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Yum! Let’s Take a Closer Look at the ‘Drag Race’ Pit Crew

RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a pop culture phenomenon over the past decade, winning a ton of Emmy’s and earning millions of fans from all backgrounds in the process. Heck, they even created DragCon, which rivals all the other “cons” out there in terms of sheer size and chaos, so all that tucking and padding that they do is worth it at the end of the day.

A vital part of the show’s success isn’t just the queens, RuPaul himself, his fellow judges or the endless catchphrases that have come out of it, it’s the barely-clothed men who are there during many of the challenges that provide a yummy distraction each episode.

They are the “pit crew” and have been there since the show premiered back in 2009. Many have come and gone, but all of them have provided something really fun to look at as the show has progressed. Essentially, they are there during the mini and maxi-challenges to either show off what the queens will be doing during each or become part of something being filmed or shot in order for each of the contestants to hopefully score a W. Regardless, it’s a great sight to see no matter what the situation is.

Let’s take a closer look at all the men who have been a pit crew member for at least one season.

Jason J. Carter: Season 3 through 10

 

 

Bryce Eilenberg: Season 7 through 10

 

 

Jared North: Season 9

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Im in a cave

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Yadier Despaigne: Season 9

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s flex and be mean because summer is around the corner. #motivation#fitness

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Simon Sherry-Wood: Season 6

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hi it’s me again Underwear from the upscale Irish shop @irelandpenneys #saturdaynight #penneysalldayway

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Miles Davis Moody: Season 6 through All Stars 2

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When I was Hair, Body, Face.. triple threat 4 ya

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Shawn Morales: Season 3 through 6

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just out of the shower with @h1z1 just waiting for me to jump back in

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Keon Hunt: Season 1

 

 

Kenyon Glover: Season 1

 

 

Preston Taylor: Season 1

Max “The Body” Philisaire: Season 2

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why they got us all dressed up for the pool when most people don’t get in the water? #MaxOut

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How Did Each of These Queens Win RuPaul’s Drag Race?

It’s hard to believe that RuPaul’s Drag Race has now done 13 total seasons its Emmy award winning show (including All Stars). It has given us diehard fans a reason to love, like and hate many of them as the competition went on, with our opinions changing during each episode it seems.

Thirteen queens have won that coveted crown and have developed major careers in doing so. Question is, how did each of them win their respective seasons in the end, and did they deserve it?

Read on to see my take on each winner and how they got to the finish line.

Season 1: Bebe Zahara Benet. Bebe was great, but I still don’t get how she made it past the lip sync against Ongina when the latter did much better than her. The eventual winner had grace, elegance and a great style to her, something that Ru might have been looking for when the show began.

Season 2: Tyra Sanchez. She received far too much hate and criticism for why she won over Raven and Jujubee. Tyra was there to win and not make friends. It’s that simple. And she did a great job at both.

Season 3: Raja. Raja had an unshakable confidence that many queens wish they had. Add a great sense of humor and self, killer fashion and one of the best damn runway walkers the show has ever seen, and you have the winner of season 3.

Season 4: Sharon Needles. Sharon changed the show forever with her different type of drag that was not seeing on its first three seasons. It was a necessary change that helped make the show what it is today, as she was proof that you can win something and not be cookie cutter. That’s why she was able to do so well and win the hearts of pretty much everyone come finale night.  

All Stars 1: Chad Michaels. Chad didn’t win season 4, so Ru gave it to her for the first season of All Stars. That’s really all I can do to explain that as the season was a dumpster fire from the get go with no real purpose for these talented queens to be in groups and diminish how great they were as the show went on. But, yeah, Chad won.

Season 5: Jinkx Monsoon. I don’t think anyone really saw Jinkx as the winner in the season opener, as there were far bigger personalities that entered the werk room that episode (DetoxAlyssa Edwards). She had the audience behind her as the little engine that could who did incredibly well in each challenge while holding her own against the “Mean Girls” of the season. That scored her an easy W at the end of it.

