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EXCLUSIVE! Latrice Royale Talks All Stars 4, Blessing Babies and Married Life

The word “beloved” doesn’t get used as much as it should nowadays, however one of the LGBTQ community’s biggest stars personifies it in the most perfect way. That is none other than RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Latrice Royale.

What a decade Latrice has had. She stormed onto season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race with such a lovable and charismatic persona that her Miss Congeniality win was perhaps the most predictable (and earning) of any season.

Her career has skyrocketed since her initial appearance, booking tour after tour after tour while releasing some fabulous singles and starting her own business in the process. She also got married back in September to her longtime boyfriend Christopher Hamblin after two years of being engaged.

She’s back on television again on VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, where the “large and in charge, chunky yet funky” sister we all love made her way back into the competition after getting eliminated only two weeks earlier.

Latrice was nice enough to chat with us about how things are going for her now, what she thought about getting back into AS4, her marriage and so much more.

How did it feel to get yourself back into the competition on All Stars 4?

It felt amazing!!!! After my initial elimination, I felt like I wasn’t showcasing my best self. So, when Ru gave us the opportunity to fight for our spot back in the competition, it was all business for me. Business in the sense that it had NOTHING to do with any of the girls. I had a personal vendetta against myself. So I had to prove to myself and Ru that I was worthy of staying.

Did you think that Ru was going to save both you and Monique?

I was hoping that was going to be the case, since I do feel like it would be kind of crappy for her to lose her place in the competition when she showed that she’s clearly deserving. We stayed out of each other’s way and gave a great show, and even though I felt like I did well and deserved to stay, I could say the same thing about Monique’s performance.

At what point did you realize how beloved you were by the Drag Race community?

I felt the outpouring of love on my original season. Through my travels around the world, the fans have been able to get up close and personal and see my message of hope and love. However, I feel a huge shift in watching myself on this season of All Stars. For some reason, my fire and drive that I put on myself has somehow been taken as anger and arrogance. Not very representational of who I am and what I stand for. But it’s good television, and I’m smart enough to appreciate the entertainment value. I just wish the FANS didn’t take it so seriously sometimes.

Do you have a moment with a fan that sticks out more than the other?

I do! When I was in Brazil, I had a fan who was about to have a baby and she wanted me to bless her baby bump because she had been so moved and inspired by my performance of “Natural Woman” on the Drag Race runway where I was pregnant. We took a picture of that moment and a few years later I was able to see the baby. It was a huge honor that a real woman had been so touched by what I did.

I know you just got married to your longtime partner. What does the future hold for you guys?

We are steadily building ourselves up, trying to move on into the next phase of married life. As it is now, we are both working on separate projects, so I don’t get to see him as often as I would like right now. It’s all for the greater good, and I’m so proud and excited for what the future holds.

You are also one of the queens who has become business savvy by developing your own business. How did that come about?

It came about out of sheer terror of being taken advantage of. I had heard horror stories from my sisters who had been doing this before me, and I didn’t want to make the same mistakes. So I made different ones! LOL. But through trial and error, I’ve learned a lot, and I have a great team in place. We’re steadily growing and it looks like I’m going to have to expand our team, which is great.

Any advice that you would give to someone who wants to come on this show?

Know who you are. Have a thick skin. And stand out among the rest. It’s also important that you have a plan AFTER Drag Race. Because if you don’t, it’s easy to slip right back to your old routine.

What else do you have coming up in 2019?

I’m about to go back out on another long stretch with my Hater’s Roast sisters, so it’s going to be fun to get to read them! My company is producing Peaches Christ’s “Hocum Pokem,” bringing Heklina and Jinkx Monsoon to South Florida, and featuring a whole bunch of my South Florida sisters and talented friends. I am also producing my annual pageant Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida in Aventura on March 18. And I’m working on a pretty major television opportunity that, as soon as I can talk about it, EVERYONE will know about. So for now I’m keeping up with a tour schedule while trying to expand the production end of my brand as well. I think that’s enough, right? LOL.

