RuPaul has already dressed as an Emmy statue, so now it’s her girls’ turn to honor the Television Academy’s prestigious annual awards.
This year, the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise scooped up 13 Emmy nominations, but that wasn’t the only cause for celebration. A record-breaking number of Black actors landed nominations as well, with 35 of the 102 nominees being people of color.
In honor of this historic achievement, queens from Drag Race Season 12 chose to recreate their favorite looks worn by this year’s nominees.
The fierce photoshoot features Widow Von’Du as Regina King’s Angela Abar from HBO’s Watchmen, and she also dresses as Tracee Ellis Ross from Blackᐧish. Season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall goes from Breastworld to Westworld as she transforms into Madam Maeve Millay played by Thandie Newton. Jaida also channels Laverne Cox’s infamous Sophia Berset character from Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. Heidi N Closet serves it as Octavia Spencer from Netflix’s Self Made: Inspired by the life of Madame CJ Walker.
We are loving these Emmy eleganza looks! Scroll through the images below to learn more about why the queens chose these iconic nominees and how they achieved their transformations.
“I chose Thandie Newton not just because she thought I was beautiful, but because she is as well. She has such range when performing in any film or show and she makes you feel with your heart because she breathes life into every character. I aspire to one day embody all that she’s done with her career. She is such a huge inspiration to me!” —Jaida Essence Hall
“I chose Laverne Cox because not only is she an incredible actress but she is an incredible advocate, a beautiful human being, and can move me with her performances. And as a trans woman, she is showing the world that women of all kinds can do anything!” —Jadia Essence Hall
“I choose Regina King because she always brings so much life to whatever role she’s in! Watchmen is one of my favorite shows. Also, who doesn’t love an ass-kicking nun!” —Widow Von’Du
“I chose Tracee Ellis Ross because she’s incredible! Always a serve, fierce and stylish! Getting the chance to honor her with this look was absolutely everything.” —Widow Von’Du
“I’ve been a huge fan of Octavia Spencer since seeing her in The Help. My look is inspired by her character in Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Plus, many fans point out we look similar… I think it’s the eyes.” —Heidi N Closet
The 72nd annual Primetime Emmys will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and are set to air on Sunday, September 20 at 8pm ET on ABC.