Some went for freaky looks, some went for comedy looks and a whole bunch went for pure glamour looks, but one thing remained clear on the red carpet for the RuPaul’s Drag Race finale: You gotta come prepared to serve a lewk, honey. Drag doesn’t really work in a conventional red carpet setting because it’s asking people in costumes to walk a venue set up for displaying fashion. But over the years, it seems to us that a lot of Drag Race alums learned this lesson and they’re better overall about hitting that sweet spot smack in the middle between costume and fashion. Put bluntly: five or six years ago, at least half of the looks on a Drag Race red carpet event would’ve come off too harsh or too hard to work in that setting. On the other hand, maybe it’s worth noting that red carpet fashion has become more costume-like in the last few years (see last week’s Met Gala) and drag has just come to be seen as more commonplace and acceptable on the red carpet because of that. In other words, maybe drag queens didn’t learn how to work a red carpet so much as red carpets became much more receptive to drag queens.
Hmm. Something to ponder. Something else to ponder as you scroll down: Which one of these looks is T Lo’s fave? We’re not going to rate or dissect all this fabulous stagewear, so just scroll down and take in all the eleganza. We’ll tell you our favorites at the bottom. Just brace yourself. You’re about to hit with a metric fuck-tonne of feathers and sparkle.
A’keria Chanel Davenport
Brooke Lynn Hytes
Mercedes Iman Diamond
Monét X Change
Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
Our fave? Honey Davenport. It’s wittily on brand, funny and campy, with enough high glamour to make it sickening. Second-fave: Plastique, who looks stunning. Most disappointing: Vanjie, showing up in a catsuit with “I’d like to speak to the manager” hair. Girl, what even is that?
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