And on VH1 now??? Who said changes were good??? Not me!!! But regardless of the fact that transphobic Wendy Williams is now hosting viewing parties or that all the commercials are now boring and not gay, Season 9 of RPDR is here! Fucking finally! It’s funny how we literally get 2 seasons of Drag Race in a year, with All Stars 2 during the fall, but still it feels like an eternity since I’ve seen Mamma Ru.
What We Missed
So, per usual, I was supposed to give y’all a run-down of the queens to compete this season before the premiere, but then I spontaneously went on a trip to New York the day before the premiere aired and left my computer charger back in LA. Oops. What can a girl do?
Despite this, we’re not too far behind as of now, as Mamma Ru announced in the workroom that no queens would be eliminated during Episode 1, and that the challenge would be Pageant-based, requiring the 13 queens to werk the runway featuring two looks, one inspired by their home, the other inspired by LADY FUCKING GAGA who made her entrance as the last “queen” to enter the workroom (I see u VH1 funding…I see u…). The queens gagged over gaga, then got to work on their looks, and soon it was time for the runway to determine the winner of the Miss Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent Pageant!
Tops & Bottoms
TOPS: Sasha Velour, Eureka O’Hara, Nina Bo’Nina Brown (Winner)
BOTTOMS: NOBODY because apparently VH1 picked up RuPaul’s Best Friend Race, not RuPaul’s Drag Race. Episode 2 I’m looking out for you.
Nina Bo-Nina Brown
Hailing from Echo Park (Northeast LA holla!!), Valentina’s hometown look repped Mariachi Plaza, and her Gaga look fucking slayed me. Despite her highly tailored and professional aesthetic, Valentina’s only been doing drag for 9 months, so she’ll definitely be a queen to watch out for later in the season. She’s just…so…gorgeous. I’m weeping.
Yasss come through poppyseed bun! Maybe I was hungry while watching the runway, but honestly Shea Couleé’s hometown look, inspired by the Windy City of Chicago had me living. Shea’s a fairly prominent name in the Drag world, and is known for handcrafting all of her looks, including this lil number right here.
BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE
Right after crowning Nina for her sickening Georgia Peach illusion and gorgeous Alexander McQueen-inspired red lace Gaga look, Ru announced that there would be a FOURTEENTH QUEEN joining the girls for a shot at RuDemption *gay gasp* According to the Drag Race Reddit, it’s gonna be Cynthia Lee Fontaine, a queen who competed on Season 8, left fairly early-on in the competition due to some….questionable fashion #choices, and then found out she had liver cancer. But she’s cancer free, and potentially coming back to the Race!
Tune in to VH1, Friday March 31st at 8/7 Central to find out!