The past RuPaul’s Drag Race winners competing on All Stars 7 are bringing an unprecedented level of polish, budget, and experience to the mainstage, but they’ve all come a long way in comparison to their first respective seasons on the series.
For certain OG winners featured on All Stars 7, it’s been a decade since they first competed on Drag Race. Other cast members have been on the show much more recently in its VH1 era, but winning $100,000 while staying booked and busy certainly helped them elevate their drag to new heights.
One way or another, these Drag Race superstars are ready to serve all of their glow-up to the fans over the course of All Stars 7.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7 is now streaming on Paramount+. Scroll through to see a comparison of the queens’ promo looks during their original seasons vs. in the all-winners season.
Drag Race season 12 aired in 2020, which was a year for presidential elections in the U.S. Due to the timeliness of season 12, the queens were asked to serve all-American “red, white, and blue” promo looks. Comparing Jaida Essence Hall’s promo looks for season 12 and All Stars 7, one can see that she’s still a fan of glistening jewelry, perfectly-coiffed hair, and long arm gloves.
Truth be told, Hall was already an extremely polished queen back in season 12. With that said, she’s still bringing a glow-up to All Stars.
One of the most significant glow-ups within the cast of All Stars 7 comes from Jinkx Monsoon, who wasn’t particularly known as a “runway queen” during her first outing on Drag Race. And yet, when comparing her promo looks, one can identify several nods to her original season.
For starters, Monsoon served a very similar sideways pose – along with a raised arm – in her promo images for both season five and All Stars 7. The promo looks theme for the fifth season of Drag Race was “goddess” – which Monsoon referenced in her outfit for All Stars 7 by wearing a similar, but elevated, jewelry headband.
Monét X Change followed the “neon” theme for the season 10 promo looks. For All Stars 7, she certainly elevated her look while still staying true to her drag aesthetic.
On season 10, RuPaul brought up a few times that X Change wore too many pussycat wigs and should probably try bigger hair. It’s clear that the New York City queen is pleasing Mama Ru by wearing much bigger hair for her All Stars 7 promo look. Nonetheless, X Change still found a way to reference her season 10 promo outfit with a pair of oversized triangular earrings.
The third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race aired 11 years ago, but “Auntie Raja” is here to prove that she’s still got it.
The season three promo looks followed a “black and gray” theme, and Raja was unsurprisingly one of the best-dressed queens of the season. For All Stars 7, Raja is once again pulling off glamour and sensuality – even if she’s now showing a little less skin. There aren’t necessarily that many nods between Raja’s season three promo and her All Stars 7 promo, but that’s just to say that this is a queen who has evolved in a very significant way over the course of 11 years.
Shea Couleé’s makeup aesthetic has undergone a pretty noticeable change between season nine and All Stars 7, but this queen’s sense of style has always been undeniably strong. Many fans have hailed Couleé as the best-dressed queen when comparing the promo looks for the all-winners season.
On All Stars 5 – which wasn’t that long ago – it had already become apparent what Couleé was able to achieve with a higher budget. When comparing her promo looks for season nine and All Stars 7, it’s clear that Couleé likes to wear shoulder pieces that accentuate her gorgeous face.
“Huge hair, don’t care” seems to be the overall theme for The Vivienne’s promo looks.
The first-ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will now compete with American queens and get the chance to win some money that she couldn’t make while appearing on the BBC. To be fair, Viv was already an exceptionally polished drag queen on Drag Race UK season one – so her All Stars 7 promo look is in line with what viewers already expected from the Brit.
One thing Trinity The Tuck will do in her promo looks is cover her entire ear with an oversized and bedazzled earpiece. Just like Couleé did with her promo look, Trinity (who publicly came out as trans and non-binary earlier this year) followed the “monochrome” theme. As a pageant queen, Trinity’s drag was already at a very high level in her original season – but after winning All Stars 4 alongside X Change and coming back to All Stars 7, there is even more elevation for the fans to appreciate, which certainly shows in this All Stars 7 promo look.
The promo looks of Drag Race season 11 were all about “color blocking,” and Yvie Oddly absolutely killed it with her outfit.
While there was a clear drag elevation in her All Stars 7 promo look, Oddly has stayed true to who she is as a drag queen. A parallel between both of her promo looks is some form of a choker around Oddly’s neck. Otherwise, the winner of season 11 is showing a very different side of her aesthetic in this All Stars 7 promo, which is the whole point of Oddly’s drag. This is a queen who always thinks outside the box and strives to showcase different sides of herself, so this latest promo look is actually very on-brand for her.