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A RuPaul's Drag Race contestant has claimed that she was BANNED from donning a dress which resembled a giant sanitary pad on the hit diva show.

Drag queen Manila Luzon is currently competing on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, which is synonymous with breaking glass ceilings and overcoming certain stereotypes.

In the latest episode of the show, which aired last Fridaym Luzon and the cast served some killer lewks and the drag artist herself wore a Chanel-inspired gown for the 'Curves and Swerves' challenge.

Controversy arose when Manila went public with Ru's decision to ban her original menstruation-inspired dress, saying it was in "bad taste", despite previous looks on the show being far more controversial.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Manila took to her Instagram to post an image of the dress, captioning the image;

"Ru said my ORIGINAL Curves & Swerves Runway look was in “bad taste” and production told me to wear my back up. I was really looking forward to wearing this gown that I think celebrates a perfectly normal human experience!"

"Many of my fans are young women who may feel pressured by society to be embarrassed by periods. It’s empowering to teach young women about their bodies, encourage them to celebrate them AND to question people who tell them not to!" she added. LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"My goal with this look was to normalise menstruation by looking great even if I was on my period!" she continued.

The look was curated by designer Dallas Coulter, and consisted of a sanitary pad corset and fake blood alongside a glamorous red skirt.

"Instead, I decided to wear the beautiful quilted dress you saw in the episode because it is not my show, it’s Ru’s. But because of Ru, I have my very own platform to speak for myself and show you all my interpretation!!

Fans of the show were NOT happy, to say the least.

Another Twitter user wrote; “Period drama! As an endometriosis sufferer thank you for trying to normalise periods."

Manila's post has caused major criticism of Ru Paul's methods, following public outcry last year when Ru expressed his disapproval of transitioning queens taking part in Drag Race.

He was accused of transphobia after saying actively transitioning women probably couldn't participate in the famous show;

RuPaul said, “Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you're transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body.”

“It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we're doing,” the 57-year-old LGBTQ idol said, later apologising for his comments.

Neither Ru nor the production team have responded to the period dress debacle.

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This year has seen some extremely high profile splits, but this is one we thought we would never be writing about.

Sadly, something is in the air in 2018 and love is just dying out all over the place.

This time, Ross Mathews and Salvador Camarena called time on their relationship of 10 YEARS.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The RuPaul’s Drag Race judge announced the news via Insta.

"After nearly ten years together, Salvador and I have decided that the time has come to part ways," he penned.

However, throw away the popcorn as the break-up hasn't given us any juicy drama, and Ross explained that they're keeping their split classy. 

"This split is amicable and filled with kindness, compassion and a genuine love for one another. As we go forward, each of us feels as if he has a cheerleader in our corner – a family member for life."

"We are happy. Thank you all for your well wishes and love," he finished. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The reason we are so shookth by their decision to end the relationship is that last year there were talks of starting a family.

Ross told the HuffingtonPost that: "I feel like I’ve been married and raising my career. I’m ready pretty soon to think about having some babies.”

The pair first started dating in 2008 and though we are happy for both of them that they're ready for this new chapter, we are low-key devastated. 

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Queens, listen up! Pre-drinks are about to get a lot more interesting as two of the most outrageous elements of popular culture combine to make the ultimate party game. 

Cards Against Humanity is no stranger to the odd unofficial spin-off. From Harry Potter to Disney the bad-mannered card game has undergone a few makeovers over the past few years – though we think this latest one might just be our favourite yet. 

Introducing Cards Against Rumanity. 

And yes, that is a RuPaul's Drag Race version of the beloved game. 

The cards feature various words and phrases used throughout the series such as  'Backrolls?', 'Fine art drag', 'A sequins dress', 'Voguing the house down', 'Puppets', and 'One hundred thousand dollars' – so we can only imagine all the hilarious combinations just waiting to be had. 

A set costs $29.99 (€24.79), and are available on amazon. However, as they don't currently ship to Ireland, you might have a hard time getting your hands on them. 

But never fear. There is an alternative. 

A similar, and much more affordable, set is available on Etsy for just £4.50 (approx €5.11). 

This option allows you to download a digital PDF version of the cards and print them out at your leisure. 

And while that might sound like a lot of effort – we can guarantee it'll all be worth it in the end! 

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Stop everything! Drag icon RuPaul is collaborating with a US cosmetics company Mally Beauty to bring us a fierce new collection of makeup products, and it's like all our Christmases have come at once. 

If you're a fan of Drag Race (who isn't, tbh), then you'll know the contestants' makeup transformations are next-level fabulous, so it's only right that the next celeb beauty collab comes to us courtesy of the brains behind the operation. 

 

#MallyXRuPaul  More info coming soon!

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So, here's everything we know so far. 

According to reports, the capsule collection will include 10 to 12 pieces, with RuPaul apparently set to come up with the concept behind each product. 