For more information on Latrice Royale, please check out her official website.

Oh Baby, Baby! Is Britney Spears Dropping By Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

RuPaul’s Drag Race has had some legendary icons stop by their judging panel over the past ten regular seasons plus four for their All Stars spinoff.

The diva factor within that has been quite large, as everyone from Natalie Cole (RIP), Shania TwainLady Gaga and Christina Aguilera have all taken their turns as a judge on the Emmy-winning series. All Stars 4 has seen its share of younger divas in the making guest star on the show including CiaraRita Ora and Kacey Musgraves.

One name in particular has yet to make an appearance on the long running reality competition series. That would be Britney Spears, who is rumored to be making an appearance on the show’s upcoming 11th season (the queens from s11 will be Ruvealed this Thursday).

Andy Cohen pressed host RuPaul about Britney potentially being on RPDR during Sunday night’s Watch What Happens Live alongside Real Housewives of Atlantastar Cynthia Bailey.

“I cannot deny nor confirm!” he said, leaving things a bit ambiguous over if she will be stopping by later on this year.

Given that the past two seasons have kicked off with Gaga and Christina respectively, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise if Britney were to be next. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 Recap: Who Ends Up Returning?

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 has been much better than AS3 but not as good as AS2. Essentially it’s in the middle of the All Stars seasons thus far, as AS1 was terribly pathetic compared to the other three and doesn’t even deserve any sort of ranking because of it.

Last week’s episode of AS4 saw no queens go home after four of them ended up in the bottom. RuPaul declared at the time that All Stars rules were temporarily suspended. When they returned to the werk room shortly after, the girls were confronted by the eliminated queens (Latrice RoyaleJasmine MastersGia Gunn,Farrah Moan) who were all dressed in their best funeral realness in relation to the Lady Bunny eulogy/roast that happened minutes earlier.

The girls then embraced one another after the dramatic stare-off. Emotions then ran high as the eliminated queens confronted the girls that sent them packing. It was also revealed that Manila Luzon and Monet X Change, who placed in the top of the Lady Bunny roast, would’ve given Valentina the axe.

It makes me wonder if the “suspended” shenanigans would’ve happened if either Manila or Monet pulled the lipstick of any other queen that was in the bottom alongside Valentina (Trinity the TuckMonique HeartNaomi Smalls). Is the show playing favoritism because of the drama that Valentina brings? It’s something that we will never know.

The basis around this week’s episode is one that any queen on the show has to be good at in order to continue (unless you pull a BiancaCourtney or Violet and never end up in the bottom two). It is the art of lip syncing, where each of the eliminated queens will choose a current queen to battle against in order to take their spot and remove them from the competition. OUCH!

Manila and Monet are the only ones exempt from this due to them being in the top two of last week, which would be a huge sigh of relief for anyone in this competition. That leaves Latrice, Gia, Farrah and Jasmine to take on Monique, Trinity, Valentina and Naomi for their spots. This is a format that hasn’t been done in past seasons regarding queens getting back into the competition, so emotions are on a higher level as each of the eight have to perform their hearts out in order to stay… or get replaced.

Werk room issues really only arise when Gia keeps trying to get Trinity to admit that she’s nervous… which the latter refuses to do. Monique is also panicking over going against Latrice as she was the one to eliminate her even though she felt justified in doing so. 

All of the fashions on the runway this week were pretty much on point when it came to this lip sync battle royale… minus Manila’s pasta-inspired look that she probably wouldn’t have worn if she had to partake in these kinds of festivities (still fierce though).

The four battles were to four of Ru’s lip sync songs. The pit crew came out initially with four different suitcases which were chosen by either an eliminated or a current queen. The faceoffs went in order of first eliminated to last… so Jasmine, then Farrah, then Gia, then Latrice.

