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EXCLUSIVE! Ginger Minj Chats About What Will Happen During DragCon NY

DragCon NYC, which is taking place September 28th through the 30th at the famed Jacob Javitz Center, will be filled with an endless assortment of your favorite queens from the drag world (both on and off Drag Race), as well as hundreds of niche exhibitors who are looking to tickle your fancy with whatever they are selling.

Ginger Minj, who appeared on season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the show’s 2nd All Stars edition, will be back once again at the annual event taking place here in The Big Apple.

Not only that, but she’ll be giving a drag makeover to arguably one of the hottest men to ever appear on any sort of reality television program: Johnny Bananas of MTV’s The Challenge.

Ginger sat down with me exclusively to discuss what’s to come next weekend and why you should be in attendance (if you haven’t bought a ticket yet). Take a look:

 

 

What can fans expect from DragCon this year? 

I think they can expect the unexpected! Isn’t that the fun of drag? This year is going to be bigger and better with so many more surprises around every corner! 

Are you participating in any exciting panels while there? 

It wouldn’t be DragCon without it! My husband CJ and I got married at DragCon NYC last September, so this year we are participating in the Families That Drag Together panel, which should be really fun! I’ve also been doing celebrity makeovers for a few years at DragCon LA, and I’m so excited to finally bring that to the East Coast! 

What's your favorite part about being in New York City? 

The atmosphere! There’s no place like it in the world: food, culture, architecture, live theatre, nightlife ... if you can’t find something about NYC that excites you, you’re not looking very hard!

What has your life truly been like since being part of Drag Race? 

It has been incredible! I still have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure it’s not all some big dream. The schedule can be exhausting, but it’s such a privilege to do what we love to do for people all around the world! I just premiered by one woman show about the life and times of the legendary DIVINE, filmed a movie with Jennifer Aniston, voiced the lead character in a new cartoon series, and recorded my second album which will be coming out soon. Drag Race is the gift that keeps on giving, for sure, and is a legacy I am beyond proud to be a part of! 

Where were you when you found out that the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program this year? 

I was in the middle of the final performance of my touring one woman show “CROSSDRESSER FOR CHRIST” in Tampa, FL. We announced it after intermission and the crowd lost their minds! It’s such an accomplishment for Mama Ru, the Producers, all the girls, and everyone involved with the show of course ... but it’s also huge for those queer kids out there who feel lost or “less than” to see people like them succeeding. Drag Race isn’t opening doors, it’s kicking them off the hinges! 

What are you looking forward to the most at DragCon this year? 

Talking to people! I always get in trouble for taking too long at meet and greets ... I’m southern, we love to talk! I gotta know all about your job, your mama, your grandmama, and your dog before I let you go! I’ve also been getting lots of Divine/John Waters gifts lately which has been really cool. Drag Race fans are the best! They just get it. 

For more information on DragCon NYC, click on their official link here

 

5 Reasons Why Michelle Visage is a Gem in the LGBTQ Community

I have no problem admitting that Michelle Visage is a f***ing amazing human being outside of what she does for the LGBTQ community. She was hanging with us before it was cool to do so, and now the singer, actress and television host is finally getting the recognition she deserves for being her incredible self.

The RuPaul's Drag Race mainstay officially turned 50 yesterday, although you can't really tell due to how much work she's had done (KIDDING!). All jokes aside, Michelle to me is an underrated legend that deserves so much more credit than what she is given for. I've had the pleasure of interviewing and meeting her in the past, and she's just as lovely and kind in person as she is on social media and on that show that just won a historic Emmy this past Monday night.

That being said, here are 5 big reasons why Michelle Visage is a true gem in our community in celebration of her 50th birthday. 

She Was Down With us When Many Weren't

The 90's were a turbulent time for the LGBTQ community as we were (and still are) fighting for our rights in many different aspects. The mainstream media used words back then to describe us as "freaks" and so much more, coming out on television (IE: Ellen) meant career death, yet Michelle didn't care and stood by us through and through. She was RuPaul's sidekick on her legendary talk show during the decade that was, which was the first glimpse of how truly fabulous and wonderful this creature was to our community so many moons ago.

"Say It Like You Mean It"

That's a Wendy Williams quote, but it rings beautifully to the kind of person that Michelle is. She has no filter, says what's on her mind and doesn't care about the backlash she'll receive. This can usually be seen as a problem with self-awareness, however the words that come out of her mouth are generally ones that come from a good place. This has been seen for several years on and off RPDR, and I believe the show wouldn't be half the success that it is today if she didn't join it back in season 3.