However, it's not all good news. It looks like we'll have to sit tight and let creative process take it's course, as the collaboration isn't due to drop until some sometime next year. 

In a statement, founder of the band,Mally Roncal praised Ru: “Ru has always stayed true to who he is and unapologetically puts himself out there. He exemplifies self-acceptance and has inspired and taught millions of people to love themselves.

“This seamlessly blends with Mally Beauty’s mantra: What makes you different makes you beautiful! I feel blessed to have the honour of working with RuPaul and have him connected to my brand.”

RuPaul also said: “I love Mally. Her approach to make-up is exemplified by her personality; smart, sexy, fun, and beautiful. I really dig this woman.”

 

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Mally Beauty has previously collaborated with Disney for a gorgeous collection of Frozen-themed products – so it's safe to say our expectations are pretty high. 

Keep your eyes peeled and we'll keep you informed as soon as we know more. 

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Hello, my queens. 

So unless you've been living under a rock with no Internet you'll have heard of RuPaul's Drag Race. 

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No? Well sit down sista cause I'm about to teach you a thing about the fiercest, bitchiest, most fabulous reality show to ever grace our screens. 

Now in it's tenth season and the winner of multiple awards, RuPaul's Drag Race is well worth your time. 

So let's start with the basics. What is a drag queen? It's not just hairy men in tights prancing at your local panto, it's far, FAR more complicated than that. 

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When in drag, the queens are always referred to a 'she/her' in the work room or when they're out of drag it is also mainly 'she/her' but some of the older drag queens can revert to masculine pronouns. 

Each season begins with a cohort of new queens vying for the crown and the $100,00 prize money. Most episodes start with RuPaul in boy drag appearing in the work room (where the drama happens) and setting a mini-challenge. Winner of the mini-challenge is then granted some kind of advantage in the maxi challenge. Challenges range from designing show-stopping outfits, to musical performances, to impersonations and making over members of the public. 

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The bottom queens then lipsync for their survival. RuPaul then decides who stays and who will "Sashay Away." 

Between all of this is plenty of drama, bitching, confessions, back-stabbing, meltdowns, wardrobe malfunctions and sabotaging- it's brilliant. 

Drag queens themselves can be loosely divided into seven categories, because the whole point of drag is breaking down boundaries, honey. 

Pageant queens– these are the girls have compete in drag beauty competitions and pageants. Think flawless make-up, big hair *cough* Alyssa Edwards *cough* and even bigger personalities. 

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Horror queens– the antithesis of the pageant queens, horror queens, like Sharon Needles, delight in gender-bending, gothic shock- literally, Sharon Needles once spewed blood on the catwalk 

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Comedy queens– sure to be quick with the sassy comebacks, comedy queens like Bianca Del Rio and Ben De La Créme have their characters down and are a force to reckoned with 

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Fishy queens– these are the queens that are gorgeous- like pass for a supermodel gorgeous. If you ever want to question your own looks, check out Shangela and Naomi Smalls- pure stunners. 

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 Alternative/Haut couture queens– These are queens that really don't want to be put in a box. They delight in all things odd, mixing high fashion with cardboard with all kinds of crazy stuff. 

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Impersonators– literally what is says on the tin. Check out Derrick Barry- the Las Vegas Brittney Spears impersonator or early Chad Michaels when she was impersonating Cher.

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Okay got it? There's a lot of different drag out there. So why are they all racing for this RuPaul?

Mamma Ru is basically drag goals and a nod from her can get your drag career set up. She was a trail-blazing queen in the 1990's. Her first major breakthrough was in 1989 with in the B-52's music video to Love Shack. She went on to have her own successful music and modelling career, becoming the first drag queen to be sign to Mac and posing with the likes of Naomi Campbell. 

Building a steady LGBTQ fan base, she started hosting Drag Race in 2008, slowly becoming more and more popular, exploding in recent years with two Emmy awards. 

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Yas, queen. 

Ready to dip your toe in drag waters? First you're going to need a basic dictionary of drag-speak. Don't worry, we'll happily provide ( in no particular order). 

Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent: The four key elements of any good drag performance (find the hidden message for extra points). 

Hunty: the drag alternative to 'frenemies' 

Reading: to slag another queen off, usually as part of an act

Throwing Shade: also means slagging off, but with bitchier undertones 

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Paint: make-up 

Tuck: the process of, ahem, arranging the man parts to look like lady parts

Fish: a drag queen that could pass for a woman, relates to the presence of a vay-jay and the accompanying… ehhhh…. aromas 

Slay: to werk it 

Werk: to slay it (obviously) 

Death drop: often seen during lipsyncs, it's jumping up in the air and landing in the splits or dramatically dropping to the floor 

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So what are you waiting for? RuPaul's Drag Race is now available on Netflix. 

Now, sashay away. 

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