Jasmine decided to go up against Trinity, who was so ready for battle that she kept a cape on over what would eventually become her RuVeal outfit of sorts. Trinity has never failed in the world of lip syncing (minus her finale performance against Peppermint), and she easily succeeds against Jasmine this time around. Ru’s “Peanut Butter” played perfectly with Trinity’s ASSets and she crushes Jasmine in the process, the latter of which could barely remember many of the lines to the song.

Then came Farrah vs. Valentina. Val was the one to send Farrah home, so this could’ve been redemption or egg on your face… the sequel. Farrah put up a good fight as best as she could but Val easily outperformed her and stayed in the competition.

Gia chose Naomi, which I was excited to see only because Naomi had yet to lip sync this season.  Gia’s was cute but Naomi exploded all over the runway with her contortion-like abilities that she was able to do with her body throughout the performance. Arguably one of the best lip syncs ever.

This led to the inevitable battle between Latrice and Monique, where they lip synced to “Sissy That Walk” from the best damn season of Drag Race ever: season 6 (fight me). Their game faces were on, with both stomping for the gods on the runway while delivering an even-keeled fight. Ru tells Latrice she won the lip sync, which caused the season 4 superstar to erupt in emotions. Just when you think Monique was going home, Ru decides to save her. Yay.

We are still at seven freaking queens all this time later! It makes you wonder if a double elimination is coming up or are they just gonna keep this show going for several weeks on end. Next week the queens have to create their own party theme in groups of either two or three. Interesting.

One thing is for sure… the season 11 RuPaul’s Drag Race queens will be revealed this coming Thursday! Will a premiere date be included as well?

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Why Each Remaining Queen Deserves to Win All Stars 4

All Stars 4 is the first in the RuPaul’s Drag Race spinoff to not have a clear and concise winner yet.

We pretty much knew winners Chad Michaels (season 1), Alaska (season 2) and Trixie Mattel (season 3) would go the distance and score the coveted crown in the end even though each had some major and minor hiccups along the way.

Right now, each of the remaining six queens have a shot to win All Stars 4 as they have excelled in their own individual strengths that have gotten them this far.

This Friday’s episode also indicates that an eliminated queen returns and a remaining queen gets the chop, which they’ve done in past seasons that have resulted in nothing but delicious drama (Alyssa Edwards & Phi Phi O’Hara anyone?)

This list focuses on the ones that remain as of the most recent episode, however. Let’s look at how each could enter the Drag Race Hall of Fame come finale night.

Manila Luzon. Manila has performed consistently well over the first five episodes, so much that her only time in the bottom was due to the judge’s critique of her girl group outfit in episode two. This season has been very comedy-heavy, as the past three episodes have challenged the queens to find their funny bone in different ways. Manila has pretty much been the only one to perform well in each, so much so that it landed her in the top two not once but twice. If she doesn’t fall into the bottom two, she’ll be fine. However, if she does… good luck, because the other girls will want to take you out in a heartbeat given how great you’ve been doing.

Naomi Smalls. Naomi has done decently well this season, where she landed in the high group three straight times but unfortunately didn’t make top two in each. She bombed during the Lady Bunny roast but made up for this by bringing fabulous look after look on the runway. Naomi isn’t really getting an edit that much at all this season, as the show has barely focused on her, so my hope is that they are saving it for some big moment where she wins a challenge, sends a queen packing, and solidifies herself as a force to be reckoned with in this game.

Valentina. Valentina has done a decent job this time around, although she fared much better during her initial season. What she has going is her unpredictability that the other queens can’t seem to figure out (she blatantly told Trinity that she would eliminate her even though her fellow S9 sister saved her during episode 3).

Monet X Change. Monet has experienced a marketable increase when it comes to how she is now compared to season 10. Her fashion has improved ten-fold, especially with her stunning runway outfit during the most recent episode. She’s not really getting the winners edit like some of the others are (Manila and Trinity) but she has done considerably well so far that she could find herself in the top 4 with fellow season 10 sister Monique if these two continue to align with each other and win challenges at the same time.

