10 ‘Drag Race’ Queens We Need To See On ‘All Stars 4’

We’re one week away from crowning the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. But after getting two seasons back-to-back, we’re about to go through some major Drag Race withdrawals. The best cure for our post-Ru blues, though, is to simply look to the future in anticipation and excitement. And what better way than to predict which queens will bless our screens when they return for All Stars 4.

We’re naturally hoping the fourth season of the fan-favorite franchise is a little more All Stars 2 (one of the best seasons of Drag Race of all time) and a little less All Stars 3 (#JusticeForShangela). So we’ve taken the liberty of combining a list of the 10 queens we need to see enter the workroom doors once more in order to make it the best All Stars season yet. (Editor’s Note: Miss Vanjie must return for Season 11, so the iconic queen will not appear on this list. But she’s always walking backward through our hearts.)

Kim Chi


Kim Chi

Season: 8 (Runner-Up)
Reason: Kim Chi may not have been the best dancer or actress — in fact, she could barely walk in heels — but the Korean queen made it all the way to the finale anyway. And that’s because she turned out some of the best looks that the show has ever seen. Kim also has a great sense of humor, which popped up a few times during Season 8, but has since found a place to truly shine on social media. Her unique looks and loveable personality already make her worthy of a crown, and if she has improved in other areas, she could truly chop suey the competition once and for all.
Chances of Appearing: High. She’s popular in the Drag Race fandom and has no reason to turn down the higher booking fees that come with an All Stars appearance.

Latrice Royale


Latrice Royale

Season: 4 (4th Place/Miss Congeniality), All Stars (7th/8th)
Reason: This is a dark thought, but there’s a chance that newer members of the Drag Race fandom don’t know who Latrice is, and that is not the kind of world I want to live in. Latrice is one of the most beloved queens in the history of the series, and she has the title of Miss Congeniality to prove it. But at this point, Season 4 was over six years ago and her appearance on the original All Stars was cut far too short. The children need to know the magic of the large and in charge, chunky yet funky queen and she deserves to appear in a season of All Stars that doesn’t pair the queens up for the entire season.
Chances of Appearing: Low. Sadly, producers are likely to cast queens who never appeared on an All Stars. But if Season 1 winner Bebe Zahara Benet can return, surely we can recycle an All Stars Season 1 queen as well.

Miz Cracker


Miz Cracker on 'Drag Race'

Season: 10 (5th Place)
Reason: A huge fan favorite throughout Season 10, fans were less than pleased when Miz Cracker was forced to sashay away right before making it into the final four. But the second she was eliminated, viewers eased their broken hearts by campaigning for her to appear on the next iteration of All Stars. The Jewish Barbie on bath salts seemed like a frontrunner from day one of Season 10, but her penchant for overthinking eventually got her into trouble. If she’s learned from her mistakes after watching herself on the show, she’s easily a contender for the crown.
Chances of Appearing: High. If Season 10 is included in the next round of All Stars, then Cracker needs to be a part of it.

Ongina


Ongina

Season: 1 (5th Place)
Reason: There seems to be at least one queen from the early years of Drag Race on every season of All Stars, and Ongina is the contestant that fans have been calling for. The Filipino queen made history when she came out as HIV-positive in an emotional episode of Season 1, but her talent extends far beyond her diagnosis. Ongina is known for her fashionable looks and for being the first queen to walk the runway without a wig. (Sorry, Sasha.) It’s time for new fans of the series to get to know the beloved bald queen.
Chances of Appearing: High. If they continue to include an OG queen on All Stars, they should give the fans they one they’ve been asking for.

Gia Gunn


Gia Gunn

Season: 6 (10th Place)
Reason: When Gia Gunn hopped off the boat like fresh tilapia and entered the competition on Season 6, Drag Race was never the same. The queen’s hilarious catchphrases (both intentional and unintentional) were a hilarious addition to the workroom. But after exiting the show, Gia came out as trans and has since been an ambassador for the transgender community. It would be fantastic to see her compete again, to get those hilarious one-liners while seeing how she’s grown both as a drag queen and as a woman.
Chances of Appearing: Low. While her time on Drag Race was nothing short of iconic, her early exit may mean she’ll have to wait until at least All Stars 5 or 6 to shine again.

Valentina


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Season: 9 (7th Place)
Reason: As one of the most polarizing queens in Drag Race history, Valentina is the type of contestant that All Stars was made for. After instantly becoming a frontrunner in Season 9 for her gorgeous looks and mesmerizing smile, Valentina fell from grace when she infamously wore a mask during a lip sync for her life. She didn’t know the words to the song and the moment was one of the most shocking in Drag Race history. Following her elimination, rumors swirled that Val was a diva at events and was rude to her fellow cast members. It may have been an epic fall from grace, but she still has a giant fanbase, so a return to the competition could be the perfect way to solidify her image, one way or the other.
Chances of Appearing: High. This is a no-brainer. The controversial queen must return.

Adore Delano


rupaul drag race adore delano

Season: 6 (Runner-Up), All Stars 2 (9th/Quit)
Reason: Adore is one of the most popular contestants in all of Drag Race history, not to mention one of the most successful. (The party queen is one of the best-selling recording artists to come out of the show.) So, naturally, fans were devastated when Adore quit All Stars 2 in the second episode, unable to handle the pressure of harsh critiques. During the reunion, Adore explained that she was going through a hard time in her personal life and wasn’t mentally strong enough to deal with the competition again. RuPaul gave her an open invitation to return though, and fans are desperately hoping she takes it.
Chances of Appearing: Unclear. Producers would surely love to have her back, but does she feel ready to walk into the workroom once more?

Jasmine Masters


Jasmine Masters

Season: 7 (12th Place)
Reason: Jasmine Masters struggled during her original run on Season 7 of Drag Race and also faced horrific racist abuse on Twitter while the show was airing. While most people were quick to write her off, she has since gained a huge fanbase on social media thanks to becoming a meme queen and hosting hilarious rants on Instagram Live. It would be great to see her in the competition again now that fans realize how funny she is, and perhaps she could enter with a more positive attitude (making her more willing to throw on a beard, if that’s what RuPaul asks).
Chances of Appearing: Low. Seeing as Jasmine released a video in 2016 announcing that RuPaul’s Drag Race has f–ked up drag,” it’s not very likely that producers are dying to have her back.

Shea Couleé


Shea Coulee

Season: 9 (3rd/4th)
Reason: Drag Race fans love to declare that a queen was robbed, and they shouted it from the rooftops when Shea didn’t become the winner of Season 9. The Chicago queen won a whopping four challenges throughout her time on the show, the highest of any queen on her season, but fell victim to the revamped finale format which found the final four lip syncing for the crown. Queens return to All Stars to get their redemption and Shea definitely deserves a second shot at taking the title
Chances of Appearing: High. She didn’t want to appear on All Stars 3 because it filmed only months after Season 9 aired, but now that she’s had some time to process things, she’s a likely bet to return.

Monique Heart


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Monique Heart

Season: 10 (8th Place)
Reason: Facts are facts, America, and the fact is we need more Monique Heart in our lives. The ooh-ahh-ahh sensation lit up the screen in Season 10 with her larger-than-life personality and hilarious quotable moments. And, frankly, she never got the respect from the judges that she deserved. The card dress from the first episode definitely should have been more than safe, and Monique struggled to get in the good graces of the judges ever since. She deserved a main challenge win and we deserve to hear more of her amazing quips and confessionals.
Chances of Appearing: Unclear. While queens who placed higher in Season 10 are more likely to get a shot at All Stars first, RuPaul admitted on her podcast that she didn’t realize how funny the queen was until watching the show back. Even Ru thinks Monique deserves another chance, so let’s make it happen.

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How LGBTQ Politics are Shaping Alabama’s Gubernatorial Race

With the 2018 election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you content presented in conjunction with Gender Watch 2018 , a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly!

The chain of events over the past week that led to the septuagenarian governor’s denunciation of claims that she was a closeted lesbian have injected some turmoil into an otherwise sleepy Republican primary in Alabama.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey at the Alabama Emergency Management Operations Center in 2017. (Alabama EMA / Creative Commons)

In the only recent public poll, incumbent Kay Ivey—who ascended to the governorship in 2017 when then-Governor Robert Bentley resigned after pleading guilty to charges related to campaign finance violations—was 36 points ahead of her nearest challenger and just three points shy of the 50 percent needed to avoid a run-off in next month’s primary election. With 30 percent of the primary electorate undecided, she looked all but certain to do so and cruise to a relatively easy win in the general election.

Then, last Tuesday, one of Ivey’s primary opponents criticized her for allowing funding to go to a local LGBTQ non-profit. She responded to evangelist Scott Dawson’s comments mostly with an eye-roll, claiming he was “getting desperate” in response to low polling numbers and noting that the funding was federally mandated. She also mentioned that she “certainly [doesn’t] agree with the agenda or the values of that organization.” While this may all seem fairly standard for a Republican primary in Alabama, one retiring State Representative took exception to Ivey’s comment on the values of Free2Be. Patricia Todd, a Democrat who recently received a standing ovation from her colleagues upon announcing her retirement after 12 years in office, and who also happens to be an out lesbian, reacted publicly—and outrageously.

“Will someone out her for God’s sake,” Todd posted on both her Facebook and Twitter accounts. “I have heard for years that she is gay and moved her girlfriend out of her house when she became Gov. I am sick of closeted elected officials.”  In each post, she linked to the article containing Ivey’s rebuttal to Dawson.

Count mine among the jaws that had to be scooped off of the floor after reading Todd’s tweet. Several years ago, Todd did warn in a Facebook post that she would expose hypocrites in Alabama politics, specifically mentioning legislators who “talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs” and those “elected officials who want to hide in the closet.” Still, the comments were entirely unexpected, and much of Alabama’s political establishment reacted quickly and firmly.

In a statement posted to her social media accounts, Governor Ivey managed in just 66 words to call Todd’s claim “disgraceful,” “a disgusting lie,” “false,” “wrong,” “a bald-faced lie” and “everything that’s wrong with politics today.” She further reiterated in a TV interview that her “biblically-based faith definition of marriage is that it is between a man and a woman.” Ivey’s fellow Republican primary candidates largely steered clear of the commotion, denouncing the focus on the Governor’s personal life and calling for a return to a discussion of the issues most important to Alabama. Terry Lathan, the chair of the state Republican Party, called Todd’s comments “shameful rumor mongering;” Republican State Representative Phil Williams told AL.com that he “took it as one of the meanest things I’ve ever heard her say.”

