Remembering some classic queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race
People can’t seem to get enough of RuPaul’s Drag Race at the moment, and it’s entirely understandable as to why. A show with a whole lot of attitude, it has been entertaining the masses since its inception in 2009.
As a result of its success, we have seen numerous versions of the show pop up all around the world. The UK version of the show is receiving a few plaudits of late, with Australian and New Zealand queens coming our way in late 2021 also. Simply put, the show is a phenomenon, especially for the drag community and people who appreciate the talent the ladies possess.
RuPaul’s Drag Race has had a dramatic impact on the world, with some people claiming it has helped spread awareness around drag and the community as a whole. On top of this, like we’re seeing in the UK, it has the ability to inspire and entertain audiences in different countries also. We’ve seen popular shows pop up in different countries before, like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire which is also available as a game at mansioncasino.com/nz/slots/who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire, but not many would have expected the success of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Heroes have been born off the back of it.
With some past queens still being remembered fondly by fans of the show, we thought we’d reminisce and go through some memorable characters of old.
A popular queen from season 10, Aquaria entered the show as a spoiled child but left it having grown into a mature and woke adult, keen to spread power and beauty. A master of lip-syncing, Aquaria made such a name for herself that she has since become the first drag queen to walk the Met Gala red carpet. She has modelled for Moschino, alongside appearing in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Beauty Fashion Show.
The spitting image of gay icon Cher, Chad Michaels didn’t win season four, but some fans of the show certainly felt that she deserved to. If it weren’t for Sharon Needles – another legendary queen in her own right – Chad Michaels probably would have reigned supreme, although she did eventually get a crown of her own in the All-Stars format of the show.
Bob the Drag Queen
Remembered not only for her name but also for her talent, Bob the Drag Queen was a standout force in season 8 of the show. Her victorious Snatch Game performance impersonating both Carol Channing and Uzo Aduba is truly iconic and ultimately led her to victory.
Bianca Del Rio
We couldn’t really leave out Bianca Del Rio, could we? The winner of season six is known for her comedy, sarcasm and her funny jibes. A likeable character with so much to offer, she formed a close bond with Adore Delano on her way to the crown. Fans of the show want to be entertained, and Bianca Del Rio’s comical value certainly provided that, alongside her glamour and shine too, of course.
One of the few bald queens to have graced the runway, Sasha Velour won season nine and made quite a name for herself in the process. Her Whitney Houston lip syncs were particularly memorable, coupled with her undeniable sass and her all-round talent.
A ray of sunshine, we could hardly leave out Shangela considering the integral roles she played in three seasons of the show. Jumping out of a giant gift-wrapped box was a particular highlight, coupled with her appearance in A Star Is Born where she subsequently became the first drag queen to attend the Oscars, earning herself legendary status in the process.