"Anybody who steps out of the house with a pair of high heels and a wig is my hero" ~ Ru Paul
Sewing competitions. Working the catwalk. Haute couture. Celebrity judges. 'Nuh ut uh---we're not talking Heidi and Tim, no disrespect to their gig. The show in the spotlight is RuPaul's Drag Race. Being glamorous is hard. Even more so when you're a man. These girls not only make it work, per RuPaul's admonishment, they work hard not to F#*@k it up. The grand prize is $25,000.00. There are also modeling contracts, and a lifetime supply of swag from sponsor Nyx cosmetics.
12 contestants have been culled from a nation-wide search. Their first challenge is a photo shoot that pays homage to Ru's fav film, Gone With The Wind. In haute couture and an Isadora Duncan length silk scarf, they straddle a cannon accompanied by 2 beefcake models dressed in civil war costume. The trick here is there's a fan that's set at near hurricane level. It takes a hellatious amount of glue, bobby pins and poise to make love to the camera in those conditions. Next up ala Miss Scarlet, a window treatment is to be made into a garment. In episode 2, pole dancing is the task. Celeb judges Kathy Griffin, Kim Coles, and Dita Von Teese are fun fab additions. There are also behind the scenes eps revealing claws out catfights and the pre-drag glam transformations. It's not only about lipstick and lashes. We learn about deeper things the contestants are dealing with. Some have children they are missing while being in the competion. Others have terminally ill parents, or have recently lost a parent to illness.
RuPaul's Drag Race airs on LOGO, Monday nights at 9:00pm. If you're like me, and you can't drag yourself away from Kiefer's 24 which airs on the same day and time on FOX, no worries. LOGO has encore showings on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00pm-6:00pm and there are also full eps available on the LOGO website.