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Will RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 Be Another Team Season?

If you’re like me, you’ve planned your holiday parties around the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. Come Friday, my house’s windows will be shattering from laughter, gasps, and echoing wig snatching bursting through the ether.

After the beginning of 2018 hit us hard with Drag Race fandom with All Stars 3 and Season 10, it seems that VH1 won’t let us ring in the new year without giving us a triple dose of Drag Race.


The queens vying for the crown this season are:

  • Manila Luzon (Season 3, All Stars 1)
  • Latrice Royale (Season 4, Miss Congeniality, All Stars 1)
  • Gia Gunn (Season 6)
  • Jasmine Masters (Season 7)
  • Naomi Smalls (Season 8)
  • Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor (Season 9)
  • Valentina (Season 9, Miss Congeniality “Fan Favorite”)
  • Farrah Moan (Season 9)
  • Monét X Change (Season 10, Miss Congeniality)
  • Monique Heart (Season 10)

And if you can’t wait until Friday’s premiere, you can head to social media to see that the world has exploded with a preview that features the first 14 minutes of the premiere episode of All Stars 4.

In the video you see the queens’ fierce opening looks and you experience the shade from the very beginning. What the initial 8 queens don’t know is that into the competition will sashay two members of Drag Race royalty, Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon—better known as Team Latrila.

Does this mean All Stars 4 will be a return to the nightmare that was All Stars 1’s team challenge?

Check out the first 14 minutes of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, grab your favorite holiday drink, and sip (don’t gag) on all the drama:

 

 

How The ‘All Stars 4’ Eliminations Should Go

We are less than one month away from the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, which will kick off December 14th on VH1.

It feels as if we were just finishing up both season 10 and All Stars 3 recently, but here we are again! It’s totally understandable as to why World of Wonder and the network would want to start things up so soon given the momentum this show has had in 2018. They practically swept the reality categories at the 2018 Emmys and have continued their ascension to the top of pop culture with every catchphrase these queens come up with.

AS4 could potentially be a phenomenal season given the bevy of talent that is competing. You have 8 newbies to this RPDR spinoff and two that are returning for a second chance at that coveted title. Within ten of these queens there is one, at least from my POV, that is a clear winner.

Just a heads up: I know nothing about anything regarding how the show will develop, this is just my opinion on how I think the eliminations could possibly go if I had it my way. So please take this list with a grain of salt… hunties.

See below for how I think the order should go, from last to first, on All Stars 4.

10. Monique Heart (Season 10). It’s very difficult to do a show like this when your season just finished. Two have done very well in the past (Chad Michaels won AS1 shortly after season 4 finished and Katya made top 3 in AS2 right after season 7 was done) but suffice to say its hard for any queen to really make it that far when you still really aren’t on an “all-star” level in your career yet. To me, Monique isn’t ready yet, as she was more known for her catchphrases and putting together outfits last minute (sickening still). She would fare better in an All Stars 5 or 6 level, but then again… I could be wrong.

9. Farrah Moan (Season 9). Farrah, like Monique, was a GIF/MEME queen. She didn’t do well at all in her season outside of her fantastic fashion choices. Her promo mentioned that she has her game face on, but I still think her personality pales in comparison to the very strong ones that will be competing alongside of her. It will be interesting, however, to see how her and Valentina’s dynamic will play out given how dramatically things ended with them in season 9.

8. Gia Gunn (Season 6). She’ll bring the attitude that’s needed and necessary for a show like this the same way (if not more) than she did in season 6. It’s also amazing that Gia is the first openly trans queen to compete on All Stars. I’m torn between if she will go the distance or if she’ll leave early as her first go around wasn’t exactly that spectacular. If she’s able to get it together in the challenges and not just in her reading abilities, then she could definitely be a force in this game.

7. Jasmine Masters (Season 7). If there is ever a queen to get “Ru-demption” then Jasmine takes the cake. She went out 3rd on S7 in a very ballsy kind of manner, so this would be a great chance for her to give viewers a different and hopefully elongated side that we didn’t see the first time around.

