pop up in Iggy Azalea’s latest video.
The always outspoken Jasmine Masters was this week’s guest on Hey Qween! Get all of the tea with part one, part two and part three of her chat on YouTube.
RuPaul’s new talk show is right around the corner and I can’t wait. NewNowNext shared some clips from the upcoming series, including Ru’s amazing entrance, discussing Snapchat dysmorphia and plastic surgery with Michelle Visage and making Tonya Harding cry. I cannot wait for this show.
Anne Hathaway was a guest on Late Night with Stephen Colbert and confessed her love for Drag Race. Stephen surprised her with an appearance by Ru herself. Anne, overcome with emotion (and who wouldn’t after coming face-to-face with Ru?) praised Monét X Change, revealing how much she admires the New York City queen. “How amazing she was in season 10! I’m really taking it very seriously,” she said, crying. “And then the growth between season 10 and [All-Stars 4] and the way she stepped her p—- up! She’s killing it. I feel like, since I started being an actress, I’ve learned how to step my p—- up!”
And here’s Ru’s chat with Stephen Colbert, where they talk camp in light of this week’s Met Gala.
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and fan of Shangela, you need to checkout her “SheCap ReCap” of the HBO show.
Happy Birthday to two fierce Drag Race alums, Yara Sofia and India Ferrah!
Lastly, I am a self-professed “theater nerd” and love going to see live shows. If you don’t know how to behave in a theater, please heed the advice of the wonderful Miss Coco Peru.
Whew! That’s it for this week. See you next time and, until then, everybody say LOVE!