RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars season 3 cast announced
One of the most recognizable drag queens in the current era would have to be RuPaul. He holds an impressive repertoire, having skills in acting, singing, hosting, and comedy. He’s been active in the drag scene since 1979. He received international fame for his single Supermodel (You Better Work) in 1996. RuPaul is currently most known for hosting his own drag competion show.
RuPaul has received two Primetime Emmy’s for his show, RuPauls’ Drag Race, a reality competition series broadcasted first on Logo TV and now VH1. The show, often referred to as Drag Race, has grown in popularity since its inception in 2009 and has produced 2 spin offs, RuPaul’s Drag U and RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.
Drag queens are usually a person who identifies as male and dresses in clothing of the opposite sex and perform on the streets and stage. However, not all queens identify male, and it is not uncommon to find varying sexualities and gender identities between performers. Many queens use their platforms to advocate for rights for those in the LGBTQ+ community as well as mental health.
The original show ended its ninth season on June 23, 2017, crowning New York-based Sasha Velour as its winner, as well as announcing that a tenth season would be released spring 2018.
Its more popular spinoff, RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars just announced its cast list on Friday for its third season, airing in early 2018. The spinoff takes queens who performed well in their seasons for a chance to be inducted into the Drag Race Hall of Fame.
Past winners include performers Chad Michaels, who appeared in Drag Race’s fourth season and won All Stars’ first season, and Alaska, who appeared in Drag Race’s fifth season and won All Stars’ second season.
The queens for season three were announced at 8pm EST on Friday, with the cast list as follows: BenDeLaCreme (season 6), Trixie Mattel (season 6), Milk (season 6), Thorgy Thor (season 8), Kennedy Davenport (season 7), Aja (season 9), Chi Chi DeVayne (season 8), Morgan McMichaels (season 2), and Shangela (seasons 2 and 3).
Some of the most notable queens for this season include Aja and Shangela. Aja was one of the fan favorites of season nine, and is notably the only queen from the most recent season. Shangela is a more staple name in the drag industry and was the only queen to compete on multiple and successive seasons of Drag Race until Cynthia Lee Fontaine’s return on season nine after being eliminated during season eight.
Shangela has also had more mainstream attention, due to her appearance on Lifetime’s Dance Moms. She has appeared in few episodes, teaching Nia to death drop and praising her performances to her singles They Call Me Laquifa and Werqin’ Girl.
As for who I’m rooting for, it is tough to say. Trixie was a favorite of mine from season six, so for now I’m keeping my eye on her, but she’s got some tough competition in front of her.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 premieres in January 2018.