Will Women One Day Compete on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’?

RuPaul’s Drag Race is known for showcasing the charisma, uniqueness nerve and talent of hopeful drag queens competing to become the Next Drag Superstar.

After 11 seasons, the reality competition has become a hit around the world and continues to grow its already large fan base each year.

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While the series primarily focuses on men showcasing their most sicking drag looks from week to week, many fans can’t help but wonder if females will one day have the opportunity to compete on the show?

RuPaul is not ruling out the possibility of women competing in the future

At the end of every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul is known for saying, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else. Can I get an “Amen.””

While these words are inspiring to the show’s contestants who embrace their drag personas, it is also uplifting to those who one day see themselves competing on the show.

RuPaul’s Drag Race has always encouraged contestants, as well as fans, to embrace the skin they’re in and live in their truths.

The show has been an outlet for many to express themselves to their fullest extent, so why haven’t women been able to compete to be the Next Drag Superstar?

Although the series has had openly transgender contestants compete for the crown, is there a chance a drag king could one day make their way to the main stage?

In a new interview with the Sunday Times, RuPaul opens up about trans and cis women competing on the show and shared that he isn’t ruling out the possibility of this happening.

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When asked if women can do drag, he said, “Women are in drag. You’re born naked and the rest is drag.”

RuPaul was then questioned on whether or not women can compete on Drag Race, which ultimately left him “tongue-tied,” according to reporter Katie Glass, before a producer stepped in and said that the show is “inclusive because it’s on the BBC”.

After the interview, RuPaul sent a follow-up email and insisted he wouldn’t rule it out in the future. “I’ve learnt to never say never,” he wrote.

RuPaul has been under fire for his comments regarding trans women competing on the show

Although RuPaul isn’t ruling out the possibility of women competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race, he was once under fire for thinking otherwise.

During an interview with The Guardian last year, the Emmy Award-winning host left many fans disappointed when he revealed that he “probably [would] not” let a post-transition woman compete on the show.

He also appeared to suggest that he only considers a trans woman a “real” woman once she’s physically transitioned, before mentioning former competitor Peppermint who “didn’t get breast implants” so she hadn’t “really transitioned”.

Many fans and former Drag Race contestants spoke out against RuPaul’s comments and in support for trans women, leading to RuPaul issue a statement expressing “regret” over his words.

He now claims that those comments were taken “so out of context” and shared with The Sunday Times that trans women and drag queens “share a history.”

Although RuPaul isn’t against women competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race, we’ll just have to wait and see when this finally happens.