weekly tdr reviews

TDR Review: Week #2

Obligatory Opening Disclaimer:

My theme is shit, so I’m not going to put this under a read more. I’m just going to give my thoughts on each contestant- I hope no one takes anything I say offensively, because I’m really not trying to start anything. I am the first to admit that I’m by no means “qualified” to judge ANYONE who does drag, and I’m only doing this for fun, really. 

Let’s jump right into this shit ~

Bianca Wynters – I think this was a good week for Bianca. She won the mini-challenge, and although she was read for her look in the main challenge, I appreciated the effort she exerted. In the mini-challenge, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t think her eye make-up was the best; but it didn’t need to be. Bianca was the only queen to beat her entire mug according to the animal theme, and even though I know the challenge called for only an eye look, the fact that she went above and beyond showed drive - not to mention, the look was pretty sickening, too. As far as the main challenge goes, I have mixed feelings. I agree that the make-up could have been a bit more polished, as well as the outfit. That said, I think she conveyed the futuristic theme well. I also don’t think her outfit was quite as bad as it was made out to be, in all honesty. I could just be going easy on the girls when it comes to clothing, because after all, they are amateur queens, but with refinement I think Bianca’s look could have been pretty fierce. This is getting to be lengthy, so I’ll end it with this: last week, I said that Bianca is one of the fishiest queens in this competition, and this week, she proved that she is much more versatile than many other fishy queens, and that will carry her far in this competition.

BonQueefQueef – PLEASE DON’T HATE ME. I thought the mini-challenge look was very polished, and it would have been one of the stand-outs had it not been for the eyebrows. No T no shade, but they kind of scared me. I know it’s not her usual look, but… they were just a bit much, in my opinion. As for the main challenge… I get the concept. Really, I do. And I don’t think the execution was bad, either. But to me, this look totally missed the futuristic theme. I’m not trying to be bitchy here, but to me, she should have been in the bottom, if for no other reason than to light a fire under her ass. Like one of the judges said, I see potential, and I think she needs to absolutely bring her A-game next week to showcase that.

Camilla Monet – Oooh, fresh meat. Kidding, kidding. Since she wasn’t added into the competition until after the mini-challenge, I’ll just jump right into the main challenge. I think she played it smart. Although she didn’t really execute the theme well, she did show off her talents and establish herself as a threat with her look. She looked fabulous. Now, with that said, I definitely think she could have performed better in the actual challenge had she removed the belt, and perhaps the sheer top as well. Sure, the look would have been very simple, but with the addition of some metallic accessories, I think she could have owned the challenge instead of middling. As for the wig… I agree that it was Amy Winehouse-esque, but once again, these queens probably aren’t rolling in dough to purchase new wigs with in order to meet each week’s challenge criteria, so I’m not going to read her for it.

Cleo Whorecunt – WHAT HAPPENED HERE!? I really thought Cleo had cemented her place in the middle of the pack last week, but this week… I WAS LIVING for her. In the mini-challenge, I felt like she would have won had Bianca not gone above and beyond expectations. That fucking eye shadow was flawless. On top of that, her main challenge look was absolutely phenomenal. I think she came across as very futuristic, despite the fact that her wardrobe choice kind of diminished the effect. I wasn’t even disappointed in the top, but the cameo necklace really “dated” the look. I would have liked to see a bit more obvious contouring and perhaps some more creative hair, but I still feel like she was easily one of the top contenders this week. A special note here: It may not seem like it, but I really do find myself struggling to comment on Cleo. I find myself holding back on praising her because she is naturally very pretty, but going forth, I have to stop that. She may not have to try as hard as the other girls to be feminine, but I don’t think she should put a tiresome amount of effort into trying to make herself come across as more of a “true” faux queen. What she does takes an incredible amount of talent, and I don’t think she should have to jump through hoops in order to fulfill the traditional ideals of what a faux queen should look like as long as she continues to be a strong contender in this competition.

