RuPaul's DragCon NYC: The 10 Biggest Takeaways From Drag's Big Weekend


After a full weekend of sashaying, panels and performances, RuPaul’s DragCon NYC has formally come to a detailed. The occasion, which passed off on the Javits Center in New York City, lasted from Friday afternoon till Sunday night, with queens and followers from all around the globe gathering collectively to have a good time the artwork of drag.

As with some other occasion, the weekend got here with various highs. From revelations made about RuPaul’s Drag Race throughout panel discussions, main bulletins about returning packages and all-around joyful drag, listed below are our 10 greatest takeaways from RuPaul’s DragCon NYC.

Trixie and Katya introduced a model new season of their YouTube present “UNHhhh”

The two season 7 stars reunited for the primary time in months at DragCon, internet hosting their very own panel to be able to discuss every thing their followers wished to listen to. But the largest revelation to come back out of their reunion was that their hit YouTube sequence “UNHhhh” could be returning for a brand new season. Starting on Oct. 17, new episodes of the present will premiere on WOWPresentsPlus, with censored variations of every episode popping up one week afterward YouTube. Fans in every single place rejoiced on the information.

RuPaul obtained actual in regards to the present state of politics with Charles M. Blow

While the overwhelming majority of the weekend was centered round love and the facility of drag, RuPaul nonetheless felt that it was vital to be trustworthy about the way in which issues at the moment are. In the primary of his new sequence of “RuTalks,” Ru sat down with New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow to speak about Trump, #MeToo and the current Kavanaugh hearings. Blow supplied salient recommendation to these listening, urging them to vote at all times, not simply in 2018. “You can’t simply take part whenever you’re pissed off,” he stated. “We don’t must undergo these cycles of anger each decade.”

Michelle Visage supplied up the potential of new Drag Race spinoffs

During a panel that includes all the judges from Drag Race, Michelle Visage was requested by a very proud dad or mum if she would ever be curious about serving to create a model of Drag Race for kids. Visage not solely stated she’d be down for Drag Race Junior, however she even went so far as saying that she wished to see a number of spinoffs of the present, together with variations geared toward casting organic girls and trans girls.

Swing Left fronted a weekend-long marketing campaign to get younger folks to vote

With the present troublesome political local weather, RuPaul’s DragCon made a degree to encourage all of its attendees, particularly nearly all of younger folks attending, to go vote this November. A big a part of that effort was fronted by Swing Left, a political advocacy group aiming to show districts the place Republican House representatives solely received in a slim margin within the final election. From RuPaul giving a speech on the primary ground in regards to the significance of voting, to New York drag star Marti Cummings main an on-floor protest march, Swing Left made positive that their message to take again the home was heard loud and clear.

SNL alum Tina Fey made a shock look with the solid of Mean Girls: The Musical

Some of the solid of the Broadway musical adaptation of Mean Girls made an look on the conference, with Grey Henson talking on a panel in regards to the cultural influence of the movie, and becoming a member of his co-star Taylor Louderman for a “North Shore Winter Talent Show” on the runway. But what most individuals didn’t know is who was ready for them backstage: comedy icon and Mean Girls creator Tina Fey. She even despatched out a message to her followers on the occasion, saying that “you by no means know who’ll present up at RuPaul’s DragCon, kitty ladies.”

The queens of season 10 duked it out through the “Battle on the Runway” after-show

As with any main occasion, one of many important highlights of DragCon got here throughout certainly one of its after-parties. Quite a lot of the queens from season 10, together with Aquaria, Eureka O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and extra, lip-synced the home down on the Playstation Theater on Saturday night time. Some turned gorgeous appears to be like, some did spot-on impersonations, and a few merely confirmed the viewers how a lip sync should be finished.

Jiggly Caliente premiered her new music video for “All This Body”

During a panel about music and drag, season four contestant Jiggly Caliente revealed her brand-new music video for her tune “All This Body.” The video exhibits an emotional Jiggly going to a plastic surgeon for what seems to be a liposuction therapy, earlier than fairy-drag-mothers Alaska Thunderfuck, Ginger Minj and Serena Cha Cha seem to dissuade her. The music video can at the moment be discovered on WOWPresentsPlus.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns was carried out in entrance of pop icon Janet Jackson

Sasha Velour’s DragCon efficiency of her smash-hit drag present Nightgowns was already an enormous success. In the largest iteration of her present at the moment, it passed off at Terminal 5 in New York City, and attendees left the night with messages of affection and amazement for the queens who carried out on the occasion. But some followers might have left turning their heads, because it was reported that one of many attendees of the drag present was none aside from pop music icon Janet Jackson. Ms. Jackson didn’t say something about attending the occasion, however it’s protected to say that she was in good arms with Velour and firm.

Asia O’Hara led the occasion’s Sunday service

While drag and faith might look like they don’t have very a lot in frequent, season 10 finalist Asia O’Hara made a powerful case as to why the 2 shouldn’t be mutually unique. The Texas-born star joined two pastors in one of many middle’s panel rooms to steer DragCon's Sunday service. She even did her personal studying of a Bible passage for her viewers, which she later shared together with her followers on Instagram.

RuPaul despatched out a message of affection to followers in every single place

As the occasion got here to a detailed, RuPaul despatched out a message of hope and like to all the followers who had caught round to observe the reside taping of his podcast What’s The Tee? on Sunday night. Thanking his followers for coming, Ru instructed his followers to exit and be a beacon of sunshine for these round them. “You are our ministry — so exit and unfold the phrase,” he stated. “You love your self, and in loving your self, that's your reward to the world. It’s not egocentric, it's selfless really.”