Todd, the first out gay lawmaker in Alabama, has faced backlash from the LGBT community as well. Some advocates in the community accused her of “weaponizing queerness” and “psychic and emotional violence.” The One Orlando Alliance, the umbrella organization of LGBT groups for which Todd was set to serve as Executive Director, rescinded her job offer on the grounds that involuntarily outing a person, regardless of perceived hypocrisy, is against their values.

Todd, for her part, is refusing to back down. During a radio interview on Friday, she apologized for “the inappropriate way” she delivered her message and conceded she should have commented on the Governor’s remarks rather than her personal life. Still, when asked if she thought Ivey would identify as gay, Todd dug in her heels. “There’s a lot of men who have sex with men,” she responded, “who don’t identify as gay.”

If Kay Ivey was hoping for an apology or recantation from Todd, it certainly did not come during that appearance. Instead, this was the political equivalent of a mic drop—and the reverberations are being felt throughout Alabama.

Scholarship concerning out LGBT political officeholders and candidates is under-developed, though a study by David Niven suggested that a gay or lesbian candidate’s sexual orientation no longer poses a political disadvantage. In fact, he finds that such an orientation may even help the candidate win office. Such findings contradict those of other academic work that has shown that downplaying traits traditionally associated with LGBT people—“tells” that might give away someone’s sexual orientation—is the best strategy for success. Doan and Haider-Markel found that gay and lesbian candidates are perceived as less honest, weaker and amoral—especially among male, Evangelical, less educated, conservative, Republican and older respondents, a veritable cross-section of the Alabama Republican primary electorate. Jerry Harvey found through experimental research that candidates identified as being gay or lesbian lose support compared to otherwise identical non-LGBT candidates, and Billy Kluttz argued that out candidates often “mute” their sexuality during their campaigns so that, even if elected, voters may never have even known they identify as LGBT.

Ewa Golebiowska found that context is key for gay and lesbian candidates: They do better when they disclose their sexual orientation after they are well-known to voters for their positions on issues. And the context of place matters as well. In the UK, for example, Magni and Reynolds found that LGBT candidates perform at least as well as their straight counterparts, even in more conservative areas, and in some more progressive locales, an LGBT identity may even help a candidate, as David Niven suggests. In Palm Springs, California, as an anecdotal example, the mayor, city manager and entire city council identify as part of the LGBT community; in fact, Councilwoman Christy Holstege, who is married to a man and identifies as bisexual, was accused of inventing her bisexuality for political gain and was often asked to somehow “prove” her sexual orientation.

While identifying as LGBT may be a boon in some places, this is unlikely to be the case in Alabama, suggesting that Todd’s comments would amount to the weaponization of queerness that some critics have claimed. A recent Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) study found Alabama to be the only state in the nation with a majority of residents who still oppose same-sex marriage, and one of just six where the issue garners less than 50 percent support. Alabama also registered the second-lowest level of support for legally protecting LGBT people from discrimination, and the state does not have any such statewide protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Gov. Ivey herself signed a bill in May 2017 that allows religious-based adoption agencies to refuse placement of children with LGBT parents. Roy Moore was famously removed as the state’s Chief Justice, for the second time, for instructing his probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in direct violation of the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. And as of June 2017, at least eight Alabama counties still refuse to issue any marriage license , asserting that by denying all couples marriage licenses they are not treating same-sex couples in a disparate manner.

Regardless of the Gov. Ivey’s actual sexual orientation, the accusations levied against her by Todd have shone a spotlight on the darker side of identity politics. Dawson, Ivey and Todd have all been criticized for their roles and responses to the developments, though it remains to be seen whether the episode will have any tangible effect on the Governor’s race. Ivey is still highly favored to win her primary, though the allegations and fallout could prevent her from winning the 50 percent of the vote necessary to avoid a run-off election.

Perhaps the major takeaway from the incident should not center around the accusations themselves, but instead the reactions to them. The statements and actions of the principal players in this story, regardless of party or politics, were all widely panned as insensitive, unnecessary and even bigoted. In their disagreement, however, lies a reminder that the politics of candidate sexual orientation and gender identity remain unsettled—not only in Alabama, but nationwide.

That won’t be resolved in any one election cycle—but, for Governor Ivey at least, the effect these claims regarding her personal life will be revealed by voters’ choices at the ballot box during the primary on June 5.

Rick Kavin is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Rutgers-New Brunswick and a research assistant at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. 

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All-Star race shakeup goes well and NASCAR should try again

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Something had to be done to NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, which had stopped being special years ago. A bunch of drivers circled around Charlotte Motor Speedway in cars too difficult to pass for the lead, so whoever had the clean air raced to an easy $ 1 million prize.

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Justify Wins the Preakness Stakes and Is Now One Race Away From the Triple Crown

(BALTIMORE) — Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years.

On a sloppy track similar to the conditions in the Kentucky Derby, Justify improved to 5-0 and will go to the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9 looking to do the same thing American Pharoah did for Baffert in 2015. Justify showed no ill effects from a bruised heel on his left hind foot that was discovered in the aftermath of the Derby, an injury Baffert insisted would not be a problem.

Justify and Good Magic went to the lead early and traded first back and forth throughout the 1-3/16-mile race. Bravazo edged long-shot Tenfold for second, and Good Magic was fourth.

“They had their own private match race,” Baffert said. “He’s just a great horse to handle all that pressure and keep on running.”

Baffert tied veteran D. Wayne Lukas’ record with his 14th victory in a Triple Crown race and matched 19th-century trainer R.W. Walden with his seventh Preakness title. Baffert also remained undefeated with Derby winners in the Preakness following Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and American Pharoah.

Justify showed more evidence of being the same kind of super horse as American Pharoah, and Baffert has repeatedly drawn comparisons between them. Three years after American Pharoah won at Pimlico in a driving rain storm, Mike Smith rode Justify through thick fog that engulfed the racetrack.

Smith won the Preakness for just the second time in 17 tries, 25 years after his first aboard Prairie Bayou.

Justify is the 36th horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

“I’m so happy that we got it done,” Baffert said. “I’ve never had one run that fast here.”

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Excuse This Disruption: #MeToo Must Not Neglect Race

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s political fire turned into smoldering ruins last week as allegations by his former partners of emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse came to light in an article in The New Yorker. It is now clear that the former head of law enforcement for New York state strategically assumed the rhetoric of the gender equity and justice movements for political gain—while in private, according to the allegations, his behavior consisted of intimate partner violence that derived from exercising unequal power and control to the point of physical assault and emotional abuse.

Since the news has broken, the analysis of his alleged behavior has rightfully been framed within the lens of domestic and sexual violence—but it is important that we do not ignore the racial elements in the allegations against Scheniderman.

Tanya Selvaratnam, a Sri Lankan artist and activist, claims that he called her a “brown slave,” forced her to say that she was his property and hit her until she complied. This behavior hearkens back to the painful colonial past that many South Asians carry with them, and reflects the belief that white people are racially superior to brown and black people.

This moment is a pivotal one for our movement: Schneiderman’s racism should provoke just as much disgust and demand for accountability as his misogyny.

Undoubtedly, the cosmic shift occurring in our national socio-political landscape by way of #MeToo and #TimesUp is refreshing. Collectively, we are exhuming and ripping open the fastened coffins of abuse and sexual violence. But in spite of the presence of and need for active participation in these social movements, they do not offer an identifiable space for a significant segment of survivors. For women who do not occupy positions of power or privilege, much of this has been a conversation that is unrelated to their lives.

The experiences of women of color in situations of abuse do not occur in gender silos—and our movements for social change must not treat race and gender separately. It is not a far stretch to wonder whether Selvaratnam would have been believed without additional narratives by a white woman against the same powerful man. For women of color, speaking up and coming forward can be extremely dangerous—we are often not believed, and we face a brunt of victim-blaming.

During this moment of reflection, it is necessary to hold a mirror to our unified face to share the complexity of the allegations against Schneiderman. The experiences of survivors cannot be sanitized in a gendered construct; in fact, overtly being viewed as “other” is yet another thread in the narrative of sexual violence. Limited frameworks for these revelations and conversations only perpetuate the racism, sexism and classism that has deeply saturated the fabric of our culture and divides our collective experiences.

The very nature of a survivor is to be resilient; to face adversity in spite of challenge. We can stand with them by putting structures in place that stop them from experiencing any additional abuse. In order to do so in this moment, we must support survivors beyond listening to their stories—and acknowledge the racial impact of violence.

Kavita Mehra is Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women.

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Here’s Why DragCon Was Every ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Fan’s Dream Come True

The fourth annual DragCon death-dropped its way into Los Angeles over the weekend, flooding the floors of the LA Convention Center with a sea of fabulous fashion and must-have merch.

It was a veritable paradise for fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race, with the opportunity to meet past contestants and catch hilarious references from the show around every corner. (Quite literally, in fact, since each row of the convention was named after a reference that only the Drag Race fandom would understand. See: Stacy Layne Lane.) Here are some of the moments from the three-day weekend that left Drag Race fans gagging.

The Queens

Over 90 contestants from the reality show were in attendance, including every queen from Season 10. Fans had an opportunity to visit their favorite queens’ booths for a meet-and-greet session or see them strut their stuff while sashaying in between panels. Shangela brought her Game of Thrones references from All Stars 3 to life by dressing as Daenerys Targaryen, being carried in by her own version of the Unsullied.

Saturday morning kicked off with the Crowned Queens Walk, which had past Drag Race winners Sasha Velour, Sharon Needles, Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, and Bebe Zahara Benet sashaying down the pink carpet. But it was All Stars 3 winner Trixie Mattel that stole the show by riding in on a pink motorized Barbie mobile.

The Merch

DragCon is not only an opportunity for queens to meet their fans, it’s also a great way for them to make some cold, hard cash. Queens sell merchandise with their Drag Race catchphrases and made-up faces plastered all over them, and fans can’t get enough. But it’s wise to get in while you’re still hot. During Season 8, Naomi Smalls’ booth with Kim Chi had a line that wrapped around the convention center, but just two years later, it was a lot easier to get a pic with the long-legged queen. Who had one of the longest lines full of fans waiting to meet her? Well, it was Season 10 legend Miss Vanjie, of course. Get those cookies, honey!

