RuPaul season eleven air date announced

Sophie Hicks gives a run down of the Queens on screen this season.

Sophie Hicks
21st February 2019
RuPaul's latest series of Drag Race looks set to disappoint long time fans.

Before All Stars season 4 has even finished, Drag Race fans have been bombarded with season 11 promotions.

First to be announced was A’Keria C. Davenport; as a member of such a well-known drag family, A’Keria has a lot to live up to, claiming she is a pageant girl with a big attitude. However, there are two other members of the Davenport family this season: Honey and Ra’ja O’hara- a bit of an overkill. Instagram-famous Ariel Versace was announced, describing herself as a “life-sized Bratz doll” and takes pride in her colourful wardrobe.

Brooke Lynn Hytes is the first Canadian drag queen on the show, known as a dancer and a pageant queen. However, she doesn’t appear as charismatic as the other queens so this could hinder her popularity. From another popular drag family is Kahanna Montrese, daughter of Coco, who has drama with Alyssia Edwards, whose drag daughter Plastique Tiara is competing this season. Nina West sees herself as a plus-size classic drag queen with a lot of colourful styles; she seems to have a lot of experience, so she could be a threat to some of the other queens. Scarlet Envy sees herself as an actress and a shady queen, whilst being a mix of New York and southern glamour. Shuga Cain is another New Yorker who has been a performer for over 27 years, which could be beneficial for her.

Mercedes Iman Diamond is a pageant girl and an entertainer, claiming to be energised and fun. Silky Nutmeg Ganache is also fun-loving and energetic, so I think she will be a fan favourite. Soju calls herself a K-pop princess-queen and has a Youtube channel which reviews Drag Race, so she feels a lot of pressure as she has a large online presence. Miss Vanjie is returning to the show after she became a meme and has proved to be popular amongst fans since. Finally, Yvie Oddly ranges from glam to dirty street punk style, enjoying the shocking nature of her style to stand out. Overall, I’m slightly underwhelmed by the reveal of the queens as many come from famous drag families that have already appeared on the show, creating affection due to their name rather than for their own talents. I guess we’ll have to watch the new season to see how successful the queens are on the show and amongst fans.

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AUTHOR: Sophie Hicks
Former TV Sub-Editor for The Courier and BA Media Communication and Cultural Studies graduate

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