RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 Profiles (Part Three)

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Ginger Minj

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This 29 year old “cross dresser for Christ” is representing and representing for my hometown, Orlando, Florida. Orlando drag is very special and unique, and there’s only been a few queens from Orlando in the show’s history and none of them disappointed, and Ginger will, no doubt, join the ranks of successful queens on this show. Fun and humorous, this queen can sing, dance, act, and rock a stage. She currently works at Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando, and has held many titles, including National Miss Comedy Queen, Miss Florida Continental Plus, Miss Minnesota Continental Plus, Miss Metropolitan Continental Plus, Miss Sawmill, Miss South East Continental Plus, Miss Twisters of Central Florida, and Miss Gay Florida International Plus. From the start, I really loved Ginger and I really think she’s going to be one of those queens that makes the season worth watching. Not only can she perform, (and her numbers are brilliant, seriously, check them out on Youtube), she has such a good sense of herself and her persona. It doesn’t even seem like a persona, it genuinely seems like it’s her and I just really love that. She likes Disney, she likes Dance Moms, (Can we get Abby Lee for Snatch Game please?), she likes gospel music, and her name is a play on words. She has my stamp of approval, that’s for sure.

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Sasha Belle

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When a queen is both versatile in looks but can still turn out the comedy, you know you have a real contender on your hands, and I think Sasha Belle may just have what it takes to make it far in this competition. Currently living in Iowa City, (well, technically, Coralville), she performs at Studio 13, a nightclub in Iowa City, where she started as a server and is now the show director. She’s auditioned for the show five times, and I really do not know how she didn’t get casted before now. Seriously, she literally has the total package and it blows my mind, but, she’s in the Drag Race family now, and that’s what matters. A look through any of her pictures show that not only is she really a drag chameleon, but she is skilled with a makeup brush. It’s clear, she knows what she’s doing. And while I can tell she’s a professional, she lets her drag be fluid and doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her performances are amazing and she’s really funny. At the same time, I can tell she’s a very intelligent queen; I get the impression that she’s smart about her drag and doesn’t just do things arbitrarily, but rather she and her humor just come together in a perfect way. I can’t wait to see what she has to bring to the table and I feel like she’s one of the queens to beat.

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Max

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Max is definitely the stand out queen this season in regards to look and persona, and I love every bit of it! I feel like she’s another queen to beat and it’s not just because of her persona, but the fact that it’s fully realized. I think that her style is very cool and unique and I tread over the phrase “punk rock” but I think that’s applicable here. Born in 1912 in the Land of Oz, this queen currently lives and performs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I really love the dark and retro aspect to her drag and I really think she has a unique perspective to bring to the competition. There’s always that one queen whose personality is so different from everyone else, but she does so well because it is good and realized, and I really get that vibe from Max. It seems really fun and I can’t wait to see her interpretation of these challenges and her runways, because I think they’re going to be amazing. There weren’t many videos, but what I did find blew me away. Max isn’t just a developed personality, she’s so talented. I would be willing to bet actual money from my actual paycheck that she’s going to make the top 3, because I think she has what it takes to make it far and even win. And regardless of how she does, I feel like she’s going to be one of those queens like Sharon Needles or Milk who has a very dedicated and large fan base. She’s going to be not only a fan favorite, but serious competition for these other queens and I can’t wait to see her on the main stage.

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Katya Zamolodchikova

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While I try to keep my personal bias out of my articles, everyone knows that I have my favorites, and my favorite for this season is, without a doubt, Katya. This queen from Boston, Massachusetts got her name from a Russian gymnast (whose name I won’t even attempt to spell), and, in my opinion, has the total package. From the time the cast was announced, she was shown to be a fan favorite, gaining tons of Facebook likes and Twitter followers instantly. And who can blame the fans? She’s amazing. I think her biggest strength is her ability to be herself and have people like who she is. Because I think that her personality is so genuine and hysterical that it’s so inviting to the fans, and they want to get to know her better. She’s obviously gorgeous and any brief time spent on any of her social media sites shows that she’s actually funny and is going to be fun to watch on this show. But another asset of hers is her ability to perform and work an audience. In the link to her Youtube channel below, please go watch her “My Heart Will Go On” performance, because she is giving me so much life I can’t stand it. There’s plenty of talented queens, but again, this show is looking for a queen that gives the total package – performance, look, glamour, humor and congeniality. I get all of this from Katya. Even if she doesn’t win, which, if she doesn’t, I will be shocked, she’s going to be a successful queen, there is no doubt about that in my mind. And I’m so confident in her ability to go far that I would bet actual money from my minimum wage job on it if this were the Olympics (even if it’s technically the gay Olympics). Katya, I tip my wig off to you and can only hope to be half the performer you are someday.

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Trixie Mattel

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I love a queen who is the shit and knows that they’re the shit, and is confident without being cocky, and this season, that queen is definitely Trixie Mattel. From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this queen looks and acts the perfect Barbie doll part. I love the idea of a queen with a shtick, but I love it even more when she doesn’t rely on it too much, creating a fluid personality that comes alive on stage. I definitely think that her style is unique and it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. But at the same time, it’s different in a new way and she really sells it, in her makeup and her performances. Aside from her looks, I think one of her strongest assets is performance. While her look makes her stand out, her performance is what really makes her shine. I’ve watched several videos of her performing, and I found myself really enjoying them and clicking to the next video because I wanted to see more. She strikes me as the type of queen that I’d be excited to see live and probably empty my wallet tipping her to get her to pay attention to me. I’m really, really excited for her on this show because I know she’s going to bring it and I seriously can’t wait to see her perform in this show because I feel like she’s a queen who can really rise to the occasion and offer versatility while still staying true to her personal style, which is just amazing.

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About Luna Raynebow 5 Articles
Luna Raynebow is a faux queen and writer from the greater Central Florida area. She spends her days on the internet and watching South Park re-runs, living off of Doritos and faith, and re-enacting musical numbers from Frozen in her living room. When she isn't leading her fabulous life, she is a full time college student pursuing a creative writing degree to get prepare for her future career as an Olive Garden waitress to pay back her student loans.

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