If Project Runway, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and that special effects makeup show Face Off had a TV baby, it would RuPaul’s Drag Race. Reeled in by the glamour, drama, comedy, and pure life force, I tune in religiously to catch the fish and sip some tea with this queer niche show that has even cis straight males going gaga. Here, five Drag Race quotes that are dripping with inspiration and grace!
"When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do."--RuPaul
I'm mad at myself for sleeping on this show for years. RuPaul is not only gorgeous clad in a suit or gown, she's also full of joy! The pep talks, criticisms, and love she gives to contestants radiates pure realness right through your TV screen. This quote hits me hard.
“I want people to realize it’s O.K. to make mistakes; it’s O.K. to fall down, get up, look sickening, and make them EAT IT!”--Latrice Royale
The creator of “Jesus is a biscuit” and “No tea, no shade,” Latrice can make you laugh or shed a tear in a second. Full of wit and charm, she always does her and she never apologizes. This quote about picking yourself up off the ground is LIFE.
“I feel sexy in anything, even a body bag”--Sharon Needles
Sharon Needles is SO punk; she absolutely slayed the competition in her season. Mixing glamour and doom liberally, she was the first goth-ish queen to dominate. She's living proof that you don’t have to live up to anyone else's standard of "normal" to win. Do what makes you happy--at any shape, at any time, with any style or no style at all.
“Don’t get bitter, get better”--Alyssa Edwards
Alyssa was a queen with mayjah attitude. I loved to hate Alyssa, and though this quote is full of shade, it’s also a missive for moving on with your life. I couldn’t agree with Alyssa more: living well is the best revenge!
“Basic bitches not wanted”--Khloe Kardashian
I don’t consider myself a big fan of the Kardashians, but I have to agree with Khloe gal here. She's a Drag Race superfan and her appearance on the show was hilarious. Take it for what you will, but I see no merit to being basic in the context of a competition. If you see life as a competition, you can apply this phrase however you like. One queen's basic is another's glam. (And yes, that was a little shady of me :D)
If you ask me, Drag Race is one for the history books. Not only has it helped bring drag to the masses, it's creative, it's unique, and it has nerve and talent. Celebrating this show and the culture behind it feels so wonderful--it's a sign of progress for American media and entertainment.
- Do you watch the almighty Drag Race?
- Who do you think is going to win this season?
- Any favorite quotes that I left off this list?
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