Thorgy Thor was selling “Ugh. Jesus. Gross” shirts, in honor of her response to being eliminated on All Stars 3 and Bianca Del Rio made an appearance on Saturday, signing copies of her new book, Blame It On Bianca Del Rio.

The Panels

Fans got to listen to their favorite Drag Race stars deliver pearls of wisdom and behind-the-scenes secrets at the dozens of panels that took place throughout the weekend. Although fan-favorite Katya announced earlier this year that she was taking a break from her drag persona, she showed up out of drag to give a DEB talk — a parody of the popular TED talks that delved into the Drag Entertainment Business.

For all the gaymers in attendance, there was a panel called Gay for Play: Queer Culture and Video Games, in which panelists discussed how growing up queer and being a gamer influenced their lives. Season 10 stunner Kameron Michaels was one of the panelists, and she dressed as Chun-Li from Street Fighter.

One of the best moments of DragCon always takes place at the end, when RuPaul delivers motherly advice during her Keynote speech. But what was everyone’s favorite moment of her speech this year? Well, it was a surprise appearance by Miss Vanjie, again! (Has a first-to-go-home loser ever been such a WINNER in all of Drag Race history??)

Did you attend DragCon? What were your favorite moments? Tweet us your best pics and videos and let us know how you kiki’ed with the queens.

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These Very Wet Kentucky Derby Fans Won’t Let a Little Rain Ruin Their Race

The Kentucky Derby quickly turned into a muddy affair as rain poured on Churchill Downs Saturday

However, thousands still came out to watch the Run for the Roses. The weather also brings in an interesting element for those betting on the race as some horses run better on mud than others.

It seems like many Kentucky Derby-goers weren’t betting on rain though, and many were clad in ponchos over suits and summery dresses. Umbrellas also aren’t allowed at the Kentucky Derby to prevent obscured views.

It’s forecast to continue raining through the 144th Kentucky Derby’s post time of 6:34 p.m. on Saturday – making a likely repeat of last year’s soggy derby in which Always Dreaming won.

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Sean M. Haffey—Getty ImagesA fan looks for shelter as it rains prior to the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky
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‘Drag Race’ Exclusive: Monique Heart Takes a Side in Vixen/Eureka Feud

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the Snatch Game episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.

After a rough Snatch Game showing from many of our favorite queens on the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, it was ultimately Monique Heart that was forced to sashay away.

FANDOM caught up with the Kansas City queen the morning after her elimination to find out what went wrong during that Carly Rae Jepsen lip sync. Although they didn’t show it in Untucked, Monique said she did listen to her iPod to try to learn the lyrics before going back on stage, but she also got distracted by “that whole debacle with Vixen.”

“It was a lot because I knew that I shouldn’t have been bottom three. I should not have been bottom two. I knew that going in before they called my name,” Monique told FANDOM, saying that it was Asia that should have been in her place. “But I just wanted to get ready and it was just a lot because it’s like I know that my look is what’s gonna be the very thing that probably gets me through. So trying to prepare and you have someone across from you going postal because they might go home. It’s a lot.”


Monique in Untucked

Despite the friction with The Vixen, Monique said the Chicago queen was justified in her anger towards Eureka, explaining that the Elephant Queen frustrated her throughout the competition as well.

“People can try to hate Vixen, but everything that happened and every response Vixen gave was somewhat valid,” Monique said. “When she went into it with Eureka, Eureka did try to dismiss her and she was just talking, like, that’s so rude. If it [had happened to] Eureka, it would have been a whole ordeal.”

Monique went on to say that never being recognized for her amazing homemade looks had her feeling like the “judges didn’t want me there.” But now that she’s gone, she’s rooting for “everybody black … and Aquaria.”

When it comes to being a queen of color, Monique told the other queens this week that she doesn’t get political in her Kansas shows because of the demographics of the people attending.

“You can’t do something that’s going to offend them to the core, but at the same time, I need you to be educated and get smarter on the things that are going on in society that may not necessarily affect you,” she said. “I need you to be educated. But I also need your money to pay my bills. So there’s a line that I choose not to cross.”


Monique confessional

But now that she’s become a RuGirl and gained a huge following, what’s next for the outspoken queen?

“I really want to get on daytime television,” she said. “I want to become my own entity. I want to own my own bank. I just want to get all my coins and stack them up and take care of my mother.”

With the exit of Monique, only seven queens remain. It’s time for our weekly power ranking of the contestants based on what we’ve seen all season. Head to Twitter and let us know if you agree.

7. The Vixen


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 The Vixen

Another week, another time Vixen is at the bottom of our list. But like a cockroach or Randy Jackson on the original American Idol, we just can’t get rid of her. If Monique knew the words to the lip sync things may be different, but alas, Vixen lived to see another week. And while her negative energy is depressing and her hypocritical demands that Eureka change her personality are annoying, she’s really only at the bottom of this list because she is not bringing it on the runway or in the challenges. But now she’s in the top seven. And that’s just something we’re all going to have to live with.

6. Asia O’Hara


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Asia O'Hara

Asia still has what it takes to make it further in this competition, but she is in a timeout after that horrendous Beyonce impersonation on Snatch Game. Choosing to do Bey over Whitney was a horrible mistake as it is, but then to portray the pop star as an abusive mother was just uncomfortable to watch. Her Shape of Water mermaid look kept her out of the bottom two, but she better step it up to remind us why she deserves to make it to the top.

5. Kameron Michaels


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Kameron Michaels

Kameron doesn’t talk much, but perhaps she’s just been trying to keep the secret that she’s an actual contender for the crown. After all, RuPaul called Pearl out for having no personality in Season 7 but the queen still managed to sleepwalk her way into the top three. Kameron delivers good looks each week and for someone who isn’t a comedy queen, being safe in Snatch Game is honestly an accomplishment. But as the contestants continue to sashay away, she will have to pull out an actual win to keep herself in the game.

4. Monét X Change


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Money X Change

After two weeks in the bottom, Monét has now spent the past two weeks in the top. She really needs a win under her belt to become an official contender, but the queen definitely has the skills, looks, and talent to make that happen. But for now, being in the middle of the pack can only get you so far so she’s going to have to start showing what it is that makes her such a fan favorite when she’s performing back in New York.

3. Miz Cracker


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Miz Cracker

We’re not quite ready to take Miz Cracker out of our top three yet, but she still hasn’t landed a main challenge win. And while she seemed to come in second place for the first four weeks of the competition, she has been slipping in recent challenges. And what’s worse, they have been comedy challenges, which should be the time she shines. Even still, there is definitely a charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent that she possesses that would make it feel wrong to not see her in the top three.

2. Aquaria


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Aquaria

It seems we may owe Aquaria an apology. Despite her insane talent at turning out amazing looks, we assumed that her lack of personality would send her home much earlier. But the fact that she was able to win this season’s Snatch Game, which takes intelligence and a great sense of humor to pull off, it’s clear that we didn’t give her enough credit in the performance category. Now that she has two wins under her belt in two different categories (one for costume creation and one for her Snatch Game impersonation) she has proven she has enough skill to take her to the top.

1. Eureka


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Eureka O'Hara

Fresh off of two wins in a row, Eureka landed in the top yet again for her performance as Honey Boo Boo in Snatch Game. And so, after a season of no clear frontrunner, we finally have a queen stepping up to the plate. The Elephant Queen threw us for a loop when she got in her head and landed in the bottom at the start of the season, but she has been a strong contender ever since. She’s got the personality, the looks, and the talent. She may not be the most popular queen online or even in the workroom, but the opinions of others don’t make her any less worthy of the crown based on what she has shown us so far.

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Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the Snatch Game episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.

You know how RuPaul used to end each Snatch Game by saying, “And the winner is … who cares?!” Well, it’s never been truer than on the Season 10 iteration of everyone’s favorite Drag Race challenge. (Or at least it used to be our favorite.)

After the tragic performances in the recent All Stars 3 Snatch Game from a couple of months back, we dared to suggest that they put the challenge to rest for good. And yet, we couldn’t help getting tricked into being excited for the annual impersonation challenge yet again. And, sadly, it just may have been the worst one yet.

Before we get into the horror, let’s not take away from Aquaria’s win. She absolutely nailed it as Melania Trump. Her execution was spot-on thanks to thought-out moments like writing “Help me!” inside the Tiffany’s box and signing Michelle Obama’s name on her placard. But if the queen who, even by her own admission, is the least likely to make us laugh is the one winning Snatch Game, it really tells you the caliber of talent that slithered onto the stage.

Things started off with a bang thanks to an entertaining reading challenge and the presence of Bianca Del Rio, but everything from then on was so uncomfortable it was difficult to watch.

From the moment that Asia O’Hara decided to swap out Whitney Houston (a brilliant idea) in favor of Beyonce (an absolutely horrific idea in every single way), I was clutching my metaphorical pearls. Beyonce is a lot of things, but funny is not one of them. And we’ve already proven that on the Snatch Game twice before.

But perhaps that’s why Asia decided to do something a little different with her Queen Bey impression. Unfortunately, that consisted of turning the pop star into an angry unlikeable woman.

Asia had hoped to rely on The Vixen during the game, as she decided to portray Bey’s daughter, Blue Ivy. But what Asia forgot to factor into that plan was the fact that Vixen was going to be just as bad as she was. Their banter back and forth, especially when Monique’s unfortunate Maxine Waters joined in, would have had Latrice Royale rolling in her padding.


Latrice Royale

But the cringe-worthy moments didn’t stop there, friends. In fact, we were just getting started.

After the mermaid-themed runway, RuPaul asked the queens in the top and bottom who should be the next to go home and why. And while most of them rightfully pointed out that The Vixen was the weakest link, Vixen naturally named Eureka as the worst on the stage. (Clearly she decided not to take into account the fact that the Elephant Queen won the past two challenges and was on the top this week, too.)

Vixen’s reasoning was simple — she thinks Eureka’s personality is too big and that it doesn’t allow any of the other queens to shine. Now aside from her clearly blaming someone else for her own shortcomings, here’s the real problem with that statement: The Vixen is demanding that Eureka bring her personality down a few notches, but when she has been asked to do the same, she refuses. She declares she can only be at an 11 at all times and is disgusted that anyone would ask her to do anything different.

