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Rule Breaking Runway Stomper Nebraska Thunderfuck-On New Music, Her Interesting Beginning In Front of The Camera, and Being the "New Breed" of Supermodel 

You would be hard pressed to find another queen who has had such an interesting path to success like the one that Nebraska Thunderfuck has had. From being part of the makeover challenge on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Five, to now headlining her own shows in drag meccas like Las Vegas, this statuesque dynamo has more than paved her own way to success, landing on everything from magazine covers to Marco Marco runways. I caught up with Thunderfuck to talk about her path to success, her wonderfully unique relationship with an innovative artist and another Drag Race alum, and why  “Big Tit Energy” is one of the secrets to her success! 

For those that have never seen Nebraska Thunderfuck on stage, how would you describe your performance style and “drag” as a whole?

I am a Glamazon. I stand as tall as a billboard, love tequila and am full of Big Tit Energy. I served my country as a Fleet Marine Corpsman and now I am still serving my country… just with a more fabulous uniform. Nebraska Thunderfuck, reporting for duty!

How did Nebraska Thunderfuck get her start in the always burgeoning Las Vegas/Los Angeles drag scene?

Well my start was actually on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 during the makeover episode. That cracked the door open, and then i kicked it down and entered guns blazing. Las Vegas is a cutthroat drag scene. You need a thick skin and sharp claws to make it in this city. In June, I completed a residency on the Vegas Strip at Bally’s Hotel and Casino and have been touring the globe since. My new residency in Las Vegas launches this Summer!

It’s so hard to stand out in the sometimes scene and in drag; how have you carved out your own niche?

I am 6’5 tall out of drag, so i have never really had an issue standing out. In drag I am over severn foot tall with double D tits full of goals and bombshell hair for the gods! It was important to me to cultivate a drag persona based off of my own experiences. My military and modeling background, Vegas life, personal vices, struggles and affinities. For her look, I wanted a wild Las Vegas fantasy brought to life. All of these things make Nebraska Thunderfuck a badass bitch who knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. 

What are some of your career highlights so far? I hear you have started releasing some pretty incredible music…

Yes I have! I recently released two songs in collaboration with Velo and Derrick Barry. Bitch Please is a song you can smoke a blunt too and Sexy is a song to throw back tequila shots too. I have written lyrics and poetry my entire life so creating these songs was not only a lot of fun, but extremely therapeutic. I put hidden messages in both songs. Anyhow, because of the overwhelming response to the music, Velo, Derrick and I have already written three more songs. They will be out later this year for our Bitch Please EP. I vibe with Velo’s creativity and Derrick can do anything, so for me it is the perfect team. 

Last year I became the first signed Drag Queen to a Las Vegas modeling agency. I signed a deal with Envy Models to be represented as both a male model and as Nebraska. Since then, I booked my first two magazine covers in drag.  Another highlight for me is connecting with so many different people from around the world. I love positive energy, engaging with people, hearing their stories, sharing creative together. I met a beautiful girl named Janina from Finland who has a tattoo of me as Nebraska on her leg, and another fabulous girl named Kaylea in the UK also with a Nebraska tattoo. There is also this incredible girl named Olivia that recreated one of my looks head to toe and wore it to my show in Nottingham. People like that inspire me. Those moments push me to work even harder, take even bigger risks. 

The wildest highlight so far was meeting my lifelong hero Janet Jackson. It was after her performance at the Billboard Awards in Vegas. She was everything I always imagined she would be and so much more. I got to share with her how her music has impacted me throughout my life and we even got a photo together. That moment was affirmation to me that not only am I on my right path, but that anything in this life is possible. 

Your modeling career is just as, or almost as successful as your career in drag. How did you get a start in front of the camera? What are some of your favorite highlights in front of the camera?