Season 6: Bianca Del Rio. Hard to find a reason why she wasn’t going to win. Nothing was going to stop Bianca from getting that crown, even though this season had the most likable cast ever with a ton of fan favorites emerging from it (Adore DelanoJoslyn Fox, etc).

Season 7: Violet Chachki. I used to despise Violet on the show when I first watched S7. Now I get why she won. Innovative, talented with an IDGAF attitude about what people thought about her. It should’ve been Ginger Minj or Katya, but Violet did just as good of a job as the others in a season that has come a long way from being so hated many years ago.

All Stars 2: Alaska. Did Alaska do great throughout All Stars 2? Yes. Did she rely on her crutches in some of the challenges? Yes. Did she step outside the box a lot? Debatable. All Stars 2 is considered to be one of the show’s best seasons, yet I do wonder how different the outcome would be if RoLaskaTox didn’t really control most of it.

Season 8: Bob The Drag Queen. No one really challenged Bob during her season to really win the crown. Others came close (Kim ChiChi Chi DeVayne) for their own reasons, but Bob simply slayed everyone else and rightfully won in the end.

Season 9: Sasha Velour. It was Shea Coulee’s season to lose, and many people thought the shift to the whole “lip sync for the crown” thing screwed her over as Sasha just had some better tricks up her sleeve (literally). Sasha should not be discredited though. Her style and view on drag is one that was completely original and not seen before on the show, and she did a stellar job in all of the challenges as well. She was only in the bottom 3 once and had a great story behind her that helped seal her the crown outside of two Whitney Houston songs.

All Stars 3: Trixie Mattel. I love Trixie very much, but she’s lucky to have won in the end as BenDeLaCreme eliminated herself and Shangela lost due to what I believe to be some of the other queens simply being bitter towards her. The format of the eliminated contestants choosing the final two is one that I hope that they don’t do ever again, as we all knew Shangela should’ve been with Trixie in that last lip sync instead of Kennedy Davenport, who did a meh job throughout.

Season 10: Aquaria. She was kind of the one to beat from the beginning, but wasn’t flawless throughout like some of the previous winners of the show. Aquaria won season 10 due to her killer eye for fashion (similar to Violet Chachki), surprising challenge wins outside of what she was known for (Snatch Game), and ability to grow as the season went on. 

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

EXCLUSIVE! Aja Talks All Stars 3, Not Fitting The Mold, and... Nutterscotch?

Aja is a ball full of energy that this particular writer can never get enough of. The Brooklyn native was a pretty big name here, in and out of the five boroughs, prior to her appearing on season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

She didn’t do as well as she would have hoped for in her initial season (she admitted this herself), but came back one year later to compete on All Stars 3. It was here that she received her true redemption and excelled at many of the challenges presented to her, notably the variety show in the premiere episode and asCrystal Labeija in Snatch Game.

Now with almost a million followers on her very popular Instagram page, endless touring gigs and making a name for herself both on and off the Emmy-award winning show, Aja has pretty much become a superstar in her own right based on how much of a hard worker she really is.  

She was one of the many girls from RPDR who were in attendance at DragCon NYC last weekend, where the hilariously interesting charismatic character spoke with me one on one about AS3 and so much more. Take a look.

We are very proud of you for All Stars. Some of us think you should’ve lasted longer.

I agree! I will not stop you. I feel like, you know it’s just how the cookie crumbles. And I feel like nobody expected me to do well which I think is ironic, honestly because I think, no I know I’m an artist of quality. Sometimes you just don’t fit the mold, and it’s ok because I don’t need to fit that mold because I know that I fit my own mold and the mold that I want to go for. Either way, I walked away from such a beautiful experience and great platform with a good mindset.

How do you think your soup tastes from the Andy Warhol episode?

The one that everyone said… ‘I’m not sweet?’ Girl, I’m the sweetest person I know! Also my aesthetic at the time was very colorful, very Kawaii inspired.

