FINALLLLYYY… I’ve been wanting to write this post for AGES. How have I not covered Ru Paul’s Drag Race yet?!
Love it or hate it, RuPaul’s Drag Race is something we’ve all heard about. The concept behind it is that 14 talented drag queens are thrown in at the deep end and have to compete for the title America’s Next Drag Superstar. Along the way, they take part in numerous tasks/challenges that determine who is the worthy winner of the title.
You may be thinking, ‘this isn’t important in any way shape of form’ … I don’t want to say you’re wrong, but you’re wrong.
Ru Paul’s Drag Race has shined a light onto the LGBTQ+ like no other TV series before. With drag being a form of expression & art, we have been able to gain an insight into these amazing individuals & their lives.
Topics such as how their families turned their back on them for being gay, or how they were bullied in school for being ‘different’ or even the taboo subject of HIV/AIDS are all spoken about between the contenders. With topics as such being televised to millions, society is having a unique chance to look into a gay persons’ life.
The most iconic moment for me is when Trinity K Bonet shared with the world that she was HIV positive. She wanted to show others that it’s nothing to be ashamed of & to help others going through the same. By having this massive platform to do so, she reached many individuals going through the same & helped hundreds.
Not only does Drag Race cover serious topics, the creativity shown is captivating. Most recently, Sasha Velour won Ru Paul’s Drag Race & she is not your most conventional drag queen. Sasha breaks boundaries & as she states that it ‘F*cks with gender’, which is refreshing in today’s society.
I have seen it with my own eyes, these positive and creative role models are having an effect on the LGBTQ+ community. When I go to gay clubs/bars the amount of drag queens and those who want to just express themselves with makeup has blossomed & more & more people are being who the hell they want.
For me, I watch Drag race in awe of those contenders on it. The amount of confidence they have & how they are living their lives just for themselves has inspired me to become a lot more confident in myself. If they can go out in 10-inch heels & not care what the world thinks about them, why can’t I? If they can not care about what the world thinks about them, then again… why can’t I?
Drag is a beautiful art form which gives everyone the extra confidence they look for.
People have complained that Ru Paul’s Drag Race is ‘problematic’… But I’m not going to get into that. Why? Because with anything, you will find issues & people will look into every fine detail to highlight issues that lie within.
For me, I have been introduced to an amazing community that I had no idea existed. I have a new level of respect for drag queens and I am in total awe of their confidence.
But drag has been around us since the beginning, the history of drag is huge & I couldn’t possibly explain it all in one post. But… #hashtagdrag has covered the history of drag & shows that Ru Paul’s Drag Race is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to drag.
So this is where it gets fun, we want to hear from you guys!
Who is your favorite drag queen… of all time?!