Did someone kill a few lightbulbs on the runway or is it getting a little shady in here?

In the great tradition of Paris Is Burning, EW gathered the gag-worthy girls of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 (premiering Thursday, Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. on VH1) to open the library and read several hilarious throwback photos of each other’s first time in drag.

Ahead of the Miley Cyrus-filled RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 debut, watch EW’s exclusive reading session with the queens above, and read on for some of the best reads of the session.

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A’Keria Chanel Davenport

“Bitch, you look good!” – Brooke Lynn Hytes

“That’s before the man kicked in.” – A’Keria Chanel Davenport

Ariel Versace

“Do you got a lash under your nose too, bitch?” – A’Keria Chanel Davenport

“This is probably the best beard coverage Scarlet [Envy] has ever had.” – Yvie Oddly

“Why your nose so black?” – Silky Nutmeg Ganache

“I remember responding to this ad on Craigslist.” – Kahanna Montrese

Credit: Courtesy of Ariel Versace

Brooke Lynn Hytes

“What about those semicolons as eyebrows, girl?” – Ra’Jah O’Hara

“This was after Brooke Lynn [Hytes] watched Silky’s eyebrow tutorial.” – Plastique Tiara

Honey Davenport

“This look from Honey is the future. This is better than I’ve ever seen her makeup.” – Yvie Oddly

Kahanna Montrese

*unintelligible mixture screaming, jumping, and laughing* — group

“This is just proof that Kahanna is the trade of the season.” – Yvie Oddly

Mercedes Iman Diamond

“By the hair on her chinny chin chin!” – Silky Nutmeg Ganache

Nina West

“You look like a contestant from Drop Dead Gorgeous!– Ariel Versace

“You’ve been doing drag for 16 years and your style still hasn’t changed?” – Yvie Oddly

Plastique Tiara

“She looked more Asian then. Now you’re like a white girl!” – Soju

Ra’Jah O’Hara

“Do you believe God is a woman?” – Plastique Tiara

“Your toes are hanging so far over those shoes. Your toes are supposed to go in the shoes, girl!” – Honey Davenport

“She looks like she’s about to go audition for Bad Girls Club!” – Ariel Versace

Ra'Jah O'Hara Courtesy of Ra'Jah O'Hara
Credit: Courtesy of Ra'Jah O'Hara

Scarlet Envy

“This is me. And there’s no beard!” – Scarlet Envy

“Girl, Hot Topic doesn’t count as custom.” – Yvie Oddly

Shuga Cain

“Rachel Dolezal, I love you!” – Plastique Tiara

“She was born by a bronzer palette, bitch! Nobody’s skin tone is that orange. Your skin tone matches that bracelet!” – Nina West

“For your first time in drag, I cannot believe Carrot Top turned out like this!” – Yvie Oddly

Silky Nutmeg Ganache

“Are you in line at a fast food restaurant? Because that glow looks like it’s coming off the menu.” – Nina West


“Bitch, you need to go back in time!” – Silky Nutmeg Ganache

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

“You look like a woman I would see in Harlem, like one of the girls walking around uptown!” – Shuga Cain

Yvie Oddly

“You still look the same, girl.” – Shuga Cain

“This is very ‘My parents don’t understand me and I hate everybody.'” – Brooke Lynn Hytes

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