6. Trinity Taylor (Season 9). Trinity to me seems to be a middle of the road kind of queen. She’s one of the more vocally ferocious ones of the group, so it will be interesting to see how she plays the game, but I don’t really see her winning that crown in the end as I sometimes forget that she was even in the final four back in season 9.

5. Monet X Change (Season 10). Yes, her and Monique were on the same season, but Monet went way further than her and could’ve won had it not been for her placing in the bottom so many times (I still think she won that lip sync against Kameron Michaels). To me, Monet is more focused and readier for something like this and can easily go far if she plays her cards right both in the competition and the strategy.

4. Latrice Royale (Season 4 and AS1). I think pretty much everyone in the world would love to see Latrice win… but that’s to her detriment. If she makes it this far, regardless of how she plays the game, it will be tough for her to win or not get eliminated due to her likability. Fingers crossed though.

3. Valentina (Season 9). I’m torn between Val and who I have in second place as it could go either way. I’m no fool: Valentina is not getting eliminated early on. She’s too polarizing for that. But I do see her trying to right a wrong with the lip sync snafu that happened in her season and dominating the competition to a certain level.

2. Naomi Smalls (Season 8). Naomi is the wild card here, but I see her making it to the end. People slept on her in season 8, primarily because it was the Bob/Kim show… but she stood next to them in finale night and rightfully so. Expect that to happen again in AS4.

1. Manila Luzon (Season 3 and AS1). It’s Manila’s game to lose in my opinion. She’s incredibly smart, fashionable, wise and talented beyond belief. That’s not taking anything away from the other 9, but I do believe it’s her time to finally win something she should’ve won many moons ago (sorry, Raja).

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

The Wait is Over, Kittens! RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Cast is About to be RuVealed!

The wait is over, kittens! On Friday, November 9th you’ll know the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4. Who/What/Where/When/Why/How? I know those are all the questions.

Today on the official RuPaul’s Drag Race Twitter account, reigning All Star queen Trixie Mattel shared that she will be spilling the tea and the names of the queens who will be returning to fight for the All Star crown. The announcement will be a part of a streaming special called Trixie’s Playhouse and will feature UNHhhh co-star Katya and Drag Race alum Detox.

Any guesses on who will be a part of the All Stars cast? Find out Friday, November 9th at 10 AM EST on all the RuPaul’s Drag Race Social Media accounts.

You can schedule to watch the VH1 RuVeal video below:

h/t: RuPaul’s Drag Race

The 10 Sexiest RPDR Queens Out of Drag

Something that has become glaringly obvious about RuPaul’s Drag Race (outside of the talent, catchphrases and Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews arguing every episode) is just how darn hot the contestants really are out of drag!

Yes, the Pit Crew is always fun to look at, as they barely wear anything clothing, but many of the queens look simply scrumptious when all their makeup is off and they are back to their boy form (some can even get it in drag, okurrr???)

Take a look at ten that this writer thinks is a tasty snack, both on and off the best damn reality show on television.

Milk: Season 6 and All Stars 3

Naomi Smalls: Season 8

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Proud homo forever and always #nationalcomingoutday

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Mayhem Miller: Season 10

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I love romper moments #summertime #rupaulsdragrace #itsmillertime #manbehindthemakeup

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Katya: Season 7 and All Stars 2

Phi Phi O’Hara: Season 4 and All Stars 2

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With the Mom-n-awe! @beautyismee

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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo: Season 10

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

duffel bag girl

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Manila Luzon: L Season 3 and All Stars 1

Raja: Season 3

Kameron Michaels: Season 10

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I think I’m a little late, but Happy Birthday angel! @farrahrized

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Lineysha Sparkx: Season 5

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

¿Me escuchan? ¿Me oyen? ¿Me sienteeeeeeen? Saludos y besos a mis Latinos!

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This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

5 Things I Want to See Happen on RPDR Season 11

The 2018 calendar year is ending, which means we have the holidays to look forward to, the ability to gain a couple of pounds and hide it in some bulky sweaters, and the inevitability of a new year beginning. Oh, and another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race starting.

