Ladies and gentlemen, it's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas-- well, yes Christmas, but also, it's time for another season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars! I have been viewing RPDR since I was 11 years old, and have watched all the seasons, read all the reviews, and made my speculations. Now I'm excited to share with you my opinions about the queens of All Stars Season 3, and if, after you read this you have opinions of your own to share with me, I'd love to hear them (and debate fiercely, if anyone tries to come for my faves). So, without any further ado, let's read some queens.
Aja is the only queen from Season 9, as far as we know, since we are still waiting on the mysterious 10th queen. Aja was eliminated pretty quickly without serving any particularly iconic looks, but she did manage to deliver a rant about her competitor, Valentina, that is sure to stick longer than anything else she did that year. “You’re perfect, you’re beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista!” became a viral meme, ensuring that Aja will go down in Drag Race herstory. Girl should have checked her makeup before coming for the ever-flawless Valentina, though. Despite Aja’s fire (ahem— volcano) being snuffed so early in Season 9, she has taken the year to step back, learned how to blend, and hopefully, become a stronger competitor. She was only 22 during her first run on the show and was less experienced than some of the other queens, so maybe she’s upped her game since then. Her drag certainly looks more refined based on this season's promo shoot, but there are some who might say she’s taking a page out of Valentina’s book… or several. She certainly does seem to be wearing a similar wig, and a similar style of eye makeup, and a similar skin tone (which, ugh, by the way). But one shoot, and one where the queens are styled, is not representative of her potential, so RPDR fans must wait and see whether Aja really has stepped up her game.
Prediction: One of the first 3 to go home
We haven’t seen Morgan McMichaels on RPDR in a looooooooong time, so this queen is sure to have some new tricks up her sleeve. She’s been in the business awhile, initially competing seven years ago in Season 2. Since then, Ms. MMM has gotten thicc, which is never a bad thing (see: “chunky yet funky”), and bitch knows how to rock a breastplate. Personally, I find her style, especially this gold tinfoil number, a little OTT, but hey it’s drag. We didn’t get to see much of Morgan in Season 2, but she’s been doing the circuit since then, making guest appearances on UNHhhh and touring all over promoting her brand. I’m not sure what to expect from Morgan, aside from her signature sexy runway looks, but I am intrigued. Morgan is a dark horse in this competition. We don’t know what she’s capable of, and could really go either way: she could bust her ass and become an early standout, or she could fade away into obscurity before the season really gets rolling. Only time will tell.
Admittedly, I love me some BenDeLaCreme. I love her dorky campiness, her adorable confessionals, and I LOVE that hot glue concoction she managed to rustle up during the very first episode of Season 6! I was thrilled, of course, when she won Miss Congeniality, which she truly embodies. But Dela’s most memorable moment has got to be her hilah-rious turn as Maggie Smith’s character the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey during the Snatch Game. She blew the competition away, while proving that comedy queens can also be ultra-glam. She looks great in this promo shoot, even if it is an obvious choice, but I really like that she has a specific and memorable brand. The skintight sequin bodice, gold mermaid tail, shoulder ruffle and opera length gloves are quintessential DeLa, but I hope she can show us more of her style this season while still staying true to her aesthetic. I’m so excited to see what she brings to All Stars! But— do I think she will win? Probably not.
Prediction: Top 4
Looking good, feeling Thorgeous? I have no reasonable explanation for disliking Thorgy, but dislike her I do. Hear me out. I find her white-girl dreadlocks distasteful - not to mention that they must be a major nuisance, and she constantly covers them with huge, hideous wigs (pictured here, looking like the head of a feather duster.) Sure, the bitch can act, and we all loved watching her dominate in the Empire-themed challenge, but her personality just drives me - and some of the other queens - nuts. The season hasn’t even started yet and I'm already tired of Thorgy’s lacklustre outfits, her weird, clownish persona (and not in a good, Bianca del Rio clownish way either) and her mile-a-minute thought process. Her looks have been hit and miss throughout, and I don’t think I can recall a single runway where I looked at Thorgy and thought, “yaaaas queen.” Again, I know this was a styled shoot but was this gold lamé sack really the best they could do for Thorgy? For All Stars Season 3, it’s just too basic to let slide. I'm sure that Thorgy is a lovely person, and I know that she has a lot of fans, but unfortunately I am not one of them. I think this queen will ride the charisma wave to moderate success this season, but will ultimately self-sabotage. But hey, I’d love to see her prove me wrong.
