It’s the most wonderful time of year again, Drag Race season! Series 9 has just premiered and we are already living for the first episode.
We’ve already introduced you to the crop of queens competing on this season, and now we get to see them in action! – Spoilers, obviously.
First into the workroom is our first openly trans competitor Peppermint, she’s an esteemed queen on the New York circuit but why, we’re not so sure. Her look is decent, and while we love the braids her wig line is always so harsh. Queen needs to cut back the lace.
Up next is Valentina looking just gorgeous. We’re a big fan of her latin aesthetic, and her claims to have only been doing drag for 10 months only makes her extremely polished look even more impressive. She comes across as quiet and reserved, but not in a shy or uncomfortable manner. Her beauty and confidence really commands attention.
Eureka O’Hara was really a pleasant surprise coming off the back of an underwhelming first impression with her pre-show appearances. She was confident, and controlled the tone of the room with her constant quips for every queen. Her look was polished, and her personality while shady had the determination that could make her the first ‘big girl’ winner.
Next into the room was Charlie Hides who had an interesting look, and as everybody has already mentioned looks amazing for 52! As the oldest queen we saw a motherly side to her when she was checking on Jaymes in Untucked, but we think she’ll stick out as a kooky funny queen without being just comedy.
Farrah Moan enters and looks STUN. Fishy, cute, and super tiny her barely there outfit, and luscious hair were beyond beautiful. While her unbelievable looks and Vegas background we thought she would be shadier, but she really comes across as a genuine sweetheart. That said she may have had one of the worst taglines ever “so this is what it looks like”.
Sasha Velour makes quite the entrance as the sixth queen to enter the workroom with a black crown, unibrow and deafening shriek. She’s very polarising with her high art references, I for one live for her but can see why others would find her pretentious style grating.
Following Sasha is Alexis Michelle who looks kind of amazing, and kind of awful. The thought is there with a lavender wig glued down right, and a bedazzled jumpsuit with matching pumps. The downfall? That glaringly apparent fupa. Don’t get us wrong, we love thick and juicy but it reads as an unintentionally error. Boy Alexis could get it.
Next in is Shea Coulee, and deconstructing her outfit were not huge fans: green knee-high socks, a Pearl Liaison-emblazoned dress, red fur coat, and stumpy bangs – but together it just seems to work, creating a fierce look. She didn’t come to play, she came to slay and we’re sure she will.
Trinity Taylor enters and is the first queen to leave us a little ‘meh’. Her outfit, hair, mug, persona – its all a little to pedestrian in comparison to her competition. This is season nine, and she feels very season two. She brags about not padding, despite openly having plastic surgery and “beats Eureka” in pageants so there’s preset tensions there sure to be milked by production.
Kimora Blac makes her entrance and its a lot to take in. While she claims to have no work done, her plumped up body, and face say differently. She’s sexy and very Kardashian but besides the look we’re not quite sure how much is actually there. Most likely to be the “bitch” of the series.
Up next is a puppet, shortly followed by a very awkward Jaymes Mansfield with a squeaky, ‘adorable’ persona. She seems super sweet, and harmless but despite having the goods to deliver, she just doesn’t bring it as much as the other girls. Her self-confidence in her drag doesn’t seem to carry very well in a crowd of stars.
Nina Bonina Brown makes quite the entrance is an imaginative, but rough around the edges, mouse look. She’s outside of the box, quick witted, and fun. If she could just refine the execution of her phenomenal ideas she would be unstoppable.
Aja enters next and the queens go crazy for her. Everything style-wise is just right, including the reveal of her outfit and overemphatic posing. Despite being the “number one name in Brooklyn” we agree with Trinity about the rough makeup seeing the overdrawn lips. She has oodles of confidence, and a manner about her that scream top 3 material.
Last into the work room is Ronnie, with ridiculously high heels and Dynasty-inspired shoulder pads. A standout Gaga impersonater, she quickly drops the act to reveal the shows worst kept secret – that she is Lady Gaga! The queens understandably freak out, and Gaga beautifully explains the role of drag in her life, and career.
Ru enters the workroom in a chartreuse version of his go to outfit, before an impromptu singalong to Supermodel with Gaga. He drops the bombshell that nobody will be going home this episode – which we’re fans of! The first queen to go has always felt like an unfair aspect of the show.
He announces this weeks challenge, a Miss. Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent pageant displaying two outfits – one to show off their hometown, and one presenting their best Gaga look.
While rushing to put together their looks we get a taste of certain queens – Farrah seems cute, Aja and Charlie are confident name-droppers, Nina is a queen on a budget, while Peppermint and Shea are a bunch of fun!
The pageant starts and we get our panel of judges Michelle Visage obviously, Carson Kressley, and Ross Matthews are back by her side and Gaga is our guest judge! Unfortunately Ru does not don drag this episode!
Below we will rank the looks on the runway from worst to best:
Peppermint : Her statue of liberty look was one of three on the runway! It was a very pageant queen look and although she looked cute, it was a little too plain for our liking.