I always wanted to be a model, but coming from foster care I just didn’t think it was practical. So I enlisted in the military instead.  After six years of serving my country in the armed forces, I felt a need to do something for myself. So I packed all of the belongings I could fit into my car and moved to Los Angeles. I would drive around to open calls around the city with my 4x6 photos hoping to get signed by an agency. Instead I kept hitting dead-ends, my savings account balance was getting close to zero and I started to feel like maybe I had made the wrong decision. I had a friend in Las Vegas that encouraged me to come out there and try my luck. I entered a runway modeling competition hosted by Fashion Week Las Vegas where the prize included getting signed to a Las Vegas modeling agency-I fucking won!  Fast forward to now and I have ten magazine covers, two billboard campaigns and have walked LA Fashion Week for fashion designers like Marco Marco and Perry Meek. The road to our dreams isn’t an easy one and sometimes when things aren’t going our way, we have to blaze our own trail. 

What is left that you want to achieve as ? Any aspirations to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race perhaps? Talk about a full circle moment! 

More music, more magazine covers and World Domination. One day I would love to make history as the first makeover recipient  to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. That would be a full circle moment for my journey. Until then however, I am enjoying evolving as an artist, building connections around the world and living out my wildest dreams. 

You are in a polyamorous relationship with Derrick Barry and Nick San Pedro. You all are very open about your relationship and it can serve as an example to others. What is it like being in a relationship with such strong personalities? 

Thank you for recognizing our relationship. I am very proud of the life the three of us have cultivated together. We do all have strong personalties, but they compliment each other. We push each other out of our comfort zones, lift one another up if we are down and celebrate each other’s successes. I am extremely inspired by both Derrick and Nick for different reasons. I love the artwork Nick creates on canvas and his beautiful vision of the world.  I love Derrick’s Britney and attention to details, the way he moves his body on stage commands a crowd. They make me a very happy man and Queen. 

The gay community has had a very trying year and politically things are very dark. What do you think are the biggest issues facing our community and what do you see as your part in helping to address them? 

Look, I respect both Democrats and Republicans. Part of what makes our country so great is that people have the freedom to believe and support whatever they feel passionate about. However, when politicians start threatening or taking away our rights it is important that we unify to take a stand. Our Trans brothers and sisters have a right to serve our country in the Armed Forces and that right needs to be protected. It is also our constitutional right to be able to marry whomever we love and have that unity protected. We also have the right to walk into any establishment and be served, just as anyone else would, regardless of that business owners personal beliefs or practices. Our community will not accept these injustices brought brought on by the Trump/Pence administration and our spirit WILL NOT be compromised.

Five years from now, where do you want to your career? 

I envision both my male modeling and drag career completely merged.  RuPaul has shifted my paradigm of what it means to be a model. That shift in thinking has opened me up to new possibilities.  I am now empowered to convey any mood, look, pose or concept in front of the camera regardless of gender restrictions. I am a new breed of supermodel, a model that can do it all and I intend to. 

What does “pride” mean to you? Being proud of who you are and living out loud. 

I have pride in my relationship, in my queendom and in our diverse and powerful LGBT community. 

Most importantly-where can people see you perform?! 

I just recently wrapped residencies in both Las Vegas and Seattle. I am now currently on tour and we are always adding new dates. My social media has upcoming cities and dates! 

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Yum! All of the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11 Contestants Out of Drag

Season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race is premiering one week from today on Thursday, February 28 on VH1.

A whole new batch of queens (no returners this time, Eureka) are competing for the coveted crown that has only gone to 10 out of 126 contestants in the past decade. 

The queens are known for their sickening fashion abilities, comedic humor and irresistible charm. Many of them have also developed a reputation for being just as hot out of drag as they are in drag (Pearl, Milk, Mayhem Miller, etc).

This group is no different, as each of them bring the sexy in both aspects of their lives. Let's take a look at the season 11 RuPaul's Drag Race queens' sexiest pics out of drag.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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spray tan. hair cut. balls shaved. act a fool.

