Congratulations to the latest winner from RuPaul’s Drag Race – Bob The Drag Queen. I have been #TeamBob from the very beginning but as I was watching tonight’s finale, I honestly had no idea which queen RuPaul would choose to continue her legacy. I am a fan of all the girls in the top three so I was a bit perplexed about which direction she would go when deciding who would get the crown.
Kim Chi has been fabulous this season. Beautiful. Humble. Creative. RuPaul always has a diverse cast so it was not a surprise to see an Asian queen on the show. It was great to see this Korean cast member who embraced her ethnicity and frequently included culturally relevant fashion and make-up in her performances. Although I have adored her through the season, I did have one reservation regarding her winning this competition. Kim Chi shared that she has never revealed to her mother that she is a drag queen. I do wonder how this message would be received by the masses. I think the winner of this competition should be someone that is comfortable enough in their skin to share their fabulousness and their realness with everyone important in their lives.
Naomi Smalls is beautiful. I’ll admit, I was not a fan of hers in the beginning. I initially perceived her as arrogant and obnoxious. But then she humbled herself. I believe people have the ability to change and I believe in second chances. I saw her evolve into someone nice, reserved and helpful and I was pleased to see this transformation. While I admit I was leaning toward Bob The Drag Queen as the winner, I did feel her energy was very similar to Bianca Del Rio’s. Naomi is young, fierce, and very fashion forward. For these reasons I thought she could very well win the crown.
I must admit, it was such a pleasure to see Chi Chi DeVayne on the stage again. She made it to the top four and was finally forced to “sashay away.” But I was pulling for her to actually be in the finale. She is a Southern girl – like myself. She was definitely an underdog in this competition, so I was so thrilled to see her make it that far. There were self-doubt and self-esteem issues with her in the beginning, but you see her gaining confidence with each week. Her positive energy becomes absolutely contagious toward the end. It sounds like her career, post RuPaul’s Drag Race, is really taking off.
Bob The Drag Queen – you’re fantastically funny. You’ve been an advocate for the LGBT community by getting arrested while protesting for marriage equality. You’ve got rhythm and can hold it down on the dance floor. For me, you snatched the title in Snatch Game with your Carol Channing and your Uzo Aduba. I do feel you are the best candidate from this season and you are deserving of tonight’s victory. Congratulations to you on winning the title, the $100,000 and the favor of all of America.