RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Episode 16 Description
In the indelible words of Jasmine Masters: “I’m here! We made it bitches!” Yes, it’s the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15, and we have a newly crowned queen. Congrats to Sasha Colby!
Sasha winning is the only right decision. She killed the competition, she’s a legend, and she represents hope for those at home. Also, we haven’t had a winner with Sasha’s level of notoriety and respect since maybe Bianca. Sometimes, it’s worthwhile for this show to take a step back and allow a legitimate legend within the drag scene to have her moment. It’s a reminder that Drag Race is not solely about drag, and part of the show’s legacy is the importance of our queer elders. Sasha’s only 38, but Drag Race has skewed increasingly young in its casting over the past two years, and I think it was high time that the show reminded viewers of what an icon is.
But how did we arrive at this moment? Well, they started off the episode with their typical parade of eliminees, who showed what they could do with a heightened budget. My favorite, for perhaps the first time ever on the runway, is Salina EsTitties — so proud of you, girl! My least favorite (and this feels a little like punching down, my apologies) was Amethyst, whose 2000s pop star drag still doesn’t feel fully formed. While we’re critiquing, it’s worth noting Malaysia’s nude illusion was not doing its job. Drag queens and bad nude illusion, some things never change. The top four all look appropriately gorgeous; congrats to them. Anetra is probably my least favorite of the group, but it’s still a well-conceived, very Anetra outfit. I just happen to be allergic to those contacts. Luxx is in baby pink and, like she often does, elevates the outfit by being absolutely stunning. Mistress’s shimmery coral is probably the best gown we’ve seen this season, and we’ve seen a lot of gowns. I’m not prone to loving My Fair Lady drag, but even I can admit that Sasha looks fantastic. Plus, she gets the best intro line: “Welcome to her meet and greet.” Who wouldn’t want to be introduced that way?
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RuPaul’s Drag Race Show Description
RuPaul’s Drag Race is an American reality competition television series, the first in the Drag Race franchise, produced by World of Wonder for Logo TV (season 1–8), WOW Presents Plus, VH1 (season 9–14) and, beginning with the fifteenth season, MTV. The show documents RuPaul in the search for “America’s next drag superstar”. RuPaul plays the role of host, mentor, and head judge for this series, as contestants are given different challenges each week. Contestants are judged by a panel that includes RuPaul, Michelle Visage, an alternating third main judge of either Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, or Ts Madison, and one or more guest judges, who critique their progress throughout the competition. The title of the show is a play on drag queen and drag racing, and the title sequence and song “Drag Race” both have a drag-racing theme.
RuPaul’s Drag Race has spanned fifteen seasons and inspired the spin-off shows RuPaul’s Drag U, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race; the companion series RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked; and numerous international franchises including British and Australian and New Zealand versions hosted by RuPaul as well as Chilean, Thai, Canadian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, French, and Philippine editions, upcoming Belgian, Swedish, Mexican, German, and Brazilian installments, and international vs. the World competitions hosted in The United Kingdom and Canada.
The show has become the highest-rated television program on Logo TV, and airs internationally, including in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Israel. The show earned RuPaul seven consecutive Emmy Awards (2016 to 2022) for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. The show itself has been awarded as the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program 4 consecutive times (2018 to 2021), and the Outstanding Reality Program Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. It has been nominated for four Critics’ Choice Television Awards including Best Reality Series – Competition and Best Reality Show Host for RuPaul, and was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Make-up for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic). Later in 2018, the show became the first show to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in the same year, a feat it has since repeated three times.