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Ariel Versace

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get me bodied...and VOTE #transformationtuesday

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Brooke Lynn Hytes

Honey Davenport

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Up early & feeling super energized! Season 11 is almost here!!! Hope you guys are excited as I am! #rupaulsdragrace

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Kahanna Montrese

Mercedes Iman Diamond

Nina West

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Plastique Tiara

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why not?! #mcm #blackboyjoy #skinglow #itransform #staryeyed

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@foodnetwork makes me cry #2019

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Scarlet Envy

Shuga Cain

Silky Nutmeg Ganache

Soju

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yvie Oddly

 

From Stomping The Runways To Walking Down The Aisle, RuPaul Drag Race Queens On TLC's "Drag Me Down The Aisle"

The boys of #QueerEye have a bit of competition. 

TLC announced Drag Me Down The Aisle (premiering on TLC on Saturday, March 9 at 9 p.m. E.T.). This show takes the standard wedding planner drama and tension and turns it on its well coiffed head! 

Emily may be a quiet Amish County bride who finds flannel more comfortable than couture, but with the help of some of our favorite RuPaul's Drag Race ladies, she's going to get a bit of help in the fierceness department. Given three weeks to save the big day, the RPDR ladies each use their own unique and vast experiences to help Emily not just look her best when she walks down the aisle, but also to support her in all aspects of bride-dom and to help turn her wedding reception into the event of Emily's dreams! 

Broadway chanteuse Alexis Michelle, one of the top five contestants from season 9 of RuPaul’sDrag Race, has glammed up hundreds of brides and has been dubbed as the “bride’s best friend” by multiple mothers of the brides. BeBe Zahara Benet, the inaugural winner of Drag Race, has been a professional event planner for twenty years and has decorated countless weddings across the country in addition to modeling and recording her own album. 

Thorgy Thor, a contestant on Season Eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, has hosted all over the country.  After jumping in head first in New York City and as a professional classical musician, has coordinated the music for thousands of weddings already. Jujubee, (aka Airline Inthyrath), a contestant on Season 2 of RPDR, Season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, and a professor on RuPaul’s Drag U, is not just a drag queen, but also a well known makeup artist and professional singer that has previously been a MAC makeup artist herself.

It certainly sounds like we have a few more (gorgeous) faces out there making the world a little bit more beautiful in a show that has the camp-tastic-ness of The Simple Life merged with the heart of Queer Eye.

Will you be watching?


Drag Me Down the Aisle premieres on TLC on Saturday, March 9 at 9 p.m. E.T.

Theresa Caputo-On Being The "Long Island Medium" On & Off Camera, Life After Divorce, & How She Relates To The LGBT Community

Theresa Caputo may be the Long Island Medium, but she still cannot wrap her head around the fact that people actually recognize her. When you speak with her, you may as well be having coffee with one of your neighbors or girlfriends; she continues to be that girl-except this one can speak to the spirits. She is wonderfully humble and tremendously candid, whether we were speaking the breakdown of her marriage, speaking to the spirits whether or not her subject is a famous movie star or not, and why she feels that her kinship with the LGBT community begins with a simple and familiar message; we both were "born this way"

Instinct: We are absolutely thrilled you are heading back to the Borgata Hotel and Casino on February 16th. Is it different connecting people with spirits  and talking with a casino based crowd as opposed to a standard theater crowd?

Theresa Caputo: You know, I did used to think that for many years, and now the people that love the show and that love what I do, they are the people that come. It’s not a typical “casino show”, you know? They are my fans and they are people that want to experience spirit communication and more importantly, the gift of healing. 

Instinct: You still seem to find it very difficult to wrap your head around the fact that people do see the Long Island Medium when you are out and that they truly know you and are loyal fans of yours.

TC: Yes, I still do (laughs)! I will go out and I may not be filming, and I’ll have on a hat and gym clothes and people will recognize me and I’ll say to myself “how do they recognize me”? You know what though?-they are my fans. It’s amazing and I am so blessed and so fortunate. I never take anything in life for granted. I consider it an honor and a privilege to do what I do and I am so thankful that I am able to continue to do this in such large spaces and venues. Not only because of the amount of healing, but because it is so up close and personal. 

