Hey hey, sorry I've been a little AWOL. Uni stresses and all that. Anyway, I know a lot of people probably already know about this, but I only realised this was a thing in late December, and I knew I just HAD to share it with the world when I saw it.
RuPaul's Drag Race is effectively America's Next Top Model but for Drag Queens. Instead of becoming signed by a top modelling agency, winning RuPaul's Drag Race makes you America's next Drag Superstar.
As you can imagine, it's the fucking SASSIEST SHOW EVER. Seriously. If you thought a bunch of high maintenance models was bitchy enough, wait 'til you see a load of guys in drag, taking on their catty female alter ego. OK, they're not all catty, but some of the (HILARIOUS) challenges can get a little heated!
The sass levels are probably at their highest, however, when the queens enter the elimination room:
Just like in ANTM, the contestants get boiled down to the 'bottom two'. But in this show, instead of just leaving it to the judges to look at their portfolio and make a decision, RuPaul calls upon the two remaining queens to 'LIPSYNC FOR THEIR LIFE', and adds 'and remember... don't fuck it up'. Then the two remaining queens lip sync through a sassy number, sashay about the stage, pull the splits, and dance like maniacs, before RuPaul ultimately decides who stays and leaves. And of course, delivering that information is still fabulous. One contestant is told 'shontay, you stay' and the other has to 'sashay...away'.
After the eliminated queen 'sashays away' RuPaul leaves them with this message: 'and remember, if you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an AMEN?' which you know, is prime advice.
Throughout the show, when the men are in drag, they are women. They are referred to as women, or as queens. The theme song to the show goes 'may the best woman win'. They're men, but they're also women and that is perfectly acceptable. They can be both, and they ARE both.
This show is about making it OK for guys to be comfortable with who they are. Why should it just be women who are allowed to have all the fun of getting dolled up? It's OK to dress up as a woman and pretend to be one. In fact, it's more than OK, it's fucking FABULOUS.