Shutting Down Perez Hilton 

Once again, this is a personal opinion, but I do not care for Perez Hilton and the type of person he is in our community. The only times I've ever respected him was when he hosted the Bad Girls Club reunions because he stayed neutral in all of their fights and called each of them out when needed. It delighted me when Michelle entered the Celebrity Big Brother house a couple of years ago and went toe to toe with Perez, bluntly saying that he set "gay men back 50 years". He's been taken down by several different celebrities in ways that often include homophobic language and childish remarks, however Michelle's POV simply spoke out about all the wrong things he's done for us and was something that needed to be said in such a pressure cooker type of situation.

Let's Not Forget That Music Career

Before Drag Race and Ru's talk show, Michelle was part of a wildly successful girl group called Seduction, who had a ton of major hits including "Two to Make It Right" and "Heartbeat." Even though she jokes about it now, she was also featured on The Bodyguard soundtrack, which has sold 42 million copies worldwide. Not too shabby. 

Lights, Camera, Action

Before Drag Race starts up again in 2019 and all the pandemonium that will ensue, Michelle will be heading across the pond to make her West End debut as Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. She'll be performing there from October 18th, 2018 to January 26th, 2019. Could this eventually lead to her taking the show on Broadway and perhaps winning... a Tony? (Cue Gia Gunn saying "What's a Tony?")

Happy 50th Birthday Michelle. Thank you for all that you've done in our community and will continue to do for many years to come. 

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.

 

There Was Nothing Wrong with RuPaul’s Acceptance Speech Last Night

An article was floating around today that pretty much blasted RuPaul for his acceptance speech for Outstanding Reality Competition Program during the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The author described how RuPaul took his winning moment to thank the people behind the scenes of RPDR and how Ru finished his speech the same way he ends every episode of his show with “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else. Can I get an amen?” The article author thought that Ru should have used the time to speaking out for all the “embattled queer fans” who have made the show what it is today.

Whereas I can understand the author’s viewpoint on this in that Ru could have used his endless words of wisdom to inspire the LGBTQ+ community watching at home, I can also see the opposite end of the spectrum in that what he said was fine and the win was enough of an accomplishment.

Let’s keep it real here. The previous winners of this category have been snooze fest shows like The Amazing Race and The Voice (I’m not including Top Chef in this as it’s one of my favorite programs on television). The fact that an LGBTQ+ focused show won in an area that barely valued us many moons ago is huge and should not be taken lightly.

RuPaul's win doesn’t mean that he needs to whip out a 2-minute speech where he looks directly into the camera and says something super poignant about our community. He’s already done that, along with his judging panel and the 126 queens that have walked through the werk room over the past ten years. The impact and legacy of RPDR is undeniable.  The show has become an absolute force of nature that no one saw coming.

I watched the Emmy Awards live and could tell that Ru sounded a little hoarse and was possibly overwhelmed by the show winning for his speech was not as cohesive and clear as he usually presents himself when speaking. Perhaps it was all too much and instead of coming up with something on the spot he relied on a phrase he’s been using for years? The moment was fine and the happy faces of Michelle VisageRoss MatthewsCarson Kressley, and the show’s crew were memory enough, instead of an alleged overlooking of a prime moment for him to make a political or social statement that we could have enjoyed during the 45 seconds he was on stage.

 

 

I think the bottom line is that we need to stop expecting our queer icons to be perfect and always say the right thing and always on a rainbow-colored soap box. Ru has said things in the past that I haven’t agreed with whatsoever, but I’m not going to fault the guy for a supposed missed opportunity which would’ve still became a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” kind of a thing as he still would’ve been crucified for what he said if he did. It’s like when our community went after Ellen for her joke about Liza during the Oscars a couple of years back. Does EVERYTHING NEED TO BE TAKEN SO SERIOUSLY?

To those who were mad that he didn’t say enough, I understand (to a point), but, and this is a big butt (to quote Ru), can we just be happy that this little show that started as next to nothing won the biggest honor that any television program can win? Is that too much to ask for our community?


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.

2018 Emmy Awards Were The Most Diverse Ever? LGBT Actors & Topics Score Big.

The LGBT community was front and center at the 2018 Emmys. From the first skit involving Ricky Martin and Kate McKinnon as well as Tituss Burgess with a splash of Ru Paul, the Emmys were strutting their diversity all night long.  And the show was not afraid to toot its own horn as the broadcast began with this song and dance skit titled “We Solved It!"