Trinity the Tuck. Trinity has proven why she’s an All Star and why she may just win this whole damn thing in the end. She rarely f***ed up this time around just like she did in season 9. Bunny’s roast was difficult for all minus two really (Manila and Monet), but outside of that she has slayed the comedy and fashion game this entire time while being very strategic about her elimination decisions as well.

Monique Heart. Monique’s fashion has really done a 180 since season 10. Her bold personality outshines many of the others both in and out of the challenges. She’s been fierce, in your face about her opinions (telling Farrah Moan she’s sick of her crying and confronting Latrice Royale about her poor performance in Jersey Justice), all while remaining the lovable queen that we got to know last year. All of this leads me to believe that she has a strong case in winning.

Based on how things have gone, this is how I would rank the remaining queens from worst to winner:

6. Valentina

5. Naomi Smalls

4. Monet X Change

3. Monique Heart

2. Trinity the Tuck

1. Manila Luzon

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Would the LGBTQ Community Be as Tight if RuPaul’s Drag Race Never Existed?

I was walking through RuPaul’s DragCon in New York City back in September and was quite taken aback by just how populated the 3-day event turned out to be.

Outside of the press area it was hard to get around, especially when you walked by some of the bigger queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race like Alyssa Edwards and Trixie Mattel who had lines that seemed to go to another country.

I’m not stupid, though. I’m fully aware that any sort of DragCon could’ve barely fit my New York City apartment ten years ago (right before the show began) if something like this ever existed. It’s clear that RPDR has categorically changed society overall, but are they also responsible for uniting our community?

When RPDR started it was designed more for the gay man in mind, as the first couple of seasons were a tad quieter when it came to the overall audience of who watched it. As the show went on, it grew in popularity, so much so that it went beyond the LGBTQ community and into the heterosexual world where straight men and women were watching and quoting the show.

The insane part of this was that the world of drag was somewhat considered to be the “scarlet letter” of our community (a Jinkx Monsoon quote) in that it was embarrassing to reveal that you did this art form. Many gay men would think that you wanted to be a woman or had a hard time wrapping their brains around hooking up with a drag queen even in their regular clothes. The ignorance ran deep within many men who saw them as separate or below from the rest of us, unless you were on an iconic level like RuPaul or Lady Bunny.

Then the cultural phenomenon known as RuPaul’s Drag Race began, and things started to shift. Drag queens became the new “it” celebrity in the LGBTQ community. Millions of people from all walks of life wanted to take a selfie with them, hang with them, be their friend and just enjoy their presence. It’s like they became our movie stars, where Julia Roberts in this case was Bianca Del Rio or Katya.

Would Bianca or Katya’s careers fared as well if this platform didn’t exist? Sad to say but probably not, even though they are infinitely talented just like the rest of the girls who have been on (and off) the show.

The popularity of this show has also immensely helped LGBTQ businesses let alone our community. Bars across the nation have thrived when new episodes of this show have aired. Merchandise has also skyrocketed for several queens from the show. It’s also created immense opportunities for RuPaul, the judges and everyone involved. Heck RPDR even swept at The Emmy’s this year.

Never has a queer show like this been so positive and forthright for our community. We still have our divisive issues within each section of the LGBTQ world, but a show where queens excel in comedy, fashion and more has done better than bad for us in the ten years that it has been on. Has it ultimately unified us though?

I took to the streets (AKA social media) and asked my friends the same question.

“I feel like people don’t miss what they’ve never experienced so if it never existed they wouldn’t miss but they may think of something similar conceptually without realizing it.”

“LGBTs are so culturally adroit we’d create a different touchstone even if RPDR didnt exist.”

“Well, we certainly wouldn’t be as FABULOUS!!”

Do you think RPDR has brought our community together?

