Start your engines because RuPaul’s Drag Race is back for its sixth season. This season of Drag Race will feature fourteen new queens, all competing for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of 100,000$. The queens will be given new challenges in which they will have to exhibit their “charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent”, or be forced to “lip-sync for their lives”—or at least their spot on the show.
Rupaul’s Drag Race began in 2009 as a competition for drag performers from around the country to promote their talents, and has since become known as the pinnacle of a drag queens career. During the competition, queens are given challenges that involve designing outfits, singing, acting, and anything else “Mama” Rupaul decides.
In its first season, the show was not heavily funded, poorly produced, and only nine queens (competing for 20,000$). Since then, the show has gained thousands of fans and was voted Best Reality Show by TV.com in 2013 with Rupaul winning the category of Best Reality Show Judge.
Over the course of the series, Rupaul’s queens have encountered petty drama rooted in the competition, but have also remarked on many issues that the LGBTQ community faces. These struggles include marriage equality, coming out to friends and family, and the general critique that one gets for being a drag performer.
Drag Race has become the platform for many queens to further their careers, which mostly entails music singles and national tours alongside the other RPDR girls. Now, in its sixth season, queens from the US, Puerto Rico, and even Australia will be under the watchful eye of Judges Santino Rice, Michelle Visgae, and Queen Ru herself.
Will this season’s winner be a “fishy queen”, a “pageant girl”, or will they fall in line will last season’s winner, Jinkx Monsoon, and be a queen of comedy? Perhaps this season’s queen will be all of the above, or something else altogether.
“Mondays are a drag” once more beginning on February 24th at 9/8c, only on Logo.
Antony Shipman is a student at Bennington College, and is interning with GayRVA/RVA Mag for the months of January and February. Antony, who is relatively new to the world of journalism, is hoping to learn more about the business by working closely with the staff of GayRVA/RVA Mag. When not at work, Antony is likely to be found giving affection to a cat or sitting in his apartment with a book in his hands.