What was your reaction when BenDeLaCreme eliminated herself?

Girl, I was like, “Werk!” I don’t know how to explain it, like when you’re there, you don’t give a f**k. Like I was like, “Girl I don’t give a s**t.” People were like, “Were you upset that you didn’t come back?” and I said “I thought it was wrong that I didn’t come back but I don’t care.” Whether I went home first, won, went in the middle or not, I got to do something that a lot of people don’t get to do. You know what, even if I didn’t go on All Stars, I still would have found a way to win audiences over.

If I were a drag queen my name would be Peppermint Fattie. Have you ever thought of a name that wasn’t Aja?  

Oh that’s hilarious. I really want to see like, a really slutty bronzed queen and make her name Nutterscotch instead of Butterscotch.

 

 

You and your boyfriend did really well on the WoW (World of Wonder) series Couples for Cash. Did you both study ahead of time?

You want to know something? He was sitting there like “We need to practice” and “We need to study”, then he was the one f***ing up and getting a lot of the questions wrong! I was like, “Babe… you shouldn’t have been worried about me!”

For more information on Aja, check out her official website.  

EXCLUSIVE! Brad Goreski Talks RuPaul, Valerie Cherish and Fall Fashion Advice

I’ve been a major fan of celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski for several years now, dating back to his time on The Rachel Zoe Project ten years ago. His effervescent personality captivated audiences of the show, so much so that got his own spinoff series called It’s a Brad, Brad World and earning himself a spot on E!’s long-running series Fashion Police beginning in 2015.

The 41-year-old was on hand at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC over the weekend, which makes perfect sense given what’s going on in his career right now. His new World of Wonder series, Iconic, takes Drag Race’s millions of viewers on a style journey with some of the show’s most stylish queens (notably season 7 winner Violet Chachki), where they look back at their fashion evolution and who their most major influences were and are.

He chatted with Instinct exclusively while at DragCon about several other topics outside his new show including his time on The Rachel Zoe Project, what his true thoughts are on his former frenemy Taylor from that series, being on Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback and his best fall fashion advice.

Please tell me more about this fabulous ensemble you are wearing today!

Want to know what I’m serving? These are Louboutin. These are my favorite pants from Zara. This blazer I found in my basement in storage while we were cleaning out getting to move. I wore it to a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show like five years ago. She’s back.

I have been a fan of yours since The Rachel Zoe Project many years ago. Spill the tea… was Taylor really that awful?

Yes. She was. But Taylor and I are still really good friends.

She’s better now?

No (giggles). That was like such a moment in time. I think what people also forget, because it’s a television show, is that we were actually doing jobs and I was actually brand new and we were actually super, super busy. So she was trying to train me while there were cameras all around us and we didn’t know what the show was going to be so she had literally a lot on her plate. It made for great TV and it gave me the training wheels I needed.

You also appeared on one of my favorite television shows of all time, The Comeback. How did you get involved in being part of it?

I was a very vocal fan of the show in the first season and Michael Patrick King is a friend of my husband’s and myself, and Dan Bucatinsky, who’s a producer on the show and writing partners with Lisa Kudrow called me and was like “We have this crazy idea. Valerie Cherish is going to ask you to be her stylist, would you do it?” I cried after, one of the best and most fun things I’ve ever done.

I knew Lisa as Lisa Kudrow, but I’ve never met her as Valerie Cherish so when we were filming, and the first scene we did was her walking into my studio and saying, “It’s Brad Goreski!” and I fucking died. It was amazing.

I also never connected that RuPaul saying “Hello, Hello, Hello!” at the beginning of every Drag Race episode was really an homage to Valerie.

Well Valerie Cherish is kind of the ultimate drag queen, right?

Biggest fashion advice for the fall season?

Get yourself some animal print, honey!

For more information on Brad, please check out his official site.

