The remaining six queens were pulled out of that awful mid-season slump this week on RuPaul’s Drag Race to compete in the historic “makeover” challenge, wherein the skills of the most talented finalists are put to the ultimate test by providing a drag virgin to be made over into a full-fledged drag queen.
For the first time in Drag Race history, the queens were joined by six real-life heterosexual couples to be married on the main stage in honor of marriage equality (??) — their challenge, of course, was to turn the burly heterosexual grooms into blushing brides. As in seasons past, some men were easier to make over than others, but the queens were ultimately judged on how well they could transform the men they were given. Extra points were given for “family resemblance.”
Here are their looks, ranked:
Bianca Del Rio
Ms. Bianca Del Rio, this season’s obvious winner, won both the mini challenge and the main challenge this week. In my opinion, she was the only queen that managed to create a semi-passable look for her big, burly groom. The family resemblance is stunning, and despite what Courtney Act has to say about Bianca’s boatneck dresses, I think their look is one of the best this week.
When it comes to the queens’ runway looks, DeLa slayed the entire pack by a landslide. Those keeping tally would argue that DeLa and Del Rio have racked up an equally impressive number of points this season, and it’s pretty much a race between these two ladies at this point.
Courtney was mostly read for showing up her drag daughter on the runway this week, and the judges didn’t even point out that she was the only one who stuck with a theme that tied both outfits together. The Drag Race producers must really have it out for this girl — she was edited as a slight bitch again this week despite performing particularly well in the main challenge.
Adore’s lack of sewing skills caught up to her this week, as she struggled to find an off-the-rack outfit to dress her drag daughter in. Everything from that crinoline bow to the leather jacket was an absolute disaster, but she does earn some points for a fiercely beat face. And contrary to what Michelle Visage may think, I can definitely see a family resemblance here.
That being said, Adore did rightfully end up in the bottom two this week and shed some tears during Untucked, wondering whether she had become this season’s floater.
I wouldn’t hail Joslyn Fox’s look as the greatest on the runway, but I don’t think it was offensive enough to justify her elimination this week. Sure, her Gremlin bride did look a bit metallic with that white-washed face, but unlike some other queens walking the runway this week, Joslyn at least managed to make her bride look like an actual bride.
Of all the queens, Joslyn had the bride with the most tangible message. Kudos to the producers for inserting this professional basketball player to spark the “locker room” debate for a national audience. Joslyn’s queen may not have been pretty enough to keep her in the game this week, but her transformation from “devastation” to full-fledged wedding drag was plenty inspiring.
I’m not even sure Darienne understood the challenge at hand. The concept of designing a wedding gown went completely over her head, because her drag daughter sauntered down the runway in a sheer trash bag with feather trim. I’m not surprised that she delivered the worst performance again this week, but I am surprised she’s managed to stick around this long. She must hold a record for most consecutive weeks floating at this point.