Despite what you might think, no one’s born a drag queen: You have to learn the ins and outs of contouring, padding, lip-syncing, tucking, and so much more. Fortunately many baby queens learn the tricks of the trade from their drag mothers.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re calling out some of our favorite drag mothers and their drag daughters. We hope they all sent flowers!
Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race with your mom Thursdays at 8/7pm on VH1.
Detox and Vicky Vox
With a shared penchant for neon colors, exaggerated lip trills, and off-kilter humor, the Season 5 queen and her drag daughter are two peas in a pod.
The pair met in L.A. and quickly cemented their bond performing together in WeHo, and later as two-thirds of the drag supergroup DWV (R.I.P).
Sharon Needles and Aquaria
The stylish Season 10 contestant became obsessed with Sharon after watching her slay the game on Season 4. They started hanging out, but Aquaria was too young to see her idol perform in the bars. “Later we tried sneaking me in places as her assistant,” told VH1. “Definitely not very okay but we did it anyways!”
Miss Coco Peru and Delta Work
— Miss Coco Peru (@themisscocoperu) March 12, 2016
It’s easy to see Coco’s influence in her drag daughter Delta Work’s campy approach to costumes and comedy. Though Coco is originally from New York, they met in L.A. when Delta was first trying her hand at drag.
Darienne Lake and Pandora Boxx
Pandora says that it was seeing Darienne perform that inspired her to beat her face. Since that fateful meeting nearly 20 years ago, these Rochester ladies have both gone on to compete on RPDR, with Pandora taking the stage first in Season 2 and Mama Darienne shantaying all the way to the Top 4 in Season 6.
Here’s a flashback: Mother and daughter appeared together on the Ricki Lake Show waaay back in the 1990s.
Chad Michaels and Morgan McMichaels
This irreverent duo first met in Palm Springs, where they were performing together. Chad noted Morgan’s diamond-in-the-rough potential and took her under her wing. Flash-forward a decade, and both mother and child have graced the Drag Race main stage, with Morgan turning in an impressive run on Season 2 and “Mother Dust” making it to the finals of Season 4 and snatching the crown in All Stars.
Asia O’Hara and Phi Phi O’HaraSantiago Felipe/Getty
If the name wasn’t a giveaway, the Season 10 queen is the drag mother of the All Stars contender. Interestingly enough, neither are related to Eureka O’Hara.
Eureka’s drag mom is Tennessee queen Jacqueline Presley-Grizzle.
Madame LaQueer and Lineysha Sparx
Madame LaQueer is the most fertile drag queen ever: She’s reportedly mother to some 17 drag dolls—but daughter Lineysha Sparx is perhaps her best known protégé. These feisty beauties are not only famous in their native Puerto Rico, but as contestants on RPDR, where they slayed in Seasons 4 and 5, respectively.
Alyssa Edwards & Laganja Estranja and Shangela
The Haus of Edwards is perhaps the most famous clan in Drag Race herstory, with Alyssa giving us Alexis Carrington mother-lioness realness, and Laganja and Shangela as her feisty, talented offspring.
These Dallas queens stomped the competition in their respective RPDR seasons, delivering a dizzying array of gag-worthy catchphrases and sickening dance moves that have cemented them all as fixtures in the pantheon of Drag Race stars.
Raja and Rhea Litre
These L.A. girls are both fierce AF and share a no-holds-barred visual aesthetic. Though Rhea has yet to compete on RPDR, she’s legendary in the City of Angels.
Rhea actually has two mommies—her other drag mom is Season 10 queen Mayhem Miller!
Dax Exclamationpoint and Violet Chachki
Violet, who of course went on to win Season 7, was a design student in Atlanta when she was adopted by Dax, who later appeared on Season 8. While Dax’s look is more cosplay, you can see the resemblance.
Alexis Mateo and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
Vanessa was actually named by her Season 3 drag mom, who also helped her get over her elimination in Episode 1. If Alexis also advised her to say “Miss… Vanjie” as her exit line, then she deserves a lot more than a card on Mother’s Day!
Bob the Drag Queen and Miz Cracker
Bob actually convinced Cracker to do drag for the first time: “[He wore] me down and convinced me to try drag as part of a demonstration for marriage equality in Times Square,” the Season 10 queen told VH1. “That one time became my career.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Thursdays at 8/7pm on VH1.