EXCLUSIVE: Trixie Mattel on UNHhhh’s Return, Katya Being a Psychopath and Her Favorite Moment From This Past Year

It’s hard to be a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race and not know at least one or two very specific things about Trixie Mattel. Her influence on the show was so big that she was the first queen to actually have a #justice hashtag happen for them when she got eliminated in the fourth episode during the 7th season of the show. She came back, didn’t win, but even if she didn’t return it wouldn’t have mattered as she’s been able to create a career for herself outside of the Emmy-award winning program that is beyond impressive at this point.

 

Since her initial season, Trixie has done more than most (in any sort of entertainment-based career). She created an insatiably naughty and hilarious webseries called UNHhhh with fellow fan fave Katya that eventually became a series on VICE, had her album go to number one, worked with several major names in the cosmetics industry and won All Stars 3 earlier this year. Not too shabby.

Trixie was one of the many RPDR queens who was in attendance at DragCon NYC this past weekend, where her line seemed to go from the Jacob Javitz Center all the way to Queens and back. What’s remarkable about her is that she took time to talk to as many of her fans as possible, which isn’t easy given that the amount ranged in the thousands but the Wisconsin-native seems to be fully aware of the type of celebrity that she is: a known and well-liked star but a regular person at the same time.

Amid all the chaos that DragCon brings, Trixie was nice enough to once again chat with me (we spoke originally at the AS3 premiere back in January), aboutUNHhhh being back, her biggest moment from the past year and why she wants to floss with a hot guy’s back hair. Woof. Check it out.

So I learned this morning that your lovely show UNHhhh is back!

Yes it is! We’ve been sitting on the secret for a while. We’re excited, we’ve filmed… we’re like 9 episodes deep so we’re very excited. Having Katya back in working order, you know, and even at her healthiest is a psychopath so we are happy to have her.

You just turned 29? Right?

Yes! Ask me how I became one of the most famous drag queens in the world by 30? ASK ME!

Trixie Mattel (in my RuPaul voice), how did you become one of the most famous drag queens in the world by 30?

Long-wearing lip color and yellow Red Bull.

I mean this year has been pretty epic for you, do you have a favorite moment?

No, um well, gotta be honest, Drag Race and doing it again and winning it was cool. Having my album go to number one for the second time was, I mean come on, stupid. One Stone, Two Birds shot back up the charts which was like, you know, I’m not a scientist. I don’t write that music for money, I write it for fun, so I was gagged. And of course, Katya and I both feel out of everything we’ve done that the show is our favorite.

You spoke on Entertainment Tonight about how one of your fans fainted when she met you. Is that weird for you?

Well, here’s a story. Once I was filming with Nightline and they were like, “do people ever get tattoos of you?” and I just turned around and said “does anybody in line have a tattoo?” and like 10 hands shot up. I’m an easy tattoo, though, because its just lines.

You mentioned that one of your biggest Instagram crushes is Hunter Harden, who happens to be one of my besties.

Oh yeah, I would floss with his back hair. It looks so beautiful.

So what do you have going on for the next couple of months being the big international star that you are?

Well, I have 10 more dates of my world tour and we are doing it in all secondary markets… weird cities. So like Fargo, crazy stuff. And then we are doing three shows of my show Super Bowlcut, which is a show about bowl cuts. And then I’m doing a show called Troop Beverly Heels with Peaches Christ!

For more on Trixie, check out her official website here

DragCon NYC Recap: The Good, The Bad and The Henny

RuPaul’s DragCon NYC is truly an exhausting day (or 3-day weekend) for all that inhabit Jacob Javitz Center. Whether you are a drag queen, exhibitor, member of the press or one of the thousands of fans who attend this annual get together, chances are you’ll be falling asleep in your cab on the way home shortly after you exit.

The level of tiredness one faces when attending this major event doesn’t necessarily equal them having a fabulous time. It’s a lot to take in, and isn’t for the weary or for those who go in with a jaded mindset. This was my second year going, and to be perfectly honest, might be my last.