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Season 2 Viral Queen Speak Post RuPaul Drag Race, Tyra Sanchez, A Future "All Stars" and More

Without Mystique Summers, we would not have some of the most famous moments to come out of RuPaul's Drag Race! From her epic runways to her infamous Untucked "Bitch I Am From Chicago" fight with Morgan McMichaels, it is safe to say that Mystique made a definite impact on the show long after her departure. After coming up in one of the reading challenges this year on All Stars, it made perfect sense to catch up with Mystique. I chatted her with about her post Drag Race life, her thoughts on the winner of her season, and if we may see her return to a future season of All Stars. 


 

INSTINCT: You are heading to Asbury Park this week to Paradise for A Taste Of Honey with hostess and Miss Paradise 2018 Honey Davenport! ! Is this your first visit to Asbury Park? It’s one of the largest LGBT complexes in the tri-state area and everyone is abuzz with anticipation! 

MYSTIQUE: It’s not my first time at Paradise, but it is my first time performing. I can’t wait I am so excited! 

So take me back to pre-RuPaul’s Drag Race Drag Race; how did you get your start in the world of drag artistry? 

I got my start back in November of a certain year (laughs). At a small club called Changes that taught me to perform for one person or twenty thousand people!

You were part of a historic group on Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. What do you remember the most about the experience? Favorite and least favorite parts? 

I remember everything about the experience that I wouldn'’t change for the world. My favorite part was meeting the all the girls and learning about their type of drag and also making those sisterhood connections. My least favorite part is releasing complete control to the production crew! 

Your argument with fellow Season Two sister Morgan McMichaels was one of the first viral moments of RuPaul’s Drag Race! How does it feel to be a trailblazer? Do you ever run into Morgan at all? 

Trailblazer, please (laughs)! Morgan and myself are the reason these girls getting all these coins! I run into her, just not as much as we should. Hell, we’re the reason Untucked was so crazy!

Tyra Sanchez won your season and has been quite the controversial "Drag Superstar' to say the least. Are you surprised at her post Drag Race behavior? 

(Laughs) well I would go crazy if I won ten thousand dollars and now these winners are getting one hundred thousand dollars! 

All Stars, do you think we can possibly expect to see you on a future season? You came up very quickly this season in the reading challenge. Thoughts on that? 

(Laughs) I should, going from three hundred and ninety pounds to two hundred and twenty pounds. Hell, they should of called me! If you haven’t noticed my name is brought up every season. Where’s my check?! (laughs). 

And for Miss Hot sauce's read, she needs to get her own because we heard that from Morgan and Raven in Season 2. I guess it's good to recycle reads right? 

What have been your biggest career highlights since Drag Race? Any aspirations or goals that you are still looking to achieve? 

The biggest highlight is having people watch me go from a 3X to a Medium! My goals is to keep helping, entertaining, and to just be healthy.

As we kick off the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, what gives you “pride?"

Seeing the smiles on kids and adults when they are out and can be free with themselves if it's only for one day.

What inspires you on a daily basis? 

Clouds and sunsets inspires me, cause everyday it's different and the colors are different and amazing! 

What’s next for Mystique? 

Same thing I do everyday #XdressForRent (laughs) who know, maybe All StarsMaster Chef. Whoever calls a gal! 

The Most ‘Beloved’ Queen in RPDR History Gets Sent Home On ‘All Stars 4’

This season of All Stars 4 might be just be the best as it really is unpredictable at this point as to who will win let alone make it to the top 4.

Several of these girls (minus the ones already sent home) are clearly here to play the game as each of the ones remaining have unique strengths that could easily propel them to the end.

The latest episode of All Stars 4 picks up where the last one left. The girls discuss Gia Gunn going home courtesy of Manila Luzon. Trinity the Tuck also revealed that she would’ve sent home Gia, which was obvious given her attitude about the situation last week.

There was some minor chat about the whole Manila thinking about sending Valentina home thing, which I would’ve done if I was her. Screw fearing her fans or whatever, it would’ve been a bold and daring move given what a front runner the season 9 fan favorite is.