Several RPDR fans got super excited this week when it was announced that they are doing a holiday spectacular that will air on VH1 in the beginning of December. Does this also mean that they will reveal when season 11 of RPDR will air in 2019… as well as All Stars 4? It seems like that might happen, but who knows as the schedule for both is still unknown.

Regardless of which show premieres first, we are in for another wild ride of Drag Race that will happen over the course of several months (just like it did in 2018). I am an avid watcher and lover of this show and have been following it since it began way back in 2009. Several elements of it has changed since then, but the core of what the Emmy-winning program is has remained the same: to discover the next big group of girls who will become global superstars.

There are 5 things I need to see happen for season 11 that will help make it that much more incredible. Take a look at what needs to happen in order for RPDR to score another Emmy next year.

1. LEARN TO SEW. A staple of RPDR revolves around at least one challenge per season where the queens have to create an outfit from scratch. Not knowing how to sew at this stage of the game should really require an easy disqualification as the eye rolls can be felt around the world when a later season queen (Naysha Lopez, Kandy Ho, etc) claims that they don’t know how to. NEXT!

2. No More Separation of Big and Skinny Girls. Weight is something that is often brought up on the show, especially when it comes to the girls that are deemed “big”. A couple of them have fought against the stereotype (Delta Work), some have used it for their comedic abilities (Eureka), and others have become fierce contenders for the crown for simply being talented (Ginger Minj, Kim Chi). The hope is that this is a non-discussion in the future and everyone who goes on Drag Race is seen as equal.

3. Edit Snatch Game Better. Snatch Game is the episode we all wait for every season. It’s the one that separates the front runners from the girls who will leave shortly, yet for the most part it is heavily edited down to where we barely see several of the queen’s answers. If this is such an important episode for the fans to see, why not make it 90 minutes so that we can get a better judgment of their impressions overall?

4. Fellow Drag Queen on the Panel? Am I the only one who realizes that the show has never had another drag queen on its panel since the beginning? This may be a RuPaul kind of decision, however it would be nice to have another opinion from a legendary queen like Coco Peru or Lady Bunny as opposed to the tragic and boring ones from other celebs who have already made an appearance (Vanessa Hudgens, anyone)?

5. Culinary challenge? There’s been so many acting and singing challenges that it makes me wonder why the show hasn’t done a culinary one yet. The puns would be amazing like, America’s Next Top Vers Bottom Drag Queen Chef or something.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

The 10 Best Lip Sync Battles on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Part of what has made RuPaul’s Drag Race such a success over the past 10 years revolves around the super dramatic “Lip Sync for Your Life” battles that occur at the end of every episode. For anyone out there reading this who hasn’t seen the show yet (get on that), the bottom two queens pull out all the stops necessary to stay in the competition by lip syncing to a song in hopes that they will win against their opponent. In other words, they want to hear RuPaul say “Shantay you stay.”

Over ten regular season and three All Stars versions, this show has given us so many memorable lip syncs that it’s hard to pinpoint which ones were truly the best. Here are 10 that this writer deems to be the most thrilling ones to date, in no particular order. Do you agree? Let us know.

Kameron Michaels vs. Eureka, Season 10. Song: Patti LaBelle: “New Attitude”

These two Tennessee natives became the lip sync divas of the season (minus Monet X Change, more on that later), and this battle proves that and then some. The runway challenge for this episode was for them to evoke what they would look like 50 years from now, but that didn’t really matter with the song they were singing. Each of them excelled so well in this lip sync that Ru decided to keep both when it was done.

Latrice Royale vs. Kenya Michaels, Season 4. Song: Aretha Franklin: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”

A lot of the lip syncs on RPDR revolve around a ton of movement across the stage and high energy. This song didn’t require that, and its why Latrice stayed and Kenya left. The runway challenge was pregnancy realness, where the girls had to dress up as a mother-to-be. Kenya was sort of all over the place, taking her wig off and not making much sense for this song. Latrice stayed right in her place, holding her fake baby belly, and really making the audience believe every word she lip synced.

