Is the bloom off RuPaul's Drag Race's rose? The answer varies depending on whom you ask, but season seven may have been the weakest season in a while. Of course, when you set the bar as high as Drag Race, you're bound to fall short of expectations.
That being said, this season also had the hardest and most complex challenges to date, and considering that the queens (more or less) rose to the occasion speaks to the quality of the competition. It's just that there was no Bianca del Rio or Sharon Needles -- no clear frontrunner -- this year. There also weren't as many comedy queens leaving Ru and the judges to shoulder most of the shtick.
But then we have the fashion. This season also provided some of the best fashion moments in Drag Race herstory, so where do we stand? Let's take a kaftan-revealing turn down memory runway at the season that was with the greatest moments from RuPaul's Drag Race.
Not only did we get to bring back OG Drag Race judge Merle Ginsberg, but aside from the always epic Snatch Game, this challenge was the most fun to watch. Sure, there were no conjoined twins, or hermaphroditic makeup, or a random Hello Kitty sidekick, but sometimes it's the simple pleasures in life --
That are the greatest. Though I don't think anyone fully answered my question: Whatever did happen to Merle Ginsberg?
There were any number of judges this season who thought they were ready to "read" and "shade" and "side-eye" to their heart's content, but no one was as ready as honorary drag queen, Miss Tamar Braxton.
Her performance in one word was:
If Michelle Visage disappears under mysterious circumstances, methinks we have a replacement judge at the ready.
Top 5 RuVeals
Never to be outdone by her goils, Mama Ru stepped up her fashion game this season.
Who knew, right? Kennedy was perhaps the most surprising queens this season, stepping up to nearly every challenge, but none so triumphantly as rock & roll's first drag queen.
Top 5 Looks
What better way to bring this post to a close than with the best looks? Say what you will about this season, but these bitches were shutting it down fashion-wise from day one.
For no apparent reason, except to endear me to her for all eternity, Max strode out on crutches and into my heart (#5)
Pearl floated through this competition, mostly by catching a wind with her sheer cape (#4)
Violet Chachki owned the style crown this season and refused to share. I was torn between this and her Hello Kitty by way of Barbarella tease, but the effect of that corset is in a word: sickening (#3)
Miss Fame had no less than Isaac Mizrahi gagging so 'nuff said (#2)
I mean, the show could've ended immediately after this and I wouldn't have had any fucks to give. But, still, it's been a great run this season. Perhaps not the best run, but the bloom is still fresh on Ru's pussy willows. And tonight we see which willow will walk away with the crown.