I mean, you watch Long Island Medium and it is millions of viewers a week and I am in people’s living rooms and changing millions of lives a week. To be able to do it in such a small and intimate space, if you have been to my shows, we have created such an intimate moment. It is so interactive where I am right in front of you delivering the messages from your loved ones. 

Instinct: Respecting the spirits and the messages that they are delivering with you as a vessel is beyond important, Do you ever find that difficult to balance when fans will see you out and want to talk to you when you are not working or having your own private time with friends and family? 

TC: You know, interestingly enough, very rarely will people come up to me and ask me to read them or say something like “contact my grandmother”. When I see people out and about, they will try not to bother me and tell me to not ever stop what I am doing. I always end up asking them if they would like a picture (laughs)!  It is so sweet and endearing to see the amount of respect that they are showing both for me and the spirits. 

I say this to people all of the time; you sense things all day. It is the same thing with me as a spirit. It is whether or not the spirit pushes me enough to say something to someone. That is the difference. 

Instinct: You have a tremendous following with the LGBT following and they are rabid fans of both your live shows and Long Island Medium. Phi Phi O’Hara even famously portrayed you on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars during the Snatch Game challenge! 

TC: I know (laughs)! I am a supporter and I love people. I get it; I think the reason why I have such a beautiful relationship with the LGBT community is because I understand. I say this-I was born this way. Whoever determined in life or who says what is “normal”? I would say to my mother when I was growing up “I don’t feel right, I feel different than everyone else, I feel like I don’t belong”. It was not until I embraced who God intended me to be, that I felt complete. Whether it be a job, what you want to do in life, where you want to live, what kind of relationship you want to be in, you have to honor, love and respect yourself. Be who it is that God intended you to be! 

I was recently in Arizona and I went to a gay bar and you got to watch Drag Race and then they had the drag show after. I mean, the talent! I kept saying “could you show me how to do makeup like that” (laughs)?  I wish that I could make myself look that beautiful! 

Instinct: You have sat down on Long Island Medium with some amazing people, like Rosie O' Donnell and Jonathan Lipnicki. Is there anyone that you would love to sit down with because you feel that you could truly connect with them on that spiritual level? 

TC: You know, without sounding cliche, anyone that would like to experience my gift and the gift of healing, I would be honored to sit down with. I really don’t think that there is one person really. How would I know if someone needs the gift of healing or if they would want to share my gift? It is almost like, to know that Rosie O’Donnell or Kelsey Grammar knew who I was, in-SANE! Who would know that they even knew who I was and wanted to experience this gift?! 

Jonathan Lipnicki from Jerry Maguire, what an incredible young man! The thing that I loved about his experience is that I think people saw a side to him that they never would have expected. People see people on television and I think that they have such a different perspective of them. At the end of the day, we are all the same. No matter who we are or what we do for a living, we are all the same. 

Instinct: One thing recently that we have gotten to see from you is how your personal life has changed. Of course, we all want to see you happy, no matter what shape that is going to take. Was it difficult to truly turn the cameras around and have your most personal experiences, with your marriage and children, be what was being looked at? 

TC: Yes and no. You have to understand, to me what I do is normal. It’s normal having the cameras following me. Of course it was hard, it was hard when I covered my breast cancer scare. Do you know, how many people have come up to me, men especially, and said that they were watching the show and they looked at each other and said “that’s us” and put ourselves in therapy? One gentleman walked up to me and said “I don’t know what is going to happen with you guys, but we knew we were not alone”. He knew that they had an opportunity and that no matter where they went, they were going to do the best that they could. 

Larry and I are divorced, but we are friends. We still have a great relationship, we still have two beautiful and amazing children and they will always come first. To be able to go through something like what we went through and still come out as friends and be able to communicate, it is just another blessing. Yes it’s sad-it’s just another blessing. As sad as it is, it was for the best at that time. 

Instinct: What inspires you in this new chapter of your life? 