Emma Octavia Winters – I’m conflicted here. The mini-challenge looks was nice, but it wasn’t really a stand-out in my eyes. The main challenge look, on the other hand… I’ll start off by saying that, when I first saw it, I loved it. Then I read the judge’s critiques, and although I usually try not to let other’s opinions sway my own, I did take a closer look afterwards, and I noticed a few things that set me off. First off, the bangs on the wig… girl. I realize I said I’m not really going to judge wigs, though, so I’ll let that one go. Other than that, the main thing I disliked was the design on the cheek. I think the forehead design was executed nicely, but the cheek was just too much. I hate to say it, but I really think it brought the overall quality of the look way down. I love the contouring and lips, and the outfit does seem futuristic, but I’ll take one from Ru’s book and advise Emma to do one thing in the future: edit.

Kitty Monroe – Before I even start, I need to make another note here: I’m probably going to be playing favorites a bit with Kitty. I don’t even know why, but for some reason, I love this bitch. A lot. Sorry ‘bout it. Anyway… Starting with the mini-challenge, I felt that Kitty’s look middled. It wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t bad, either. With that out of the way, let’s move on to what really matters: the main challenge. My initial reaction to her photos was something along the lines of Sharon Needle’s shriek last year when she won that one challenge. Kitty has a fucking master’s degree in giving face. I thought her side profile was somewhat Detox-esque (well, maybe minus the Botox), and I lived for it. I especially loved that little metallic detail, and the fact that she seemed to have pulled off the no-wig look. Moving on to the outfit… cue the favoritism. I agree that the shot with the entire bra exposed wasn’t a wise choice, but I thought the second photo showcased her look well and showed that it was futuristic. Sure, it wasn’t metallic or super bright, but I think Kitty was trying to go for a look that showcased the more “clinical” idea of futuristic fashion that we often see in pop-culture. I’m not sure if that makes sense to anyone, but basically, I see a lot of futuristic TV shows and things of the like that showcase demure fashions with details that add a hint of vulgarity and visual interest (i.e. the exposed bra in Kitty’s look). I’m not sure if that was intentional, but that’s what I took away from it. That said, I do wish the dress would have been a bit tighter and the first photo would have been omitted.  Simply put, was the look the best? No. But was it bottom two material? Eh…

Mistress Magick – I was worried for her after the mini-challenge, because I felt her look was one of the worst due to the sloppiness of the tiger stripes, but this bitch turned the main challenge in my opinion. Everything seemed futuristic to me: the hair, the make-up, and even the outfit. She seemed to have strived for same kind of more demure futuristic fashion that I felt Kitty was going for, and I think she executed it well. All in all, she met the expectations of the judges, and looked damn good while doing it.

Rita Bane – YES. FUCKING. MA’AM. I’m just going to gloss over the mini-challenge look with this one. It was fine. BUT THAT FUCKING MAIN CHALLENGE LOOK. The make-up, the outfit, the accessories… perfect. Just… perfect. Again, she was read for not meeting the criteria of the challenge, but AGAIN, I think she served a more glamorous form of futuristic fashion than most people were expecting. If the dress had not been accompanied by the necklace, I could see the validity in the read, but I think the angle of that accessory really pushed the look in the futuristic direction. The only thing I didn’t like about her look initially was the forehead detail in the first photo, but it looks fine to me in the second, and it also helped cement the adhesion to the requirements of the main challenge. Keep up the good work; I can’t speak for everyone keeping up with TDR, but I’m excited to see more of you.

Saya Nara – Can I just fucking say, I had absolutely no idea she was a faux queen!?!?!?!?!? That aside, I don’t have much to say. I loved her take on the challenge, and I felt that everything was executed beautifully. Kudos to you on a well-deserved win.

ONE LAST SIDE NOTE: I loved the guest judge this week. I thought their comments were very insightful. That said, I disagree with her comments about Kitty and Rita’s perceived bitchiness… I think that they are usually pretty lighthearted, and that most of the shade they throw is not meant to be hurtful in any way. But, once again, I am a bit biased towards them.

 

 

TDR Review: Week #1

My theme is shit, so I’m not going to put this under a read more. I’m just going to give my thoughts on each contestant- I hope no one takes anything I say offensively, because I’m really not trying to start anything. I am the first to admit that I’m by no means “qualified” to judge ANYONE who does drag, and I’m only doing this for fun, really. 

I’ll just go in order of the main challenge pictures.

