Hello my lovelies.
On this snowy eve, I am sitting in my work uniform for a shift that was not meant to be, as our building has had to submit to the Beast from the East and protect its glistening innards, the innards being the staff. I am very blessed though, as I have multiple blankets on my knees, a very toasty bobble hat and the softest of jumpers. Such cosy, much toast. I thought a sweet yet trashy post would be very much in order, catering to my undying love for RuPaul’s Drag Race. Oddly comforting, ridiculous, sassy and the harbinger of a fascinating new language and culture, for me chipping into an episode is the equivalent of drinking a fine-ass toffee latte. Sugar-filled and warms you up from your very core. I’ve always been fascinated by drag artists. I recall being around 8 years old and on a family holiday, watching cabaret acts in the local club and being absolutely mesmerised by how beautifully over-the-top everything was. Tip of the iceberg. The dawning age of Drag Race opened the gates to a newly overground celebration of the creativity, wit, and ROYALTY that is required of these queens to make the big-time, with a sprinkling of LGBT solidarity in every episode. I absolutely adore it. As tough as it was to categorise, here is a compilation list of my Top 10 Queens from Season 4 onwards…
10. Miss Fame
Now post Drag Race, Miss Fame is probably most famed for having unconditional love for chickens, and also looking like a BRAZEN BOMBSHELL every time she hit the runway. Not hugely successful in the improv or dancing sections, she would step out in an utterly divine ensemble and I would forgive her immediately. The long black opera gloves with the short sleeved sequinsed dress? Complete fierceness.
9. Nina Bonina Brown
Never before has the long-standing innuendo of the Peach Emoji as a butt been so actively threatened. Nina may have reclaimed it. The second she bounced into the workroom with THOSE HIPS AND THIGH as a spit-curl brown mouse, she had my heart. One of the most creative queens, yet one of the most self-doubting. You’ve got this, girl.
8. Sasha Velour
YES THERE ARE SOME WINNERS IN THIS LIST. Sue me for being clichéd. But can you deny the apocalyptic genius that is Sasha? She was just a complete revolution in the show, from the bald tribute to her recently-passed mother, to the incredible feats of fashion she projected on the runway. The Rainbow-She-Better-Don’t ensemble, that tribute to Dorothy with the house on her head? My jaw dropped.
7. Chi Chi DeVayne
I can’t really imagine a queen so different to Sasha, but Chi Chi became the love of my life the second she opened her mouth. That accent. The lip sync to “Call Me” by Blondie. The tributes to old-school, unafraid trashy drag. It’s so easy to adore Chi Chi, even when she misses the mark on her looks. You can see the determination in her eyes, and just how much she loves doing drag.
Oh Katya. That sizzlin’ meat. One of the most hilarious queens of all time, like I would just die when she did any comedy or improv challenge. Scattered and crazy, susceptible to breakdowns and a fabulous contender. Look at her finale outfit, it is incredible! I could also listen to her speak Russian or French, all day.
I remember ugly-crying so hard when Peppermint spoke about the difficulties she’s faced in transitioning to a woman whilst maintaining her drag queen status. She is an absolute star, and one of the most beautiful and strongest queens I’ve ever witnessed. I think she is quite possibly my favourite lip-syncer, which as we know is a fundamental quality in drag culture!
4. Bianca Del Rio
Do I even need to explain? If you’re ever having a bad day, please go watch a clip of Bianca tearing somebody a new one. Her wit and scathing observations are just unparalleled, in any comedian or artist. It’s like you’re being slapped in the face repeatedly BUT YOU KNOW YOU DESERVE IT. Then there’s the Broadway Skillz that she brought to the workroom every week, the woman can cut a fierce silhouette and flash a smile so dazzling you’ll wonder why she isn’t the leading lady in EVERYTHING.
3. Kim Chi
I so wanna be Fat, Fem and Asian. Arguably the most skilled makeup artist on the show. Every single look is stunning, oddly moving, and entrancing. Follow her on Instagram, you will not regret it. Again this is a whole new rivulet of drag that I’d never even imagined before I watched the show, and that is being a literal work of art.
2. Latrice Royale
Now if you ever need a confidence lesson, come and watch Latrice. I have never seen such joy for life and a willingness to embrace everything that comes her way, than in Latrice. She officiates weddings in fabulous ballgowns, she sells body-positive merch, and she has one of the most inspiring and fierce messages of the entire show. “I want people to realize it’s OK to make mistakes, it’s OK to fall down. Get up, look sickening, and make them eat it!”
1. Jinkx Monsoon
Here we have it. Seattle’s Premier Jewish Narcoleptic Drag Queen. Every single moment of Jinkx on the show, I was in love. Her crazy countouring, her auditioning-for-The-Mask facial expressions, her snoring, her incredible Peruvian lip sync, the Water-Off-A-Duck’s-Back mantra, the way she stole every scene she was in, and looked gorgeous in any outfit. I can’t get enough of her, and post-race she has blossomed even further, and become the most voluptuous, charming and hilarious queen in drag history, in my humble opinion. If I could go out for one or six cocktails with anyone, it would be Jinkx. Of all the definitions of drag, she kinda hit the nail on the head for me with her performance. Surreal, inspired, and finding joy in the darkest moments
So who are your favourite queens? Are you mad that I didn’t include Alaska or Ben De La Crème? Guess they just need to work a little harder. (Lol jk Ben in All Stars is everything.)