TC: My clients. I feel that I have lived a very blessed life. They inspire me. To be able to have someone come and to sit there and feel that they do not know how to go on without the loss of their loved one. They get up and put their best foot forward every day and try to make the most of their day is truly an inspiration to me. People will tell me that they look up to me and that I am their idol an I tell them no-YOU are my inspiration and you are my idol. To watch what they have been through and put their best foot forward and live the best life that they can, that is inspiring to me. 


Long Island Medium airs on TLC on Monday evenings (check local listings)

Theresa Caputo appears at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J; tickets can be purchased here: 

https://www.theborgata.com/shows/event-details/theresa-caputo-atlantic-city

Tickets for Theresa on tour can be purchased here: 

https://www.theresacaputo.com/

Miley Cyrus to Guest Judge RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Premiere

The past two regular seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race have featured legendary pop singers as guest judges in each of the show’s premiere episodes. Season 9 had Lady Gaga and season 10 had Christina Aguilera.

For season 11… it’s Miley Cyrus. The multi-talented entertainer, who rocked the house with Dolly Parton at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, revealed the news on her social media two days later.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@rupaulsdragrace 2/28 on @vh1 #DragRace

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“Are you freaking out?” Miley asked in the season 11 promo. “Because I am freaking out.” Her role as guest judge will happen when the Emmy-winning show returns Thursday, February 28 on VH1.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLZ : ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE SOMETHING SICKENING !

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Miley teased her fans ahead of time with an Instagram boomerang of her posing in what will be the outfit she’ll wear during her RPDR debut. “CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLZ : ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE SOMETHING SICKENING !” she wrote on the corresponding post.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The “We Can’t Stop” singer later posted another boomerang of her opening the door to her trailer on the RPDR set.

Miley’s music is no stranger to RPDR, as some of her songs have been featured in the always dramatic lip sync for your life portion of the show. Penny Tration battled it out with Serena Chacha to her classic “Party in the USA” back in season 5.

Her number one hit “Wrecking Ball” was later used in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 as the song that would determine who would be crowned the winner of that season. Trixie Mattel was crowned the winner over Kennedy Davenport after they did their own version of Miley’s song.

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 will premiere almost two weeks after their latest version of All Stars finishes on February 15. Naomi Smalls, Trinity the Tuck, Monique Heart and Monet X Change are the final four who are still in the running for the coveted crown.

3 Things I DON’T Want to See on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11

There will be little to no time to waste in the RuPaul’s Drag Race universe later this month, as season 11 of the long-running series will premiere only two weeks after All Stars 4 has finished. VH1 has also moved the show to a new night… Thursdays, beginning February 28. Just giving the heads up in case a gaggle of my fellow gays show up to a local gay bar that Friday expecting to say “yasssss” to the TV screen, but they are playing gay porn instead.

This show has been on for a decade and has succeeded at many things that has led it to be where it is today. Unfortunately, there are aspects to the program that need to stop ASAP. This was evident in AS4 and I’m hoping that it doesn’t continue in season 11.

RPDR could be in danger in jumping the shark if they continue with these three things in my opinion. So relax, untuck, and read on for what RPDR should not do when season 11 premieres very soon.

Way too many comedy challenges.

The amount of comedy challenges in each season is a bit much. It’s good to show the comedic abilities with many of these queens, but that doesn’t define what makes them great. All Stars 4 had: Snatch Game of Love, Lady Bunny’s roast, Sex and the Kitty Girl 3 and Jersey Justice. It’s… a lot. There must be other things that these producers can come up with to showcase the strengths that they all have.

Force storylines.

We can see fake drama from a mile away… Gia Gunn. I get that this show must be dramatic somehow, and we don’t need it to be RuPaul’s Best Friend Race, but there must be a way to create several episodes where the frustrations, tears and comradery can come organically.

No more lip sync for the crown.