Bianca Wynters - I wasn’t really into her look in the main challenge, but through her posts throughout the week, I know she was nervous about this challenge to begin with. I think she pulled it off well taking that into consideration, and her theme was clearly gothic. As for the mini-challenge, her look was my absolute favorite. To me, she seems like the fishiest queen in the competition, and even though I think that comes somewhat naturally to her, she didn’t rely on that, which is important. 

BonQueefQueef -I wasn’t a fan of her mini-challenge look at all. I definitely agreed that she needed to work on her contouring, and I wasn’t a fan of the blue eye shadow. That said, I think she redeemed herself in the main challenge. It seems obvious that she took the judge’s advice with the contouring, and although she still has work to do, I think she climbed from somewhere near the bottom of the pack to around the middle with her main challenge look.

Canada Cuntwell - I’m probably going to catch some flak for this, but I loved both of her looks this week. Her mini-challenge look wasn't necessarily "fishy,“ but it looked "pretty” to me, which I appreciate since her general style seems to be more shock-esque. I also agree with her win in the main challenge. There are clear parallels to Sharon Needles, but honestly, I think her look really showed how talented she is when it comes to beating her mug. She even added the cleft chin that Sharon has, and that attention to detail will probably get her far in the competition. With that in mind, I do feel that she should try to venture away from Sharon-esque looks for next week, simply because I’m sure people will get tired of them quickly.

Cleo Whorecunt - I’m not going to lie here- I thought she might be relying too heavily on her natural looks in the mini-challenge, and that worried me. That said, she really proved me wrong in the main challenge. Her makeup was faux queen the house down, and she definitely deserved to be in the top. I’m hesitant to comment on the runway looks, just because it seems that some of the faux queens and more “established” queens have a clear advantage in that regard, but I did love her dress.

Emma Octavia Winters - Another queen who obviously took her critiques from the mini-challenge into account while beating her mug for the main challenge. The eyebrows improved a lot. Her mini-challenge look was too simple for my liking, but I honestly loved her look for the main challenge. She still kept it simple, but I appreciate her more polished take on gothic couture. I’m not sure I agree with her being placed in the bottom two, but to me, she absolutely turned the lip-sync anyway.

Kitty Monroe - YESSSSSSSSSSS. I fucking live for her main challenge look. Not sure why she was read for the belt- to me, it made her waist look more feminine and gave the illusion that she has legs for days. Like one of the judges mentioned, I love her sharp contouring. The only thing I could say is that she should maybe try changing her look up a little more, because I think the mini-challenge and main challenge looks were somewhat similar, but I also think that may just be because the bitch is familiar with her face and knows what suits her. A clear contender for the title.

Luna Raynebow - I’m conflicted with her. I LOVE how, despite the fact she is a faux queen, her looks are 100% DRAG. She seems to be a skilled makeup artist, and although she doesn’t seem to be into “pretty” looks, she does what she does well. Her mini-challenge look didn’t seem fishy to me, but I loved her eyes so much it didn’t even matter. Her main-challenge look was nice, but I wish she hadn’t added the forehead detailing. I understand what she was going for, but I’m not sure if it really added to the look, and it kind of distracted me from the amazing color combinations she used on the rest of her face. The wig was on-point, and she was obviously one of the more truly gothic queens. One minor criticism I have would be that I feel she should move her cheek contour up a bit- I like the way she shapes her face, but it does seem just a bit too low to my (albeit, untrained) eye.

Mistress Magick - I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’m not sure why she was placed in the bottom. I LOVED her makeup for both challenges, and I thought her runway was fine. That said, I’m not sure if she brought it quite as much in the lip-sync as far as the choreography was concerned, but I thought her lip-sync itself was considerably tighter, even with the webcam lag.

Rita Bane How she was placed in the low category, I will never understand. Both of her looks showed that she is one of the most polished queens in the competition. Her mini-challenge look read a bit Monica Beverly Hills to me, and I lived for it. Her main challenge look reminded me of Alyssa Edward’s pageant goth look for the dancing challenge of RPDR, and her pose in her second photo… fuck. She gave glamorous goth, and I don’t think she deserved to be read for that.