RuPaul has always said it would never happen, but 2018 was the year drag finally went mainstream. If you thought you were seeing queens everywhere you looked, you were not alone. Scroll through below to see why 2018 was the biggest year yet for all things drag.
BenDeLaCreme shocked Drag Race All Stars fans
You could hear collected gasps from gay bars around the country as the All Stars queen-to-beat used some White Out and sent herself home on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Honestly, we think some fans still aren’t over it.
The Will & Grace gang bothered Coco PeruChris Haston/NBC
Will, Karen, and Jack go to a drag brunch at a gay bar owned by drag legend Coco Peru—who only has eyes for Will. The romance is short-lived when Coco becomes increasingly more bothered by the annoying antics of Karen and the gang as they argue over who is going to pay for the check.
Shangela and Willam dragged up A Star is BornMike Marsland/WireImage
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are snatchin’ up trophies for their remake of the classic Hollywood tale, but where is Shangela’s nomination for playing Gaga’s drag mother?!
This Voldemort drag queen routine went viral
At an Ariana Grande tribute night at the Oasis nightclub in San Francisco, drag queen Florida Man cast a spell over the audience dressed as Harry Potter’s nemesis, Voldemort, performing a lip sync to “Dangerous Woman.” We always knew after the Battle of Hogwarts the Dark Lord would find his way to a gay club.
Celebrities became obsessed with Miss Vanjie
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo only lasted one episode on Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but her exits is one of the most iconic in the show’s history—and everyone became obsessed with her, including celebrities like Andrew Garfield.
Ru got spiritual with Oprah
Oprah Winfrey sat down with RuPaul for an epic O Magazine kiki to talk about about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of fabulous,” and how drag and spirituality actually overlap.
Ginger Minj served Dolly Parton realness in Dumplin’
We were already sold when we heard about a Jennifer Aniston movie featuring Dolly Parton songs, but when Ginger Minj announced that she was part of the project, we knew we had to tune in to see the Glamour Toad serve her best Dolly impersonation.
RuPaul helped Marge release her inner glamazon
The Simpsons got a drag makeover on when RuPaul sashayed into Springfield and helped Marge release her inner queen. Not only did the episode feature Ru as Marge’s drag mother, and Drag Race Season 3 winner, Raja, it also had Ru and the other Springfield queens put on a fierce drag show to a new version of the Ru classic, “Glamazon”—this time with lyrics like: “Come out of your mom shell, and become a bombshell,” urging Marge to be the queen she truly is.
Desmond is Amazing made morning television fierce
On a recent episode of the new Good Morning America hour, GMA Day, co-hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines welcomed the 11-year old baby drag queen, Desmond is Amazing, who stole RuPaul’s heart at last year’s DragCon NYC. Not only did GMA Day have Desmond on, but they also surprised the little queen with three other drag legends, Hedda Lettuce, Shannel, and the Dancing Queen herself, Alyssa Edwards.
Trixie Mattel conquered the music world
Not only was Trixie Mattel crowned winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, but she also slayed the music charts with her latest album, One Stone, which debuted at the top spot on the iTunes album chart and the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Where that Grammy nom, though?!
The return of WigstockSantiago Felipe/Getty Images)
Earlier this summer, Wigstock’s organizer and producer, Lady Bunny, announced that with the help of Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka, Wigstock would be resurrected as Wigstock 2.HO, and would feature some of the biggest names in the drag and nightlife world.
RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Bianca Del Rio, Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon, Bob the Drag Queen, Peppermint, and Latrice Royale also took the stage throughout the event. The day ended with Neil Patrick Harris reprising his Tony-winning role of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in an energetic rockin’ performance that brought the house down.
Courtney Act won Celebrity Big Brother U.K.
Courtney Act was a fan favorite on the latest season of Celebrity Big Brother U.K., but even she was shocked by her win, adding that her victory was slightly ironic since the theme for this season of CBB was “Year of the Woman.”
“I guess coming into the house is validation that it’s okay to be different,” Act told CBB host Emma Willis.
Ada Vox belted it out on American Idol
Adam Sanders made it to the Top 10 as his drag alter-ego, Ada Vox, on the latest season of American Idol—and he spoke the secret “wig” language with celebrity judge, Katy Perry.
Drag Race queens got up in their own TV gigsYouTube/Netflix
Not only did Ru and Raja sashay onto The Simpsons, but other Drag Race queens also snagged their own TV gigs. Alyssa Edwards starred in her own Netflix series, Dancing Queen, and Super Drags debuted on the streaming service. Across the pond, Courtney Act was the host of the reality dating series, The Bi Life, in addition to her CBB win.
RuPaul’s Drag Race made Emmys herstoryPaul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Drag Race’s Emmy wins were herstory-making because no reality series has ever won Outstanding Host—which RuPaul has now won three consecutive years in a row—and Outstanding Reality-Competition Series in the same year. While accepting the award, RuPaul told the audience he would “like to thank [the Television Academy] on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild,” before ending his speech, like he does every episode of Drag Race, by saying, “Now let the music play!”
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars airs Fridays at 8/7c on VH1.