Nina West just made HERstory at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards!
The fan-favourite Drag Race star, who controversially placed sixth on the show’s 11th season earlier this year, became the first queen to sashay, shantay and panther down the red carpet in full drag. RuPaul has walked the carpet, but not in drag.
“I’m going to the Emmys, I’m going to the Primetime Emmys! It’s kind of crazy,” she told Cosmo days before the ceremony.
“It’s really strange after nine years of auditioning [for the show] to be part of this global phenomenon, and be one of RuPaul’s girls, and share that message and tell that story all over the world.
“But the best part about it is not only are we celebrating the show, but [also] what the show really does is celebrate gay people and a really crazy subcultural art form in our community that is just so beautiful and vibrant and colorful.
Nina said she’s “lucky” to be under the wig of RuPaul and praised the show’s message of self-love, saying it’s a “bright light of hope” for audiences around the world because of our current political climate, where people are “so angry and angst-filled”.
At this year’s ceremony, Drag Race won Emmys for Outstanding Competition Program, Outstanding Host for Reality/Competition Program and Outstanding Costumes for Reality Programming and Outstanding Hairstyling.
It was the second consecutive year the show took home gongs for Outstanding Competition Program and Outstanding Host, and the third consecutive year RuPaul has walked away with the latter.
Several other queer shows and stars took home awards: Fleabag was the big winner of the night, taking home Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Actor and former GAY TIMES cover star Billy Porter made history with his Lead Actor in a Drama Series win for critically-acclaimed LGBTQ show Pose, becoming the first openly gay black man to take home the award.
Ben Whishaw was handed the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award for his role in A Very English Scandal.