One of the things that really stuck out to me on last night’s highly entertaining episode of Drag Race was what an amazing teacher — and self-promoter — RuPaul is for this fast-dwindling group of queens. The main challenge was all about having the ladies create a storyline for a book they’d potentially write about themselves and shoot a drag cover appropriate for said book. In addition, Pandora, Raven, Tyra, and the rest had to do a satellite interview with E!’s entertainment journalist Marc Malkin, where they’d try to incorporate both the name of their book and plugs for the Absolut Açaí vodka cocktail they were sipping. (Supposedly, açaí is a cross of blueberry and pomegranate. Who knew?!)
I say that RuPaul is the ultimate teacher and self-promoter because, if you watched carefully, the host plugged her book in several different ways throughout the episode — on the mainstage, while explaining the challenge to the queens, and by simply wearing the same outfit she wore on the book’s cover to the runway portion of the show. (Did you put that together? Genius!) What I mean is that this is one bish who knows how to work it, gurl! I’m continually impressed. If you didn’t, however, notice that RuPaul was plugging her book the whole time, that’s because, of course, she was doing a good, seamless job of working it in without knocking you over the head with it.