This week’s recommendation is RuPaul’s Drag Race. You can tune into the radio segment here or continue on to keep reading!
It’s an American made reality competition hosted by none other than the famous drag queen RuPaul. The show features 14 men who dress up in drag and compete for the DragRace Crown. Now If you’re not sure what drag is or a drag queen is honey, you’ve got a lot to learn.
To put it simply, drag is an art form where you dress and act like the opposite gender. A drag queen is usually a cis-gendered man who dresses up in exaggerated forms of women’s clothing for entertainment. For 10 years or ten seasons, Drag Queens from around the USA have graced our screens, all thanks to RuPaul.
The show always begins with a grand entrance. Each queen dons her signature outfit and struts their way into the workshop. This workshop will serve as the changeroom, mini-challenge area, and sewing shop for the queens. It is only after all the queens have met one another that we get to see them without makeup and in their natural manly state.
To win the crown, the queens engage in various challenges such as photo shoots, impromptu costume creations, acting skits, lip-synch challenges, dance numbers, and savage reads.
Here are three reasons why I think you should get in tune with your inner queen and watch RuPaul’sDrag Race.
1) The representation. The world of drag is incredibly vast and the shows many contestants represent that. You have queens of all colors and ethnicities, statures & talents. The winning contestant could be a 6’3 African American comedy queen one year and a 5’6 petite Caucasian beauty queen the next.
2) The personalities. Move over Sharkeisha there’s a new level of petty in the house. These queens can serve sass like it’s nobody’s business. My personal favorite reads come from Shangela in Season 3. She gave not one, but three savage reads:
“Raja, I know you call yourself a top model, but I think Tyra Banks and I would agree you’re just fashion roadkill.”
“Manila Luzon, the Asian role model. Well, I hope you were referring to the rolls all over your body.”
“Carmen Carrera. Honey, just go jump in the ocean. You won’t drown. Silicone floats.”
3) The makeup. Being able to apply makeup and look like a different person is one thing, but being able to do it each week and continually look like new a new person is amazing! These queens have a talent with cosmetics that I can only dream about possessing.
And there you have it! That’s this week’s best flick on Netflix. Be sure to check back next week for another recommendation!
Who is your favorite queen? Let me know in the comments!