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The Best and Worst Looks of "Ru Paul's Drag Race" Season 13

Looking back on the four months of runway looks season 13 gave us.

In the depths of my Hot Girl Pandemic, Miss Ru Paul and her now 18 seasons of “Drag Race” became my latest obsession. Or as my sweet, misinformed mother calls it, Ragu Roadshow.

If you’re not familiar with “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” think Project Runway meets American Idol meets America’s Got Talent. Drag Queens from around the country - and world, now that there are UK, Canada, Australia, and other international versions of the show - audition to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. The best of the best queens are chosen to compete in a number of challenges including sewing, acting, improv, dancing, and lip sync battles.

After binge-watching twelve regular seasons and five seasons of “Drag Race: All Stars,” I settled in to watch my first season of Drag Race in real-time. And what an experience season 13 was, for more reasons than COVID-19.

“Drag Race” season 13 began on January 1, 2021, and wrapped up on April 23 after 11 years. This season polarized the fandom between those who thought it was the most talent-filled season yet and those who just wanted it to end. Love it or hate it, season 13 gave us some of the best and worst fashions the "Drag Race" runway has ever seen.


First, because it’s funnier.

LalaRi’s Bag Ball Eleganza

Episode: The Bag Ball

Photo: Entertainment Weekly

Let's start with the unavoidable: If you watche