HUNTY GAMES: Drag Race Season 6 Premieres With “Rupaul’s Big Opening”

Every Tuesday morning Philly party producer and drag queen enthusiast Josh Schonewolf recaps the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 

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The gay Super Bowl (aka Rupaul’s Drag Race) returned last night, and season six seems to be bigger and better than the others. Fourteen queens, crazy challenges, a big bucket of shade, and Rupaul herself make for an amazing show that everyone is obsessed with. Almost every gay bar in town was showing it, because Drag Race truly has become an important and exciting TV experience in the community.

Last night, in a twist of gay fate, only seven of the new crop of 14 were introduced: Adore Delano, Vi Vacious, April Carrion, Laganja Estranja, Kelly Mantle, BenDelaCreme, and Gia Gunn (see my rundown of the entire cast here.) Rupaul explained that two premieres are better than one, so last night was the first of a two-part season opener. This is Rupaul’s way of not letting anyone slip under the radar.

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Manila Luzon’s Photo Shoot With Shirtless Philly Models

Garrett Matthew — photographer to the Gayborhood drag queen community stars — recently released a sexy shot from a photo session he did with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Manila Luzon when she was in town for “Battle of the Seasons” earlier this month. The provocative pic shows Luzon cradling shirtless local model Billy Cavallo‘s head in her hands, while Cody Allen — also sans shirt — lounges dreamily on top of them.

I was surprised Matthew only revealed one photo from the shoot, which I know must have been good for at least a thousand images. So I asked him if he’d share any behind-the-scenes shots on G Philly. Check out the two he sent me below, each with a little back story from Matthew.

More photos after the jump

GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons at The Troc

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To those of you having panic attacks over having to wait six whole weeks until the start of the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, temporary relief is in sight. Tomorrow (Thu., Jan. 16), eight queens from former seasons will descend upon The Trocadero in the RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons tour.

Complete lineup and details on our ticket giveaway after the jump

HUNTY GAMES: Meet the Queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6

After months of speculation and online chatter about who made the list, the official 14 cast members of the sixth season of Rupaul’s Drag Race have been signed, sealed and delivered via the sexed-up “supertease” above.

Jinx Monsoon, last year’s winner and reigning queen of the drag world, was a surefire fan favorite with a comedic edge. So with that in mind — and taking into account past winners Sharon Needles, Raja, Tyra Sanchez and Bebe Bonet — I attempt to pick these new gals apart to cast some early predictions about who will be the next Drag Race winner.

All photos came from Towleroad.

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REVIEW: “Drag Race” Star Alyssa Edwards at Ratchet Wednesdays

Alyssa Edwards poses with Philly drag queen Bev (aka Drew Gaver.) Photo by Alexander John Photography.

Alyssa Edwards poses with Philly drag queen Bev (aka Drew Gaver.) Photo by Alexander John Photography.

This year, a number of Drag Race queens have stepped down in Philly — Alaska, Jinx Monsoon, Manila Luzon — and while they were all great in their own right, none of them could bat an eye lash at the Vanessa Williams of drag herself, Alyssa Edwards, who performed last night at Ratchet Wednesdays at Tabu.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Alum Mimi Imfurst Spoofs Adele

 

That video Mimi Imfurst has been Facebooking about for weeks has finally been released. The work is a raunchy spoof on Adele’s “Someone Like You” called “Someone to Screw,” where she wishes every VD in the world on a man who scorned her. The first few seconds a little grating, but give it time to sink in. I was LOLing by the end.

Oh, and LOTS of NSFW language here, so don’t blast it at work.

Cruise With Your Favorite Drag Stars

Mimi Imfurst is among several dozen drag queens shipping off this December on a Carnival cruise (courtesy of Facebook)

You’ve seen them on television – and with the Dollstars at Voyeur. Now you will be able to see them during a celeb-filled cruise. “Drag Stars at Sea: Revenge of the Wench” departs dry land (Dec. 2) for some wet and wild fun just in time for the holiday travel season on the Carnival Glory (no hole jokes, please). Not only will the cruise host 40 of the most famous drag queens this side of Logo, but the cruise is guaranteed to be among the gayest yet.

Guests will be able to rub elbows with RuPaul’s Drag Race stars at many events throughout the cruise, as well as enjoy campy stage shows. Some of the familiar faces include:

Alexis Mateo, Alisa Summers, Bebe Zahara Benet, Carmen Carrera, Chad Michaels, Delta Work, Dida Ritz, India Ferrah, Jade Chicago, Jessica Wild, Jiggly Caliente, Juju Bee, LaShauwn Beyond, Latrice Royale, Madame LaQueer, Manila Luzon, Mariah, Milan, Mimi Imfurst, Morgan McMichaels, Mystique Summers, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Phoenix, Raja Gemini, Rebecca Glasscock, Sahara Davenport, Shangela, Shannel, Sharon Needles, Sonique, Stacey Layne Matthews, Tatianna, The Princess, Tyra Sanchez, Venus D’Lite and Yara Sofia.

Michelle Visage will also be hosting many of the festivities, and welcoming guests to the newly refurbished ship - new carpeting (again, no jokes), tile work, lighting and entertainment facilities. While not exactly a maiden voyage, this cruise will be only the second time the ship welcomes guests into its new digs. The main stage even boasts 1,400 seats for what promises to be the drag event of the year.

The cruise itself departs from Miami to Nassau and makes stops in Paradise Island, St. John, St. Thomas, San Juan and the Grand Turks (yep, that’s Turks and Caicos to you). Prices start from $449 per person.

Click here to book your tickets now.

Look Like Sharon Needles This Halloween

Lose the fake eyelashes and forget the heaps of mascara. This Halloween, if you really want to look like you stepped off of the RuPaul’s Drag Race stage, Sharon Needles may have just the solution. Her new line of Halloween masks are available in two creepy-crawly styles this season – and both have been shaped to recreate the campy drag star’s spooky face.

The new latex masks, designed by Nikki Dyer of Nikki’s Monster Shop, are available for pre-order Aug. 20 at Sharon Needles Official Store.

“I’m so excited to be working with Sharon Needles on this amazing project,” says Dyer. “These masks were a labor of our love, blood and sweat for the last six months. We sculpted the masks from the actual shape and bone structure of Sharon’s face, and then hand-painted each mask’s makeup in her signature looks.”

With vents for ears, pupils and nostrils (a girl’s gotta breathe), the masks are the perfect prop for any party, graveyard romp or – as Needles, a one-time staple on Pittsburgh’s performance art scene, puts it – “undead festivity.”

If you doubt the fierceness, consider this: When Needles appeared at Voyeur’s Dollhouse Revue in Philly this spring, she took the tips collected from fans, put them into a blender (with some vodka), blended the stuff (a vodka smoothie?) and drank it. We’re not suggesting you do that, but there may be no better way to scare your friends (especially the ones you still owe money to). Put that in your “obitchuary.”