RuPaul’s Drag Race is nothing short of a cult classic. The show has a massive and dedicated fan base. Over its several seasons, the show has provided its fans with pure entertainment. They get to know the contestants personally and professionally. The show tests their skills at acting, makeup, fashion design and construction, singing, comedy, dancing, celebrity impersonation, lip-syncing, and writing – all while staying true to their own brands.
However, if you the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race is unknown to you, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Every day there are hundreds of people who are introduced to the wonder that is this show.
No matter which season or which episode you start watching, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. However, there are certain episodes that stand out. There is one distinct episode that is sure to show you the true essence of the show in just 40 minutes.
Let’s find out which episode it is.
WHICH EPISODE SHOULD I START WATCHING RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE WITH?
Season 6, Episode 2 – RuPaul’s Big Opening: Part Two
Season 6 is one of the few seasons on the show that splits the introductory episode into two parts. This allows the show to give each participant more time to introduce themselves to the audience and to make their mark.
After the queens have introduced themselves, the first challenge they have to compete in is a photoshoot, one in a pillow-fight setting with the show’s Pit Crew. The challenge seeks to test the queens on their ability to adapt to such an un-glam setting, while maintaining their distinct identities.
The second challenge is one that has become a part of the show’s brand. A party-themed box full of fabric and props for each queen, with a different theme for each. This challenge is aimed at getting the queens to show not just their fashion sense, but also their abilities to design, create, style, combine, and most importantly, present.
This allows the audience to gain an insight into their thought process, to get to know how they became who they are.
As Slate correctly phrased it –
“One of the defining aspects of Drag Race is that its contestants are given equal screen time as performers and as people, documenting their transformations and giving viewers insight into the process and personalities behind the art.”