From left to right, Magnolia, Stormie Saunders, Reann Ballslee, Monica Duvall, and Michelle D. Livigne
The reunion shows are the best part of any series and Esta’s Drag Race is no exception. Last Thursday’s show was hot, hot, hot! As the second part of a two-week show, this one was full of all the excitement and Dragtastic showman ship we have come to expect from Esta and crew.
Zakia and Millenium gave us high energy ballads in stunning gowns that only those two fierce divas can wear. Stormie Saunders put Judge Sissy on all fours when she collared him in her “Cruella DeVille” number and then had us laughing to her Old Lady “Ain’t Nuthin Free” skit. Monica Duvall and Michelle Devereaux Livinge showed us how limber these two dynamo divas are with drop to the floor splits that make us all go ouch but both claim “It don’t hurt.”
Special guest Reann Ballslee, Miss Mason “09,” swiveled hips like the King and showed why she was GMU’s choice of Homecoming Queen. She was definitely a crowd favorite at Nations. Hope she comes back next season.
The true show stopper was during Miss Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside’s sleep alone number when judges Sissy, Mary Ann and their “Frat Pack” brought her a Happy Meal from McDonalds – a burger, fries, a coke and she got to keep the toy. What more could a southern lady want?
The end of the evening wasEsta’s as she dedraged onstage and ended the show as Charles letting us know its okay to be who you are. This Thursday’s show at Nations will be all comedy featuring Esta and crew show starts at 9:00 p.m. The next Drag Race begins September 17.
You've probably seen Eric "Pop My Flash" Russell around town. The Richmond-based photographer has captured everyone from celebrity drag queens and puppets to international bodybuilders. When not behind the lens, Eric can be found in front of it with his two web series that he hosts and produces Out and About and Under The Wig for GayRVA.com.