Lip synching for the crown is an insult to any queen that participates on the show. It means that you only win because of how your body and mouth moves for two songs. This negates everything you’ve done up to this point… not to mention how you excel outside the show. It started in season 9, where the arguable final two of Shea Coulee and Trinity Taylor (now the Tuck) were eliminated in the lip sync battle royale over two queens who expertly revealed what they did in order to win (Sasha Velour and Peppermint). It’s kind of the Drag Race equivalent of spending months doing research on an assignment that someone wings last minute and gets a higher grade. It needs to stop, as the season 10 finale one was a f***ing mess from start to finish and I really don’t want to see who will win RuPaul’s Best Reveal Race… hunties.

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.

 

Who Has The Best Shot at Winning All Stars 4?

I stated last week that I’m pretty much over All Stars 4. I still would’ve said that regardless if the queen who should’ve won the whole thing, Manila Luzon, hadn’t been eliminated. This show has quickly become overkill in terms of how often it’s on, and the special aspect that it used to have is starting to dim regardless of how talented these queens are.

That being said, we reached our penultimate episode on Friday night. The beginning of it was about how some of the queens were shocked about Naomi Smalls’ choice to send Manila home. Turns out… Monet would’ve done the same thing. So the season 3 finalist and overall legend was screwed no matter what. Meh.

The maxi-challenge is another tired formula that this show does practically every season: a spoof or parody. This time it’s Sex and the Kitty Girl 3, which… I don’t even have to say the iconic program they are referencing.

This spoof, just like the one they did for AS3 (My Best Squirrelfriend’s Dragmaid’s Wedding Trip) was bad. The judges acknowledged this too. It was painful to watch minus a couple funny moments from Trinity the Tuck (sex-crazed Kim) and Monique Heart (the girl who fell out the party window. Kristen Johnston much?). I felt bad for Felicity Huffman, an Emmy award-winning actress, that she had to sit through such a mess.

Trinity and Monique were in the top, which meant everyone else (including Latrice Royale) was in the bottom. Spoiler alert: Latrice got sent packing again after Trinity won the lip sync to Janet Jackson’s classic “When I Think of You.” Love Latrice, we all do, but it didn’t make any sense for her to be top four just like it would’ve been pointless for Morgan McMichaels to do so in AS3.

So now we are left with our final four… which I would’ve never predicted when the season began. I had my sights initially set on Manila and Valentina in the end, however one was screwed and the other appeared to just give up. So it’s Trinity, Monique, Monet and Naomi battling for the crown? Meh. Meh.

For me, it’s Trinity’s game to lose… with Monique and Monet right behind her. Naomi is great, but they barely gave her a winner’s edit let alone an edit this season. Come to think of it, no one really had that great of a winner’s edit from my POV… so maybe they did that on purpose so the audience couldn’t clearly figure out who scored the win in the end?

Trinity statistically did the best. She’s still criminally underrated in the Drag Race universe but did so well in both seasons and was able to shine quite a bit in AS4minus a comedic slip up during the Lady Bunny challenge. If the whole “lip sync for your legacy” thing didn’t begin in season 9, she would’ve had a better chance for the crown as the final two should’ve been her and Shea Coulee that year (still love all four finalists though).

Monique and Monet have had shining moments, but to me they oddly cancel each other out. Maybe because they came from the same season and aren’t as seasoned as some of the vets before them. I said this in the past: you can’t be an All Star if you just came off the show. You have to build an audience for years, become known for something other than a sponge or a brown cow, In order to even qualify for a show like this. Yes, Naomi didn’t really get much attention this time around but she’s built a huge brand in the years since her time on Drag Race with the popular YouTube series M.U.G. alongside Kim Chi and so much more.

So… Trinity for the win. Oh and season 11 premieres in three weeks, so if you need be I’ll be untucking until the next round starts right back up again.

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.

Confirmed: Michelle Visage Heads To the "RuPaul's Drag Race UK" Judges Table

It has been confirmed by the BBC Three that Michelle Visage will be joining the judges panel on RuPaul's Drag Race UK, joining previously announced host RuPaul.

