Sashay, Squirrel Friends: It's the Season 8 Trailer for RuPaul's Drag Race!

RuPaul’s Drag Race might be entering its 8th season (and about to hit its 100th episode), but—from the look of this trailer—the new queens’ engines have yet to lose power.

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This year’s contestants are: Acid Betty, Bob the Drag Queen, Chi Chi DeVayne, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Dax ExclamationPoint, Derrick Barry, Kim Chi, Laila McQueen, Naomi Smalls, Naysha Lopez, Robbie Turner, and Thorgy Thor. You can read their full bios at Entertainment Weekly, but here are the few that seem very promising:

ACID BETTY, 37, Brooklyn, NY

No need to adjust your TV sets – this acid trip is all real. The self-proclaimed “bitch” of the competition, Acid Betty mixes a retina-searing psychedelic style with an outspoken, confrontational attitude. As Betty herself puts it, “even Bianca [Del Rio] won’t f— with her. That’s the T!”

KIM CHI, 27, Chicago, IL

This Korean drag queen is not only a cultural first for RuPaul’s Drag Race; she’s also the first Korean drag queen ever to be on television. With her formidable makeup skills and over-the-top anime drag, it doesn’t look like she will disappoint in her ambassadorial duties for Korea. Not bad for a queen named after pickled cabbage.

NAOMI SMALLS, 21, Redlands, CA

This ridiculously leggy, tall glass of water is obsessed with ’90s supermodels, like her namesake Naomi Campbell. But with a last name inspired by Biggie Smalls, it’s no wonder she also has a notorious reputation… so you’d better check your lipstick before you come for her.

LOGO promises that these queens are bringing more props, more special effects, crazier makeup, higher camp, and meaner barbs than ever before.

From the trailer:

“If I want to do ratchet drag next week can you give me any tips?”

“If you want to do memorable drag next week, I can give you some tips.”

Shantay, you stay. On the air. Forever.

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Ginger Is A Construct

Sooooooooo excited! I lived for Pearl last season. I was *this* close to getting my septum pierced before I realized that I didn’t want to look like Pearl, I just wanted to fuck her and him.

It’s hard to tell from portrait alone, but it seems like a lot of the queens for this season are going with a more traditional drag look. I’ve been fascinated by recent queens like Milk who seem to really be playing with gender, not just drag. (Much to the total mystification of Gia Gunn.) Hell, Kennedy Davenport won Snatch Game for dressing as Little Richard! I like to think it portends more acceptance of the idea that gender is a construct, and a blurry spectrum of a construct at that.