I've covered a LOT of conventions in my time... Comic Con, both New York and San Diego, Sneaker Con, E3, CES, NAB, the International Toy Fair, and con and con and con. I have seen some very cool and very weird things at them. However, I've never seen anything like RuPaul's DragCon.
(Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of "RuPaul's Drag Race" and have worked carpets, covered events and created content for the show while working for Viacom/Logo in the past. It was awesome. I was very happy to see some very glamorous friends from the past.)
(H/T to my best friend, Mark Doctrow, for all the great photos he took at DragCon. And, for being a PA for me all day even though he is, in fact, a supertalented television executive.)
It's quite literally glitter, hair & sequins as far as the eye can see. Not that you can see that far because there's glitter, hair and sequins in your eyes. It was crowded. It was, like, Six Flags on Labor Day crowded. Everyone wanted to see their favorite queens and they were willing to very calmly wait in huge lines to do so.
The lines to share an air kiss and capture some Snapchat gold with popular queens like Detox, Michelle Visage (I know she's a judge but she's a queen, too.) Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Pandora Boxx and Sasha Velour would snake back and forth and could last way longer than a typical episode of "Untucked." That wasn't the case with every queen there, however.
I'm sorry, Phi Phi. I couldn't help myself! Phi Phi O'Hara is one of those controversial queens who eagerly played the reality show villain role during her season. In truth, Phi Phi's booth was very busy during the time she was there. I just thought this photo was hilarious.
There were nearly 200 exhibitors and, wow, did they run the gammut. As mentioned before there was lots of glitter, hair and sequins, all for purchase, but there were also tons of t-shirts, fan art, SHOES and more make-up than a person could ever need. Well, maybe not if your job is to drag yourself outta bed and get into drag multiple times a day.
There were also a ton of panel discussions featuring topics ranging from social media content creation to beauty blogging to spotting fake news.
Just to give you an idea of the glamour present inside the Jacob Javits Center during DragCon, here's a list of some of the superstars present:
Bebe Zahara Benet
Bob the Drag Queen
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Mean Girls' Daniel Franzese
Ivy Winters (did you just say her name in your head the way I did?)
James St. James
Mrs. Kasha Davis
Phi Phi O'Hara
Trinity K. Bonet
and, of course, Vivacious!
The inaugural NY RuPaul's DragCon was so much fun. It welcomed over 35,000 guests and was produced by World of Wonder Productions. I'm pretty sure we'll see it "RuTurn" in 2018.