I had several problems with how DragCon itself operates from many different levels. I’ll start with some plusses. For one, it’s a great place for all types of companies to show what they are offering to a diverse group of individuals who come with cash in hand and a credit card in their wallet. If you are a merch type of person, chances are you will find something here that will tickle your fancy one way or another.

There was also some really great panels (from what I saw on the packet that was provided) that went beyond the traditional Drag Race conversation that many of us have year round. I talked to a mother and son, who were dressed up as a queen and princess for the big weekend, that spoke at a panel regarding body positivity. It’s good to see that these things exist as it’s something that needs to be discussed on a much larger level than it already is.

I had a hard time wrapping my brain around a lot of things. For one, it was painful to see so many Drag Race fans line up for hours just to meet someone for 5 seconds. There should really be a capacity set for these sorts of things, like a lottery that participants can win, in order for this to run smoothly. The lines started early in the day and continued into the early evening. How some of these queens were able to function after a certain amount of time is baffling. I can understand how they all want to meet their favorite queen (more on that in a minute) but it makes the event and walking space that much more cluttered and less fun to enjoy.

Something that also became glaringly obvious (and this isn’t DragCon’s fault) was how popular certain queens were while others weren’t. One side of an aisle had a particular winner with a line that seemed to go to another country, yet on the other side two of the queens that had their own booths were just checking their phones. Not one person was waiting to chat with them. To me, this is frustrating because it means that the fan base qualifies a queen’s talent based on a 42-minute television show and not for how amazing they are outside of it. It sort of proves a point I’ve had with Drag Race in that a good portion of the fans don’t understand this industry and rely on a program to validate their opinions on it.

There was easily 50 Drag Race queens, plus notable ones who have a big following minus appearing on the show, who were in attendance this weekend. About 15-20 of them made it to the press room to do a brief chat. Two of them (season 10 queens) were extremely unprofessional and ones that I hope to never chat with again based on my experience with them.

I come to this as both a fan and a member of the media and can see both angles here. As a fan, I would hope that the queen that I wanted to see was at her booth when I got there and throughout the day. As a journalist, I would expect them to at least pop in to talk with us about what they have going on in their career. Both work, yet many of them didn’t show up when it came time for us to chat. I can understand the business this brings (see what I wrote about regarding lines), however this event happens TWICE A YEAR. Both can easily be done. Take for instance… if you have a show coming out that you should be promoting outside of talking about it on the DragCon floor. Just a thought.

The ones that did show up to be interviewed were nothing short of spectacular. Trixie MattelBebe Zahara BenetAjaCarmen Carrera and more were a blast to talk with. I was extremely impressed by each of them as they have an attitude that works well with their fame: they understand who they are in all of this but are still a regular human being at the end of the day.

I left DragCon on a bit of a high but feeling a bit meh about it all. There was nothing cohesive that I got out of it, just a lot of un-orchestrated chaos. But when I see a fan’s beaming smile while meeting their favorite drag queen, my negativity gets washed away as I then understand why this sort of thing exists

To many, these queens are a lot of kid’s superheroes. They’ve saved their lives, provided an outlet for them to feel like their authentic selves when the world is telling them not to be, and this sort of event gives many of them throughout the world the chance to actually meet them.

Perhaps I’ve become the old man on the stoop, but maybe this sort of thing isn’t for me as it seems designed for a younger audience. Then again, the sight of Hunter Harden in a mask like the one above can always entice this guy to come back so… you never know.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Here's Why I Can't Wait to go to DragCon NYC This Weekend

There is a major importance to DragCon that goes beyond meeting and greeting your favorite stars from RuPaul's Drag Race and beyond.

The world of drag prior to RuPaul's Emmy-winning show beginning was still considered underground by many in the LGBTQ community, let alone the gay portion of it. Heterosexuals (for the most part) wouldn't even consider going to a drag show unless it was for their own entertainment where the laughter coming out of their mouths was to make fun at the queens on stage as they saw them as a spectacle and not an artist.

