Ah, the fabulous RuPaul. For those of us fortunate enough to remember, Miss Ru’s been ruling the runway since the 80s and blew up with her hit “Supermodel (You Better Work).”
Throughout the years, RuPaul has had numerous acting roles in both film and TV as well as continuously releasing albums, launched a makeup line and perfume line, writing a book here and there, podcasting, and of course, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Essentially an “American Idol” for both established and up-and-coming drag queens with a lot of talent, a WHOLE lot of shade, and I was addicted from day one.
And now, Miss Ru is launching the FIRST EVER convention dedicated to the wonderous world of drag right here at the Los Angeles Convention Center THIS WEEKEND (May 16th and 17th), thanks to a collaboration between Ru and World of Wonder (co-creators/producers of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. And the excitement from all involved is palpable, especially from RuPaul!
“I am thrilled to bring this one-of-a-kind event to Los Angeles. DragCon is not just a showcase for the most talented drag queens in the world. It’s a chance for all lovers of drag culture – young and old, gay and straight – to come together, to inspire each other, and to let their freak flags fly high.”
Fenton and Barbato agree. “The arrival of DragCon is inevitable! The passion and momentum that surrounds the art of drag is truly unstoppable.”
Billed as a “mash of Comic Con, BeautyCon and Hello Kitty Con,” RuPaul’s Drag Con celebrates “the art of drag, queer culture and self-expression for all,” with over 100 vendors/exhibitors, panels, screenings AND photo ops/signing tables with some of your favorite drag queens and gay icons!
Fun panels and programming include:
- “SECRETS OF A PAGEANT QUEEN”
- “REAL WOMEN LOVE DRAG”
- “EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT TUCKING BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK”
- “MONEY! SUCCESS! FAME! GLAMOUR!”
There will also be Q&A sessions with the queens themselves, as well as fashion, make-up and styling workshops (“She-crets of a Drag Queen”) for men and women, AND you’ll be able to shop to your heart’s desire for shoes, clothes, art, AND MORE!
And if THAT weren’t enough, check out this SICKENING list of celebrities scheduled to appear!
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Martha Wash, Linda Clifford, Big Freedia, Faith Evans, Peter Paige, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Teri Nunn, Coco Peru, James St. James, Peaches Christ, Chi Chi LaRue, G.LO.W., Hot Chocolate, and Courtney Stodden, as well as the crowned queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca del Rio, Jinkx Monsoon, Chad Michaels, Sharon Needles, Raja, Tyra Sanchez, and Bebe Zahara Benet. Plus, more Drag Race royalty including Jujubee, Alyssa Edwards, Latrice Royale, Delta Work, Detox, Willam, Alaska 5000, Ivy Winters, Katya, Morgan McMichaels, Kandy Ho, Manila Luzon, Jade Sotomayor, Victoria “Porkchop” Parker, Darienne Lake, Tatiana, Laganja Estranja, Mariah Balenciaga, Jasmine Masters, Sasha Belle, Jiggly Caliente, Yara Sofia, Kelly Mantle, Jessica Wild, Mimi Imfurst, Venus D Lite, Pearl, Tempest Du Jour, Gia Gunn, Joslyn Fox, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Tammie Brown, Jade Jolie, and Ongina.
So if you find yourself in (or coming to) Los Angeles this weekend, head on over to the official website for tickets, how you can get the VIP experience, and more – and I’ll see YOU this weekend!
And because I’m in a giving mood…I leave you with the song that lets EVERYONE (gay or straight) know that “it don’t matter what you do, ’cause everything looks good on YOU!”
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