Alyssa Edwards vs. Coco Montrese, Season 5. Song: Paula Abdul: “Cold Hearted Snake”

This was an inevitable battle we were all waiting to see, given the drama that occurred between these two on the show and off of it. They both really gave such an incredible version of Paula’s #1 hit, with Alyssa excelling in her dance and Coco relying a lot on how tight her lip sync was plus how well her gorgeous yellow dress flowed with the song.

Shea Coulee vs. Sasha Velour, Season 10. Song: Whitney Houston: “So Emotional”

This was the first season where the girls had to lip sync for the crown as opposed to just RuPaul picking a winner. Sasha clearly came prepared for this performance, where two words really come to mind: rose petals. She won against her close friend, which became a highly debated issue in the Drag Race community given how many people thought that Shea should’ve won the season.

Sharon Needles vs. Phi Phi O’Hara, Season 4. Song: The Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”

Sharon and Phi Phi were the first two queens to become true enemies on RPDR. Just like Alyssa and Coco, this was a battle we all saw coming, but it really was for nothing as they disqualified Willam at the end of the episode. Still, it was amazing to see both of these eventual frontrunners go against one another, where Phi Phi utilized the stage while Sharon relied on her facial reactions and lip movement for the upbeat song.

Carmen Carrera vs. Raja, Season 3. Song: Paula Abdul: “Straight Up”

This to me was memorable because of how god damn sexual it got. Carmen pretty much was butt ass naked, and Raja grinded on top of her during a lip sync that could’ve gone from LOGO to Cinemax late night easily.

Monet X Change vs. Dusty Ray Bottoms, Season 10. Song: Nicki Minaj: “Pound the Alarm”

What was amazing to watch during this performance, outside of Monet’s split “fake out” was how Dusty really gave her a run for her money. This is a song that was totally in Monet’s wheelhouse yet Dusty kept up with her for the most part even though she lost in the end.

Alyssa Edwards vs. Tatianna, All Stars 2. Song: Rihanna, “Shut Up and Drive”

This was the first time on All Stars where two queens competed against one another to get back into the competition. It was very clear that both had their game faces on the minute they walked onto the stage. Each gave one heck of a performance to Rihanna’s big hit, causing RuPaul to bring both of them back into the competition.

Dida Ritz vs. The Princess, Season 4. Song: Natalie Cole, “Everlasting Love”

Dida basically took us to church with her version of Natalie’s hit, and we were mesmerized from the beginning to the end with it.

Alyssa Edwards vs. Roxxxy Andrews, Season 5. Song: Willow Smith, “Whip My Hair”

The biggest wig reveal this show has ever seen. Do I think this was a worthy double-shantay? No. Roxxxy kind of just stood there and Alyssa didn’t know all the words. But, the energy was incredible to see and made for such an emotional moment for Roxxxy when it was over as she cried hysterically while revealing some very sad news about her upbringing.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Who Should Really Be on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4?

It comes as no surprise that World of Wonder and everyone behind RuPaul’s Drag Race decided to do a fourth version of All Stars already. The heat from RPDR is at its all-time high: snatching a ton of trophies, skyrocketing in ratings and establishing itself as the best damn reality show on television (IMHO).

All Stars 4 has reportedly been filmed already (RuPaul talked about a crazy experience during judging on one of her podcasts where she flipped out on the contestants), so now it’s just a matter of time until we find out if this will air before or after season 11. Just another opinion, but it would make sense for them to follow the format of All Stars first, regular season last that they did this year as it was a seamless transition from one to the other for all the diehard fans out there.

The alleged cast for AS4 has made its rounds over the past couple of months, and the list itself looks incredible. There are, however, queens that did not make this list that really should be part of it and ones that are included that really aren’t at an All Stars level yet.

That being said, here are 10 contestants that I think should compete on RPDR.

