New York Magazine Features 37 ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Alumni on Their Cover

Covergirl! These RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants definitely put the bass in their walk. They earned a cover story for New York Magazine and an online article published by Vulture. However, some drag queens are unhappy with the article published by Vulture, ranking each queen. Here’s what Bob the Drag Queen, Violet Chachki, and Willam are saying on Twitter.

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New York Magazine featured drag queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ on their cover

For Pride month and in celebration of the success of RuPaul’s Drag Race, New York Magazine put the spotlight on drag queens. Alumni of the show earned their covers on New York Magazine. Additionally, New York Magazine and Vulture published a few stories.

According to Willam, while 37 queens were photographed for the magazine and the corresponding online article, only Tempest DuJour, Aquaria, Katya, Yvie Oddly got their covers printed.

Along with the cover story, Vulture, a news publication that works in conjunction with New York Magazine, posted an online article. Entitled “The Most Powerful Drag Queens in America: Ranking the new establishment,” this article placed all 37 drag queens into tiers.

Drag queens like Bianca Del Rio and Trixie Mattel earned top billing on this list, whereas Honey Davenport, Darienne Lake, and Ivy Winters were thrown in “the bottom.” This list quickly trended on social media, gaining attention from drag queens and members of the LGBTQ community.

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Vulture posted an article ranking the 37 drag queens

Within a few hours, Advocate published a counter-article. This commentary gave four reasons why the Vulture story was “trash,” the reasons being no drag queens helped make the list, the list only featured RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, there were many mistakes, and ranking people isn’t classy.

“It’s one thing to rank the best travel destinations for 2019 or the best craft cocktail bars in New York City. But these are places and things that don’t have feelings, even if they may be the result of someone’s hard work,” Alexander Kacala said in the article. “However, ranking people just doesn’t seem right when influence, power, and esteem are so difficult to compare, especially in an art form that’s as diverse as drag.”

A few of the RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni commented on the situation on Twitter.

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Some ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ alumni are speaking up

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race and members of the LGBTQ community spoke up about the article. Some said ranking celebrities in the queer community is a step in the wrong direction.

“This @vulture article -which is a site for @NYMag -is insane. To rank by tiers is disgusting in general, but it seems they ranked art with NO merit. There are no accomplishments listed, along with basic facts incorrect. People love to have an opinion with no actual information,” said one Twitter user.

Even RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni featured on the top of the list protested. Some said there’s no way to rank drag queens who are so different.

“When they say ‘here is your cover,’ what they mean is ‘here is our digital marketing ploy to get 37 drag queen we bamboozled to post some arbitrary list we made.’ But congrats to 8 gals that did make the cover. That’s two covers for @TempestDujour this month! Atta girl!” tweeted drag performer, Willam.

The winner of season 7 Violet Chachki also chimed in, saying “these publications that think photographing drag queens in poor lighting with no retouching is somehow interesting or [avant garde] is literally homophobia.”

“Between Vulture, Klarna, and New York Magazine I think the queer community is under attack,” tweeted season 8 winner, Bob the Drag Queen.

New York Magazine or Vulture have not yet commented on the ranking article.