I’ve been watching RuPaul’s Drag U with some interest while awaiting the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2011. Drag U is basically a makeover show with drag queens doing the makeovers on genetic women.
I watch it mostly the see my favorite queens from Drag Race. But I must admit, I’m impressed with the show because they don’t take the easy way out. The women who come on the show are not super models by any stretch of the imagination. These are real women like the ones you see on the street everyday, middle aged, overweight, with issues.
The transformations in looks and attitude are striking, but does it last? I thought about this, and at first I had my doubts. But then I remembered the first time I crossplayed at a convention. It took me half an hour to get up enough courage to leave the room. But after that I was on top of the world! It was like I’d discovered this other self that was more confident, and yes, fierce! After that, that other self started leaking into my “normal life” along with the lift I got from her.
So yeah, I can believe that some of the drag-uates of Drag U are going to build on that experience. I did it myself, through the miracle of drag, no less!