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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Grand Finale (S15 E16)

The Season 15 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race felt especially powerful. With all the pushback against drag across the country, it was inspiring to watch queer artists perform their art on such a big stage. The episode kicked off with each queen from the season walking the runway, and everyone brought their best looks. I loved Princess Poppy’s look, and I thought Marcia Marcia Marcia looked stunning!

After introducing each queen, the final four took the stage for their performances. Anetra went first and of course, she was incredible. Performing is her bread and butter, that’s for sure. The best part of Anetra’s moment on the stage with RuPaul was when her dad opened up about supporting his drag queen daughter and that he loves to play around in her wigs. It was adorable.

Luxx Noir London was up next. Her original song was about fashion, of course. The performance was a lot of fun and she looked amazing. In the audience for Luxx was her mother and boyfriend, which was sweet. 

Other than the crowning, of course, my favorite part of the finale was the tribute to Bob Mackie. He is such an icon, and watching the evolution of his career could not have been more fun. I’m framing that photo of Bob with Edith Head. 

Then came Mistress Isabelle Brooks whose song was about drag delusion, of course. During her conversation with Ru, she shared that she did end up holding her tongue a lot during the season, which even had the judges in the front row laughing. In the audience cheering on Mistress was her legendary drag mom, Chevelle Brooks. Mistress opened up about how her drag family is her family, which was powerful given the political climate surrounding drag.

Sasha Colby was last but certainly not least. She was incredible, of course. It was so sweet hearing her fiancé rave about her. Everyone loves her. How could you not?! 

In the end, Anetra and Sasha were chosen as the top two, which was perfect, I thought. After they announced the top two, there was a performance by Orville Peck and the cast of season 15. All I could notice was Sugar not lip-syncing along because she clearly didn’t know the words? 

Next, we got to see Willow Pill take the stage again. How lucky are we? And Kornbread, too? I mean, we knew we would see the reigning queen and Miss Congeniality, but I was still excited ok? This season’s congeniality winner was Malaysia Babydoll Foxx! That feels correct!

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Before a winner was crowned, we got to see Jinkx Monsoon perform a song from Chicago, which was perfect, of course.

Finally, it was time for Sasha and Anetra to face off to Knock On Wood by Amii Stewart. Can we talk about a trans drag artist performing practically naked on MTV? That could not be more iconic or a bigger political statement. While Anetra killed it, too, there was no denying this was Sasha’s crown. It was so powerful to see a trans woman win the show, especially during the violence and hate against trans folks and drag queens. I’m so happy for Sasha. 

Congrats are in order to our reigning queen, Sasha Colby. She was absolutely incredible and we could not be more proud of her.

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One small brushfire away from completing the Serial Killer Triad, Haley is a hell-raising college student and sports journalist. Calling the suburbs of the gayest city in America home, she's sure to bring it to you every ball.

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