 

Did they?  Did they really solve it?  We're getting there!

Solving some of the world's problems in their own way, the FAB 5 from Queer Eye were on stage to present an award, but they as well won 3 Emmy Awards themselves, which they talked about back stage.

 

 

Could you get much gayer than “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” which won for Limited Series, Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Darren Criss), and Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (Ryan Murphy).  Here's Darren Criss on the red carpet talking about "The Assassination" and the ride it has been.

 

 

One of my mostest favourite-est actors ever is the winner of the Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Thandie Newton (“Westworld”).  I had forgotten that she is an openly bisexual actor and I watched "Westworld" mainly to see her for she made the show for me. Yes, I teared up a little as I feel she is more than deserving of the award.

 

 

 

Ru Paul was on the stage a couple of times, once for the opening act and another time to accept the award for Reality Competition “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”  Here is Ru's 7-minute Q&A backstage.

 

 

 "Don't take life too seriously."  Indeed.  "Follow your heart."

Hannah Gadsby - I left the Emmys for a brief moment and came back to see you on stage.  Bravo for the humor, probably some of the funniest and raw we saw of the night. 

 

 

To all the shows we love, to all the actors that get us to watch, you're all winners.  

Until next year!  And remember, The name Emmy is a German baby name. In German the meaning of the name Emmy is: Hardworking. Keep up the hard work!


Here's a full list of where you will find the Emmys this morning. (aol.com)

Drama Series
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones” (WINNER)
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”


Comedy Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) WINNER
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)


Limited Series
“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” WINNER
“Genius: Picasso”
“Godless”
“Patrick Melrose”


Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) WINNER
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)


Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy (“The Crown”) WINNER
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”) WINNER
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) WINNER
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)


Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) WINNER
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)


Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”) WINNER
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)


Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) WINNER
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)


Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) WINNER
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)


Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”) WINNER


Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) WINNER
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)


Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jeff Daniels (“Godless”) WINNER
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)


Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”) WINNER
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror))


Variety Talk Series
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (WINNER)
“Late Late Show with James Corden
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”


Reality Competition
“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” WINNER
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Related Post: ​RPDR Wins Outstanding Reality Competition Program Emmy!


Variety Sketch Series
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC) WINNER
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)


Directing for a Drama Series

Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”) WINNER
Alan Taylor (“Game Of Throne”)
Jeremy Podeswa (“Game of Thrones)
Kari Skogland (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Daniel Sackheim (“Ozark”)
The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)


Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Hiro Murai (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Mark Cendrowski (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Jesse Peretz (“GLOW”)
Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) WINNER
Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”)


Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Ryan Murphy (“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) WINNER
Scott Frank (“Godless”)
David Leveaux, Alex Rudzinski (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Craig Zisk (“The Looming Tower”)
Barry Levinson (“Paterno”)
Edward Berger (“Patrick Melrose”)
David Lynch (“Twin Peaks”)


Directing for a Variety Series

Stan Lathan (“Dave Chappelle: Equanimity”)
Michael Bonfiglio (“Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld”)
Glenn Weiss (“The Oscars”) WINNER
Marcus Raboy (“Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life”)
Hamish Hamilton (“Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake”)


Writing for a Drama Series

Joe Weisberg (“The Americans”) WINNER
Peter Morgan (“The Crown”)
D.B. Weiss (“Game Of Thrones”)
Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Killing Eve”)
The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)


Writing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Stefani Robinson (“Atlanta”)
Alec Berg, Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Liz Sarnoff (“Barry”)
Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) WINNER
Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”)


Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama

Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus (“American Vandal”)
Tom Rob Smith (“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Scott Frank (“Godless”)
David Nicholls (“Patrick Melrose”)
David Lynch, Mark Frost (“Twin Peaks”)
William Bridges, Charlie Brooker (“USS Callister” (Black Mirror)) WINNER


