Speaking of, the biggest contributor to the proliferation of drag is, of course, the unstoppable “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” With its nine seasons and two seasons of “All Stars,” this phenomenon continues to gain popularity, especially now that it moved to the mainstream network of VH1. The show has also garnered 20 nominations and 5 wins, from the likes of GLAAD, the Television Critics Association, and the Emmy itself. Congrats, RuPaul, for earning the winged lady for “Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.”
We also thank RuPaul for turning her stars into household names. Sasha Velour was quoted in a recent issue of “Entertainment Weekly,” Ro-laska-tox was mentioned on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and Trinity Taylor was referred to by name in a “Saturday Night Live” skit about “Drag Race,” featuring heartthrob movie star Chris Pine. And these are just a few. There are YouTube shows from Raja and Raven to Trixie and Katya. Even Jinkxx Monsoon and Bianca Del Rio have crossed over to films with a documentary and comedy special, respectively.
Yours truly even stars in a web soap entitled Roads To Keystone. I play sixteen different characters. That’s a whole lotta drag looks, kids! Perhaps that’s why we were nominated for “Best Makeup” at this year’s prestigious Indie Series Awards. Previous nominees have been “Capitol Hill,” starring BenDeLaCrème. See, even the indie world is capitalizing on drag.