Here we are once again, squirrel friends. The
end of an era. No longer will we kiki about who has the most charisma,
uniqueness, nerve, and talent. No more will we answer drag trivia at the bar
for a free shot of Fireball. And, whether we like it or not, in no time at all,
we will bow down to a new queen: America’s Next Drag Superstar!
it be? Who will it be? I think
the answers to these two questions are different, and that makes me shed a
little tear. Let’s discuss our options:
First up: Violet Chachki! This fashion queen
from Atlanta, GA has been dominating the runway all season with her versatile
looks and thoughtful presentations. She is the only queen who never had to lip
sync for her life—save for in the last episode, when she showed she has some
serious performative chops—and while she wasn’t the best actress or dancer, she
always pulled through, showing up other aesthetically-oriented queens like Miss
Next: Ginger Minj! “I love the Minj,” became
everyone’s catch phrase early on in season seven. Ginger, a plump little diva
from Orlando, FL (or GatorLand, depending on who you ask), delivered the best
acting and comedy performances of all the queens this season, dominating
difficult challenges like John Waters’ “Divine Inspirations” and even pulling
off the robot-country dance mash-up. She faltered some in the final weeks, and
her personality certainly didn’t glow, but she is arguably the most talented
And finally: Pearl! This New York (or is it
Chicago?) queen always serves up fashionable glam on the runway and, despite a
somewhat dour personality, won over everyone with her droll charm. She never
excelled in acting challenges—though her Snatch Game performance as Big Ang was
truly inspired and hilarious–but that didn’t seem to matter. She sent Trixie
Mattel home twice and showed that
it’s okay to come across a bit stoned, so long as you perform your ass off!
In seasons past, there has usually been a clear
front-runner. Though one always approaches the finale with an anxious
cautiousness, we also all knew Bianca del Rio, Jinkx Monsoon, and Sharon
Needles had it in the bag. There’s also almost always a villain, that talented
bitch who you really don’t want to
have win; Ginger started to take on that role in the last couple episodes, but
her overwhelming talent off-sets it in part, and at least she doesn’t have
outright animosity toward her competitors.
So, who then? Who on earth is going to win it
all and take home that crown, that makeup contract, and that $100,000 check?!
win? Miss Violet Chachki, hunties! This youngster (she’s only 23!) has got
talent to spare. I am confident that had she had to lip sync, she would have sent
some girls home this season. But if that weren’t enough, her stellar runway
performances—yes, they are performances, designed from head to toe and executed
perfectly each time—kept her out of the bottom two for twelve damn weeks. She
won multiple challenges, and it is all because of her glowing confidence. It
may come across as ego, but Violet emerged as the MVP this season because of
it, and I won’t back down from that claim. Best of all, her trajectory, from
resident bitch to a reformed, supportive friend to the rest of the queens, felt
incredibly genuine. She spoke over and over about how wrong her first
impression on everyone was, and I believe her. Brava, miss thing! You have my
win? It’s a close call between Pearl and Ginger Minj—I really do think that,
with Pearl being the fan favorite (at least in every bar I’ve watched in) and
Ginger the mega-talent—but I’ve gotta give it to Ginger. I can’t say I will be
disappointed, because, as I said before, she’s definitely got “it,” and it is
comprised of a bunch of wonderful qualities: expert comic timing, impeccable
style, a great singing voice, and, besides her lapses into whiny boo-hoo Minj,
a distinct professionalism.
Trust me, writing this pains me. She is my last
choice, and I would be much happier if Violet or Pearl walked away with it all.
Ginger, I believe, showed her true colors in the last weeks, becoming a
sniveling, insecure, and rude competitor. All the same, I also believe her when
she says she loves her drag sisters. She’s maddening and confusing (perhaps the
result of an over-edited screen presence) but that talent is undeniable.
You heard it here first, folks! Do you agree
with me, or do you think I’ve got it all wrong? Will it ever matter? The promo
for the finale (below) shows that the queens may have to prove themselves
worthy live on stage!
Let us know what you think in the comments
below, and tune into the RuPaul’s Drag
Race season seven finale on Monday, June 1!