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Originally posted 02/24/2014 08:55AM
As 14 new contestants rev up their engines for Monday's season 6 premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race – and each with charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent – a few stood out from the pack at the premiere party in New York City.
Originally posted 12/18/2013 07:00PM
RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sharon Needles and her partner of four years, Alaska, have split.
Needles (real name Aaron Coady), who won season 4 of the show, and Alaska, who was a runner up the following season, announced their breakup "on good terms" in a tongue-in-cheek press release, and included their wish "to clarify their intentions to admirers who may question the reason behind this mutual decision not to continue their relationship."
"The survival of our partnership relies on simply changing the word 'boy' in boyfriend to 'best,'" Needles says. "And because of my severe vanity, I'd like to keep my social media as a place dedicated to my art, and not a place to talk about my personal life."
Originally posted 05/07/2013 10:45AM
After a season filled with drama, fighting and so much shade, RuPaul's Drag Race crowned a winner Monday night in New York City.
Well-heeled contestants (seriously, these heels were amazing) stepped out to toast the three finalists – hilarious Alaska, glamorous Roxxxy Andrews and quirky Jinkx Monsoon – at the bash, which featured a live performance by season 4 winner Sharon Needles and N.Y.C. nightlife icon Amanda Lepore. But the big moment of the night came when RuPaul announced that crowd favorite Jinkx Monsoon (in her "Glinda the Good Witch" ensemble) was the winner. "It's Monsoon season!" she told the crowd after getting crowned.
She also told PEOPLE what being the Next Drag Superstar means after 10 years of performing in drag. "I want people to see that you don't have to be catty and mean to be a superstar," Jinkx said. "I want to be a role model and an advocate for social change."
Originally posted 11/19/2012 09:30AM
Start your engines ... RuPaul's Drag Race is back!
Fresh on the heels of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, the fifth season ofRuPaul's Drag Race is slated to premiere in January 2013.
Not only will 14 contestants from around the world compete for the coveted title of America's Next Drag Superstar, there's also $100,000 cash at stake.
"As we start our fifth season, I'm thrilled to announce that Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will not be joining us as full time judges," RuPaul said in a statement. "Don't get me wrong, I love them all. But we're gonna keep it all hood up in here. Because that's what makes RuPaul's Drag Race the best damn show on TV."
Originally posted 10/17/2012 09:00AM
On the upcoming season of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, the wigs will be higher, the makeup wilder and the outfits even further over the top.
The best queens from seasons past may be back and bringing their A-game, but that doesn't mean they won't throw a little shade.
In the first 10 minutes of the season premiere, which airs Oct. 22 (9 p.m. ET) on Logo, each of the girls makes her way into the workroom – and the reading begins. (Watch below.)
"Raven walked in from a cocktail party it looks like," Pandora Boxx says. "Thanks for trying, girl!"
Originally posted 10/03/2012 06:55PM
Antoine Ashley, better known as Sahara Davenport on RuPaul's Drag Race, died Monday of heart failure, according to his mother Angela Ashley Reddish.
"I thank God for giving me an angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world," Reddish said in a statement Wednesday.
"My family and I would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support. We know that our angel is now dancing in heaven."
Originally posted 10/02/2012 10:25AM
Antoine Ashley, better known as Sahara Davenport on RuPaul's Drag Race, has died.
"Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport. He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need," the network said in a statement posted on Facebook Tuesday.
Alongside 11 other contestants, Ashley competed for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar on the hit show's second season in 2010 – but his talents spanned far beyond the realm of reality television.
Originally posted 09/13/2012 03:00PM
You better work!
RuPaul is bringing a whole new kind of Drag Race to television this fall.
Past contestants Raven, Jujubee, Chad Michaels, Pandora Boxx, Tammie Brown, Yara Sofia, Mimi Imfurst, Nina Flowers, Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon, Shannel and Alexis Mateo reunite on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race to compete for $100,000 and the title "Queen of All Queens."
Logo has released a first look at the glitz and glam – as well as "the shade of it all," says Latrice – of the upcoming season.
Originally posted 05/01/2012 11:40AM
All hail the queen!
After weeks of competition – not to mention countless wigs, sparkling outfits and especially oddly colored contact lenses – Sharon Needles was crowned America's Next Drag Superstar on RuPaul's Drag Race.
Sharon, from Pittsburgh's underground drag community, beat out polished veteran performer Chad Michaels and a feisty young showgirl named Phi Phi O'Hara on Monday's episode. The queens from the Logo show's fourth season were at a party at XL nightclub in New York City to watch the show and celebrate Sharon's big win, which includes a $100,000 prize.
Sharon, 30, spoke with PEOPLE about being raised by television on a farm in Iowa, what it means to be a "sex clown" and creeping out of the Steel City's nightlife and into the national spotlight.
Originally posted 04/26/2011 09:00AM
It's been a long road of ups and downs, hair and makeup, false eyelashes and lip-synching for his life. But on Monday's finale of RuPaul's Drag Race it was made official: America's next Drag Superstar is ... Raja!
"I wear drag because I love fashion. I love performing. I love being in front of a crowd of people but above and beyond everything it's because I love clothing and I love wearing clothing," the season 3 winner told PEOPLE Monday night.
As the season-long frontrunner it wasn't really a surprise that the 6'3" international supermodel in 5-inch heels took the crown. From the first episode – when he won both the mini challenge and the runway challenge – Raja, 36, has dominated the competition. On Monday's finale, he beat out two other finalists – his friend, the quirky and gorgeous Manila Luzon, and the Puerto Rican pageant princess, Alexis Mateo.
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