Ongina (Season 1). How has this not happened yet? Ongina was such a standout from the “lost season” of RPDR and her name has been thrown into the All Stars list for several years now. She was arguably robbed of the crown during the show’s premiere season and it would be great for an entire new generation of fans to get to know her similarly to what Tatianna and Bebe Zahara Benet has experienced.

Jessica Wild (Season 2). In a season that was hella dramatic and bitchy, Jessica was the one to keep things friendly and nice amid all the backstabbing chaos. She was fun to watch, both on and off the runway, and was hysterical in several challenges including Snatch Game (where she portrayed RuPaul correctly) and the book challenge. Here’s hoping she gets her time to shine again all these years later.

Stacy Layne Matthews (Season 3). Such an underrated queen when it comes to how talented she is from a fashion and comedic standpoint. I think several of us would be ecstatic to see “henny” walk through those werk room doors one more time.

Ivy Winters (Season 5). I’m sort of surprised that Ivy has never been asked back given the plethora of season 5 queens that have been on All Stars already. Her fashion sense was out of this world extraordinary during s5 and she was crowned Miss Congeniality by the end of it. Would be nice to see her give it another go given how far her style and looks have come since then.

Joslyn Fox (Season 6). Criminally underrated and did so great at many of the challenges that were unfortunately overshined by other competitors. Snatch Game, the rapping challenge and so much more proved what a force Joslyn was in her season, and my hopes is that she gets invited back at some point to do it all again.

Mrs. Kasha Davis (Season 7). Her elimination against Kandy Ho was crap and the fact that Ms. Ho lasted longer than her and Trixie Mattel is still one that I scratch my head at. Kasha is hilarious! She was needed in season 7 amid a group of girls that just got so hostile and mean towards one another yet was cut too short over flubbing one word during the DESPY’s challenge. We are ready for that cocktail again, Mrs. Davis.

Naomi Smalls (Season 8). I’m fine with Naomi coming back, however she needs to excel in all types of challenges that aren’t just about fashion. Part of what propelled Naomi to the top three in her season was her style, of course, but also her likable personality that helped bring her there over big competitors like Thorgy Thor and Chi Chi Devayne. If she’s able to do that then she will have a big chance at the crown (if that rumored list is true and she is actually on it).

Shea Coulee (Season 9). She was robbed for the crown, we all know this. Not taking anything away from Sasha Velour’s win but it's pretty obvious that Shea would’ve won had it been the same format the show has done since season 4. I don’t think she is part of AS4, but it would be vindication in the biggest way for her to come back and “slay” it all over again to win something she should’ve taken home the first time around.

Peppermint (Season 9). Peppermint has done what others like Milk and Trixie have in that they've established a major career outside of RPDR. She landed a major role on Broadway in Head Over Heels and has built up quite the resume when it comes to her music as well. I don’t think anyone saw Peppermint making top 2 in s9, but she did and made New York proud with her incredible acting talents and lip sync abilities.

Valentina (Season 9). She’s another one on the rumored list... and rightfully so. I’ll just say this: remember your lip sync words. Other than that, it will be interesting to see how this polarizing contestant will do for a second time given how talked about her first go at it was.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Laganja Estranja Opens Up About Her Budding Career & Never Ever Doing ‘All Stars’

Laganja Estranja has done a really great job at many aspects of her professional career, from drag to dancing to singing and more. Something that this particular writer finds very impressive is that she’s been able to do a complete 180 on her public perception since she appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race five years ago.

The then 23-year-old was polarizing during that season for her somewhat over-the-top personality that kept audiences glued to their screens every single Monday night. Good or bad, you enjoyed watching her no matter what. Since then, she’s proven to be so much more than just a personality on a reality show by becoming a major force in and out of the drag world and has won millions of fans over in the process who have really gotten to see who she is outside of the series that helped make her famous.

In an Instinct exclusive, Laganja discusses so much about what’s going in her world right now including new music, her time on another popular reality competition series, that amazing friendship with Gia Gunn and why she will never do an All Stars season… ever. Take a look.

Hey Laganja, thanks for doing the interview! It was great seeing you this summer on So You Think You Can Dance. What was that process like and are you happy with the overall result?

