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“Guess who’s back in the house, [Latrice] click-clackin’ about!”
Yes, ladies, Latrice Royale was back in Episode 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. She acknowledged that in seasons past, an eliminated queen who returns to the competition usually gets the boot on the following episode. Latrice vowed to break the streak and bring it to the runway. She started off the episode determined to prove herself as a fierce competitor, as opposed to relying on her legacy, as she did in her previous performance.
This week’s maxi-challenge is a three-part test, as the queens were asked to break up into teams and develop, design and host a nightclub concept for the judges. Latrice got to assign roles and join the team of her choice, and she naturally gravitated to the talented Trinity the Tuck and bestie Manila Luzon. Monet X Change and Monique Heart of Kansas City were paired together, as were Valentina and Naomi Smalls.
Monique and Monet went with a space-themed club called The Black Hole with the tagline “Where anything goes!” They conceptualized a darkly lit, neon-splattered extravaganza, complete with an alien baby meet-n-greet. The two queens showed true chemistry playing off each other and allowing their cosmic club creation to come to life. Judges were wowed and even said they didn’t want to leave the club because it was so much fun.
Valentina and Naomi focused on attitude. Their concept, Club 96 (a play off 69), harked back to the supermodel heyday of the mid-’90s. Snob-fashion and elitism took the stage with the overused whispered tagline: “Club ninety-siiiiix.” Valentina got distracted in the design portion of the challenge, relying on Naomi to finish painting the club and to come up with the comedy material. Judges were confused on this concept as a whole and were left wanting more.
Team La-Trill-Ity went a campier route with a black-and-yellow beehive concept, based on costumes they each already had on hand. The Hive was a place where one can relax with a Bee-tini and witness a “strip spelling bee contest.” It’s the bee’s knees for a V.I.-Bee-yotch. You get the idea. Overall, Latrice killed it with her beehive up-do, and Trinity made everyone laugh as the emcee for the strip contest. Manila seemed to skate by and took criticism for attempting to overshadow the two other queens.
On the main stage, the category was “Plastique Fantastique.” The contestants hit the runway in their best plastic concepts. Latrice again showed she wanted the crown with a purple and blue Latex outfit and a floor-length ponytail made of Latex balls. It was a stark contrast to the pageant gowns that we saw pre-elimination.
Other standouts were Manila in cellophane as a fruit basket and Trinity with a pink-splat look reminiscent of popped bubble gum. Valentina eventually got praise for her pageant Barbie doll look, but she took some near-criticism from judge Michelle Visage for relying on her South American pageant look from snatch game back in her season. However, they were in fact different countries (Colombia and Venezuela), each with different crowns. Sorry, Michelle. Monique also got critiqued for her plastic take on the iconic Josephine Baker banana dress as not being up to par with the other queens.
Latrice and Trinity took the top two places, much to the dismay of Manila, who was the bottom performer of their La-Trill-Ity trifecta. Club 96 took the bottom two places, leaving Valentina and Naomi in jeopardy of elimination.
Backstage, the queens pleaded their cases. Naomi seemed to be consistently safe, while Valentina’s work ethic came into question. Valentina showed emotion and vulnerability for one of the first times this season when she broke down in tears to both Latrice and Trinity.
Back on the main stage, Latrice and Trinity took their places to lip-sync for their legacy. They couldn’t look more different. Latrice is everything with a short glittery number with a short blonde up-do. She definitely came to slay the competition. Trinity, however, took a risk and dressed as an old woman complete with glasses and a cane walker. The two lip-synced it out to Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).” Trinity tore off her robe to reveal an elderly body suit, with comically saggy breasts nearly reaching her knees. Latrice turned it out, rolling on the floor and spinning right round, baby. Latrice took the win and the $10,000 tip. She broke down emotionally as she chose to send home her friend and fan-favorite Valentina.
Six queens remain, and only three more episodes left. Can we expect a double-elimination? Or will we again have a top four for the finale? Until next week, Hennies!
You can catch the weekly RuPaul watch parties at Woody’s Classic Sports Pub in Midtown Kansas City at 7 p.m. every Friday, hosted by Candice Marie and Luna Flare.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
Make time for exercise each dayPhoto by Victor Freitas on Unsplash
Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy who’s sneaky like a black hole and bright like a nebula. My name is Ron Blake and I can be found playing with my telescope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
This article of motivation is brought to you by a guy who knows a good thing when he sees it. That guy of good vision is Ron Blake, and he can be spotted on that bright horizon at email@example.com.