5 Highlights From RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018, Day 2: Brian McCook, Bea Miller & More
RuPaul kicked off day two of DragCon L.A.’s (May 12) festivities with an inspiring speech followed by an official ribbon cutting.
Surrounded by Drag Race royalty Trixie Mattel, Manila Luzon and Kennedy Davenport, the drag icon told the crowd, “All the queens here represent the American spirit of being an entrepreneur and following your dream -- no matter what anyone else has to say about it.”
The fun-filled day was stuffed with panels, performances and plenty of pizzazz. Here are five highlights from the convention’s second day.
1. Katya skipped drag
Brian McCook, the man behind Drag Race fan favorite Katya, hosted his own panel titled DEB Talks With Brian McCook. The now-bearded star got vulnerable about his recent trip to rehab and his inclination to be a people-pleaser, explaining that he’s learned to use fellow season 7 contestant Jasmine Masters’ catchphrase when things get overwhelming: “NOOOOOOO, MA’AM!”
2. Billy Eichner, Alaska and Peppermint got patriotic
Comedian Billy Eichner teamed up with Drag Race stars Alaska and Peppermint for an inspiring panel in conjunction with the “Glam Up the Midterms” campaign, a program launched by Eichner and Funny or Die earlier this year. Not only did the trio speak out about the importance of voting, but HeadCount, a nonpartisan organization, was on site with a voter registration booth.
3. Bea Miller stormed the runway
Rising pop starlet Bea Miller took over the runway to perform her sassy empowerment anthem “S.L.U.T." (which stands for “sweet little unforgettable thing”). Ahead of her performance, Miller told Billboard she discovered the world of drag through her diverse family: “I have two moms, I have a gay father -- my sperm donor -- and a trans brother. I’ve been surrounded by queens my whole life. From the time I was young, I would see people dressing up in drag so [DragCon] is comforting. It’s almost like being at home.”
4. World of Wonder launched the World of Drag subscription box
The conference floor was filled with vendors, but one of the most unique items for fans to purchase is World of Wonder’s new subscription box. The quarterly service provides a curated collection of oddities to celebrate your inner diva, with items in the first shipment ranging from Sasha Velour playing cards to a special collector’s edition of Michelle Visage’s book The Diva Rules. Fans that couldn’t attend DragCon can sign up for the subscription at worldofdrag.com.
5. Shea Couleé spoke out about Kanye West
The room for WOW Presents Plus: Jasmine Masters’ Master Reading Class panel was filled to capacity, with Shea Couleé, Tempest DeJour and Kennedy Davenport joining the queen of jush. And while tea was spilled throughout the entire hour-long discussion, it was Couleé’s response to a fan’s question about her feelings on Kanye West that left the room shook: “We have stood by Kanye through a lot of things and I feel like he has finally done it,” said the Chicago native. “He’s canceled.”