Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to our latest roundup of all things drag — The Week in Drag. This past week, our favorite Ru-capping queens shared their opinions on “Social Media: The Rusical” and the yellow fashions that strutted down the runway on episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Across the pond, the queens of Drag Race UK gave us their best (and maybe not the best) celebrity impersonations on the Snatch Game and went pre-historic on the runway. We’ve got everything you need to know from the world of drag with music, makeup and fun along the way. Let’s bring it to the runway!
Big programming news this week. It was announced that season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars is heading to the paid streaming service Paramount + (formerly CBS All Access.) In addition to All-Stars, the service will be home to World of Wonders new singing competition series Queen of the Universe. According to Entertainment Weekly the show will “pit drag stars from around the world against each other in a Eurovision-style singing tournament that promises ‘high heels, high octaves,’ and ‘high competition’ that ‘will blow your wig off,’ according to the logline. Of course, many members of the Drag Race fanbase are less than thrilled for having to pay to watch the new season, and they expressed their displeasure on Twitter.
Last week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the queen-testants showcased their musical chops as they starred in “Social Media: The Unverified Rusical.” Denali and Gottmik stunned as Russian bots, but Rosé stole the show with her big 11 o’clock number. The runway theme was “Yellow Gorgeous,” and the fashions were fierce. Kandy Muse and Symone found themselves in the bottom, and, after a fierce lip-sync, we got our first double shantay of the season. Make sure to check out our recap and see what your favorite Drag Race alums had to say:
Trixie Mattel and Jan recap the Rusical on “The Pit Stop.” Is Jan triggered because her musical BFF Rosé won the Rusical when she felt like she deserved a win for the Madonna Rusical last season? Tune in and find out.
Mayhem Miller takes over for Nina West to give us a fast-paced look back on the latest “Extra Lap Recap.”
Bob the Drag Queen and Monét X Change once again give us their truly honest and unfiltered opinions about the episode on “Sibling Watchery.”
Raja and Raven rate the yellow-hued runway fashions on the latest “Fashion Photo Ruview” (and no one can argue that they got the “top toot” of the week correct.)
BAM! Yuhua Hamasaki and Alexis Mateo review the runway fashions on “Bootleg Opinions.”
Gottmik’s makeup tutorials/behind the scenes tea are everything. This week, she talks about perming in the Rusical as she recreates her fantastical yellow BDSM crash test dummy look.
Last week on Drag Race UK, we got to see the queens showcase their best celebrity impressions and improv skills, taking on the iconic Snatch Game alongside celebrity contestants Gemma Collins and Michelle Visage. The runway theme was Pre-Herstoric: Drag from 1 Million Years BC. Bimini Bon-Boulash received the coveted RuPeter Badge this week after her portrayal of Katie Price in Snatch Game and her stunning amoeba-inspired runway look. Tia Kofi and Lawrence Chaney went head-to-head in the lip-sync battle to “Touch Me” by Cathy Dennis. Ultimately Tia was told to sashay away.
Bob and Peppermint (looking positively stunning with red hair) recap the “Snatch Game” while Pep hilariously unboxes a tripod on “Purse First Impressions.”
Raja and The Vivienne “toot” and “boot” the pre-herstoric runway looks “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
Yuhua and Miz Cracker give us their take on the wild prehistoric fashions on “Bootleg Opinions.”
Our eliminated UK queen Tia Kofi discusses her experience on the show and doles out superlatives to her fellow queens in the latest chapter of “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Yearbook.”
Tia may be gone, but she’s just getting started on the path to be a superstar. She looks and sounds stunning in the video for her new single “Outside In.”
The Queerties were handed out on Wednesday, and lots of Drag Race alums took home awards. Jinkx Monsoon was named “”Drag Royalty” and her holiday special with BenDeLaCreme took top honors as “Lockdown LOL.” Trixie Mattel’s video for “Malibu” won best indie music video and her podcast with Katya, “The Bald and the Beautiful” beat out Willam and Alaska’s “Race Chaser” as best podcast. Heidi N Closet was named “Future All Star” ad Shangela was recognized with an “Innovator” award. Congrats to all of the winners.
Trixie Mattel and Katya are together again (in person) to watch the Netflix movie I Care a Lot on “I Like to Watch.”
I don’t know about you, but I have amassed quite a makeup collection during quarantine, and Trixie is not helping me or my wallet. This week, she launched Trixie Cosmetics’ first eyeshadow palette, Daytime Realness. From its adorable cassette packaging to the dramatic blue, silver and black eyeshadows, this one is a must-have.
If you’re in need of a new podcast, and love Aussie queens, have we got the show for you. In their new podcast, “Brenda, Call Me!”, best friends, drag superstars and sisters in crime, Courtney Act and Vanity (of Wigs by Vanity fame) chat about all things drag. From the political to the downright silly, no topic is off limits. They’ll even call up a celebrity friend along the way to help them sort it out. “’Brenda, call me’ is the text Vanity and I send to each other when we want to chat,” explains Courtney Act. “We have been friends for twenty years, lived all around the world, in different time zones, and we are super excited for listeners to join in on our best friend conversations. We’re just glad the shows are not live and that the legal department will be reviewing them before they hit listener’s ear drums.”
“We thought we were going to be recording this podcast on opposite sides of the world,” says Vanity. “However, Ms. Rona has reunited us and we’re super excited to be sitting face-to-face giving our unsolicited drag opinions on all sorts of topics. Courtney doesn’t actually know why we call each other “Brenda” so make sure you tune in when I explain its origins.” “Brenda, Call Me!” is available on the Nova Podcast Network, with new episodes launching every Thursday. Episodes are available at https://omny.fm/shows/brenda-call-me/ or wherever you get your podcasts.
Naomi Smalls shows us (and Vogue) her full, 70-step (!) skin care and makeup routine. If I only had the time and an unlimited budget at Sephora…
Heidi N Closet get painted by Vanessa Vanjie Mateo in the latest “Dragged Out.”
There’s actually a place called Gay Burger in LA, and Willam tries their menu, offering her own unique review of the food.
Willam takes us on a tour of her Palm Springs “Desert Disco Compound” Airbnb (the one she bought on House Hunters) and for $500 a night, you can stay there too (BRB, I’m planning my vacation right now.)
In honor of the new Disney movie Cruella, Jaymes Mansfield works her magic to recreate Cruella DeVil’s iconic black and white signature ‘do.
Fan-favorite season 12 queen Rock M. Sakura is back with brand a new streaming series, “Rock M. Sakura Sexy Superhero Sickening Spectacular.” Created by World of Wonder, this high-energy scripted series takes viewers to Rock’s hometown, San Francisco, and into the chaotic life of her family of crime-fighting superheroes – too bad Rock has yet to discover if she has any powers. Come along on Rock’s comical journey of discovering her superpowers when the series premieres Wednesday, March 3rd on WOW Presents Plus.
In addition to saving the world, Rock M Sakura delivers another video where she follows a fellow queen’s makeup tutorial. Here she channels her inner Gigi Goode, and the results are really great.
On the latest “Digital Drag,” the beautiful Violet Chachki takes us behind the scenes on the photoshoot for her 2021 calendar.
Jonny McGovern and Lady Red Couture put two Drag Race fans in the hot seat to see who is the true superfan in the fourth episode of “Drag Fan.”
Phew! That’s a lot of news – hopefully enough to keep you entertained until next week’s Snatch Game! Until we meet again, stay safe, stay healthy, wear a mask and say LOVE!