Honestly being on So You Think You Can Dance really changed my perception of what filming reality TV can be like. You must understand, on RuPaul's Drag Race, we are put under extreme situations that are meant to cause a bit of commotion. For SYTYCD, it was much more about the talent on stage and the form of dance, which is my strongest suit. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the result. When I left their facility, I felt respected. I created space for someone like myself, someone in the LGBTQ+ community, to belong in that competition. 

Do you think the RPDR fanbase was able to see a different side of you?

I absolutely think the RPDR fanbase saw a different side of me, and not just because I was out of drag. It's been five years since I filmed RPDR, I have done so much maturing in that time. I think I spoke with grace and humility while still delivering that "Laganja" flair. 

Let's chat about RPDR. It's been almost five years since your season aired (many people think yours was the best). How do you look back on it all this time later?

It was the BEST season, hands down, and we all need to face that music and dance OCKURRR!! When I look back, honestly, I'm thankful I survived. I'm grateful I had an incredible support base around me and #BUDS who loved me unconditionally. I laugh when I think about first meeting Gia (Gunn), I cry when I think about how many people I disappointed. But overall, I'm proud of the work I did as a 23-year-old who wanted nothing more than the world to love him but didn't necessarily have the tools with which to make that happen. 

A lot of fans have wondered why you haven't been on All Stars yet. Will we see you on the 4th season?

No All Stars for me. I have nothing but respect for that competition, but I know it's not a good fit for my sanity. My health and well being have to be more important than my need to succeed. 

I see you have an upcoming album coming out. Can you tell us more about that?

Exhibit A is coming soon but that's all I can really tell you about it, of course!! What I can say is it's filled with some of the best drag race music you've ever heard. WHAT! I'm not afraid to say it. I have worked so hard with my team at Big Snow Entertainment, and we believe in our product with all our hearts. I am really hoping this will launch my career into a new direction. I know the drag world is saturated with music, but I'm ready to prove why I will be Exhibit A

I know you are BFF's with the one and only Gia Gunn. What has been the funniest moment in your friendship?

Every day with Gia is an adventure. We are not called "Team Too Much" for no reason! But honestly living with her and watching her transition before my very eyes, I have learned so much about myself and gender fluidity. I feel blessed I have a sister in this game. And just like family, we have our ups and downs, too. But real friends stick with one another and grow together, and we both know we've just begun our journey. 

Will we be seeing you on your drag mother Alyssa Edwards' Netflix show?

What won't you be seeing out of Dancing Queen coming this October 5th?!? Stunts, shows, shenanigans. It's going to be a GAG for sure!

What are you most hopeful about this point in your career?

I'm hopeful I can keep believing in myself and financially afford my dreams. I dream of selling out theatre houses and having a full-on production of my own. I really want my music career to succeed more than anything! And I want a husband and kids and a life full of laughs and love.

You can follow Langanja on her Instagram and Twitter here. 

Incredible Artist Creates Mind-Blowing 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Animations!

One of my favorite things that have come out of RuPaul's Drag Race isn't exactly RuPaul himself, nor the queens, nor the catchphrases that many of us use on a daily basis. It's the amazing types of art that creative minds imagine then bring to life on and off social media that really blows many of us away. 

Take for instance Norweigan Sindre Johnsen, who caught my eye a couple of days ago due to his incredible animation that he has created for many legendary Drag Race queens. 

What really got me excited over what this amazing talent was able to do was take a modern Drag Race star and place her in an early 90's video game like Super Mario Bros. Those games were so much fun to play for me as a kid, so to take a throwback like that and put them into 2018 with stars from the biggest and best reality competition show on television is truly awe-inspiring.

Take a look at the assortment of what Sindre has been able to create with stars like Aja, Shangela and more. "Halleloo" to this! Want to know more about Sindre? Following him on Instagram here and Twitter here.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Big Apple Realness: The Top 10 'RPDR' Queens From New York City

Perhaps I’m a bit biased (as I live here), but it doesn’t come as much of a shock to me that queens from New York City have won 4 out of the 10 regular seasons of RuPaul’s Drag RaceDusty Ray Bottoms said it right about how “competitive” the drag scene is here, as we have birthed some of the most legendary queens to have ever graced our presence on and off the hit reality series. 

