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RuPaul BOTS are go

I’m going to talk about something a little different than usual today.  Partly because I’m too exhausted to work on the post I had planned.  But, mostly because I can’t get this out of my head.

Last night, my husband and I went to one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen!  RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons!RPBOTSIf you haven’t watched RuPaul’s Drag Race- what are you doing!?  It might be my favorite show on TV.  It’s Top Chef, but for drag queens.  Only instead of cooking, they sew clothes, put on skits, sing, lip sync, dance, make music videos, perform comedy, and walk the runway.  It’s basically the best.

And, last night I got to see 8 of the most fabulous queens from the show performing live on stage!  It was totally worth missing my bedtime last night, and the fact that my feet are still killing me from standing on cement for three hours in fancy shoes.

One of my favorite drag queens, Ginger Minj did an amazing lip sync to Adelle’s “Hello”, mashed up with every other “Hello” song you could think of.  It was hilarious and glamorous- just like Ginger (a self-described “Glamor toad”).GingerMinj[1]Her look (and her comedy) is in the style of Lucille Ball, and it totally killed last night!  If I were to knit her something (see- this is still a knitting blog!), it would be something totally adorable, like this cropped 1950s-inspired cardigan.  But I’d do it in something glittery and sparkly.

Ten of Hearts Cardigan by Subversive Femmetenofhearts2c_medium2[1]A queen I’ve always liked, but never really loved, Adore Delano totally slayed last night, too!  Adore is a party kid with a totally punk rock attitude and an incredible singing voice, that I’d never really heard before (or at least I don’t remember it). She opened with an incredible version of Bohemian rhapsody, and went on to sing two more original songs that were actually pretty good!Adore-Delano2[1]But the best part is that her drag is so punk rock, half the time she was on stage, she was just wearing old concert T-shirts, instead of some glittery gown or corseted rhinestone outfit.  And amazingly, she totally pulled it off!  If I were to knit her something to wear on stage, it would have to be something like this top.

Goth Girl by Alyce Benevides & Jaqueline Milles7592070882_e25b441c52_m[1]

On the other end of the glamor spectrum is the always flawless Violet Chachki, winner of Season 7.  Always incredible, she wears the most beautiful vintage-inspired outfits, and just oozes glamor and power.  She’s hard to look away from.55d780210cc36.image[1]She even brought her famous jump suit from the first runway of last season.  I did not expect to see it last night, but I couldn’t have been more excited!  I think I squealed.  How amazing is this?!19f39a3b07a712822058ecd257111414[1]I don’t know if I could knit anything worthy of Violet’s wardrobe, but if I did it would have to be something like this dress, worked in shimmering crimson slik.

1940’s Inspired Gown by Cheryl Nelson

spring 07To summarize:  Wow.  If you are even a little interested in drag, keep a lookout for this tour, and get tickets before they sell out!  It’s totally worth it!

Inspiration: RuPaul’s Drag Race

One of my favorite TV shows (and the only reality show I bother watching) has started up again!  And it’s more fabulous, fiercer and shadier than ever.  It’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6!  (It’s on Logo, but the full episodes are all available online, so you have zero excuse for not watching it.)

RuPauls-Drag-Race-Season-6-Premiere-Date-Announced[1]It’s American Idol, but for Drag Queens.  And It. Is. Amazing.  The queens are all gorgeous, talented and feisty, and the show (like a good drag queen) knows exactly what it is and embraces itself wholeheartedly.  It’s campy, yet earnest.  It’s all about being exactly who you want to be and expressing yourself to the best of your ability.  It makes you care about the contestants, and it always leaves me inspired.

The contestants constantly blow my mind with their range of talents.  They have to be seamstresses, costumers, makeup artists, hairstylists, actors, performance artists, comediennes, dancers, and singers.  And have to be tough and sassy on top of everything.  rpdrseason6header[1]

And,  if that wasn’t enough, they have some fantastic wigs.  These knit and crochet ones aren’t nearly as fabulous as a top of the line lace-front wig, but they cost a heck of a lot less, and are totally within the DIY-esthetic of drag.

Space-Princess Fabulous

Leia Wig by Ansley Bleu

233236040_febbb97cb0_z[1]Disney Princess Realness

Princess Merida Costume Wig by Funky Polkadot Giraffe

merida_wig_01_medium2[1]Giving Halloween Face

Hallowig by Megan Reardon

508054613_6d01a4ff5f_z[1]And in the words of Ru herself, “If you don’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love someone else?  Can I get an Amen?”