If you haven't gotten into the RuPaul's Drag Race gig yet, girl, I have no idea where you've been. Since 2009, RuPaul's iconic reality competition series has been informing The Culture in seemingly endless ways. From the proliferation of "yas, queen" and "spilling the tea" to the popularity of contouring-- perhaps with a slight assist from the Kardashians-- it's evident that Drag Race and its hundred-plus superstars are making huge waves. Still not sold? Check out these queens' INSANE Insta-artistry and tell me you're not shook.
1. Valentina - Season 9
While Valentina may have been a controversial figure on Drag Race's most recent season, it's undeniable that she's an absolute princess. Her snakeskin outfit an homage to her hot-and-cold reputation with Drag Race fans, she looks amazing in this look.
2. Farrah Moan - Season 9
One of my all-time favorites, Farrah Moan is known for her incredible level of sensitivity and her jaw-dropping highlight skills. Here she is giving us full Gigi Gorgeous in the boudoir.
3. Adore Delano- Season 6 & All-Stars 2 (For, like, a sec)
A fan favorite of the show, Adore just dropped a brand-new Seattle-inspired grunge album and has slowly been revealing a significant weight loss. This Adore look is a CLASSIC and honestly, #goals. Who knew Converse could still look legitimately edgy?
4. Roxxxy Andrews- Season 5 & All-Stars 2
Traditionally known for her meticulously-conceived showgirl outfits, this picture of Miss Thick 'n' Juicy herself is one of just a simple, beautiful woman with excellent tattoos making her way to the beauty salon. You go, girl.
5. Violet Chachki- Season 7 Winner
Violet, the winner of season 7, is a known burlesque and aerial silks performer, touring with the likes of Dita Von Teese. Aside from this, she's an extremely talented makeup artist, unafraid to stray away from mainstream drag looks and into more vintage-inspired ones (like the one pictured here)! She's flawless, and everyone knows it.
6. Tatianna- Season 2 & All-Stars 2
Tatianna, known diva from Season 2, made a serious splash with her return to television with All Stars 2. Performing the iconic slam poem "Same Parts," Tatianna wriggled her way back into fans' hearts with her talent and her beauty. Here she is below giving us friendly popular teen meets Ariana Grande.
7. Shea Coulée- Season 9
Previously pegged as the winner of Season 9, Shea won endless challenges and truly did give us life all season long, particularly with her performance as Black Chyna in Kardashian: The Musical. Sasha Velour may have ultimately emerged the victor, but whatever-- you're right, Shea, glitter does really fix everything.
8. Kim Chi- Season 8
Kim Chi is arguably the most artistically-gifted contestant in all of Drag Race herstory with looks ranging from the anime-inspired to the handmade-out-of-paper. While often made fun of for her runway walk, Kim Chi's level of artistry is truly astonishing. This is just one of her MANY stunning looks.
9. Manilla Luzon- Season 3 & All-Stars 1
Manilla Luzon, known for her feisty lip-synching style and long-standing excellent taste, looked like a vision in rainbow at San Diego Pride this year.
10. Alaska 5000- Season 5 & Winner of All-Stars 2
Beginning and ending this list with a controversial fave, Alaska, while a longtime fan favorite, received some criticism after some seemingly petty behavior near the end of her glorious time on All-Stars 2. In spite of being beraged with snake emojis, Alaska has finessed her way back into fan favor-- and never stopped looking amazing. This classic Alaska look references her snake-y history while still delivering true Alaska-ness.