Then, RPDR began, and a lot of people in the LGBTQ community started warming up to drag culture and all that came with it. The first couple of seasons had an audience that was primarily gay men but shifted when the talent that appeared on the program changed our minds of what drag could truly be.

When queens like Sharon Needles and Jinkx Monsoon walked into the werk room doors, there were thousands of people from all walks of life who felt like they could identify with them as they didn't fit the stereotypical societal norm that exists. They categorically helped changed the show completely, as its first three seasons had similar beauty aesthetics and were a tad one note. Because of them (and many more), it invited a much larger audience into the show and helped broaden its horizons to what it has become today.

The show became so popular that it won several awards in the process and had the ability to create something completely out of this world: DragCon. In my honest opinion, DragCon wouldn’t have filled even the biggest of gay bars back in the mid 2000’s compared to now. Now, it sells out spaces like Jacob Javitz Center, which is so big that you literally get exhausted just from doing one of the walk throughs.

I look at DragCon as something that goes beyond simply drag. I look at it as an extension of gay pride, as a march for our right and as a symbol of unity in our community. It’s a space where we all get together and celebrate something fierce, fabulous and amazing. It’s where LGBTQ vendors are able to thrive and successfully promote their business in an arena that wasn’t available many moons ago. Simply put: this is a major step forward for our community and my hopes are that this is something we are able to do for many years to come amid our visibility in the mainstream world getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

Want to go to DragCon NYC this weekend? Check out this link for more information.

 

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

 

Scantily Clad Warwick Rowers Head to DragCon NYC on a Mission

RuPaul's DragCon NYC takes place this coming weekend at the famed Jacob Javitz Center in the heart of The Big Apple.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only two days until our crowdfunding campaign, make sure you stay tuned for all the details #WR19

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There will be endless amounts of attractions, drag queens, celebrities and more who will be available at your disposal, however one group in particular will be looking to tickle your fancy with a great purpose.

The brawny, buff and internationally loved and adored Warwick Rowers will be flying in from across the pond and into NYC for the epic weekend ahead.

The Warwick Rowers are a group of (you guessed it) rowers who have famously created a calendar of themselves in next to nothing over the past ten years. The purpose of said calendar was created to combat homophobia in sports.

The Warwick Rowers project is a gay/straight alliance that dates back to 2009, when their first calendar was launched. Producer Angus Malcolm and generations of male rowers at the University of Warwick Boat Club have since achieved global recognition through a fundraising initiative and public awareness campaign that delivers a range of products to around 80 countries every year and reaches more than 140 countries through its viral messaging. 

Known for baring (almost) all, year after year in tasteful and tantalizing snapshots, the 2019 edition not only features the University of Warwick's Boat Club, but also includes 2017 World Rowing Cup champion Robbie Mason

Over the years, the team has won a ton of awards for their excellence, innovation and social impact, including twice being voted the UK Charity Calendar of the Year. 

 Their aim is to achieve three objectives: 

  • Promote positive, inclusive and respectful attitudes towards people of all genders and sexualities through the content that they create.
  • Fund university rowing and particularly to make rowing more accessible to a wider number of students.
  • Fund the foundation Sport Allies, a registered charity group with a mission to promote sport, and particularly team sport, as an inclusive and supportive route to personal growth for everyone of all sexual orientations. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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To date, the Rowers have raised over $1 million in sales for both the Sport Allies foundation and the rowing program at Warwick University. Proof that looking good pays off for all the right reasons.

The Rowers, alongside major drag talents from RuPaul's Drag Race and beyond will be at DragCon September 28th through October 1st. For more information, please check out their official page

EXCLUSIVE! Ginger Minj Chats About What Will Happen During DragCon NY

DragCon NYC, which is taking place September 28th through the 30th at the famed Jacob Javitz Center, will be filled with an endless assortment of your favorite queens from the drag world (both on and off Drag Race), as well as hundreds of niche exhibitors who are looking to tickle your fancy with whatever they are selling.

