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Here’s what fan artists think about diversifying the Drag Race contestant pool

Here’s what fan artists think about diversifying the Drag Race contestant pool

RPDR fan artists react to the prospect of diversifying the show's contestant pool

Artists are one of the best things about fandoms like that of RuPaul’s Drag Race. They create RPDR tattoo designs, amazing decks of cards, and even transform Barbie dolls into their favorite queens.

Over the last few years, RuPaul himself has come under fire for not wanting trans queens to compete on the show. Additionally, he defended his use of the anti-trans slur t*anny.

In light of these alienating remarks, celebrities like Amanda Lepore have suggested a spin-off where bio queens (cis women who do drag) and trans queens can compete. More recently, Drag Race Thailand has announced that drag kings are encouraged to audition.

So what do fan artists, arguably the heart of the Drag Race franchise, think of this diversification? GSN attended day one of RuPaul’s DragCon in NYC and spoke to some fan artists about it.

Fan artists react

‘I think one of the most interesting things about drag is the idea that we’re all born naked and everything else is drag,’ artist Frank Sansone said, citing RuPaul’s famous quote.

‘Drag evolved from the trans community, so it would be interesting to have diversity in the show,’ Sansone continued.

With the show being ten seasons in, Sansone notes, it might be time to try something new.

Monica Hammond of Curious Custom agrees.

‘Personally as a cis woman, I think it would be incredible if we could be considered drag queens.’

However, when it comes to drag kings, Hammond thinks that’s best left to a different show. She was unsure as to whether drag kings have the same level of ‘fabulousness’ as queens, but then remembered popular NYC-based king Murray Hill.

‘Murray Hill is really good,’ Hammond added.

‘You shouldn’t have to be a gay man to be on Drag Race,’ says artist Josie Devora of RoosterPop.

‘Drag Race is about the full package, not just a single aspect. If you have all those qualifications, you should be able to compete regardless [of your gender or sexual orientation] because you are creative.’

Artist Scott Clarke concurs.

‘Drag isn’t just men. It’s an art form anyone can do,’ Clarke said. ‘It’s an exaggerated form of dress up.’

Clarke notes that the more interesting the contestants, the more inspired he would be to draw them.

Clarke doesn’t understand why Ru doesn’t want to diversify the talent pool on his show.

‘Maybe he doesn’t want what he began to change,’ Clarke ponders.

‘People don’t want change, but in a few years it won’t matter.’

‘Now’s a good time to change after ten years [of Drag Race]. It’s time to give more people the opportunity.’