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The Week in Drag – Nina West’s new Pride anthem, Alyssa Edwards takes on Simon Cowell, The Vivienne’s royal makeup collection, and more

The Week in Drag – Nina West’s new Pride anthem, Alyssa Edwards takes on Simon Cowell, The Vivienne’s royal makeup collection, and more

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Hello, hello, hello and welcome to the latest wrap up of all things drag! We are in the middle of two international seasons and our Spanish and Australian queens have been turning it out.

Some of your favorite Drag Race alums rate and review the down under fashions and we sadly have to say goodbye to another queen. We also get some new music from a Drag Race UK favorite and our favorite congenial queen, with a special Pride message for all ages.

In addition, we’ve got lots of videos to make you laugh, courtesy of Willam, Alaska, Trixie Mattel, and Katya and makeup magic from Gottmik, Jaymes Mansfield, The Vivienne and Rock M Sakura. There’s so much to get to, so let’s bring it to the runway!   

We are less than two weeks from the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 6, and if the new trailer is any indication, there is sure to be lots of ferocity, fashion, and drama coming your way. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for June 24. #TeamPandora

Here’s a very important PSA for drag fans. DO NOT TROLL THE QUEENS! If there are any trolls out there, listen to the All Stars as they address their trolls. Haters gonna hate, but that’s no reason to be mean to someone you don’t really know.

One of the season 6 All Stars (and co-star of the wonderful HBO series We’re Here), Eureka O’Hara dishes about the new show and so much more with Jonny McGovern on the latest “Hey Qween!”

Great news for those heading to Sin City for a gambling getaway, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! is returning to Las Vegas’ Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Derrick Barry, Yvie Oddly, Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Naomi Smalls are returning to the stage on August 5. Tickets are on sale now, so if you’re planning a Vegas trip, make sure to include this show on your itinerary.

Does former All Star competitor Alyssa Edwards leads her Beyond Belief dance troupe to victory on America’s Got Talent? Spoiler: she does. Check out their performance, which won over both the audience and judges (and Alyssa looks amazing.)

Last week, the queens of Drag Race Down Under made over some hunky rugby players, turning them into members of their drag families. How did they fare? See who Raja and Raven tooted and booted on the latest “Fashion Photo Ruview.”

The buzzworthy Honey Davenport joins Yuhua Hamasaki to rate the runway looks and give their honest, unfiltered opinions on the queens who did and didn’t follow the assignment on “Bootleg Opinions.”

Even though she turned a bearded bear of a rugby player into her twin sister, Maxi Shield had to sashay away this week. Her UK counterpart, the pride of Essex, Cheryl Hole shares a message of support and inspiration with Maxi on “Losing is the New Winning.”

Maxi Shield talks about the challenge that sent her packing, how Kita Mean won despite breaking the rules, her gag-worthy microphone reveal during her last lip sync and more on ‘Drag Race Yearbook.”

Don’t worry, this won’t be on the quiz. Trixie Mattel talks Barbie, Dusty (a doll I actually owned as a child) and lots, lots more as she answers InStyle’s “Badass Questionnaire.”

If you’ve ever wanted to recreate Trixie’s iconic face but didn’t think you could afford the makeup to achieve it, watch this video from Maybelline. In this installment of “Save That Money Honey”, Trixie beats her mug with products that won’t break the bank. 

Trixie and Katya react to the classic Julia Roberts rom-com My Best Friend’s Wedding (with a literal…? cameo from Rupert Everett) on “I Like to Watch.” Is it just me, or was Julia’s character just a truly horrible person? (Spoiler: she was.)

The topic is pain on the latest episode of “UNHhhh.” Trixie and Katya share the wax figure they’d like to…you know…at Madame Tussaud’s, compare injuries, share details of lace front wig and glue mishaps, discuss the health benefits of oranges, the pain of Drag Con and answer a fan question about some pee-happy neighbors.

