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PHOTOS: The Drag Race Queens Invade New York’s XL For The Big Finale

While the rest of you watched Drag Race on TV Monday night, Queerty/GayCities photographer Jeffrey James Keyes went to XL in New York City, where the stars of Season Four had gathered for a viewing party of their own. (The on-screen reunion special was taped Sunday in Los Angeles.)

Rabble rouser Shangela riled up the Hell’s Kitchen crowd while contestants Latrice Royale, Chad Michaels, Sharon Needles, Phi Phi O’Hara, Willam, DiDa Ritz, LaShawn Beyond, Madame LaQueer, Milan, Jiggly Caliente and The Princess mingled with us regular folks.  We all waited in anticipation as Ru interviewed the three finalists on the big screen. Logo had craftily filmed three endings, so not even the queens knew who the real winner was.

The crowd went wild as Raja Gemini and BeBe Zahara Benet crowned Sharon Needles as America’s Next Drag Superstar. Her coronation was capped off with nine electrifying performances by the stars of Season Four.

Photos: Jeffrey James Keyes

Sharon Needles

 Raja

Latrice Royale

The Princess

Phi Phi O’Hara

 Chad Michaels

Milan

Jiggly Caliente

DiDa Ritz

LaShawn Beyond

Mimi Imfurst

Shangela

Peppermint, Sahara Davenport, Dallas DuBois

Amanda Lepore

 Bebe Zahara Benet, Manila Luzon, Raja and friend

 Markus

Madame LaQueer

Willam and Jesus Estrada

Latrice Royale

Alaska

Antonio Estrada

Latrice Royale and Bebe Zahara Benet

Chad Michaels

 

 

By:           Jeffrey James Keyes
On:           May 2, 2012
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  • 8 Comments
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      When it comes to names, no one is more creative than Drag Queens.

      May 2, 2012 at 7:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Larkin
      Larkin

      alaska #23 is to die for… i hope she’s finally on next season! House of Royalty!

      May 2, 2012 at 8:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      @Larkin: If Drag Race continues to run a few more seasons, won’t every Drag Queen eventually end up on the show?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Xerxes
      Xerxes

      The original cockettes were absolutely the best. There was a movie and PBS show about them some time back, and I think that there are a few clips of it on YouTube. Hibiscus, the drag queen founder, was totally inventive and creative. The shows were mostly free back in the seventies, and then the group got large and split into two troupes, one the Cockettes, and the other, the Angels of Light. The ensemble members often roamed San Francisco costumed, and usually in small groups. They were always applauded when entering restaurants, bars, or other entertainment venues, with other patrons picking up their tab. They somehow rallied the ever growing gay population of San Francisco in those days, and were major contributors to the spirit and sense of community of those times.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kouros
      kouros

      #21 who the fuck is jesus estrada? he is gorgeous..i love willam in this one

      May 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Larkin
      Larkin

      no.. I’m Miss Congeniality from the Miss $1.69 pageant from 1993. Parliament House, Orlando.

      Bitch, I can bring it if I choose.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toferdavid
      toferdavid

      why wasn’t pandora boxx there?

      May 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris S.
      Chris S.

      @kouros: He was on Project Runway. I think the LA season.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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