This episode appeared to be on the same level of Snatch Game regarding the girl’s talents when it comes to improvisation. They had to act in a fake court show called Jersey Justice, where South Plainfield’s Michelle Visage acted as the judge. In an even funnier twist, the original “henny” Stacy Layne Matthews acted as the court stenographer, where the cutaways to her during each scene was nothing short of hilarious.

The girls were split up into three groups with three separate acting assignments. Manila and Naomi Smalls’ performances revolved around one of them getting a terrible haircut from the other. Monet X Change, Monique Heart and Latrice Royale had to do a scene about a cake incident gone wrong and Valentina and Trinity’s were about a case of “Snooki” identity theft.

This is a very difficult challenge, as the girls had to make things up as they went. They had time to prepare in the werk room, but it had to be tough on each of them as they had to keep the energy going between their teammate while also standing out for being hilarious.

Most of them did a superb job. The best team was Manila and Naomi, as they really worked their storyline to a tee. Naomi is really doing her best to get away from being just a pretty face with long legs type of queen by excelling in these acting challenges. She did great last week during the Snatch Game of Love as Wendy Williams and is considered by some to be a low-key threat in this competition at this point.

Monet, Monique and Latrice’s was a hot mess. Monique excelled as she’s already a big and bold personality and did her role as the scorned bride to be who was insulted on a cake made by Latrice’s character very well.  Here’s the problem… the other two have similar personalities to Monique’s, so why didn’t they step their game up? Latrice simply stared at Monique during their one-on-one performances and Monet tried to make up for lost time as she entered the scene late but it all just came across as sloppy.

Trinity and Valentina did well. They were in the middle for me out of these three groups. Trinity’s outfit was not Jersey, more Real Housewives of a different state. Valentina did a great job, as she should given that she’s a trained actress outside of the show. The scene just really didn’t come together that greatly, but it was enough for the two of them to be in the safe zone.

The runway challenge revolved around padding and showing off your curves. Tops for me in this were Monique (although I’m SICK of the brown cow thing at this point), Latrice, Naomi and Trinity. Low ones were Monet and Valentina, with Manila in the middle.

It comes down to Monique and Manila in the top, which I agree with to a point, but I keep hoping that Naomi would score a win. Latrice and Monet end up in the bottom two, which was the right decision.

Here’s where things get juicy. Monique and Monet are BFF’s as are Latrice and Manila. Manila has a nervous breakdown in the werk room as the thought of Latrice going home terrifies her. She vows to do her best in the lip sync in order to keep her there. It’s kind of the same thing for Monique and Monet, however Latrice really tries to drive the point home that she’s the most “beloved” queen from RPDR of all time and that should warrant her staying. She also says that she feels there’s a void in her career regarding her not having some sort of crown from the show.

Here’s the thing. Yes, Latrice is beloved, although its arguable that she’s number one out of the 100 plus girls who have been on this show. That doesn’t mean you should be saved. Love Latrice, but she hasn’t really done well on AS4 minus her stellar performance in the Variety Show during episode one. Track record being what it is, she should go home as Monet has at least won one challenge so far.

After the girls discuss, they return to the stage where Manila and Monique lip sync to Tina Turner’s version of Elton John’s “The Bitch is Back”. It was a decent showing by both, however Monique pulls out her first win ever. She then decides to make the tough decision to send Latrice home, which makes Manila lose her s**t again. Will she be back though? There hasn’t been talk yet about a queen returning, however in the next episode RuPaul says that All Stars rules are suspended for now.

Did the right queen go home?

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

One Queen Pisses Everyone Off on The Latest ‘All Stars 4’

All Stars 4 has already weeded out two fan favorites who didn’t make it that far in their initial season… Jasmine Masters (season 7) and Farrah Moan (season 9).

Was it a similar formula on Friday night’s episode for other early sendoffs like Gia Gunn (season 6) or Monique Heart (season 10), or did an original season finalist like Naomi Smalls (season 8) or Trinity Taylor (season 9) sashay away?