Given Peppermints gender, this Bowie-inspired gender-bending look was a perfect fit for her. She really got the details right from wig to shoe and worked the runway.Our only criticism was the lace on the wig – again!
Valentina: She slayed the runway with her mariachi look. The details were all stunning and well crafted, and the overall appeal was just gorgeous!
She looked cool, and gorgeous in this look but we can’t help but feel she could have gone a little further with the details, it was a very stripped down interpretation. That said the addition of bedazzled sunglasses was cool. Also, we hate sheen on a wig – just awful.
Eureka: A true comedy queen, she brought her own spin to the challenge as redneck realness. Tacky, and slightly offensive it was a great concept and her attention to detail really sold it. The ladders in her tights, ‘Flawless’ necklace, scabby elbows, and baby to boot she killed it.
Honestly, not the biggest fan of this look in our own personal option. Objectively the dress was spot on and hugged Eurekas body perfectly! The hair, and sunglasses was a cute addition to the look but the jewellery and makeup was a dud.
Charlie: Her pilgrim look was actually well thought out, given they travelled to Massachusetts from England but the execution was lacking. Even after the clunky tear-away it just didn’t match up to the level we’re used to.
Her Gaga dress was a spot on remake but honestly that’s not too difficult given the actual structure of it. The hair on the other hand was absolutely astounding! This is what really set the look off for her.
Farrah: Her dress was ornate and visually appealing, but it didn’t read vegas to us, even with the headdress. With the great Vegas look we have already seen is in her wardrobe we’re confused this is what she decided to settle on. At least Michelle won’t berate her for “relying on that body”.
A great remake of the Alejandro look, Farrah was working it on the runway. Everything was right from hair, to makeup, to the attitude. Unfortunately she didn’t uncover her reveal – which would have notched her up!
Sasha: Her New York runway set her apart from the other queens in her state, but wasn’t incredibly interesting despite the scope of it. We appreciate the overall concept but it was a little too cluttered.
A perfect look to choose for Sasha’s aesthetic, she came alive on the runway. Fortunately she had the forethought to add interesting white pants and a shawl to step up the simple look.
Alexis: We love the sentiment of Alexis’ look, and the the pop up element but can’t help but feel it was a little messy. Emblazoning empowering political statements on your body on television is to be commended but more care could have been taken in the crafting.
Absolute perfection. This was exactly the right look for Alexis. She looked phenomenal, and did a stellar job in creating the dress herself. She was a dead ringer for the Gaga look and even whipped out her own trophy. We live for a stunt queen.
Shea: This look was unexpected, she took a daring turn with a comedy look for her runway. We loved the hotdog headdress and the idea of it all but just didn’t actually like the look of it.
This look left us a little underwhelmed. Too simplified, and cheap looking – it just didn’t live up to the magnitude of the original. Plus, the original was a moving dress! Why even try to compete with that?
Trinity: This look deserves more credit – we had quite low expectations of Trinity so the detailing here gave us more hopes for what she will bring. Overall it didn’t read awfully well but the craftsmanship it took to continue the pattern perfectly from her pop up to her outfit was great!
Pure glamour, Trinity brought it again. Her makeup was gorgeous and haunting, the hair was quaffed to perfection, and the dress was cute. The blood stained neck could have been executed a little better, but the killer glove was amazing.
Kimora: She kind of looked like a Gothic showgirl which was odd. Representing Vegas there was a distinct lack of colour, or fun. It was a little too bland, and boring.
The biggest dud of the bunch, she got the shoes right but everything else was a little so-so. With hundreds of iconic looks to choose from, she landed on this.
Jaymes: Poor Jaymes should have stayed on YouTube. We can’t help but like her despite her seeming a little undercooked for the competition. The cow look didn’t quite ‘go there’ for the comedy, but wasn’t glamorous enough for a serious look.
From a distance this look was right, but up close she was a total Monet. The hair was a mess, the material of the dress looked like masking tape, and the make up was ridiculous. Plus, that tired schitck? We just do not get it.
Aja: We had super high expectations for Aja so this Statue of Liberty look left us underwhelmed. It fit right, and was cute but overall a snooze.
We were gagged with this look because it was so unexpected but so breathtaking. We love the hair she has on, and the delicate necklace in relation to bulky dress – and are fans of the supportive ‘beauty has no shape’ statement she made.
Nina: She shut this one down, I think we can all agree. Her peach look was insane! She really has us excited for what she will bring in a similar way Sharon Needles did way back when. Her overall outfit was cute but simple, allowing her makeup to do the work.
A reimagining done right. We loved that Nina showed her of her body with a sexier version of this dress and it was absolutely stunning. She really did well with the recreation, and inclusion of a train and stomped the runway.
The top three queens are announced as Eureka, Sasha, and Nina with the latter taking the crown. However, her reign is shortly interrupted as a FOURTEENTH queen is introduced the competition.
Again, this is super old news that was spoiled months ago, we told you all about it when we revealed this seasons queens HERE.