‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’: Queens Aren’t Allowed to Keep Their Legendary Legend Stars After Leaving the Show
Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is a first for the Emmy-winning series, as winners from previous seasons of Drag Race return to compete in the ultimate tournament of champions. The best-performing queens each week are awarded Legendary Legend Stars — gloss enamel pins that say “Legend” on them. And while they rightfully earn the pins, they weren’t allowed to take them home with them from filming.
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Season 7 is an all-winners season
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 7 is unlike any in Drag Race herstory, as previous winners of the show compete for the title of Queen of All Queens. The eight winners featured on the season are Season 3 winner Raja, Season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon, Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly, Season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall, All Stars 4 winners Monét X Change and Trinity the Tuck, All Stars 5 winner Shea Couleé, and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 1 winner The Vivienne.
All Stars 7 also featured a new twist: for the first time in Drag Race herstory, no one would be going home. Instead, the top two queens of the week are awarded Legendary Legend Stars and lip sync for a chance at a $10,000 cash prize and the power to block one of their competitors from earning a Legend Star the following week.
The ‘Drag Race’ queens can’t keep their Legendary Legend Stars
Much like the RuPeter Badges of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, challenge winners on the all-winners season proudly wear their Legendary Legend Stars in the werkroom as a visual representation of how the competition stands. But after filming is wrapped on the season, the queens had to give their Legendary Legend Stars back to the production crew.
In a May 2022 episode of the Sibling Rivalry podcast, competitor Monét X Change received her Legendary Legend Stars in a package in the mail, despite the season having filmed nearly a year prior. It’s likely that the queens aren’t allowed to take the ones from the set home in case they were to accidentally display them in public, revealing secrets about the upcoming season.
Other awards are often mailed
While it may seem disappointing that the queens don’t keep their Legendary Legend Stars from the show, it’s not an entirely uncommon practice in the entertainment industry.
The Grammy Awards, for example, feature prop awards that winners take pictures with backstage, then return to show staff. Awards are then engraved and mailed three months later.