Spoiler alert… it was Gia. This didn’t come as much of a surprise to anybody given how Gia was treating half the cast this season and her time on the show ended the minute she found herself in the bottom two. Here’s how she got there.

Friday night’s episode took the traditional Snatch Game format and mixed it up with a Dating Game kind of scenario. The queens would still dress up as a celebrity of their choosing, except they had to be them as potential mates for one of two suitors. Those happened to be the yummy Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and cutie actor Keiynan Lonsdale.

There’s drama before the girls even hit the stage as Gia and Trinity fight over playing Caitlyn Jenner. Gia’s reasonings are because both she and Caitlyn are trans, which Latrice Royale thinks is a non-factor right after the worlds left her mouth. Gia eventually changes her mind and plays Jenny Bui, who is rapper Cardi B’s nail tech.

Let’s break down how each queen did as their celebrity:

Valentina as Eartha Kitt. The look and voice were totally down, there just wasn’t any humor. Val wasn’t answering questions in a funny way, she was just rattling off over something Eartha might have said many moons ago.

Gia Gunn as Jenny Bui. Good lord what a mess. Gia’s portrayal didn’t really make any sense and she pretty much pissed off everyone else by talking over them and taking away their shine… notably Latrice.

Latrice Royale as Della Reese. The look was down, but man did Latrice get super bothered to the point where she couldn’t even stay in character because of Gia. At the same time, it didn’t seem like her portrayal of Della was going to be too funny anyways.

Manila Luzon as Barbra Streisand. Impersonating someone who has been impersonated a zillion times is tough to do, but Manila did it and then some. She interacted very well with Keiynan and the other queens, regardless of Gia’s buffoonery, and rebounded completely from her disastrous girl group performance the week before.

Monique Heart as Tiffany Haddish. Speaking of rebounds, Monique totally did a great job with Tiffany compared to how she did in season 10 with congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Monet X Change as Whitney Houston. Monet did the exact opposite of Monique in that her initial Snatch Game with Maya Angelou was brilliant, yet this was just bad. So bad. Nothing was funny, and nothing was landing, which is a shame given how hilarious Monet is.

Naomi Smalls as Wendy Williams. It was funny for the most part until the end when Naomi recreated Wendy’s infamous faint on live television and that sealed the deal on a much bigger level. Pure comedy.

Trinity the Tuck as Caitlyn Jenner. Just fun to watch, can watch this for hours. Trinity’s impression was simply on point and stayed that way from beginning to end.

It was kind of obvious, even before they got to the main stage, that Gia was going home. Unless something stark raving mad happened, she was the one to go. But the runway must happen before the lip sync and eventual sashay occurs.

The category this week is “boots the house down,” so boots were the obvious highlight. Monet’s ensemble luckily kept her safe, which was surprising given how poor she did as Whitney. Latrice lands up in the bottom three alongside Valentina and Gia, which was fairly accurate. Naomi, Trinity and Manila land in the top.

The bottom two eventually were Valentina and Gia, and the top two were Trinity and Manila. Poor Naomi, she’s been in the top three times and hasn’t been able to secure a win yet. Here’s hoping that happens eventually, because she’s quietly building her case as to why she should win AS4 and we are only 3 episodes in.

Manila and Trinity talk backstage to see where each of them is at. Trinity’s motives are clear: get rid of Gia. Manila, however, is back and forth on her decision. This is where strategy kicks in and Trinity tells Valentina what Manila might do. It causes an awkwardly tense scene between Manila and Val, as Manila tries to strike a deal with her but it doesn’t work to her favor.

At the end, Gia goes home. Once again, not surprised. It will be curious to see how these alliances play themselves out as the show continues into 2019.