Over the past decade, the show has given tons of Big Apple queens the star power that they deserve. Whether its touring in every crevice of the world, booking gigs with entertainers outside of the drag community and even producing major motion pictures, these “All Stars” have worked their butts off to get to where they are today.

Take a look at who we think are the 10 best queens from New York City to have ever competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know.

10. Miss Fame (Season 7). Easily one of the most stylish and gorgeous queens to have ever competed on RPDR, Miss Fame came into season 7 as a frontrunner from the start due to her being one of the bigger names in the drag community. She made it halfway to 7th place but has since then become a force in the fashion industry, making the pages of Vogue and being a spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris. Not too shabby for a queen who used to hang with chickens on the farm.

9. Ivy Winters (Season 5).  Ivy brought theatrics and tricks to her drag that combined her incredible drag aesthetic with something you would see at a fabulous circus of sorts. She also is the considered to be one of the most congenial queens (won Miss Congeniality in her season) to have ever competed and continues to be a force in and out of New York City all these years.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day-Dreaming

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8. Monet X Change (Season 10). Another deserved Miss Congeniality queen, Monet came into the most recent season as a fan favorite from the get due to her bubby personality and fantastic wit. She’s heavily rumored to be on the upcoming season of All Stars, which gives this writer hope that a New York queen will finally win a title on the RPDR spinoff.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@sheacoulee - the sister I always wanted!

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7. Miz Cracker (Season 10). Monet’s season 10 castmate also came in very popular yet had a hard time actually winning a challenge until her buddy Miz Cookie arrived and helped her score her only win of the season (so wrong).

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Peppermint (Season 9). Peppermint was already a New York City legend prior to entering the werk room on season 9 but only elevated that status as the competition went on. She became runner up to another New York based queen, and since then has released some stellar music with openly gay rapper Cazwell and landed a starring role on Broadway.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@ageofaquaria I'm that one crazy aunt who doesn't dress her age! We all have one...and it's me! Tita Manila

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5. Manila Luzon (Season 3). The first true NYC queen to have a shot for the title and gave eventual winner Raja a good run for her money. She won three challenges, had a killer aesthetic and a very memorable lip sync to Donna Summer’s “MacArthur Park.” Another queen to be rumored on AS4... will she finally get what’s hers and take the crown?

4. Sasha Velour (Season 9). Did anyone predict Sasha would win early on in S9? Not so sure, but she shut down that mindset pretty much from the get that season. She’s one of the rare queens to have never LSYFL and made up for that in the finale with a reveal that no one saw coming. Her avant- grade type of drag is widely considered to be one of the best out there, as she continues to stun the world with each new look she creates.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@benjitobypants last night at home before he goes off to college. I'm so emotional right now!!!!

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3. Bob The Drag Queen (Season 8). Just an unstoppable force of hilarity and personality that millions fell in love with in season 8. A true force to be reckoned with this has gone onto bigger things post Drag Race.

2. Aquaria (Season 10). Easily one of the most fashion forward queens to ever compete and is wise beyond her years when it comes to mastering her craft of drag (she’s only 22). Came into the show a bit of a brat but softened up and earned a ton of respect from her fellow sisters and the show’s fan base in the process. Expect to see her on several catwalks and the face of many makeup and fashion brands very soon.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WHOEVER STOLE MY FAVORITE BRUSH AT WIGSTOCK........ FUCK YOU! #probablyladybunny #shadyassqueens #canthavenothingnice

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1. Bianca Del Rio (Season 6). I mean… was there any other choice? Bianca has topped the lists of several RPDR countdowns as many consider her to be the best queen to have ever competed on the show… period. She’s sold out packed audiences on a worldwide level, hung out in bed with Joan Rivers, and created two motion picture movies over a 4-year-span. Not too bad for this self-described “clown.”

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