On Saturday evening., UNCG held a drag show in the Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center. The event, dubbed “The Professional Drag Show,” featured Ms. Kasha Davis, Coco Montrese and Kimora Blac, who were all former contestants of the show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Since its launch in 2009, the show has touched the hearts of many and launched a plethora of careers for many of its contestants. These three ladies graced UNCG with a performance that will be a daunting task for any other queen to follow.
Before the show, Monya, a UNCG junior, who was waiting in line, said, “I’m such a big fan of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ and meeting the contestants will bring so much joy to my life.” That UNCG was able to bring in the drag queens, Monya said, made her grateful to be at such an LGBT inclusive university.
The drag queen, Davis, is from Rochester New York, and was on the seventh season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Davis applied to be on the show six times before being selected for the seventh season of the reality show. While she was able to win one mini-challenge, on the show, Davis was unfortunately eliminated in the fifth episode, and came in 11th place.
Since her elimination from “Drag Race,” she has managed to keep busy with the various drag shows that she does. She has traveled all over the country, and has even managed to go abroad with shows in Brisbane, Australia and Montreal, Canada. During “The Professional Drag Show,” attendants were able to see a fun, yet classy performance from Davis, that was exemplified in her attire and music. As she took the stage, Davis’ performance elicited many of laughs, rounds of applause and smiles from the audience.
Montrese is from Las Vegas, and was on the fifth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” as well as the second season of show’s spinoff, “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” During the fifth season of “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” Montrese was able to not only win one mini-challenge, but a main challenge was well. Montrese went on to compete in the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” but was the first person to be eliminated.
During her performance, Montrese told the audience of her hospitalization after having a lung infection, which caused an eruption of applause, as attendants were happy to see that Montrese was now happy and healthy. Montrese brought a performance that was simultaneously whimsical and captivating. Since the show, she has been extremely busy with traveling across the country, doing shows from California to New York. Montrese now has her own show on in Las Vegas, with other former “Drag Race” contestants.
“Coco is my favorite Drag Queen from the show,” said UNCG freshman, Ashley Moore, “she allowed for me to see something more of myself.”
The queen, Blac, is also from Las Vegas, and was on the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” While Blac was not on the show for very long, since her time on the show, she has has been doing a few shows to build her career. While on stage at “The Professional Drag Show,” Blac took a hold of the audience, giving attendants a sultry glare, that ultimately made for a captivating performance.
“Having a drag race on our campus allows for the LGBTQIA+ community to come and allows me to feel safe,” said UNCG sophomore, Seth Whitford.
“The Professional Drag Show” provided a fun and safe space for many members of both local Greensboro and UNCG LGBT+ communities, to come together with professional queens, to celebrate themselves and the freedom of gender expression through the tradition of drag.