This double standard is the latest in a long line of bad looks that The Vixen has delivered on the runway this season, and at least it seemed like it was finally going to be her time to sashay away.

But, alas, we were served yet another cringe-worthy moment during the lip sync between Vixen and Monique when the latter simply didn’t know the words. We’re going to brush past the fact that this is a gay man who doesn’t know the words to a Carly Rae Jepsen bop and instead focus on the fact that it’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. And she’s a drag queen. And knowing your words surely must be rule number one. Did she not see Valentina and Maskgate last season?

And, because of that giant fumble, Monique was forced to sashay away while The Vixen remains to make us all miserable for another day.

We’ll ask Monique what happened in our interview with her tomorrow, but for now, we need to watch something happy so we don’t have night terrors about this awkward episode.

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‘Drag Race’ Exclusive: Yuhua on Racist Fans and Why Monét Felt “Stuck” with Her

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Episode 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.

On the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, the queens were tasked with creating commercials for fake dating apps. And after failing to make herself ugly enough to be considered a “Butterface,” Yuhua Hamasaki was forced to sashay away.

FANDOM caught up with the New York City queen to find out how she’s feeling after the elimination and what she thinks went wrong.

“I should have just went with my instincts and used the prosthetic nose to make myself uglier, but I was listening to my teammates and I wanted to be a team player,” she explained. “I didn’t want to be the bad one and say, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna listen to you.’”

Even still, Yuhua says she isn’t placing the blame on anyone else, adding, “It was my decision to listen to them, so it was my fault. But I have no regrets doing it.”


Yuhua and Aquaria out of drag on 'Drag Race'
Yuhua and Aquaria out of drag on 'Drag Race'

Yuhua was picked last when it came time to form teams and was eventually placed on the team of her New York sister, Monét. But since they worked together in NYC, why did Monét say she felt “stuck with Yuhua”?

“I do not know, actually,” she responded when we asked her about the shady comment. “I’m going to have to talk to her about that. We’re really good friends, actually. So I’m going to have to talk to her.”


Monet, Blair St. Clair, Yuhua, and Eureka for 'Teen Vogue'
Monet, Blair St. Clair, Yuhua, and Eureka for 'Teen Vogue'

On last night’s episode of Untucked, Aquaria and The Vixen continued their feud, and the discussion of racism (especially among fans) came up. As a Chinese drag queen, Yuhua said she’s had her own share of experiences dealing with race.

“They’re not calling me names or anything,” she said about the fans. “But they keep comparing me to previous Drag Race contestants who are Asian.”

“That’s a little bit of racism,” she added. “We don’t look alike. My make up is completely different from Kim Chi. My makeup is completely different from Manila. But they’re still saying, ‘Oh, you remind me of her.’ I don’t see it other than the fact that we’re Asian. So that’s a little bit of the racist part in there.”


Yuhua Hamasaki
Yuhua Hamasaki

Despite being kicked off relatively early, Yuhua has the right attitude about what’s next for her.

“My place of elimination on the show does not determine my success,” she said. “My success is determined by how much I want to work — the amount of heart I’m willing to put in after the show knowing that I was given this amazing opportunity.”

But now that she’s gone, only 11 queens remain. It’s time for our weekly power rankings to try to guess who may be the next to go and who has the best chance of making it to the top.

11. Kameron Michaels


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Kameron Michaels

Kameron’s look on the feather-themed runway was mesmerizing and her ability to transform from ripped muscle dude into a stunning queen is fun to watch. But her quiet personality has left her faded into the background and her attempt at acting during the challenge hinted at struggles to come. She doesn’t deserve to go home this early, but with such a strong cast, it’s hard to imagine it being anyone else.

10. The Vixen


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 The Vixen

The Vixen is serving producers all the drama they could have ever asked for. Unfortunately, it feels like the main reason that they’re keeping her around. Her drag looks have left quite a bit to be desired and the judges’ decision to crown her the winner during a “Best Drag” runway was questionable, at best. When her feud with Aquaria (and anyone else who dares cross her path this season) gets stale, her time on the show may quickly expire.

9. Aquaria


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Aquaria

Aquaria is often the one to beat when it comes to serving fashion-forward looks on the runway, but she has yet to showcase any other major talents in the competition. She’s good enough at performing to get by, but as the pack thins out, her weaknesses will be much more exposed. Right now, most of her screen time is based on feuds with Vixen or Miz Cracker, and it’s never a good sign if that’s all you’re known for.

8. Dusty Ray Bottoms


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Dusty Ray Bottoms

Dusty’s looks have been a little hit-or-miss so far, but the self-proclaimed punk queen is clearly talented when it comes to acting and performing. She shared a heartbreaking backstory this week about her parents taking her to get an exorcism as a little gay boy and the vulnerable moment only helped serve the underdog story that the producers seem to be placing her into. If she continues to grow, she may take that underdog edit all the way to the finish line. But there’s still a little work to do before she gets there.

7. Monique Heart


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Monique Heart

Every week Monique is confused as to why she is only safe (or in the bottom, as was the case in Episode 2) and it’s honestly hard not to wonder the same thing. The queen delivered a flawless dress made of cards in the premiere’s thrift-store challenge and has been turning out looks ever since. But if the judges haven’t seen it yet, there’s a strong chance they never will. Pair that with a mediocre performance in the commercial parody and Monique may be quickly sliding down the ranking.

6. Eureka


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Eureka O'Hara

After a giant stumble in Episode 2, the Elephant Queen is back this week, landing in the top three for her commercial performance and a killer evil-queen look on the runway. The judges commented that her performance worked because it was Eureka being herself, and it’s hard to deny that her personality is why fans are drawn to her. If she can stay out of her head and focus on delivering looks and laughs, she should be able to stick around for awhile.

5. Monét X Change


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Money X Change

Monét consistently serves strong looks, delivers smart commentary, and is constantly used as a talking head between scenes. And yet, the queen has yet to land in the top so far this season. With a win or two under her belt, she should be able to sit comfortably in the top three position. But until that happens, she has to hover closer to the middle.

4. Mayhem Miller


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Mayhem Miller

Winning the first challenge of the season placed Mayhem as the one to beat, but after a major stumble that landed her in the bottom this week, it was clear that she has her fair share of weaknesses. Her reasons for not speaking up about not liking the role she had basically boiled down to her being too nice, and that’s just not a quality that will get you the crown on Drag Race. Hopefully she gets her head in the game because it is a game and she’s a major contender. But the next time she gets a role she doesn’t like, she needs to learn to make the most of it instead of pouting and giving up if she wants to remain near the top of the pack.

3. Miz Cracker


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Miz Cracker

After an insanely strong premiere episode, Cracker has not really been front and center. But just because she’s not been the focus of each episode doesn’t mean she’s not still killing it from the background. She’s one of the funniest queens of the season but puts just as much effort into her looks as she does into her jokes. As we start to lose queens, there will be more room to focus on Cracker and she will be ready to remind us why we loved her so much in Episode 1.

2. Blair St. Clair


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Blair St. Clair

While we were busy focusing on big personalities and big drama, little Blair St. Clair snuck right into the top on every single episode of the season so far. Not bad for a 22-year-old ingenue from Indianapolis. Her workroom-entrance look led many to believe that Blair would be one of the first to go, but it’s clear that she may have been underestimated. She serves us great looks that stay true to her old-Hollywood brand and she’s able to keep up in acting challenges. Welcome to the top, Blair. We’ll be watching more closely from now on.

1. Asia O’Hara


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Asia O'Hara

It sort of felt like we may have all been sleeping on Asia, but she finally got our attention by winning this week’s main challenge. Although she wasn’t necessarily the best actress of the group, the hideous faces she was making were hysterical and proved that she’s willing to go all the way for a laugh. Combine that with an amazing runway — which it should be noted, unless it’s 1994, it’s really not easy to pull off a Tweety Bird look — and Asia is no longer flying under the radar. Past queens have cited Asia as one of their drag inspirations and now the world is starting to see why. If she keeps playing like this, she should have no problem making it to the final three.

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Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Episode 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.

From the moment Yuhua Hamasaki was picked last for a team on Episode 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she was on a downward spiral that revealed many flaws and weaknesses that she managed to keep hidden up until this point. Meanwhile, Mayhem Miller won the first challenge of Season 10, and yet she was picked second-to-last for the second week in a row. And it is ultimately both these queens who are forced to lip sync for their lives by the end of the episode. But let’s start at the beginning.


RuPaul's Drag Race Mayhem Yuhua
Mayhem and Yuhua lip sync on 'Drag Race'

The queens are broken into three teams for this week’s challenge, which finds them creating commercials for faux dating apps. Monét makes it clear from the beginning that she was “stuck with Yuhua” and we soon see why she feels that way.

Yuhua struggled with understanding basic concepts and insisted that she was creating an ugly mug for her team’s Madam Butterface app, despite clearly painting on pretty golden eyebrows and lovely dots everywhere. And when her teammates tried to step in, she shouted at them to stop screaming at her (which they were not).

Meanwhile over on Team Fibstr, Mayhem volunteered to be the narrator but Kameron eventually asked if she could take the role since she wrote all the narrator’s lines. Mayhem reluctantly agreed and then proceeded to pout about not getting the part she wanted.

And instead of making the most of her part during the commercial shoot, she seemed to just give up, somehow deciding that the role of a dominatrix couldn’t be funny. And so, she wasn’t.

The rest of the episode featured comical moments (Monique directing herself by saying, “3, 2, 1, action” before every take. Blair saying it’s hard to be there without her mom while looking like a literal five-year-old) and drama (Aquaria and Vixen clashing several times throughout the episode, making it clear that their feud is far from over).

So, after a feather-themed runway and the viewing of the commercial parodies, it’s Blair, Eureka, and Asia on top, with Mayhem, Kameron, and Yuhua on the bottom. Mayhem claimed she knew this was her fate, basically admitting that she was being too nice to complain about the role switch and assuming there was no way she could make the most out of her new part.

Asia won the week’s challenge, thanks to her hilarious face contortions in the main challenge, and Mayhem and Yuhua were forced to lip sync to Hole’s “Celebrity Skin.” Ms. Miller took the opportunity to remind us all why she was a frontrunner in the first place, giving a fiery performance that found her passionately ripping the feathers out of her dress.

