By Valerie and Judy Shields
Photos and Video provided by THT
Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 05/16/2022 – “I’m so excited that our tribe will be safely reunited once again.” Says RuPaul.
“RuPaul’s DragCon is the most gorgeous, most gagworthy and most life-affirming drag convention on the planet, and our aim is to serve you a super amazing experience, while keeping you as safe as possible.” “The 2022 LA convention marks the first time ever we will be featuring a full-day of Friday programming for the three-day convention,” says WOW co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.
The three-day RuPaul’s DragCon LA is the world’s largest all-ages and family-friendly celebration of drag, featuring vendors, exhibitors, panel and Q&A sessions, plus appearances from drag stars including supermodel of the world RuPaul, recent season winners – Willow Pill (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Priyanka (Canada’s Drag Race), Kita Mean (Drag Race Down Under), Lawrence Chaney (Drag Race UK), Symone (RuPaul’s Drag Race S13), Kylie Sonique Love (Drag Race All Stars 6), Carmen Farala (Drag Race Espana S1), Icesis Couture (Canada’s Drag Race S2), and all your other favorite dazzling queens from across the global award-winning “Drag Race” franchise including Aquaria, Mariah Balenciaga, Alaska, Priyanka, Tammie Brown, Kim Chi, Heidi N Closet, Divina De Campo, Eureka O’Hara, Gigi Goode, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Pandora Boxx, Ariel Versace, Blu Hydrangea, Kahmora Hall, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Scarlet Envy, Nicky Doll, Vivacious, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Baga Chipz, Shuga Cain, Sasha Velour, the United Kingdolls, the Frock Destroyers, and more. Additional talent includes June Diane Raphael, Rachel Bloom, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ts Madison, and Daniel Franzese among others.
RuPaul presided over the official ribbon cutting alongside the Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7; Jaida Essence Hall, Jinkx Monsoon, Monét X Change, Raja, Shea Couleé, The Vivienne, Trinity the Tuck and Yvie Oddly.
The Hollywood Times was there for the first time to cover and experience RuPaul’s DragCon 2022.
It was truly something to see with all the colors and there were so many fans waiting outside to get in. That pink carpet was really an experience to walk down as the PR company personally walked Judy and myself as the fans were lined up to get a glimpse at their favorite Drag Queen along with RuPaul.
Fans lined up outside LA Convention Center for DragCon 2022 on Friday, May 13The Hollywood Times was able to interview several of the glamourous Drag Queens featured below.
The first interview was with Sederginne from Drag Race Holland Season 1 and what a awesome outfit she had on with her very own scannable “QR Codes” that will link you to her social media. Genius!
Judy Shields caught up with Mystique Summers and had a microphone handling lesson:
Valerie Interviews Denali – RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13
RuPaul’s DragCon 2022 paid homage to “The Golden Girls” by showcasing an immersive “Golden Girls” experience that will bring the series to life through a recreation of the iconic kitchen from the beloved sitcom.
The real-life pop-up activation will include a step-and-repeat for fans to snap photos and live out their ’80s fantasy as part of the famous girlfriend quartet. The Golden Girls is now streaming on Hulu.
The Pink Carpet Queen Walk.
Valerie interviewed Tynomi Banks from Canada’s Drag Race Season 1
Judy Interviews Kandy Muse – RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13
Here are photos we took of the Queens as they came off the Pink Carpet Queen Walk. Don’t they all just look gorgeous?
Here are some shots that we took while walking the convention floor.
RuPaul was DJ’ing above the Main Stage as videos of him where on the big screen and guest danced away on the dance floor
We just can’t wait until next year. If you missed it this year, don’t forget to make plans to be here next year, we sure will!