Michelle says “We've been working tirelessly to bring the magic of RuPaul's Drag Race to my favourite city in the world: London! I know the UK has a wealth of talent to offer and I'm thrilled beyond belief to see these queens battle it out on the main stage, UK-style"! 

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the brilliant (and Emmy Winning) Executive Producers of Drag Race and World Of Wonder founders said ""Michelle has worked tirelessly to help bring Drag Race to the UK - we are grateful she is part of our family. She is a quadruple threat: she sings, she dances, she acts, and boy, can she judge! Queens beware!”

As far as rounding out the judges table, there have been rumors abounding. While some queens from across the pond have been mentioned to join the table and give some patended UK flavor, there are plenty of celebrities across the pond who are beyond qualfied to join RuPaul and Michelle at the table to weigh in on who will be the first "UK's Next Drag Superstar"! 

After eight seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race and four of All Stars, it would simply not feel the same without New Jersey born and raised (and self proclaimed "anglophile") at the Drag Race judges table. The cohesiveness, teamwork and love  that RuPaul and Visage demonstrate is continuously palpable, and it will be interesting to see how they judge queens from across the pond

Michelle confirmed it best on her own Instagram page (@michellevisage) this morning with the simple words; "See you on the main stage queens"! 

"God Save The Queen" indeed! 

Opinion: All Stars 4 Has Been a Huge Waste of Time

I went to a friend’s place on Friday night to watch the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. This season hasn’t been that fun to watch, but this is the kind of show that you have to see its way to the end no matter what the outcome may be.

This particular episode revolved around the popular makeover challenge. Each of the remaining queens were joined by their best “Judy’s”, where they dragged them up and did a choreographed dance with them to a song inspired by the late & great Judy Garland.

It was a cute show. The “Judy’s” were fun to watch, as each had an emotional impact to the competitors in very different ways. Latrice Royale’s “Judy”, for instance, has known her for 25 years and helped get the legendary queen through her time in prison. Manila Luzon and Trinity the Tuck both had their significant others there, which brought out the tears of joy in each of them.

In the end (spoiler alert), Naomi Smalls won the challenge. It didn’t come as much of a surprise given that fashion is what she excels in the most. She rightfully took home the win with her Sonny & Cher inspired ensembles.

The bottom two ended up being Latrice and Manila, where Naomi dared to do the smart thing (in my opinion) and send home Manila. The season 3 veteran has arguably been the one to beat this season, so Naomi taking her out when there are still so many girls left was a great move and one that doesn’t come across as something personal.

The episode ended, and I turned to my friend’s and said “this season has been a huge waste of time.” They laughed, but I further explained why I felt this way… and it had nothing to do with Manila being eliminated as I don’t let those sorts of decisions affect my life like how it does to many others.

All Stars 4 is something that arrived way sooner than it needed to. It’s sort of like when you just sit down to the dinner table and order your food and its ready in 2 minutes. Woah there, hold on. This isn’t needed yet. We just finished several months of this show, as All Stars 3 and season 10 of RPDR aired back to back.

There’s a consistent need and desire to keep this show running in our minds all year round, as not only do we have two different shows now but DragCon and endless RPDR-related events as well. It’s fantastic that this has become a well-oiled machine, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a little bit of time for at least one part of that machine to work effectively before it burns the f**k out.

All Stars is a concept that started horribly and came back beautifully (talking AS1 and AS2 here). Then All Stars 3 happened a year later, and it flopped (for so many reasons). For them to then air season 10, take a break for maybe four or five months and bring in All Stars was not a good idea.

