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Thursday, January 24, 2019
QUEENS OF ELEVEN
This is gonna be good bitches!
Just when I think to myself – ‘shedonealreadydonehadherses’ – a new crop of killer queens sashay their way into my heart and leave me gagging for more. Dare I say, this might be the most sickening season of all time. I am familiar with or have met or seen half the cast, and of the others, there is a invasion of drag daughters.... Seems we have the houses of Edwards, Montese and Davenport all doing battle. No premiere date for the new season has been announced, but fans of the show still have the ongoing fourth installment of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” which airs new episodes every Friday on VH1. I just hope Lattrice brings it now, but thinking though Manila or Trinity is taking that crown. But this is about the next race hennys. Here's the queens, and the number behind the city is when I think they will get eliminated.
Read the full bios for each of the 15 queens below.
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Los Angeles, CA) #5
Miss Vanjie. Miss Vaanjie. Miss… Vaaanjie! Never have more iconic words been uttered by a departing queen. Despite being the first queen eliminated from season 10, Vanessa’s mesmerizing backwards exit inspired memes, tweets and celebrity shout-outs and an overwhelming demand to see more of this charismatic queen. She’s back with a Vanjeance, but can the queen live up to the memes? Having seen her perform now and know more about her, she will get much further, a middle queen... but I still don't see a win.
Yvie Oddly (Denver, CO) Top 4
Denver’s “commodity of drag oddity,” shock queen Yvie bucked her boring local drag scene and brought conceptual artistry into the mix. Tall and weird (her words), Yvie draws inspiration from fashion muses like Thierry Mugler, and drag stars like Christeene. Known for bringing her brain to the table, anyone who encounters Yvie is guaranteed to end up with their jaw on the floor. She is unique, but do we need another avant gaude queen besides Sharon Needles and Sasha Velour? She'll make top four, the judges will want to see what she has.
Shuga Cain (New York, NY) #6
A relative newcomer to drag, and I adore her!!!!! Shuga quit her sweet six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen. But talent rises to the top, and within 18 short months Shuga has already established herself as a key fixture in the competitive New York City drag scene where she relies upon her performance background in opera and musical theater to stand out from the crowd.
Silky Ganache (Chicago, IL) #10
The life of the party, you always know when exuberant “Big Silk” is in the building. But scratch the surface of this gregarious queen and you’ll find a softer side to Silk- one who was raised in the church, has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is even on her way to becoming a Doctor of Philosophy. Let’s hope her accolades translate into success in the competition.
Soju (Los Angeles, CA) #15
Raised in Korea, Soju brings Korean influences into her drag, be it colorful crazy K-Pop aesthetics or Taekwondo martial arts weapons. Producer and star of the popular YouTube show “Shot With Soju,” where queens spill the beans about their time on “Drag Race,” Soju comes into the competition fully prepared for her own shot at the crown. But I don't see a win.
Scarlet Envy (New York, NY) #7
Southern beauty mixed with New York City grit, Scarlet pulls from references as varied as movie stars of the 40s, Andy Warhol superstars of the 60s and supermodels of the 80s. A self-described “natural beauty,” Scarlet has worked with fashion photographer Steven Klein, Harper’s Bazaar magazine and even appeared in a musical number on Saturday Night Live. Scarlett is one of my favorite queens, she is gorgeous!!!! She also does a mean Yma Sumac..
Mercedes Iman Diamond (Minneapolis, MN) #12
This African princess moved from Kenya to the USA when she was 11, but Mercedes wasn’t “born” until 10 years later at the world famous Gay 90s club in downtown Minneapolis. All about the “body-ody-ody,” Mercedes owns any stage she sets foot on, dazzling the crowd with her graceful presence and the expensive bling she is named after.
Nina West (Columbus, OH) Top 4
I have been waiting for my girl Nina to get on!!!!! This comedy queen has a big reputation preceding her into the competition. Nina has won the national Entertainer of the Year pageant and writes and produces her own spectacular shows complete with show-stopping dance numbers, and over the top camp looks. She's also an advocate and fundraiser for LGBTQ causes. If this is the season for a bigger gal to win, Nina should have a excellent chance. I can't say enough good things about her.
Plastique Tiara(Dallas, TX) #9
Originally hailing from Saigon, Plastique takes a lot of drag inspiration from Vietnamese pop stars. Stunningly beautiful, her popular Instagram drag photos have even been reposted by Tyra Banks. With none other than “Drag Race” superstar Alyssa Edwards for a drag mother, all eyes will be on Plastique to see if she can deliver in the competition. Straight men watching will be totally confused by how fem she is. She will come close to the top, but looks will only take her so far.
Ra’jah D. O’Hara (Dallas, TX) #11
Ra’jah is from Dallas, Texas, where everything is bigger, better and bolder. A dancing queen known for her kicks, splits and tearing up the dance floor, the “D” in Ra’jah’s name stands for Davenport: this season’s third cast member from the Kennedy Davenport dynasty. A high energy performer, Ra’jah warns her competitors to watch their backs when she is lip-synching.
Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN) Top 3
Brooke Lynn Hytes grew up in Toronto, Canada before traveling the world as a professional ballet dancer. Much of her drag centers around dance and movement and she is a prestigious former Miss Continental pageant winner. Will Brooke Lynn dazzle the judges with the same polish she brings to the dancefloor? I have seen this beauy...she puts one a stunning show. She should go far this season.
Honey Davenport (New York, NY) #13
New York City’s crown jewel, Honey is the second cast member hailing from the legendary House of Davenport and cites “Drag Race” alum Sahara Davenport also as a mentor. She also happens to be Monet X Changes's drag mother. With parts in Off-Broadway plays, an electro band and 18 pageant crowns under her belt, queens know to bow down to this talented diva. I love Honey's style, but I don't see a win.
Kahanna Montrese (Las Vegas, NV) #14
Las Vegas’s hip-hop showgirl, Kahanna merges edgy street influences with upscale high fashion couture. After seeing Kahanna perform just one time, “Drag Race” legend Coco Montrese adopted this spitfire performer and Kahanna’s drag identity was born. Will Kahanna finish the job that mama Coco Montrese started? Kahanna is also the lip-synch queen to watch out for.
A’keria C. Davenport, (Dallas TX) Top 4
From the legendary drag House of Davenport, A’keria’s slick, shiny look makes you sit up and pay attention. The current reigning Miss Black Universe, this super accomplished pageant queen is doing the Davenports and mama Kennedy proud with her signature aesthetic: “fit, fashion, mug and body.” Expect big hair, big attitude and big results from this competitor.
Ariel Versace (Philadelphia/Cherry Hill) #8
My girl Ariel!!!!! I have to root for my hometown gal! You may remember her Grinch picture I used this Christmas...that was her!!!! A life-sized Bratz doll, this queen’s Jersey-licious/Philadelphia, Disney princess aesthetic is already a hit on social media, where she has a significant following. But don’t be fooled by a pretty face with a poppin’ Instagram presence – Ariel can sing, act and put on a fully entertaining show. I have seen this bitch in action on many occasion. She is also the queen with the wig of many colors!!! Ariel and her boyfriend, another drag queen Chasity St. Cartier, own a wig company. You’ve been warned. I hope she would win, or make top three, but in this competition, I will have to place her in the middle at #8. And here's a nice peak at the runway before the workroom. This is what drag is about right here henny's.