Next week: JERSEY COURT! Michelle Visage is of course at the center of it.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Tune In: 5 Binge-Worthy Gay Shows to Enjoy This Holiday Season

We are now in that weird time period of the year where Christmas has passed but New Year’s Eve isn’t here yet. Many of us are off until early 2019, which is a great thing as it gives us plenty of reasons to shop, see friends, go to the movies and more.

There will be plenty of down time, if we are lucky, so why not cuddle up on the couch next to your loved one, pet or a big bowl of soup and binge-watch some amazing gay shows that will make you laugh, cry, and so much more?

All of these are available on some type of streaming platforms, including Amazon Video, Hulu and more, so look at five that you will be chatting about with your buddies come New Year’s Eve.

Will & Grace

A classic and a necessary viewing experience for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ. Many of us were wondering when the heck they were going to release W&G on streaming, and tada! It happened right when the reboot of the show premiered nearly two years ago. Now we have the option to watch both the original series run (1998-2006) and the reboot that is still on NBC, where you can catch up with the antics of Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullaly) all over again and laugh your ass off while doing so.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Something I keep hearing from my friends is how they want to get into RuPaul’s Drag Race but haven’t done so just yet. Problem solved, as pretty much all the show’s seasons are available on streaming! If you need to know which ones you should start with (and which to avoid), see our ranking we did of the best to worst here. Other than that, untuck, block your eyebrows, and get yourself ready for nothing but sheer fabulosity courtesy of RuPaul and the 100 plus queens that have stormed the werk room over the past decade.

Looking

A lot of us, myself included, were unfairly harsh on the HBO series that followed the lives of gay men living in San Francisco in the 2010 decade. “Looking” back, it was a fairly accurate portrayal of gay life in the digital age and was vastly different compared to what Queer as Folk did for us in the new millennium. Worth the 2-season and a movie binge for sure.

Queer Eye

I gotta give it to the casting directors for the Queer Eye reboot as they hit the nail on the head with the new fab five and how amazing each of them are during each episode. The concept is simple: change a man’s life for the better. The way how Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France do it though evokes so many emotions that you’ll no doubt be feeling extremely emotional throughout your viewing experience.

Ellen

It’s insane to think that someone coming out of the closet on national television would cause such pandemonium, however the episode in which Ellen DeGeneres’ character Ellen Morgan came out on her 90’s sitcom caused absolute chaos in the late 90’s. That wouldn’t happen at all now, but we needed someone like Ellen to break down those doors way back when so many of us could live the lives that we live today.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Gia Gunn Continues To Shade Farrah Moan on All Stars 4

Gia Gunn has already been dubbed the villain of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4... and only one episode has aired.

The former season six contender came in guns blazing during the show's premiere last Friday, slamming fellow contestants like Trinity the Tuck and Farrah Moan for what she perceives as a lack of talent in different facets.

Gia criticized Trinity for what she was bringing to the table during the variety show, where her talent was a tucking tutorial that she thought wasn't really a talent at all. Trinity proved her wrong by excelling in the challenge and scoring a win in the end. 

She also went after Farrah for simply being an Instagram queen with not much else to offer. Gia's criticisms of Farrah continue on the 2nd episode of All Stars 4, where the first 11 minutes of tonight's episode was released on VH1 early Friday morning.

The 2nd episode begins just like all the others do, where the queens reconvene in the werk room after one of the girls gets eliminated. This time, it was season 7 contestant Jasmine Masters who Trinity sent home over Farrah. Monique Heart, who also battled it out for the lip sync legacy against Trinity, would've sent Jasmine home as well as opposed to Farrah, who was a bit of an emotional mess after she slipped and fell during her burlesque performance on stage.

Gia threw some shade at Farrah in the confessional after Farrah said that she's "excited to have a 2nd chance" in the competition, saying "That little beautiful b***h was lucky today. But this is a show about talent, and looking pretty isn't enough. If she's just going to rely on that beauty, then somebody is going to serve it to her soon."

Watch the first 11 minutes of tonight show below. RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 airs Friday nights at 8:00 PM on VH1.

 

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