And so, Yuhua was forced to sashay away, while Mayhem lived to see another day. It was a jam-packed episode that reminded us that Season 10 is not messing around. And there was just as much happening in Untucked after the main episode, but we’ll unpack all that drama in tomorrow’s power rankings and interview with Yuhua.

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From Alyssa Edwards’s flawless return to Kalorie’s body positivity, here are our fave moments from the latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

From Alyssa Edwards’s flawless return to Kalorie’s body positivity, here are our fave moments from the latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”


From Alyssa Edwards’s flawless return to Kalorie’s body positivity, here are our fave moments from the latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

“One down… thirteen to go!” shouts Monét X Change as the remaining queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 strut into the werk room fresh off of Vanessa Vanjie Mateo’s elimination last week. On the season’s second episode, which aired March 29th, the queens learned choreography and performed in the lip sync extravaganza PharmaRusical, a pill-poppin’ pun-laden musical about pharmaceutical drug commercials (yes, you read that right). But before the queens bust out their Broadway chops, Andy Cohen, yes THAT Andy Cohen (who is visibly a solid 1.5 feet shorter standing next to glamazon RuPaul, btw) stops by for a little hoedown showdown mini-challenge.

The Vixen and Asia emerge as the winners of the country-themed mini challenge, which asked the queens to dress up in farm girl attire and perform entertaining freestyle choreography. As the winners, Vixen and Asia select teams for the musical performance, choreographed by the one and only Alyssa Edwards.

Not only did we get to reunite with the tongue-popping Drag Race legend Miss Edwards, but we got some extra special guest judges, too: Pop star Halsey and author, actress, model, television host, and Sylk in Mariah Carey’s Glitter, Padma Lakshmi.

So what were the fiercest moments in Episode 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race? Let us guide you.

1. That squirrel friend moment between Ru and Michelle

RuPaul laughing on S10, Ep2
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She may have been the first queen to go on last week’s premiere, but a name that we certainly NEVER will forget is Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. (“Vanjie…Vanjie…Vanjie…”). The episode begins with the thirteen remaining queens huddled in the werk room after Vanjie’s elimination, giggling over the eliminated queen’s knack for repetition. Eureka points out that even Ru and Michelle were laughing when Vanjie exited the runway — cut to one of the most genuine moments of friendship we’ve ever witnessed on the show between longterm show biz partners Michelle and RuPaul.

“I didn’t get the name — what was it?” Ru sarcastically whispers to Michelle, who then repeats “Vanjie” over and over as Ru struggles to stifle her laughter. Now, Ru’s laugh is ICONIC (it’s literally the transition sound between the show’s scenes), so hearing Mama Ru attempt to mute her laughter was kind of life-giving??? Her eyes literally water as she whispers to Michelle, “You better stop.” It was a genuinely beautiful representation of squirrel fraaandship between Michelle and Ru — like when you were in middle school and tried to make your friends laugh during their presentations in front of the class.

2. Aquacker feud brought to you by The Vixen

Aquaria and Miz Cracker
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So we’re still of the belief that producers are shaping this feud between lookalikes Aquaria and Miz Cracker into the Season 10 version of Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, and their bitter pageant past. As the girls talk backstage after the Episode 1 elimination, Aquaria tries to downplay her frustration with Miz Cracker’s similar face makeup. The Vixen, however, isn’t having it (GOD LOVE HER) and stirs. that. pot. like. Betty. Crocker.

With a single whiplash-causing neck spin, she turns to Aquaria and calls out her #fakeness, shouting “YOU WERE MAD. BE MAD TO HER FACE.” The Vixen successfully nudges Aquacker (portmanteau for convenience’s sake) to get into an argument, and we are right there with Monét X Change, reveling in Vixen’s ability to find that ~drama.~

We also get a little more insight into their feud. Miz Cracker tells the cameras that she and Aquaria were actually once close friends. Years ago, Aquaria even taught Cracker how to do her makeup in a twin-themed photo shoot starring both of them. Cracker acknowledges, however, that she needs to make sure she does not subconsciously mimic Aquaria’s looks, delivering a SICK BURN in the process:

“I just did a look that I know for a fact she has never done. It’s called being on top.”

3. RuPaul’s Drag Race x Real Housewives

Bravo’s own Andy Cohen dons some Western-themed attire to make a guest appearance and help judge this week’s dance-centric mini-challenge, the “Hay Girl Hay Hoedown.” Seeing Andy and Ru try to line dance with each other was certainly a moment in itself, but did anyone else catch that Real Housewives-style greeting by the queens? They low-key say “Hi Anndddyyyy” with the same cadence as the housewives in the reunion specials.

4. Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards’s mere existence is a “moment,” and from that first tongue pop on tonight’s episode, we were in for a treat. When she is revealed as the choreographer of PharmaRusical — with that platinum blonde wig, those pageant queen red lips, a shoutout to her Texas dance studio Beyond Belief, and her A Chorus Line-esque leotard-blazer combo — all was right in the world. Not only was it fabulous watching Miss Edwards impart Drag Race wisdom and shine as the dancer/choreographer that she is, but her one liners were gems as usual:

“Nicki Minaj-aj-aj it,” while instructing the queens to twerk.

“You think you’re clever, don’t you?” when Kalorie tells her it’s KARBdashian, not Kardashian.

“Bigger eyes, like Aubrey O’Day.”

“I’ve been in your pumps,” while commiserating with the stressed-out girls.

Can Alyssa Edwards tongue pop and choreograph her way throughout this entire season?

5. Kalorie gets real about body image

Yes, we love the one liners on Drag Race, but the show’s power also comes from those deep conversations between queens in the werk room, touching on everything from health, to politics, to sexuality, to eating disorders. In this episode, we learn more about Kalorie. The self-described “big girl” tells the queens that she has actually lost a significant amount of weight after experiencing years of horrific, violent bullying. Having grown up in a small New Mexico town, Kalorie says, “I thought I’d be made fun of for being gay, but it was because I was fat.”

She explains that after watching Jujubee sashay down the runway on Drag Race Season 2, she began performing in drag to learn how to embrace her body. Then, it was the persona of Kalorie who taught her that she was beautiful.

Jujubee tweeted her support during the episode.

6. All the “Drag Race” references in PharmaRusical

While the queens lip synced and danced to drug commercial parodies (like a pill that prevents you from uttering cliché drag phrases like “YAS QUEEN”), they also sang nods to iconic moments of Drag Race past. A few of our fave references? A call out to Latrice Royale’s “Good God girl get a grip,” Phi Phi O’Hara’s, “Why don’t you go back to Party City where you belong,” Lashauwn Beyond’s “This is not RuPaul’s Best Friend Race,” and a pill named after Pearl’s “Flazeda.”

7. The Vixen, Monique Heart, and Dusty Ray Bottoms’s looks for the Best Drag category

Our three fave runway looks for tonight:

#hot

Googly. Eyes. For. Hats.

Beetlejuice realness.

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Despite their shaky rehearsal, The Vixen’s team won the PharmaRusical challenge, and Vixen won the challenge in its entirety! (She is unstoppable and definitely one to watch — having just won the mini challenge too.) Eureka and Kalorie found themselves lip syncing for their lives to “Best of My Love” by Emotions. It was Kalorie’s second time in the Bottom Two in just two episodes, and unfortunately, it was also Kalorie’s time to sashay away. Still, she left her mark on the show, both as New Mexico’s first Drag Race queen and as a body positive influence. Ru said it herself: “My dear, a Kalorie-free Drag Race just won’t be the same.”

Catch next week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Thursday at 8 p.m. on VH1!

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With seasons 10, 11, and 12 on the horizon and a winner participating on All Stars 3, the chance of a winners-only edition of All Stars is bigger than evah! So, we decided to rank every Drag Race winner (so far) from least to most likely to win the ultimate title of “Queen of Queens.” This list will be updated each time a new winner is crowned.

Tyra Sanchez (Season 2)


Tyra Sanchez from RuPaul's Drag Race
A bad attitude makes for bad odds.

Tyra slayed Season 2 of Drag Race. Her polished looks earned her three main challenge victories and the crown. Unfortunately, Tyra isn’t the most-beloved queen. Thanks to her recent tirades on social media, the queen has earned herself a bad reputation.

If All Stars keeps its current formula, her proclivity toward unnecessary drama could earn her an enemy or two. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if her behavior sent her packing early.

Bebe Zahara Benet (Season 1)


Bebe from RuPaul's Drag Race

In Season 1, Bebe snatched two challenge victories and the crown, proving herself worthy of the title “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Not only is she fierce, but she’s also the original winner of Drag Race.

During her time on All Stars 3, she has proven that she’s still a force to be reckoned with. She has poise, owns the runway, and has good lip-syncing skills. But, when compared to other winners, her acting is subpar, and her looks just scream “old-school drag.” It would be difficult for Bebe to come out on top in this battle royale.

Sharon Needles (Season 4)


Season 4 Winner, Sharon Needles.
Sharon would need more than makeup to stand out from the crowd.

Miss Needles is one of the few queens who volunteered to participate in a winner’s edition after Mama Ru came up with the idea. She’s a fun queen. During Season 4, Sharon snatched four victories thanks to her extravagant, almost-spooky looks.

While she has phenomenal makeup skills, it’s surprising that her looks aren’t as impressive as the other queens on this list. The same can be said for her acting skills. Without bringing something new to the show, it isn’t likely that she would stand out from the other queens.

Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5)


Season 5 Winner, Jinkx Monsoon
Never underestimate a simple but highly polished look.

Seattle’s self-proclaimed “premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen,” Jinkx Monsoon, proved that we shouldn’t underestimate the ugly duckling. Even when faced with luminaries like Alaska and Detox, she never backed down. Her strange sense of humor and quirky personality helped her snatch two victories from the claws of Rolaskatox along with the crown.

She has a great voice and simple but polished looks. Of course, her chances of winning depend on the challenges given. Her skills could keep her safe from eliminations up until the finale, but she will most likely get sent home halfway through the competition.

Bob the Drag Queen (Season 8)


Season 8 Winner, Bob the Drag Queen
Bob the Drag Queen represents her city well.

