RuPaul's 'Drag Racers'

RuPaul's 'Drag Race'
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 29, 2009

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RuPaul makes it hot like fire in his racer suit.
“People have been trying to do a show like this for years but it never got off the ground,” says RuPaul. “I wasn’t ready to do reality TV. It was important that I keep the integrity and place drag in our rightful place.”

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As the first spokesmodel of M.A.C.‘s Viva Glam campaign, RuPaul knows all about putting on a good face. “As drag queens we understand what is real more than anyone else because we manipulate the truth in costume and makeup,” RuPaul explains. "It’s a huge part of why the human spirit is so engaging. The truth about drag queens is that we are only one person, we are not separate."

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RuPaul is poised and destined for success on and off the runway. “Drag celebrates the beauty of being a human and says none of us should take ourselves too seriously.”

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Akasia, 24, is the Queen B. The Dayton, Ohio, native believes one should get ahead by any means necessary and if that means throwing shade, so be it.

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At 34, Nina Flowers is all about presentation when it comes to her makeup and runway game. The Denver babe who hails from Puerto Rico looks the part, but must learn to speak the part and improve her language skills.

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It doesn’t matter if you can dig Tammie Parker’s off-color style because she embraces it. The 26-year-old Los Angeles native channels Lucille Ball in all her bizarre Hollywood flair.

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After 21 years of experience, Victoria Parker knows what it takes to be a bonafide drag queen and she shares her secrets with the other ladies. In 2003, the 39-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, earned the crown of Miss Continental Plus.

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This Los Angeles beauty gives new meaning to the word Pretty Boy. This drag queen doesn’t bother with the small details such as wigs and tucking yet her versatility is the creativity that legendary queens are made of.

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Rebecca Glasscock, 26, might be a soft spoken, doe-eyed babe from L.A. but her fiery, competitive spirit is what fierce competition is all about.

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Jade, a 25-year-old professional dancer from the Windy City, is hoping that her beauty inside and out will rate her as a first-class queen.

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All the way from Cameroon, West Africa, Bebe Zhara Benet’s style, grace and exoticism is in a class all by itself.

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except for when it comes to the city’s new, best-kept secret—Shannel. The 29-year old from Las Vegas has plenty of confidence, hot fashions and flawless makeup.

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