Here is why All Stars 4 really hasn’t been that great:

  • Way too many comedy challenges. This is like season 5 all over again. Not every queen is designed for comedy, they have other strengths. And for them to do several of these in a row just became a bit redundant and uninspired.
  • You can’t really be an All Star if your season just aired. This is a note for future All Stars seasons: WAIT YOUR TURN. An All Star to me is someone who has developed a major career for a long time outside of what initially made you famous. Casting queens from the past two seasons really doesn’t make any sense, as they are still developing their brand.
  • The forced drama could be seen by a blind person. The only drama that occurred this season was with Gia Gunn, who either knew what she was doing (Farrah Moan) or didn’t (Snatch Game of Love). It was boring, awkward and unnecessary. Perhaps that can be seen as a plus as this was a pretty mature group of queens, but there has to be something else besides an attention grabber wanting the spotlight for all the wrong reasons that keeps the viewing audience captivated.
  • The elimination concept is dull. It was exciting in AS2 and AS3 but it has sort of become predictable at this point… minus Naomi’s choice. It would be more interesting to see the regular RPDR format, as it feels like the bottom two queens really do try harder than the top two given what they are up against.

Overall All Stars is beginning to jump the shark for me just like Project Runway has done with their All Stars version. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: don’t do too much. This show would be better done once every three years as the pickings would be that much more meaningful. Otherwise the same ol same ol that the past two seasons have provided will grow old, and nobody wants a bitter Drag Race audience.

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.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Premiered 10 Years Ago Today

February 2, 2009 was the beginning of something new, brilliant, sensational, and phenomenal.

RuPaul’s Drag Race made its official debut on television. The now iconic show was considered something fresh on LOGO way back when… with very little pandemonium compared to what it gets today.

Season one of Drag Race was incredibly simple and basic, however it needed to be in order to get to where it is today. It only had 9 contestants compared to the traditional 14 that the show has used since season 5 (minus the 12 in season 8).

It aired for little over a month, ending on March 23rd where Bebe Zahara Benet became the first ever crowned queen of RuPaul’s Drag Race over strong competition from runner up Nina Flowers. The reunion that followed featured the first ever major argument. It happened between host RuPaul and Tammie Brown, where the latter uttered the now infamous phrase “I don’t see you walking children in nature.”

This was a season that had that Barbara Walters filter, a stage that looked to be the size of my bedroom and a judge named Merle Ginsberg (she stuck around another season). Regardless of its look and feel, the show had something. The producers, queens and everyone involved made it a program worth seeing and gave our community an incredible amount of exposure during a time where we were still finding our footing on television, the movies and life.

That “something” proved to blossom into a beautifully tucked creature that shows no signs of slowing down. Here are just a couple of things that have happened for the show since it premiered way back when:

  • Won multiple Emmys including Outstanding Reality Competition Program last year. RPDR is one of only four shows to ever win in that category since its debut in 2003 outside of Top Chef, The Amazing Race and The Voice.
  • DragCon, a bi-annual gathering of some of the fiercest drag talent in the world, was created. Taking place each year in Los Angeles and New York, this 3-day weekend sells thousands of tickets to people who have traveled all over the world to see their favorite RPDR stars, buy some merchandise and experience something that would’ve never existed if this show didn’t come into play.
  • Created larger-than-life careers for 140 queens (including the 14 just announced for season 11). The S11 queens are in the quiet phase of what will eventually become pure superstardom, as this show has helped each queen heighten their career to levels that have made some of them 7-figured bosses.
  • Brought key figures back into the spotlight, notably RuPaul and Michelle Visage. There was a lull for both before this show started, and now the future is nothing but bright due to the energy each brings to the program alongside current mainstays Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley.
  • Catchphrases that many of us use on a daily are from RPDR. “Henny”, “Oh no she betta don’t”, “Halleloo,” “Back rolls?” The list goes on forever.
  • Some of the queens have taken their talents to the big screen, notably Shangela and Willam in A Star is Born and Ginger Minj in Dumpin.
  • The show has reinvigorated the gay nightlife across the world, as several gay bars host RPDR-themed nights where fans come in just to watch.

There are so many more aspects to what this show has achieved over the past decade. Bottom line is this: RuPaul’s Drag Race has been nothing but a positive force and energy for our community and my hope is that it continues for many years so that future generations can feel what we have felt.

If anything, “Shante you stay” RuPaul’s Drag Race. For a long, long time.

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.

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