Ginger Minj, who appeared on season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the show’s 2nd All Stars edition, will be back once again at the annual event taking place here in The Big Apple.

Not only that, but she’ll be giving a drag makeover to arguably one of the hottest men to ever appear on any sort of reality television program: Johnny Bananas of MTV’s The Challenge.

Ginger sat down with me exclusively to discuss what’s to come next weekend and why you should be in attendance (if you haven’t bought a ticket yet). Take a look:

 

 

What can fans expect from DragCon this year? 

I think they can expect the unexpected! Isn’t that the fun of drag? This year is going to be bigger and better with so many more surprises around every corner! 

Are you participating in any exciting panels while there? 

It wouldn’t be DragCon without it! My husband CJ and I got married at DragCon NYC last September, so this year we are participating in the Families That Drag Together panel, which should be really fun! I’ve also been doing celebrity makeovers for a few years at DragCon LA, and I’m so excited to finally bring that to the East Coast! 

What's your favorite part about being in New York City? 

The atmosphere! There’s no place like it in the world: food, culture, architecture, live theatre, nightlife ... if you can’t find something about NYC that excites you, you’re not looking very hard!

What has your life truly been like since being part of Drag Race? 

It has been incredible! I still have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure it’s not all some big dream. The schedule can be exhausting, but it’s such a privilege to do what we love to do for people all around the world! I just premiered by one woman show about the life and times of the legendary DIVINE, filmed a movie with Jennifer Aniston, voiced the lead character in a new cartoon series, and recorded my second album which will be coming out soon. Drag Race is the gift that keeps on giving, for sure, and is a legacy I am beyond proud to be a part of! 

Where were you when you found out that the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program this year? 

I was in the middle of the final performance of my touring one woman show “CROSSDRESSER FOR CHRIST” in Tampa, FL. We announced it after intermission and the crowd lost their minds! It’s such an accomplishment for Mama Ru, the Producers, all the girls, and everyone involved with the show of course ... but it’s also huge for those queer kids out there who feel lost or “less than” to see people like them succeeding. Drag Race isn’t opening doors, it’s kicking them off the hinges! 

What are you looking forward to the most at DragCon this year? 

Talking to people! I always get in trouble for taking too long at meet and greets ... I’m southern, we love to talk! I gotta know all about your job, your mama, your grandmama, and your dog before I let you go! I’ve also been getting lots of Divine/John Waters gifts lately which has been really cool. Drag Race fans are the best! They just get it. 

For more information on DragCon NYC, click on their official link here

 

EXCLUSIVE: Two Upcoming Panels You Must Attend at DragCon NYC

RuPaul's DragCon's east coast version, happening in New York City September 28th, 29th and 30th, will no doubt be another iconic three days of all things drag and so much more. 

Last year's edition, which took place for the first time in The Big Apple (prior to this it was only in Los Angeles), attracted thousands upon thousands of drag lovers who came to meet their favorite RPDR stars and makeup icons while shopping at hundreds of unique booths... all in one fantastic location (Jacob Javitz Center).

We are less than two months away from the "eleganza extravaganza" that will be DragCon, and Instinct has the exclusive on two panels that are definitely worth going to.

Take a look, and for more information on DragCon, click here.

BEYOND THE BINARY

How can we make the world more inclusive of non-binary and gender non-conforming people? Actor Nico Tortorella (Younger), performance artist Alok Vaid Menon, and Drag Race star Aja sit down to discuss non-binary identity and its impact on the mainstream media and entertainment.

JUDGEY JUDIES

Our three favorite RPDR judges all on one stage together? Yas! Judgey Judies is a panel moderated by Michelle Visage, and featuring Drag Race judges Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they take the DragCon stage together!

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