Okay. Let’s talk Tyra.
In a lot of ways, Season 2 set the stage for every Drag Race season since. So much of the season’s foundational structure and most beloved traditions (Snatch Game, The Reading mini-challenge) started there. Season 2 was so good, was filled with such amazing personalities and performances, that it should be held up as the gold standard of competitive drag queen reality programming.
Except that Tyra won. Or, at least, that’s the complaint you’ll hear from many, many Drag Race fans.
The first three seasons of the Drag Race were filmed in their entirety long before they started airing. The winner had been chosen and crowned, regardless what fans thought about it. The winners of Seasons 4 through 6 were only chosen after most of their episodes had already aired, and those selections certainly seem to have been based on which queen had the most vocal fans.
So the most recent season winners haven’t necessarily been the best queens, but rather the best reality TV characters. They’ve been the queens whose talent, personality, and style appealed to the most fans. Which isn’t meant to dismiss Sharon, Jinkx, or Bianca — I was rooted for all three!
What I’m saying is: Tyra would never, ever have won on the Drag Race based on fan reactions. Obviously. But that’s not what her season was about.
Ru picked her Season 2 winner based on her performance record in the challenges and on the runway. Tyra was alright in the performance challenges, but she was superb in that season’s frequent fashion challenges. She reliably brought dramatic, versatile looks to the runway, often with clever little costume changes. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…