Walking into this ranking “purse first” is Bob the Drag Queen. As a New York queen, Bob reminds us why the region’s drag is famous worldwide. She’s entertaining to watch, as her acting skills are superiors to most of the queens on this list. Not only that, Bob knows how to best show off her key strengths.

Bob’s three victories in Season 8 prove that she’s a fierce competitor. But while a great queen and, admittedly, a bit of a show-off, Bob would still need to take down other queens who excel in the same categories, such as Bianca Del Rio.

Sasha Velour (Season 9)


Season 9 Winner, Sasha Velour
Beauty and brains make Sasha Velour a force to be reckoned with.

The current queen, Sasha Velour, is the perfect mix of experimental art and haute couture. As if that wasn’t already enough to make you love her, this brilliant queen also has a deep understanding LGBTQ history and social issues. Not only is she the smartest queen in the Werk Room, but she also comes up with some shocking new looks and is a decent actor.

She may not have been as charismatic as Shea or as fishy as Trinity, but she knew how to use everything in her repertoire to her advantage. Her efforts earned her two victories and the crown. If she brings it, she will easily get into the top four.

Raja Gemini (Season 3)


Raja Gemini, Winner of Season 3
Does Raja have what it takes to win the ultimate crown?

Come on, we’re talking about Raja here. Even though she comes from one of the earliest seasons of Drag Race, she still has it all — including excellent makeup and runway skills.

Whenever she’s on screen, her creativity shines through. (She even has a very popular Youtube show.)  It’s no wonder she’s so popular both in and out of drag.

Raja has elevated her look and style since her Season 3 win. If she can keep her head in the game, she will undoubtedly “toot” her way into the top four.

Violet Chachki (Season 7)


Season 7 Winner, Violet Chachki
Season 7 Winner, Violet Chachki

Miss Chachki will bring the body-odyody to the competition. During her time on Season 7, Violet proved her runway skills and sense of fashion were unbeatable. The confident queen won two well-deserved victories before capturing the crown.

Violet brings a lot to the table, including sickening looks, fishiness, and some light shade. She isn’t as funny or nice as the other queens on this list. But her acting skills and fishy looks are enough to take her straight to the top.

Bianca del Rio (Season 6)


Season 6 Winner, Bianca del Rio
If Bianca finds a way to vary her looks, she will be unstoppable.

With her Rolodex of Hate, Biana del Rio is most likely to be a season frontrunner. The amazing seamstress has the skill to win nearly every acting challenge. She would definitely give all of the other winners a run for their money.

Bianca captivated the judges, gaining three victories. Not to mention, she also beat out larger-than-life queens like Courtney Act and Adore Delano to win the crown. During her time on the show, she received only one consistent critique: that her looks were a tad repetitive. If Bianca can overcome this minor blemish, she will likely win the finale and snatch the ultimate crown.

And Now We Wait


RuPaul from Drag Race
We’ll have to wait and see.

Every queen on this list has a lot to offer, but until the rumored winner’s edition airs, all we can do is speculate about who could win the crown. In the meantime, let us know who you think would win at @getFANDOM.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham are off to the races!

Days after the couple enjoyed their first date night in snowy New York City, the Bachelor couple traveled down to St. Petersburg, Florida, for the season-opening race of the IndyCar season on Sunday.

Sharing a series of snapshots from the eventful day, the 36-year-old former pro race car driver and Burnham, 26, looked completely in love as they cuddled up together and walked through the track hand-in-hand while wearing matching red racing suits.

“One of the top 5 coolest things I’ve ever done. Thanks for the rides @ariejr and @andrettimario 🏁,” Burnham wrote alongside the images.

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Sharing one of the photos to his Instagram story, Luyendyk Jr. wrote, “Great day back at the track with my fiancé! My @indycar family approves, feeling the love.”

Burnham also shared a photo of the pair sharing a kiss while sitting on one of the cars.

“King and queen of awkward kisses,” she wrote alongside the snap.

The couple have been at the epicenter of the most controversial Bachelor season in recent history. Less than two months after proposing to finalist Becca Kufrin, Luyendyk Jr realized he was still in love with Burnham. While he initially tried to make things work, the 36-year-old ultimately decided to break things off with Kufrin on camera in order to pursue a relationship with Burnham. He proposed to Burnham during the live two-hour After the Final Rose special earlier this week.

And while not all viewers agreed with how Luyendyk Jr. handled the breakup, there’s at least one person who agrees that the race car driver did the right thing— his new fiancée.

I totally respect his decision to follow his heart,” Burnham told PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I don’t blame him for it, and I think it’s made us stronger in the end.”

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We’re both very excited about marriage and starting a family,” Burnham revealed, sharing that she would be moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, to settle down with her new fiancé.

And Luyendyk Jr. said that ever since they got back together, they haven’t gone more than a week without seeing each other.

“We tell each other we love each other 1,000 times a day,” he added.


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‘Drag Race All Stars’: Chad and Alaska Return for Revenge but with Only 3 Queens

This week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race went off with very few surprises. That is until Mama Ru summoned Chad and Alaska to return in their handmaid costumes in preparation to reveal the season’s big twist.

Just before the return of the past All Stars winners, it was Bebe Zahara Bonet and Trixie Mattel lip syncing for their legacy in the Top 2 — wins that both of them desperately needed.

Trixie was supposed to be the frontrunner heading into the season but remained safe every episode so far until last week when she was nearly eliminated. (Trixie fans are still recovering from Shangela’s fakeout last week though, so we won’t dwell on it!)

Meanwhile, Bebe returned to the workroom to compete after winning the first ever season of Drag Race, so she had a lot to prove in order to not jeopardize her legacy. But after failing to deliver anything special or memorable week after week, she really needed a win to prove she deserved to be here.

So after an Andy Warhol-inspired runway in which our queens had to both make their own Studio 54 costume and decorate a giant can of soup, Trixie and Bebe finally landed on top. And it was Aja and Shangela (fresh off a win the week before), who faced elimination.

Bebe won the lip sync and sent Aja home. And, despite getting a huge redemption after doing poorly in Season 9, it certainly seemed more reasonable than getting rid of Shangela. The Hallelloo queen has been killing it this season and already has two wins under her belt — no easy feat with BenDeLaCreme around!

Aja actually helped Bebe sew her dress, so to then be sent home by her has got to sting. But there was no time for tears because, after teases left us waiting in anticipation all season long, RuPaul finally called Chad and Alaska back to the stage.

The OG All Stars have been stalking our contestants in their Handmaid’s Tale outfits all season long and have finally been called upon to reveal the twist they have up their long red sleeves.

When Ru asks the queens how many of her eliminated girls they were able to capture, three queens returned to the stage. And while their faces were covered by their bonnets, we’re led to believe that these are previously eliminated contestants who have returned for their revenge.

But the gag is, there were only three queens on stage, but it’s actually five who have gone home. So who wasn’t invited back? And what does it all mean?

Previews for next week showed Ru declaring that they were here for their revenge, but are they actually coming to compete? Or are they just here to shake things up by somehow throwing a wrench into the competition?

And what about the widely spread rumor that Bebe is a mole? Many people thought she may have been spying on the other contestants for Ru this whole time and would join the eliminated queens in helping to vote off one of the contestants. But Bebe’s win tonight would feel like a waste if she wasn’t really playing the game (Trixie could have had that!) and the reveal likely would have happened as this week’s cliffhanger.

Instead, we’re left with more questions than answers heading into next week, but it’s exciting to know we’ll finally find out the big shocker of the season.

And while you super sleuths put on your detective caps to try to figure out what Chad and Alaska are up to, don’t forget that the Season 10 queens were also announced at the end of the All Stars episode. Head here to read our break down of the upcoming cast and then head to Twitter to let us know what you think next week’s big All Stars twist will be.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Here Are the Season 10 Queens

 

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‘Drag Race All Stars’: Booted Contestant Says She Was ‘Set Up to Fail’

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Episode 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3. Proceed with caution.

One thing’s for certain after Episode 2 of Drag Race All Stars 3: this is not RuPaul’s Best Friend Race.

With all the queens being friends and touring together outside of the show, you’d think we’d be watching nothing but sisterly support. But, luckily for those of us who love our drag with a side of drama, all eyes seem to be on the prize and the claws are coming out. And the pressure got so intense that one contestant claimed she was “being set up to fail.”

For proof, look no further than the rehearsal for this week’s lip-syncing challenge, a parody of VH1 Divas.

Guest judge Todrick Hall was in charge of choreographing the performances and the queens often struggled to keep up. A fact that the other competitors were all too happy to point out.

It all began with Thorgy Thor returning to her Season 8 “conspiracy theorist” ways by overthinking, complaining, and comparing herself to the other queens. After being assigned to impersonate Stevie Nicks, Thorgy said she was “being set up to fail” because she felt the other queens’ roles were more energetic and entertaining. Cut to confessionals featuring pretty much every queen calling her out for her insecurities. (To be fair, Thorgy’s recorded track was absolutely not as funny as those that were given to many of the other queens.)

Kennedy Davenport was up next and struggled to pick up the choreography. Pretty sure the “Dancing Diva of Texas” got her nickname due to her dancing skills, so what was the problem?

She claimed she only freestyles and doesn’t do choreography. Having a major limitation within your greatest talent is not a great sign. (And, indeed, she dances her way right into the bottom two this week.)

When it was Shangela’s time to rehearse her role as Mariah Carey, Milk called her out on her diva behavior. (Shangey just claims she was serving us Meryl Streep method-acting realness.)

Shangela accused the queens of getting hateful this season, saying “Jealousy is a killer in this industry, mama. The girls are so hateful this season!”

“Shush, Valentina,” Milk clapped back, invoking the name of the Season 9 contestant, who accused others of being jealous of her talent and hating on her. (New All Stars drinking game: Drink every time Valentina is mentioned this season, which so far is quite a bit for a queen who’s not even on the show.)

In return for her negative comments, Shangela came for Milk and her “better-than-everyone” attitude. Which, by the way, has been noticeable since the start of the season and was already called out online. It later became even more clear that Milk is having some ego issues when she flipped out on stage over being safe. (Frankly, it looked like she could have been in the bottom, so she should consider herself lucky!)

By the time they were back in the workroom after deliberations, Milk was in tears over not getting enough praise, which, as Trixie pointed out, was “a whole lot of emotion for safe.”

