BBC Three, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, 2021
As an avid Drag Race lover, I was so excited to see a new season of the UK version coming to BBC Three. This long-anticipated season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first episode airing mid-January. RuPaul and Michelle Visage appear as judges alongside a variety of celebrities such as Graham Norton, Sheridan Smith, Elizabeth Hurley and Alan Carr. This week, I am taking a look at the first episode to bring you our top looks from the very beginning.
A’Whora’s Entrance Look
A’Whora’s Entrance Look draws inspiration from The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy as she walks in saying ‘Click-click, bitch. There really is no place like home’. In an Instagram post, A’Whora reveals the meaning behind this look. She can relate to the journey that Dorothy takes in the movie; constantly learning, growing and meeting new people. Some things I really enjoy about this look are the long nails, puff sleeves and the details in the hair. This look in itself says a lot about A’Whora and perhaps shows what we can expect throughout the rest of the season.
Bimini Bon-Boulash’s Gay Icon Look
For the Gay Icon challenge, Bimini Bon-Boulash drew inspiration from British DJ and fashion icon Princess Julia, with heavy punk influences. Judges made the criticism that as this icon was not as well-known as the others, the character needs to be believable. I had never heard of Princess Julia before this episode, but absolutely adored everything about this look (perhaps biased as someone with a mullet and similar style!). From the chains to the detailed florals on the on the shoulder, I still think about this look every day.
Lawrence Chaney’s Hometown Look
The first episode challenged the contestants to produce a runway look representing their hometown. Lawrence’s look was inspired by Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I adore this look as Lawrence truly put a twist on the challenge, giving the judges something unexpected. As an art-lover, it’s always amazing to see art being used to push boundaries. The correlation between the shapes and body parts only works in Lawrence’s favour, emphasising her stunning figure.
Tayce’s Entrance Look
An entrance look is always important. It makes a statement, shows everyone who you are and should be unforgettable. She did just that. If I’m being completely honest, I found it hard to pick between all the looks she gave us in this first episode. The monochrome outfit with stunning matching makeup let Tayce show off her talent, which continued throughout the episode. Some personal highlights of this look for me is her name printed on the back of the jacket and the powerful shoulder pads.
Veronica Green’s Hometown Look
Veronica Green approached the hometown challenge with strong elegance. Coming from Lancashire, she chose to transform a historic 14th century badge into a stunning modern yet graceful look. Often simplicity is key if you want to make your runway look clear, and this is exactly what Veronica did. If you head over to her Instagram (@veronicaqween), you can watch a story highlight on how the dress was designed and self-made.
The new season can be streamed on BBC iPlayer, with episodes coming every Thursday – we can’t wait for the finale next week!