Over the course of seven seasons, RuPaul’s Drag Race has helped drag reach new heights in the mainstream while consistently highlighting the best new drag talent. At times, the show’s view of the art form can be narrow and glamor-focused, not to mention transphobic in its jokes and language (and mostly unapologetic about that fact). Though this valid backlash put something of a dent in Season 6, RuPaul’s Drag Race has rebounded with its seventh season, thanks to bigger-name judges and more elaborate performance challenges. There’s a lot to love, even if RuPaul is a hesitant activist (“People have told me, ‘Oh, you’re a role model,’” he recently told Vogue. “I’m like, great, I love it. If you’re getting something out of it, right on. But I selfishly do all of this for my own enjoyment”). With the season now past the halfway point, let’s check in on what’s been working well, so far.
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The newly anointed — and first ever — All-Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race is no stranger to impersonations; after all, Michaels first attracted attention on the show for her spot-on performance as Cher early on in Season 4. But now that the San Diego queen has taken Drag Race’s top title, we think it’s high time she put her skills to the test and tried her hand at something new. The possibilities are endless, but here’s a shortlist of the public figures, both real life and fictional, who’d benefit most from the Chad Michaels treatment.
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