(All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless otherwise noted)
I've watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, I've done drag as Samantha Fox and I just co-wrote a book with none other than Alaska, so count me in when another RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons event hits NYC.
(Image via Producer Entertainment Group)
This past week's extravaganza was a blast! I was able to do the VIP meet-and-greet hour, where I shot all the girls—Manila Luzon, Miss Fame, Sharon Needles, Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Adore Delano, Ginger Minj and Alaska herself—and then even managed to work my way backstage for some quality time with the low-lifes in high heels.
The merch available was incredible.
The Ru queens attract more female than male fans. Discuss.
Alaska's necklace really got into the groove.
Purr-fect Adore Delano
Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki! Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki!
A fan, in the pink
She skipped her hometown (Atlanta) show because Katya wasn't in it, instead hopping on a plane to NYC!
BeatenFaceTime with Courtney Act
America knows good drag queens when they see them. Here, actual girls give drag a woman's touch.
The Miss Fame game
Who killed Marilyn Monroe? Ask her! Sharon Needles serves old-time glamour.
Ginger Minj goes blonde. Does the carpet match the drapes? Honey, what about that curtain rod?
Katya, in the act
Jinkx Monsoon season
It takes two, it takes two ... Michelle Visage and friends
With so much feminine beauty around, I still couldn't help noticing the boy of anyone's dreams.
This one also would not have to sashay away.
Even Bianca was “there.” I could only think of this book cover. (Book cover via Simon & Schuster)
Backstage was a hoot. Or a hooter.
Sharon was friendly as could be, and embracing a far less Goth look, one of which Eve Arden would approve.