Let’s talk about sex, baby. Bob the Drag Queen and Monét X Change have lots to say on the subject, and they do on the latest episode of “Sibling Rivalry.”

Monét released a video for her latest musical effort, “Love Like This” on Friday. The fun video transports you to a tropical island and it’s making me crave a pina colada. About the song, she says, “I wanted to make a feel good ‘Song of the Summer” for all of the RnB/Reggae lovers out there. For so long reggae has been a genre riddled with homophobia…not no more!” Take a little mini vacation and enjoy this festive tune.

On the latest “Beatdown” Willam takes on some small-minded, small town anti-maskers, jokes about a Dad versus son basketball game and a pedestrian who shows the dangers of not using a crosswalk and treats us to a Tina Turner tribute you’ll never forget.

Think you know a lot about Drag Race? Alaska and Willam certainly do. Watch as they answer trivia questions of varying levels of difficulty (while munching on marshmallows) and see how you measure up.

Alaska is the latest drag queen to write a book, and this one is sure to be on my bookshelf. In the upcoming My Name’s Yours, What’s Alaska?: A Memoir, the diva takes us through her coming out and her rise to fame. She also talks about her experiences on Drag Race and All Stars and meeting Lady Gaga. Of writing the book she says, “People have often asked me, ‘Alaska- if you were to ever write a book, what would it be about?’ The answer is simple- It would be about me, of course. In this book I plan to tell the T, the whole T, and nothing but the T— so help me Goddess. In telling my life story, from my birth until now, I hope to invite you into my world, to set the record straight, and to inspire the children of the world. Because if a poor skinny queer boy from Erie, Pennsylvania can grow up to be an extra-terrestrial starlet of stage and screen, then truly anus-thing is possible.” The book is on sale November 9, but you can pre-order it today.

While in England performing in the mystery/comedy play Death Drop, Willam hasn’t forgotten about us (thank goodness.) Here, Drag Race UK’s Scottish doll Ellie Diamond turns her into her drag sister (and it’s a real win for Willam.)

Our beloved season 13 queen Gottmik transforms actress Cara Delevinge a/k/a her new love interest “Jacques”, into her drag queen doppelgänger. Is it bad I am so jealous that Cara looks equally as breathtaking as Jacques and Gottmik’s twin?  

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If you want to try to recreate the looks you see in these videos, why not pick up The Vivienne’s new makeup palette? Her collab with B Perfect, appropriately called SCEPTRE, is a full pallet of eyeshadows, blush, contour and highlighters – everything you need to create a regal look. You can order through the B Perfect site.  

Jaymes Mansfield recreates Bob the Drag Queen’s Tina Burner inspired wig (which she wore on the season 13 “The Pit Stop”.) It actually looks pretty cool.

Unlike me, Jaymes gets PR from makeup companies (publicists, feel free to reach out!) And, while Trixie Mattel was the obvious choice to show off Colourpop’s Barbie collab, Jaymes is also a princess who is perfect in pink and her makeover turns her into a living doll. 

The eternally youthful Rock M Sakura transforms into a Yubaba inspired old lady and still manages to look fabulous.

Michelle Visage is at the center of an important new documentary that debuts today. Explant takes us along with Michelle as she removes her breast implants and takes us through the invention of the implant and the medical issues that have plagued many of the women who elected to get the implants. You can watch the movie starting today via Tribeca at Home.

Our spooky Georgia queen Aiden Zhane takes us back to season 12 and reacts to her looks from the entrance to the Frozen-inspired look that sent her home. Boo!  

Bimini Bon Boulash released a new, cool punk anthem titled “God Save this Queen.” It’s already on my Spotify playlist.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’m leaving you with the perfect way to celebrate the rest of Pride month, courtesy of Nina West. She teamed up with Nickelodeon for a tune that shows kids the significance of the colors of the Pride flag, and it’s just so cute. Until we meet again, stay safe, stay healthy, get vaccinated and say LOVE!


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