Prediction: One of the first 4 to go home
Chi Chi DeVayne
Chi Chi DeVayne is perfect and I love her. She is honest and funny and humble and goddamnit, the girl can dance! I have never seen such aggressive death drops, such sky high kicks. And there has never been a lip-sync to equal Chi Chi versus Thorgy Thor. When I say versus, I really mean that Thorgy was on the stage, but all I saw was the ghostly figure of Chi lip-syncing her heart out to Jennifer Holliday's 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'. That song was made for Chi Chi. During her season she was known as a “cheap queen”, which is pretty unfair if you ask me. Drag is expensive, okay? Despite being criticized by the judges for the lack of refinement in her runway looks, she was able to save herself over and over again with her show stopping lip-sync performances. In the promo shoot, she looks beautiful, if a little Plain Jane, but her titties are bouncy and that wig is right and tight. I suspect that the stylists wanted to show the glamorous side of Chi Chi, but we’re certain to see more of the queen we know and love once the season really kicks off. Chi Chi has incredible natural ability as a dancer and entertainer, and with a little more experience (and petty cash) under her belt, I’m certain she will be able to wow the judges this year. Girl, hustle!
Prediction: Lip-Sync Assassin! Top 3
"After a long night of hooking—” *Katya wheezing* “trade didn't like the session... so he had gutted me, and set me on fire... but you know, I didn't die. I had crystallized… and now I'm a Glamazon bitch ready for the runway!” No one will ever forget Kennedy’s insane apocalypse-themed burnt Swarovski chicken outfit, or her even stranger explanation for it. Honestly, this promo look isn’t doing much to make us forget that long night of hooking either. I’m getting heavy ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ vibes and a gold lamé muumuu just ain’t gonna cut it anymore (Thorgy, this goes for you, too). Although Kennedy made it to the final four in her season, I don’t find her to be particularly memorable. Probably her standalone moment on RPDR was her impersonation of Little Richard during the Snatch Game, and even that eludes me a bit. Unfortunately I just don’t think Kennedy will make enough of an impact this season, especially compared to all the other queens who are such strong personalities. Sorry Kennedy, I just don’t think this is your year.
Prediction: One of the first 4 to go home
Shangela Laquifa Wadley
Listen, we all love Shangela’s antics (well-- maybe not all of us). From her repeat “surprise” appearances via box, to her brutal smackdown of Mimi Imfurst in the now iconic Sugar Daddy monologue, Shangela sure knows how to deliver a sound byte. But does she really have anything special to offer us in this, the third season of All Stars? What is her style? What is her brand? What is her special talent - aside from having, proportionally, the most amount of catchphrases per square inch? Sure, she’s entertaining, but is she really an All Star? I predict that she won’t last long this season, but I would love to be completely wrong on this on. Here's hoping that Shange can pull out some unexpected shit this year. Halleloo!
Prediction: One of the first 4 to go home
This look. I AM LI-VING. This look is the bomb dot com dot org dot co uk. Only a Marc Jacobs model can pull off this promo shoot outfit. Milk has always been known for doing weird, androgynous and genderfuck drag (check out her Insta for more on that!). The judges haven’t always liked it in the past, especially that witch Michelle Visage, but I, for one am here for it. I really want to see Milk succeed this year. She left the show waaaay to early in her own season, but not before shocking the judges by wearing a beard on the runway (an inspiring the Bearded Queens challenge in Season 7). With Sasha’s win last season, we’ve certainly seen an influx of androgynous drag, and the judges seem to be broadening their horizons beyond pageant queen and fish to embrace a wider definition of drag. But Sasha has always been femme and ladylike, so I’m excited to see what other genderfuckery Milk has in store for us on All Stars. Got Milk?
Prediction: Top 3
Trixie Mattel may not have made a huge, moist splash during her season, but she captured fans’ attention with her Life in Plastic image and self-deprecating sense of humour. After being eliminated and brought back only to be painfully eliminated again, she worked a little bit of her own magic, releasing a surprisingly catchy yet touching country folk album entitled Two Birds, scoring a gig with fan-favourite queen Katya on the World of Wonder webseries UNHhhh, and now even has her own Viceland show!
A lot of the queens went pedal to the metal for this photoshoot, throwing everything and the kitchen sink (looking at you, Morgan McM) onto their outfit, but Trixie took the opposite approach. This bodysuit fits like a glove, showing off her refined padding technique, and the fringe and bolo tie give it just enough glam country to elevate the look. And check out those gold-plated spurs on her heels! Now that’s what I call an H-to-T look, henny.
With the humungous strides Trixie’s been making since her original taping of RPDR, I have no doubt that she’ll win over the judges this year— and maybe even take home the crown. Oooh honey, these queens better look out!
Prediction: Top 3 - possible Winner!
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