Has RuPaul’s Drag Race made drag mainstream? We asked the queens…

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Earlier this year when VH1 announced it had acquired the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, it was a clear sign that the show was hitting the big time.

Of course, the LGBT+ community has been hooked on the quest to find America’s Next Drag Superstar for years, but as the show has become more accessible on Netflix across the globe, and with the queens launching their own shows on YouTube, the fanbase has exploded.

These days you can expect the Drag Race queens to be regularly selling out 5,000 seat theatres, meeting screaming fans, travelling the world with their own tours, and even entering the Billboard charts with their own music.

Just last month DragWorld UK was launched as Europe’s largest drag convention, as thousands travelled to London Olympia to meet their favourite stars.

Kids were quite literally shaking and crying when they met the likes of Alaska, Katya and Adore Delano. We saw it with our own eyes.

Related: Just how much do the Drag Race queens earn after the show?

And these kids are largely teen girls, who now make up to 80% of the audiences at the queens’ shows and conventions.

So it begs the question: Has RuPaul’s Drag Race made drag mainstream? Michelle Visage herself discussed this very topic at DragWorld UK.

But Gay Times decided to take the question to some of the show’s most successful stars, including Katya, Ginger Minj, Alaska and Jinkx Monsoon to see what they had to say on the matter.

You can see what they have to say on the matter in our exclusive video above.

Related: A UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race is “going to happen”



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