Once a year comes the one time where Drag Race fans and viewers come together, if only for a few days, in celebration of the release of the cast list for the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. For the past few years, the cast reveal has been less than surprising, as the contestants were either leaked well in advance or had or followed a big name in the drag industry, their casting inevitable and not shocking. While there was similar speculation over the last couple of months, we’ve come to learn that almost most of our suspicions were wrong. As a matter of fact, the majority of this cast collectively comes as a surprise as the show seems to be returning to its original intent of casting 14 new queens that may not be as notorious and finding the drag queen that will become the next big thing. While this makes for an interesting cast of queens, it leaves a lot of room for fans of the show to make assumptions and be presumptuous on how a queen will do based on first impressions (and as we’ve all come to learn over the years, our first impressions of a queen can be horribly wrong).
The problem with going off assumptions and just what’s on the show is that each queen has something special to offer that may not make it into the confines of reality show editing, and that each of these things should be appreciated and known. The purpose of these articles is to give those reading it the options of exploring the queens further and knowing them outside of the TV show they were cast in. For the next few days, I’ll be doing a profile of each of the fourteen queens who will be on season 7. To paraphrase a quote from Harriet the Spy, there are as many ways to do drag as there are queens in this world, and each one deserves a closer look
I’d first heard of Miss Fame through her makeup transformation with Phi Phi O’Hara, and again on the Transformations she did with James St. James with World of Wonder’s Youtube channel. Originally from a chicken farm in California, she moved to New York City in 2011 during a career as an editorial model. And as her name suggests, the next step into her multi-talented career is to achieve fame, and she hopes to do so through RuPaul’s Drag Race. She currently works as a model and makeup artist for celebrities and drag queens. Known as the “super model drag queen,” she still takes place in editorial photo shoots and features many stunning makeup tutorials on her Youtube channel (which will be linked below). All in all, I was very impressed with her from the first time I discovered her, and knew that it would be a matter of time before she made it onto RuPaul’s Drag Race. Between her excellent makeup skills, super model good looks, literally, her amazing reputation and high ambitions, Miss Fame is a real contender for the crown this season, and definitely a queen to look out for.
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Two things that make a queen a star in my book are a sense of humor and persistence. Mrs. Kasha Davis not only possesses these qualities; she takes them to the next level. After auditioning for every season, this funny queen finally got cast this year, season 7. Not only is she a funny queen, but she seems to be a comedy queen who has a real grip on her character, and the persona comes off as genuine and natural, so let it not be said that she’s relying on a character by any means Miss Visage! And she loves Liza Minelli. Which means we may finally get a queen to be Liza in the snatch game, which honestly, is long overdue. Her Youtube channel is full of plenty of fun videos, including videos with other queens, and with her husband, Mr. Davis. I’ve always said that something that can’t be learned in drag is personality or humor, you either have it or you don’t. And Kasha, without a shadow of a doubt, possessed both of these qualities, and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the competition.
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No matter how many queens there are on the show, a queen with poise, elegance, and carries herself like a lady is always someone who’s professional attitude carries into every challenge and is appreciated by her fans and the judges alike.. From Dallas, Texas, Kennedy is a polished queen with a southern flair, which I always love. She’s a pageant queen who’s held multiple titles, including Miss South Central States US of A 2011, Miss Female Impersonator of the Year, Miss Gay Treasure Coast, Miss Parliament House, Miss Revolution, Miss Glamorous, Miss Tampa Bay Int. Miss Black Pearl, Miss Gay Bor City, Miss Black Texas, Miss Metro, and Miss Queen of Illusions. Not only is she a looker and a pageant girl, but oh my God, she can perform. She has a high energy, her presence is larger than life, and her lip sync is on point. She’s also flexible and can work that jump split. In many ways, she reminds me of all the great things about Orlando drag, (I’ve even found videos of her performing in Orlando, which are just amazing). I’m not going to lie, I pity the queen who has to lip sync against her, because she’s such a solid performer. Overall, I’d peg her as a very solid contender, especially in regards to look and performance and I can’t wait to see her take the stage this season.
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A theatre background is always a useful tool for a queen to have in her repertoire. Pair that with an impeccable sense of humor and top it off with a retro flair, and you have Tempest Dujour. Tempest currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she is not only a popular entertainer, but a professional costume designer and professor of Theater, Film and Television and the University of Arizona. (That would be cool, wouldn’t it? To say “My professor is on RuPaul’s Drag Race?) Not only is she a performer, artist, and an intellectual, but a family queen, with her husband and two children. I have to say, all in all, I really love tempest. Humor is an amazing skill, but humor coupled with intelligence makes a queen a force to be reckoned with, and I feel like Tempest will be just that. Not only can she sew, but she’s funny. She has all the skills necessary to make it in this competition, and I think that her talent will definitely show through.
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