Fan-Casting a Glow-Up Queens Season of 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars'
Gotta love that glow-up!
It’s always exciting to watch a season of RuPaul’s Drag Race that features queens who are still figuring out who they are, what they’re capable of, and what their drag will ultimately become. While certain contestants can be very resistant to change, it’s always entertaining when queens can receive different pieces of feedback – or watch themselves on TV for the first time – and learn how to level-up their drag.
Over the years, we’ve seen quite a few drag artists return for a season of All Stars after going through a huge glow-up in their careers. These transformations are always exciting, giving fans the opportunity to see the evolved aesthetic/brand that a contestant wasn’t able to convey in their original seasons. With that in mind, follow us along as we do a bit of fan-casting for a Drag Race All Stars season only featuring glow-up queens.
Scroll through to find out which contestants we’d cast in a glow-up queens season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
Despite showing a lot of potential, Lashauwn Beyond was unfortunately overlooked during her time on Drag Race season four. Over the years, however, Lashauwn has displayed an incredible amount of growth while keeping a mostly low-profile when it comes to the fandom. It would be fantastic to see this queen coming back for another chance on All Stars.
Season five of Drag Race was full of huge drag titans like Jinkx Monsoon, Detox, Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, and Coco Montrese… making it hard for newer queens to stand out in the cast. Nonetheless, Jade Jolie has had a very exciting glow-up journey over the years that even included her competing in season four of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula and getting massive praise from Taylor Swift fans.
Laganja Estranja (Season 6)
When talking about glow-up, it’s hard not to think immediately of Laganja Estranja. Though her confidence was shaken and stirred back in season six, Laganja has emerged as a creative powerhouse and elevated her drag to new heights. Watching her compete on a glow-up season of All Stars would truly be the icing on the cake.
Season seven star Jaidynn Diore Fierce was another great example of a queen who had everything it took to go all the way, but just wasn’t ready yet to tackle all of the challenges that one must face on Drag Race. With so many more years of experience now under her belt, we would be obsessed with a second chance for Jaidynn on All Stars.
After going home very early on Drag Race season eight, Laila McQueen became a drag superstar doing makeup for other celebrities, creating a beautiful bearded aesthetic for herself, and winning a Primetime Emmy Award for her makeup work on HBO’s We’re Here. If that’s not the definition of a post-Drag Race “glow-up,” then we don’t even know what is.
Kimora Blac’s primary concern in season nine of Drag Race was being “the pretty one.” She was already gorgeous (and still is!), but time has also given Kimora a lot more experience in the art form of drag. She has now appeared on several shows, cohosted a WOW Presents Plus series, and has a lot more experience as a performer – making her a great contender for a glow-up season of All Stars.
Let’s make one thing clear: Nina West was already a drag superstar before she even set foot on Drag Race season 11. With that said, Nina was the first person to admit that her looks weren’t necessarily up to par with some of the other queens in the competition. Since appearing on Drag Race, though, Nina has been a workhorse: developing a relationship with Disney red carpets, starring in a touring production of Hairspray, and taking her drag to infinity and beyond.
Certain queens on Drag Race season 12 had a kiki making fun of Aiden Zhane. There was even a discourse outside of the show about Aiden only wearing one style of wigs. And yet, it’s clear that this “bedroom queen” has evolved in every sense since competing on the show. Casting this glowed-up version of Aiden on All Stars would be a gag not only for the fans, but also for her fellow competitors.
Olivia Lux was, by all means, a big contender to snatch the crown of season 13. Unfortunately, it seemed like her lack of experience in drag resulted in Olivia kind of losing momentum as the competition moved forward. Having now performed in several theatrical productions, been inserted in ballroom, and performed all over the world, Olivia seems more than ready to showcase her glow-up on a second Drag Race run.
Season 14 of Drag Race was a huge awakening for Jasmine Kennedie. She disclosed while filming the show that she was actually a trans woman. She welcomed Kornbread’s feedback about her conversational skills. She realized that her lip sync abilities were great, but still had room to grow. At this point, Jasmine is a completely different person, artist, and performer, giving fans one of the fastest – and most impressive – glow-up journeys in Drag Race herstory.