No one could have predicted the monumental success of RuPaul’s Drag Race from its humble premiere in 2009. A journey from sepia tone filters to Emmy-award-winning picture editing, this queer quest has been quite a colorful one, literally and figuratively.
Now, the show has taken over the mothertucking world just as RuPaul intended. These multi-talented queens have embarked on massive global tours, strutted down the runways of Fashion Week and landed across the Billboard charts, all the while inspiring countless people (and memes) along the way.
“Drag Race is so unique in how much progress it has made in how people think of people in LGBTQIA+ community and has helped make big strides in the way queer art is perceived,” reigning America’s Next Drag Superstar Aquaria says. “I am very excited to see it continue to flourish and take over the world for years to come. There is no limit to how far drag can go.”
As part of our Decade of Drag Race week, we caught up with one queen from each season to reminisce about the show’s journey, share some never-been-told memories and throw shade where shade is due.
We’re asking all the toughest questions: What played out behind-the-scenes? Who made the biggest mistakes? Where did Jasmine Masters find that entire loaf of bread for the old-lady-soul-train mini challenge?
Check out all the interviews here — every Drag Race fan loves a good read:?