Writing for a Variety Series 

Melinda Taub, Samantha Bee, Pat Cassels, Mike Drucker, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Travon Free, Miles Kahn, Nicole Silverberg, Ashley Nicole Black, Joe Grossman (“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”)
John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Raquel D’Apice, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, Brian Parise, Scott Sherman, Ben Silva, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Seena Vali, Juli Weiner (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”) WINNER
Jermain Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Sal Gentile, Matt Goldich, Dina Gusovky, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Seth Reiss, Amber Ruffin, Mike Scollins, Mike Shoemaker, Ben Warheit (“Late Night With Seth Meyers”)
Jay Katsir, Opus Moreschi, Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Michael Pielocik, Tom Purcell, Kate Sidley, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack, John Thibodeaux (“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”)
Michael Che, Colin Jost, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker, James Anderson, Steven Castillo, Andrew Dismukes, Megan Callahan, Anna Drezen, Claire Friedman, Steve Higgins, Sam Jay, Erik Kenward, Michael Koman, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Namesh Patel, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Gary Richardson, Pete Schultz, Will Stephen, Julio Torres, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Tim Kalpakis, Erik Marino, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Streeter Seidell (“Saturday Night Live”)


h/t:  thrillist.com , aol.com

RPDR Wins Outstanding Reality Competition Program Emmy!

What a night for RuPaul’s Drag Race! They took home the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the 70th Annual Emmy Awards on Monday night.

 

 

It’s the first time that an LGBTQ themed show has done this, as the only previous winners in this category have been The VoiceTop Chef and The Amazing Race.

RuPaul (who won Outstanding Reality Competition Host for the third time last week) accepted the award on stage with Michelle Visage and several members of the show’s staff behind him. He finished the speech with what he says on every episode of RPDR, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else, can I get an amen?”

Congrats to RuPaul’s Drag Race on their win!

EXCLUSIVE! Alexis Mateo on Drag Pageants, “Vanjie” and Not Punching Manila Luzon

Alexis Mateo is one of the most beloved drag queens to have ever competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She stormed through season 3 and made it all the way to the end alongside runner up Manila Luzon and eventual winner Raja. A short while later she competed on the first season of All Stars with fellow s3 competitor Yara Sofia, where they both made it very far.

Alexis is also a true pageant queen who has made a name for herself in that circuit way before entering the werk room on the Emmy-winning reality competition series. She struck gold in 2018 by winning Miss Gay Florida, something she has attempted to do for over a decade.

She also has a legion of new fans thanks to her drag daughter Vanessa Vanjie Mateo being on season 10 of RPDR, where she made the biggest impression out of pretty much the entire cast even though she was the first one to be eliminated.  

Alexis chatted about what she’s doing to win Miss Gay Florida once again, as well as what it’s been like for her and Vanessa over the past couple of months and if she regrets never punching Manila while on RPDR. Check it out.

How often do people still come up to you and say “BAM!” 

"BAM!" Every day I get people coming up to me and saying “Bam!” I say “Bam!” when I need to feel pretty and amazing. Is like a boost of energy. So, every time someone says that to me...I get excited again!

What did it feel like to win Miss Gay Florida 2018? 

Winning Miss Gay Florida America was a great moment for me. I have been trying to win since 2007 and finally it was my time. After my 39th birthday, I was having a hard time in my personal life, and winning the title helped me stay focused and has given me a new opportunity in my career.

Do you think pageant queens still get a “stigmatism” (quoting Trinity Taylor) in the drag world? 

Yes, pageant queens are the most prepared and competent drag queens in our community, but for some kind of reason the TV show uses the term "pageant queen" as a negative thing. Rupaul was never a pageant queen, so I guess they try to put us down. But, season after season, the pageant queens finish on top because we really know how to compete and how to do drag correctly.

What are you doing to Miss Gay Florida 2019? 

To win Miss Gay America I’m trying to be ME.  I want to show them who I am and what makes me unique. I will show my heart and I will be ready to present a mature Alexis Mateo.

Are you shocked at how the RPDR audience was so galvanized by your drag daughter Vanessa Vanjie Mateo? 

To be honest, no. I knew when I met her that she was a star. I was just very happy that the world saw what I saw in her. I’m very proud of Vanessa and now the word “vanjie” will always be part of our culture.

Will you two ever collaborate on some music together? 

There will be many surprises very soon with Vanjie... 

Did you regret not punching Manila Luzon in either season 3 or All Stars 1? 

No, I don’t regret it. There is still plenty of time to still do it! Noooo, I love Manila and I’m a big fan of hers, now, so I never would.

What else is coming up for Alexis Mateo?  

Planning to tour very soon and continue to work on some TV shows, music and even a YouTube series for Latin America. So, stay tuned and wish me good luck this October 3 to 6 in St. Louis, MO as I compete to become Miss Gay America.

You can follow Alexis on Instagram here and YouTube here.

Why ‘Drag Race’ Deserves to Win the Emmy For Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards takes place this Monday night, September 17th. It will be broadcast live on NBC and hosted by Saturday Night Live cuties Michael Che and Colin Jost.

