Thursday, March 5, 2015

RuPaul's Drag Race s7e1 • Born Naked • 2 March 2015 

It's a new season of RuPaul's Drag Race!
Who do we have?  

Miss Fame • 29 • NY, NY

Ginger Minj • 29 • Orlando, FL

Jaidynn Diore Fierce • 25 • Nashville, TN

Violet Chachki • 22 • Atlanta, GA

Max • 22 • Hudson, WI

Katya • 32 • Boston, MA

Jasmine Masters • 37 • Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Kasha Davis • 43 • Rochester, NY

Trixie Mattel • 24 • Milwaukee, WI

Kandy Ho • 28 • Cayey, PR

Pearl • 23 • Brooklyn, NY

Kennedy Davenport • 33 • Dallas, TX

Sasha Belle • 28 • Iowa City, IA

Tempest DuJour • 46 • Tucson, AZ

Kandy Ho's first words to Tempest DuJour are inquiring about her age.  I'm with you, Tempest, c'est tres tacky.

Oh, and that was tacky, too, when
Miss Fame corrected Max's makeup.
I did laugh, though.

This will be my one and only mention of you-know-what.

I also laughed at Tempest's pushing out Amber.

Ru introduces the mini-challenge, and it's fairly big.  They are doing a Spring runway look and a Fall runway look.   No Mike Ruiz shooting them while they jump, dive, or get wet.

Watching are Ru, Michelle, Carson Kressley, Alaska Thunderfuck as Anna Wintour and Mathu Andersen, who was too shy to do any speaking, live or in post. Maybe he was silent in protest?   Let's see how the contestants did:

Ginger Minj

Kandy Ho

Max

Jaidynn Diore Fierce

Katya

Mrs. Kasha Davis

Trixie Mattel

Pearl

Tempest DuJour

Miss Fame

Jasmine Masters

Violet Chachki

Kennedy Davenport

Sasha Belle


Ru meets them in the work room, but he doesn't announce a winner, he introduces The Pit Crew (sans Sean Morales) naked!  The main runway challenge is to create resort wear that tears away to a nude illusion.  This is one of the few challenges where they have to construct their outfit right on the spot.

Why did Orlando's beloved Ginger Minj
not bother to bring any scissors?

Ru visits with Tempest, who has a background in sewing, and teaching it.  Tempest recently lost a lot of weight.  Ru mentions that she applied for the show before, when closer to 400 lbs.

Kandy Ho tries to convince Ru that sewing is not required as part of the drag queen skill set because someone can have sewing skills, and be devoid of taste.  Kandy Ho, you just go on saying 2+2=5, till it happens.

Jasmine Masters cannot successfully impart her vision to Ru.  I do suspect Ru is unnerving her.  However, the concept doesn't look like a slam dunk.

Wait, that's it?

While getting ready, Trixie Mattel shares that while her husband's parents were okay with them being gay & married, they shunned Trixie when they learned he did drag.   That's harsh.

This year the regular judges, besides Miss Ru are Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley (Queer Eye) and Ross Mathews (Tonight Show with Leno, Fashion Police.)   Guest judge is Kathy Griffin!  

Katya

Mrs. Kasha Davis

Sasha Belle

Miss Fame

Kennedy Davenport

Tempest DuJour

Trixie Mattel

Pearl

Max

Ginger Minj

Jasmine Masters

Kandy Ho

Jaidynn Diore Fierce

Violet Chachki



Ru quickly calls out Ginger Minj, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, Pearl, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Katya, Max and Trixie Mattel as the middle safe.

Sasha Belle's Fall lobster overwhelmed Carson, not in a good way.   Michelle calls her out on a black undergarment showing on the nude look.  She says she was confused by the assignment.  Yeah, play stupid girl, Ru'll love that.

Miss Fame's looks impressed Ross & Kathy.  Michelle wants more out of the green/blue number.  C'est tout?

Ross sees Oprah realness in Kennedy Davenport's  Spring look.  Carson loved the nude illusion, except for the nipple placement.

Michelle sees all the wrinkles in Tempest's nude illusion outfit.  She complains that Tempest covered her newly rocking' body with a big ol' quilt.

Carson liked Jasmine's cocoon  to fringe look, but then he wanted her to continue by ripping off the fringe, too.  Kathy wants more nudity, too.  Ross didn't like the old, dated Fall look.  (Yes, I said during the group view Monday evening that I kind of liked it, but Ross is onto something, it was so safe and normal, not drag.)

Carson sounds furious that Kandy Ho didn't have pants or a skirt on the mini-challenge.   Michelle complains that she painted on a beard, although she praises her nice body.

Carson loved Violet's mini-challenge plaid.  Michelle sees boy on the main challenge runway.  Kathy gets that she was going for silly skinny model look (they don't HAVE boobs, save for Heidi Klum.)

Ru asks the seven queens being critiqued which queen has least impressed them.  The first four (wisely?) name people from the safe middle.  Jasmine says Sasha because  she came out plain for the main challenge.  Kandy Ho states Tempest because he is old, implying he will bore people.  Tempest brings up that the very first thing Kandy Ho said to her on day 1 was questioning her age, no hello, what's your name, etc.

Violet names Sasha, too, stating she faded into the background.   Sasha wisely brings up Carson's critique, the lobster look being overwhelming.  Overwhelming does not equal fading into the background.

So, how do they do?

Kennedy Davenport is safe.

Violet Chachki wins the challenge
and some makeup, too.

Michelle see Miss Fame's stank face.

Miss Fame is safe.

Sasha is safe.  She seems greatly relieved. Did she think she was bottom two?

Tempest is lip synching for her life.

So is Kandy Ho.

That means Jasmine Masters is safe.  Ru mentions that they love her personality.

Tempest & Kandy Ho lip synch to RuPaul's "Geronimo."  Kandy clearly is working harder than Tempest.  So, it's no surprise that Kandy Ho stays and Tempest is set free.

Did you cry when she was saying how she wanted to tell her kids that it is never too late to do anything in life?

I guess the real question is, did you bother to hunt down Untucked?  I haven't yet, but I will.  Will it be worth the effort?

ILYM

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