For the past nine years, handfuls of locally-famous drag queens have periodically gone missing for weeks at a time only to suddenly reappear with bouts of non-disclosure agreement-induced amnesia about where they've been. Without fail, the queens suddenly regain their memories around this time of year when RuPaul announces the lineup of contestants for RuPaul's Drag Race—and 2016's no exception. The Supermodel of the World recently introduced us to the twelve freshly beaten faces that will be vying for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar for the reality TV competition's eighth season with a salon-themed video, promising that this season would be a return to the show's shady roots. As any Drag Race enthusiast has realized by now, every season features a handful of similar challenges designed to pit the queens against one another and test their drag mettle. The show's real magic comes from what each of the queens brings to the challenges and the best way … [Read more...] about ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 8: What you need to know about each new contestant
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The grand finale of RuPaul's Drag Race is almost upon us, which means that we're mere hours away from crowning America's Next Drag Superstar. Who will be named the winner of the RuPaul-hosted drag queen competition series, now in its eighth season? Will it be Bob the Drag Queen, the mouthy Manhattanite with a heart of gold and a purse of firstness? Or will it be Kim Chi, the Chicago makeup artist who served everything from cartoons to cubism on the runway? And what about Naomi Smalls, the Cali girl slash would-be (could-be, should-be) supermodel with, and I quote, "legs all the way up to her asshole?" It's really Bob's anyone's game at this point, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate wildly—with a little help from this season's eliminated queens. "I have been saying Kim Chi since day one because of her creativity and artistry, but Bob has won me over," Derrick Barry said in an email to Fusion. "[Bob's] going above and beyond the makeup, wigs, and costumes. He's actually … [Read more...] about Who will win ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race?’ Eliminated queens weigh in
With mere hours to go before this season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars crowns a winner tonight, it's truly anyone's game. Well, except Roxxxy's. Or Detox's, probably. Realistically, only Katya and Alaska have a shot at joining Chad Michaels in the All Stars Hall of Fame, and I'm not just being an asshole. I have history on my side. And data! Beautiful, vaguely credible, slapped-together data. So in the name of Nate Silver, please. Let me speak. In the beginning, RuPaul created light. She bottled that light into an incandescent bulb, merchandised the shit out of that bulb, sold it as part of an exclusive artisanal bulb line (available at Costco), and shone it down upon BeBe Zahara Benet, the very first winner of RuPaul's Drag Race. What I'm trying and failing to say is that RuPaul used to be the alpha and omega when it came to picking the winner of Logo's drag queen competition series. But beginning with season four in 2012, she began to let the viewers at home have a say in the … [Read more...] about Can social media actually predict the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ winner?
RuPaul’s Drag Race might be entering its 8th season (and about to hit its 100th episode), but—from the look of this trailer—the new queens’ engines have yet to lose power. This year’s contestants are: Acid Betty, Bob the Drag Queen, Chi Chi DeVayne, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Dax ExclamationPoint, Derrick Barry, Kim Chi, Laila McQueen, Naomi Smalls, Naysha Lopez, Robbie Turner, and Thorgy Thor. You can read their full bios at Entertainment Weekly, but here are the few that seem very promising: ACID BETTY, 37, Brooklyn, NY No need to adjust your TV sets – this acid trip is all real. The self-proclaimed “bitch” of the competition, Acid Betty mixes a retina-searing psychedelic style with an outspoken, confrontational attitude. As Betty herself puts it, “even Bianca [Del Rio] won’t f— with her. That’s the T!” KIM CHI, 27, Chicago, IL This Korean drag queen is not only a cultural first for RuPaul’s Drag … [Read more...] about Sashay, Squirrel Friends: It’s the Season 8 Trailer for
Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres tonight on a new channel (Vh1) and a new night (Fridays!) and a new time (8 p.m. Eastern—THE WITCHING HOUR). Also, LOOK AT GAGA DOING HER THING. To celebrate the return of our favorite show, we’re liveblogging every breathtaking moment with some special friends. Joining Jezebel tonight are two fabulous guests who know their way around a runway. First, we have Dusty Tea Shoulders, who “directs, dramaturges, conjures costumes, speaks their truth in front of audiences, drags it up periodically, and instructs the future via the classroom.” You may have seen their work in various museums and clubs around the world, including The Whitney Museum, BAM, House of Yes, BAM, The Edinborough Fringe Festival or St. Ann’s Warehouse. Also joining us is Rify Royalty, an “award winning, New York based nightlife performer and personality who’s performed all over the globe from Toronto to London, Berlin, Miami, LA … [Read more...] about We’re Liveblogging (For Our LIVES) The Season Premiere of