It’s an evening where the biggest stars from television and more will be present for an evening filled with hilarity, emotion and a bunch of jabs towards our current administration (par for the course). There will also be a ton of LGBTQ representation during the ceremony, in particular with the show RuPaul’s Drag Race which is up for Outstanding Reality Competition Program for a second year in a row.

RPDR already took home a bunch of honors at the 2018 Creative Emmys this past weekend. This included RuPaul himself winning Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program and season 3 contestant Delta Work (Gabriel Villarreal) for Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Television and New Media Series (shared with Hector Pocasangre).

The only award left that they are nominated for that hasn’t been presented yet is Outstanding Reality Competition Program, which will be given out during the live show. In my honest opinion, RPDR deserves to win this more than any of the other shows nominated for several reasons, five of which are listed below.

Enough with The Voice and The Amazing Race Winning

The Voice has yet to produce a star (please correct me if I’m wrong), yet they’ve had a bajillion seasons at this point. To me, that show is about molding the careers of the judges that come and go on it and not the contestants. Drag Race has produced 126 stars at this point, all of which are household names who sell out shows on a global level and have become very profitable in the process.

As for The Amazing Race, its enough already. The show has won 10 times and I forget that its even on the air at this point. The only other series besides these two that have won in this category is Top Chef. All three are up against RPDR this Monday night alongside Project Runway and American Ninja Warrior.

Ru Won Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program 3 Years in a Row

It takes a village, and that village deserves an award just as much as Ru. Why not just do a two-in-one and give them that Emmy just like they did with Outstanding Host? Yas, gawd!

The Show Island Hopped to a Much Bigger Network

When your show is that fantastic, that amazing and that major that it goes from a barely known network (LOGO) to one of the most watched and in demand ones like VH1, you must be doing something right. Nothing against LOGO, as they gave it a platform for it to begin and eventually blossom, but it was only a matter of time for them to jump ship and go elsewhere. This transition from one to the other happened in 2017 when season 9 began and shows no signs of ever going back to where it started.

Catchphrases, Stunts, Lewks, Etc.

The impact that RPDR has had on our society is like nothing else that’s out there. It’s inspired a ton of catchphrases (VANJIE DUH) and has allowed each contestant to become their own brand which is something that would’ve never happened many moons ago.  Every other show that is nominated in this category has that ability too, but no one does it bigger or better than Ru’s hit show.

Cultural Impact for the Gods… Hunty

This show is watched by millions of people from all types of backgrounds, sexual identities and more with little to no judgement about the audience who tunes in. Even in the LGBTQ community, drag was considered to be alternative and a bit out of left field and now it has become more mainstream than even Ru expected. That sort of a cultural phenomenon, which happened within a world that used to be shunned and is now universally loved and appreciated for the most part, deserves to not be awarded but praised with a s**t ton of respect. Here’s hoping Ru and co take home the gold this Monday.

This 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.

Winning His 3rd Straight Emmy Award, RuPaul Underscored A Message Of Positivity

RuPaul picked up his third consecutive Emmy Award Sunday night  for “Outstanding Host” for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

True to form, RuPaul asked the audience to join him, in the moment: “Everbody say ‘love!'” he announced with the audience joyously joining in.

“Now drive that down to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he added.

 

 

Backstage, Mama Ru was asked about the show’s message of positivity in today’s politically charged social climate.

Ru didn’t hesitate saying, “The divisiveness is new to you, to the white folks. But for outsiders, for us, the gay, black — we have survived and thrived in this kind of atmosphere all of our lives.”

“At Drag Race we’ve always done what we do, and we will continue to do what we do,” he continued. “It’s really about looking at life as a big choice and you can see the glass as half-full, or half-empty — one choice is correct and the other choice will be painful.

“I choose joy — that’s why our show is so successful,” he said.

Since its debut in 2009, RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a pop culture phenomenon introducing the world to drag queens who compete in various challenges that reveal their “charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.”

It’s noteworthy that none of RuPaul’s co-nominees were straight, white males: W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”), Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”), Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), and Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”).

RuPaul's Drag Race also won for Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program, Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special. 

The show is looking to make history by becoming the first unscripted show to win in both the host and the "Reality-Competition Series" categories in the same year.

Facing steep competition, RPDR is considered by many a front-runner against The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior, Project Runway, Top Chef and The Voice at next week's Primetime Emmy Awards.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

(h/t Deadline)

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.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.”

This 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.

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