If You're Not Following These Fashion Queens, Sashay Away

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If you haven't been keeping up with RuPaul's Drag Race, we'll forgive you — but just this once. (It is 2018, after all.) Really, it's insane to think that the Emmy-winning show is just hitting its peak as it heads into its 10th season. But better late than never. As we prepare for the anniversary of the force that's transformed reality television — and added new vernacular and opportunities for drag queens and drag culture — we've found ourselves nostalgic for stars of RPDR's past. And, as fashion folk, we may or not have a few favorites.
While Drag Race casts queens of all aesthetics (see: fishy queens, pageant queens, the token Puerto Rican queen(s) of each season, and more), we're partial to those who do their homework when it comes to crafting their looks. For example, when Willam wore Versace heels down the runway; or when judge Santino Rice compared Raja Gemini's handmade runway look to Vivienne Westwood; or when Violet Chachki left even Anna Wintour (er, Alaska Thunderfuck 5000) speechless when she wore two outfits in one down the catwalk. It's safe to say that the fashion queens of RPDR bring it every ball.
While there's no one way to be a fierce queen, and killer style is a mere portion of what the judges look for when it comes to crowning America's Next Drag Superstar, we can't help but treat every season of RuPaul's Drag Race as if it's an extension of Fashion Month. And it's no surprise how many queens sit front row and walk the shows, too. (In case you didn't know, Marc Jacobs is a huge fan.) Ahead of the All Stars 3 season finale and premiere of season 10 we're ranking — in no specific order — our top drag queens from Drag Race herstory. Now, sissy that walk!
Welcome to MyIdentity. The road to owning your identity is rarely easy. In this yearlong program, we will celebrate that journey and explore how the choices we make on the outside reflect what we’re feeling on the inside — and the important role fashion and beauty play in helping people find and express who they are.
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Do you like my #ooooommmm earrings? @lebalrevue #DTLA @acehotel

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Via @sutanamrull.
In season two, the judges always praised Raja Gemini on her runway walk. But for us, it was her fashion that always left a lasting impression.
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Custom lace-up outfit by @abrahamdlevy 🙏🏻😌💕

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After her season, Carmen Carrera began her transition. And after being featured in W magazine (at the hands of Edward Enninful, no less) and walking the runways of Chromat each season, she's a bonafide fashion star.
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Many would say Miss Fame's talents lie in the beauty realm, but we think this Marc Jacobs moment speaks for itself.
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me pose pretty one day. - for @gaytimesmag 📸 : @stevensanazco

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You might have caught Milk walking the Perry Ellis fall 2018 show at New York Fashion Week Men's this past season — proving she's a legitimate model, in and out of drag — but it's on All Stars 3 that her best looks come to life.
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🛡🌲♦️ Look by @florencedlee @islynyc @wingweftgloves

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Not much needs to be said about season nine winner Sasha Velour. We're pretty sure this is the definition of snatched.
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While Aja may not consider herself the Linda Evangelista-type (don't act like you forgot), we, well, do. Just look at that pose.
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Violet Chachki already has a lingerie campaign under her belt. How do you top that?
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Ho Ho Ho Ho is life, bitch. Tmrw. #linkinbio @sammiethestylist @thehouseofbrand

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She may not be recognizable here, but Willam is an avid collector of designer labels, and you can't miss her affinity for the...luxury side of fashion.
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Nothing but love for our president Kim Chi. Have you gotten your T-shirt yet?
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Snow machine

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While she may prefer to be known as the queen of Halloween, Sharon Needles is our disco queen, too. Anybody else getting Mugler vibes?
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Flashback in @thehouseofavalon 💦

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Naomi Smalls fancies herself an unofficial offspring of the legendary Naomi Campbell. And can't you see why?
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Cameroooon! You know who it is. When it comes to crafting looks, BeBe Zahara Benet never forgets where she came from. And that's why we love her.
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