Bebe and BenDeLaCreme also seemed to struggle during the rehearsal, but they each ended up in the top 3, so that may have just been clever editing. But the queens still were throwing plenty of shade their way as they rehearsed anyway.

Thorgy’s worries ultimately became a self-fulfilling prophecy. She shamelessly tried to form a last-minute alliance to save herself, but to no avail. Shangela won the lip sync and chose to eliminate Thorgy over her good friend Kennedy.

Was Thorgy sabotaged? Or did she not step it up, All Star-style? And will sour Milk soon find herself gone, as well? The conspiracy theories are already on Twitter.

Stay tuned to FANDOM for our power ranking of where the queens stand after Episode 2.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Morgan McMichaels’ Road To ‘All Stars 3’

As fans count down to the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 on January 25,  FANDOM takes a closer look at the nine queens competing for the coveted crown.

Name: Morgan McMichaels
Real Name: Thomas White
Age: 36
Hometown: Loch Lomond, Scotland, UK
Season: 2
Finished: 8th place

Best ‘Drag Race’ Moments:

Stripper Challenge

Morgan got a head start on the competition during Season 2 when she won the main challenge of the first episode. Tasked with putting on a show for a bunch of men at a strip club, Morgan used being one of the “pretty girls” to her advantage. Her skills at working the crowd, not to mention her ability to do an upside-down split on the stripper pole, helped land her the top spot of the season premiere.

Morgan vs Mystique

Every season needs a good feud and Morgan’s fight with Mystique Summers Madison was one of the first to enter the Drag Race Feud Hall of Fame. (And it gave us the infamous line, “Bitch, I’m from Chicago!”) Morgan has a sharp tongue and isn’t afraid to speak her mind — something that should make for good TV during All Stars 3 — so there were plenty of moments where she brought the drama, including the scene from Untucked below.

“Two of Hearts” Lip Sync

Being in the bottom two provided Morgan with an opportunity to show off her epic performance skills and she took full advantage during a lip sync to Stacey Q’s  “Two of Hearts.” While her opponent, Sonique, showed off some impressive gymnastic skills all over the runway, Morgan proved you could stay in one spot and still steal the show.


What She’s Been up to Since Her Season Ended:

Morgan is a staple of the Southern California drag scene, performing nightly in San Diego, Long Beach, and LA. New fans may recognize her from her recent social media feud with Season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez, who posted on Twitter last year that Morgan was dead. Between her performance skills and her take-no-prisoners attitude, can Morgan snag a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame next to her drag mother, All Stars Season 1 winner Chad Michaels?

Check out FANDOM’s coverage of the other All Stars 3 queens below.

Aja
BendelaCreme
Chi Chi DeVayne
Kennedy Davenport
Milk
Shangela
Thorgy Thor
Trixie Mattel

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Milk’s Road to ‘All Stars 3’

As fans count down to the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 on January 25,  FANDOM takes a closer look at the nine queens competing for the coveted crown.

Name: Milk
Real Name: Daniel Donigan
Age: 29
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Season: 6
Finished: 9th place

Best Drag Race Moments:

Bearded Queen

Milk got a lot of criticism from the other queens when she chose to wear a beard on the runway, but RuPaul clearly liked what she saw. The next season featured an entire mainstage challenge that required the contestants to sissy that walk with facial hair. The quirky queen was doing “weird” before it was chic.

“Workroom Ru” Look

Season 6 featured a runway challenge that required the queens to recreate their favorite Mama Ru looks from her decades-spanning career. But jaws truly dropped when Milk appeared as “Workroom Ru,” complete with bald head and his signature suit. Not all the judges were happy with the boy drag, but it left the strongest impression of the episode.

What She’s Been up to Since Her Season Ended:

Milk worked at a Marc Jacobs store before her time on Drag Race, but the fashion designer promoted her to a model for the brand in 2016. And that was just the start of the queen’s modeling career. Last year, Milk became the new face of Madonna’s MDNA skin care line. With even more time in the fashion industry under her belt, we can’t wait to see what shocking looks the dairy queen brings to the All Stars runway.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: BenDeLaCreme’s Road To ‘All Stars 3’

As fans count down to the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 on January 25, FANDOM looks at the nine queens competing for the coveted crown.

Name: BenDeLaCreme
Real Name: Benjamin Putnam
Age: 35
Home City: Seattle, Washington
Season: 6
Finished: 5th/Miss Congeniality

Best Drag Race Moments: 

Shade: The Rusical

When it was time for the season’s musical number, DeLa received high praise for her role as an evil temptress — or as Bianca Del Rio put it, “a man with one eye.” The kooky queen served Phantom of the Opera realness as she urged Courtney Act’s ingenue character to drink from her evil fish-oil potion.


Snatch Game

Viewers were confused when Ben chose Maggie Smith as her Snatch Game character, especially after she confessed to RuPaul in the workroom that she didn’t even know how to do an English accent. But it turned out her worries were unwarranted, as she stole the show with her quick wit and hilarious quips, which ultimately won her the challenge.

Her Looks

DeLa’s “terminally delightful” personality made her a fan favorite, but it was her runway looks that made her a true contender for the crown. She won the season’s first main challenge thanks to her Golden Girls-inspired look and stunned the judges when she entered the runway dressed as a fly.


What She’s Been Up To Since Her Season Ended:

Since being crowned Miss Congeniality at the end of Season 6, BenDeLaCreme has been performing her solo cabaret shows all across the country. The campy queen also served as the narrator for the dark comedy web series Capitol Hill, starring alongside Waxie Moon and fellow Seattle sister Jinkx Monsoon. DeLa reportedly turned down the opportunity to appear on All Stars 2, saying she didn’t like the way producers manipulated relationships between the queens. Luckily for fans, she clearly had a change of heart.

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Books coming out this week: “Red Clocks,” “So You Want to Talk About Race,” and more

“It’s not a day off. It’s a day on.” Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I think of those words that my elementary school teachers used to say before we packed up our backpacks for the three-day weekend. They urged us to remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, honor his legacy by giving back, and reflect on his life as a leader.

Years later, that sentiment still rings true. In fact, it’s a call to action that’s more important than ever. Sure, we can take a day off from work or school. But with everything going on in the world right now, there’s no rest from fighting the good fight for justice and equality. So, how can you do that today, this week, and every day? We often turn to books to reflect, educate ourselves, and help us make sense of the world.

Fittingly, the books coming out this week are full of reflection on important topics like race, tolerance, women’s rights, and mental health, to name a few. Here are 14 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss!

1. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, out January 16th

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In a world where abortion is illegal, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and every embryo has the right to life, liberty, and property, what exactly is a woman for? That’s the question that Red Clocks, a feminist dystopian novel, asks. It tells the stories of five women in a distant future that, the more you read, might not feel as far off as you think.

2. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, out January 16th

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Ijeoma Oluo’s book of essays answers the questions about race that many don’t dare ask. Each chapter tackles a different one, with chapter titles including “What is cultural appropriation?” and “I just got called racist, what do I do now?” So You Want to Talk About Race offers a straightforward, accessible, and empowering discussion about race. Everybody needs to read this book.

3. Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee, out January 16th

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What do you do when you want to help somebody, but it’s never enough? Mira T. Lee’s novel about two sisters takes a unique approach to talking about and portraying mental illness. Everything Here is Beautiful explores what it’s like to love someone who is mentally ill and struggling to find a diagnosis. It’s a truly stunning and emotional debut. More books about mental health, please.

4. I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke, out January 16th

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We never tire of reading psychological thrillers, and C.J. Cooke’s I Know My Name is next on our list. It’s about a woman who wakes up shipwrecked on an island in Greece without a clue as to how she got there. The only thing she remembers? Her name. It’s a layered story that you won’t soon forget.

5. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele, out January 16th

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This is one of the most important books coming out this week, this month, this year, this decade, and this century. Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. And When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir tells the story of her life and experiences, both leading up to and after, the movement.

6. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson, out January 16th

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Denis Johnson passed away in May of 2017. His final collection of short stories, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories, will be published posthumously. Many of the characters in his five stories are dangerously close to death themselves. “It’s plain to you that at the time I write this, I’m not dead,” Johnson wrote at the end of “Triumph.” “But maybe by the time you read it.” Chills.

7. DIY Rules for a WTF World by Krista Suh, our January 16th

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Raise your hand if you took to the streets for the Women’s March in January of last year. Now, raise your hand if you did so wearing a pink pussyhat. Well, you have Krista Suh to thank for that. The creator of the Pussyhat Project’s book, DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World will inspire you to affect change from the ground up. It’s the perfect way to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and renew your commitment to the fight for women’s rights in 2018.

8. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, out January 16th

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Samira Ahmed’s debut, Love, Hate & Other Filters, balances a sweet YA romance with heavier topics like racism. It tells the story of Maya, an Indian-American Muslim teenager torn between the life she wants and the life her traditional parents want for her. Maya faces Islamophobia, hate crimes, and fear — all while just trying to figure out where she fits in the world. It’s an extremely captivating and timely debut.

9. Stalking God by Anjali Kumar, out January 16th

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What is the meaning of life? What happens when you die? Is God real? These are the kinds of questions that Anjali Kumar set out to answer after her daughter was born. In Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In, she tries everything from meditation to speaking with a medium. It’s a moving account of her quest to find enlightenment in one form or another.

10. How to Be Single and Happy by Jennifer L. Taitz, out January 16th

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These days, it seems like every single one of your Facebook friends is engaged, married, or starting a family. If you’re still single, sometimes it can feel isolating or disappointing that you haven’t found “the one” yet. If you identify with that, pick up How to Be Single and Happy: Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate. Make no mistake: Jennifer L. Taitz’s book is not a pity party for single girls. It’s an empowering guide to taking control of your single status while you look (or don’t look!) for a partner.

11. The Girl on the Velvet Swing by Simon Baatz, out January 16th

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In 1901, at age 16, Evelyn Nesbit was raped by Stanford White. She was a chorus girl and he was a famous architect. Years later, she confided in Harry Thaw, the man she would one day marry. To get revenge, Thaw publicly shot White at Madison Square Garden. The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century tells the true story of the murder case and the struggles that Nesbit and Thaw faced in the years after.

12. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, out January 16th

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Speaking of true crime, don’t miss Truly Devious. Yep, there’s not one but books coming out this week with a true crime theme. It’s the first book in a new YA series about Stevie Bell, a young detective and true crime lover. When she starts at Ellingham Academy, a prestigious boarding school in New England, she makes it her mission to solve the old case of the founder’s missing wife and daughter. As Stevie digs in, twists and turns abound. We won’t spoil anything, but we will say that a huge cliffhanger sets the stage for the next book in the series.

13. Find Your Goddess by Skye Alexander, out January 16th

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2018 is your year. (You got this!) But any time you need a little inspiration or reminder, pick up Find Your Goddess: How to Manifest the Power and Wisdom of the Ancient Goddesses in Your Everyday Life. You’ll learn about goddesses like Aphrodite and Kuan Yin, and be inspired to channel their virtues to help you live your best life.

14. The Winter in Anna by Reed Karaim, out January 17th

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The Winter in Anna is one of those books that starts at the end — with Eric reading an obituary about Anna, a former love. From there, we travel backward to learn about their short but meaningful time together and the lasting impact Anna had on Eric’s life. It’s a beautifully written love story that will leave you reflecting on those who briefly but deeply impacted your own life.

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During his final press conference of the year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took a shot at Steve Bannon, the former Trump strategist who has positioned himself as a kingmaker for Republican candidates running against the so-called “establishment.” Asked if he blamed Bannon for Democratic candidate Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election, McConnell took the opportunity to mock the supposed strategizing of the Breitbart chief. “Well, let me just say this: the political genius on display throwing away a seat in the reddest state in America is hard to ignore,” McConnell said. The Senate majority leader shied away from publicly endorsing the Republican candidate Roy Moore, an accused pedophile, while Bannon and Trump openly endorsed him even after a litany of sexual-misconduct allegations emerged.

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No Competition at the Billabong Pipe Masters Today – Race for the Title

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii/USA (Tuesday, December 12, 2017) – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the third event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), will not see competition run today due to diminished swell and onshore winds at Pipeline.

“The event is off today,” said WSL Commissioner, Kieren Perrow. “The wind is still blowing out of the West direction, so it’s onshore and the swell has dropped off much more than we thought. Only two-to-three foot on the sets so marginal conditions.”

When competition resumes, three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) will face 2017 CT Rookie Frederico Morais (PRT) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 12.

Sebastian Zietz (HAW) will go up against  Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Ian Gouveia (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 10 of the Billabong Pipe Masters.

2012 Pipe Master Joel Parkinson (AUS) will be one to watch in Round 1 as he comes up against 2017 CT rookies Connor O’Leary (AUS) and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).

Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. HST tomorrow to reassess the conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:

After a slower start on Tuesday, a new NW swell will build through Tuesday afternoon and peak on Wednesday with XXL size surf washing Pipe out. A frontal passage will bring onshore wind Tuesday (clocking from SW to W to NW/N through the day) and onshore N/NNE wind behind the front on Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday will see a decreasing trend in swell with strong NE trades. Confidence is slowly increasing that a mid-size NW swell will build in through Sunday and continue Monday with a decent chance for light wind.   

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., the Spectrum SURF Channel in Hawaii, Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

Billabong Pipe Masters Remaining Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 10: 
Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT), Italo Ferreira (BRA)

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Opening Round of Billabong Pipe Masters – World Title Race is Heating Up

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii/USA (Monday, December 11, 2017) – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the third gem of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), kicked off today with incredible Pipeline barrels for the opening round of competition. The world’s best surfers lit up the beach in the first nine heats of Round 1 in solid eight-to-ten foot (2.4 – 3+ metre) conditions at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline.

Current No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard John John Florence (HAW) was the first surfer in Heat 6 to post a score. With cheers from the beach, Florence started his world title campaign and quickly built his scoreline to a solid 13.50 (out of a possible 20) to take top position over Pipe Invitational winner Dusty Payne (HAW) and Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas (BRA). Wearing the Jeep Leader Jersey, Florence looked confident and in rhythm at his home break and kept busy throughout the 30-minute match-up to secure his place in Round 3 and move one step closer to defending his World Title.

“I feel like a little kid again doing this event, just getting to surf Pipe with no one out,” said Florence. “I was just getting so many waves like, ‘This one might barrel!’ I like it when it’s like this, it changes it up, a peak here and peak there, you can kind of sneak underneath ones. It makes it really fun and it makes it interesting because you can get that one random, really crazy one.The support here makes me even more psyched. Just coming down the beach earlier and everyone screaming — it just makes me more excited. Coming into Pipe this year is a lot different than last year because last year I felt more relaxed having the title already. So this year is a little different preparation.”

WSL Title contender Jordy Smith (ZAF) was one of the standout performers of Round 1 and claimed a commanding win over Bede Durbidge (AUS) and Ethan Ewing (AUS) in Heat 4. An excellent 8.67 combined with a 7.90 put the World No. 3 firmly in the lead. Durbidge mounted a comeback with less than five minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough and Smith sailed through to Round 3.

“I think the noise is pretty quiet,” said Smith. “I don’t really get too deep into the pressure and quite frankly it really boils down to those two guys (Florence and Medina) losing out early, but you never know. If they wobble then I’ll put my head down and give it a go.”

Conner Coffin (USA), who currently sits at No. 21 on the Jeep Leaderboard right on the requalification bubble, needs a strong result to solidify his place on the CT in 2018. Coffin got his campaign off to a good start today with a Round 1 win over WSL title contender Julian Wilson (AUS) and Stu Kennedy (AUS). Wilson, current world No. 4, suffered an interference penalty that put him out of contention, while an injured Kennedy wasn’t able to get out from under competitors. Wilson, 2014 Billabong Pipe Master, who could claim his maiden world title with an event win, is relegated to elimination Round 2 where he will face the newly crowned WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional Champion Benji Brand (HAW).

Coffin is riding high after he took the victory at Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup, event no. 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. “It’s definitely really nice to win especially when you’re right on the requalifying bubble and last place sucks, but I’m not thinking about that when I’m out in the water,” he said. “It’d be huge to win the Vans Triple Crown, so many of my favorite surfers have won the Triple Crown and Hawaii is my favorite place to compete in the whole world, so to get a win at Sunset was unreal. My family came over here now and we’re all just hanging at the house.”

Wildcard and Pipe Invitational runner-up Brand took an early lead over Brazilians Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 5. Pupo moved up into second place with a near-perfect 9.93, the highest single-wave score of the event so far, for a late takeoff into a cavernous Pipeline barrel and narrow exit.

“I was just happy to get a sick wave,” said Pupo. “I went out there looking for Backdoor and ended up just surfing Pipe waves, which is kind of funny. Always when you get a good score everyone knows you need to back it up straight away. I was trying to do that but there’s not many opportunities out there. I kind of fell, had a couple mistakes, but finally got that one at the end.”

WSL title contender and No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard Medina also put on the pressure with an excellent 8.50. In the end it was Pupo, who is battling for requalification, who stole the win to directly advance to Round 3 with a 4.90 during the final exchange, sending Medina and Brand to elimination Round 2.

“The pressure for requalification is through the roof right now,” continued Pupo. “But I have my family with me and every time I see my little girl, the pressure goes away and I’m only thinking about her and how happy she is to be in Hawaii, and my wife too, and all the pressure goes away somehow. When I got out there I was just trying to do my best. I wanted Gabby (Medina) to keep going in the event to win the title, but I had to do my job to keep my job for next year. I think all the guys in front of me made it so it’s a good first round but still a lot of steps to go.”

11X WSL Champion and 7X Billabong Pipe Master Kelly Slater (USA) made a triumphant return to competition today, wearing the jersey for the first time since July when he injured his foot in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

“I give the foot about a 65 percent,” commented Slater. “I’ve missed competition but after so many years of nonstop day in, day out, week in and and week out, it’s been kind of nice to have a few months off. It’s nice to get back, but it’s nice to get away from something that you love and get back and appreciate it.”

2010 Pipe Master Jeremy Flores (FRA) opened the day with a win over Jadson Andre (BRA)and Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in Round 1. The lower-scoring heat saw Flores post a 10.17 combined score for the win and the opportunity to skip straight to Round 3.

“No one knew what to expect in that heat,” said Flores. “When there’s such a big event coming up with all the scenarios and stuff, there’s so much hype around the event. I’m stoked, we got here today and the waves are pumping. So I didn’t go surfing this morning. I was super excited, but I didn’t want to get too excited and lose energy. It wasn’t a great heat, I wish I got some of those bombs. I’m stoked to get a win.”

Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau (HAW) used his home court advantage to take down competitors Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Michel Bourez (PYF) in Heat 9, the final matchup of the day, with a combined two-wave score of 10.50.

“I’m just super happy to be home and competing in front of my home crowd and get my first Round One win, I’m stoked,” said Lau. “This is the first time I’ve done a contest where I don’t have to think about anything else, just surf and show up and enjoy being in the event and performing in front of a home crowd. So that’s all I’m thinking about. I just want to put on a good performance and represent.”

The event was put on standby after Heat 9 when the winds shifted onshore and a call was made at 2:00 p.m. HST to call the competition off for the day. Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. HST tomorrow to reassess the conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:

Strong, but fading, NNW swell prevails Monday with light wind early in the day; we should see some good waves at Backdoor.  A new NW swell will build Tuesday afternoon and peak on Wednesday with XXL size surf washing Pipe out (along with onshore N wind). Thursday and Friday will see a decreasing trend in swell with strong NE trades. A mid-size NW swell looks possible for the 17th-18th (Sun-Mon) with at least a chance for light wind.

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., the Spectrum SURF Channel in Hawaii, Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: 
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.17, Jadson Andre (BRA) 6.33, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 4.67
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.17, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 6.10, Owen Wright (AUS) 3.37
Heat 3: Conner Coffin (USA) 10.56, Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.57, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 1.50
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.57, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.43, Ethan Ewing (AUS) 3.00
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.83, Benji Brand (HAW) 12.64 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.43
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 13.50, Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.83, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 5.63
Heat 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.83, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.27, Jack Freestone (AUS) 7.04
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.47, Joan Duru (FRA) 11.90, Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.60
Heat 9: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.50, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 2.00, Michel Bourez (PYF) 2.00

Billabong Pipe Masters Remaining Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 10: 
Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT), Italo Ferreira (BRA)

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