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.)
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.
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.
Leia Wig by Ansley Bleu
Princess Merida Costume Wig by Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Hallowig by Megan Reardon
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?”