RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Episode 4: “Good Morning Bitches” – TV Show Review on Looks

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After Ms. Kimora Blac got the boot last week (literally… her bootay got the boot-ay…), the 12 remaining queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 had a moment of forgiveness when Ms. Aja apologised for her basically being a diva (and throwing shade to Valentina). Awhhhh, bless her; she’s a youngster but she’s making good amendments which is the main thing. But of course, drama was around the corner. Trinity Taylor, with her pageant ego in full-flight, pushed herself last week and was the winner of last week’s challenge (or as she likes to say, “replacing Valentina at the top”.) Poor Valentina, getting slaughtered because she’s the baby diva. Gurl please, she’s more polished then some betches up in here (no shade y’all, but yeah… truth hurts). And inevitabley, Eureka O’Hara puts her 5 cents in and brings up a touchy subject of eating disorders, which plucks the nerves of a few queens, especially Sasha Velour. And then another touching moment with Mrs. Charlie Hides talking about the tragic epidemic of the rise of AIDS in the 1980s, which effected the queen in a very vulnerable and sad state. Gosh, a roller coaster don’t ya think?

This week, the girls had to host two morning breakfast television shows; Good Morning Bitches! and Not on Today. Yes y’all, those names are fierce! Team Aja—consisting of Aja, Alexis Michelle, Valentina, Sasha Velour and Shea Coulee—came to victory as they were all declared safe with a glorious for the latter two queens. As for team Trinity—consisting of Trinity Taylor, Peppermint, Charlie Hides, Cynthia Lee Containe, Eureka and Nina Bo’Nina Brown—well… let’s just say I was flicking through the channels and… well, miss them. Apart from that, let’s look into each queen; this runway was “Naughy Nighties”, which showcases the kweens in full vixen sex symbol mode. Let’s take a closer look y’all.


Aja

It’s a good thing that she’s redeemed herself with Valentina and accepted that she needs to focus on her own flaws and flawlessness instead of others (take note Eureka…). Her television performance was a little… mucky at times, but even though the chemistry between her partner in the challenge, Valentina, is fairly fresh out the oven, it was safe enough to make it quite laughable and enjoying to watch. As for her look? HOT DAMN! This is probably my favourite look from her yet; the red tones of her look blend nicely with the blonde weave, and her make-up—for once—actually works together. (Performance: TOOT / Look: TOOT)

Alexis Michelle

Now this is a gal who can look stunning and be on fleek with her performance at the same time! Dang, I think she was the only one in her team to handle everything like a professional and seemingly like she’s been there and done that (Oh yes y’all… she’s an ACTRESS). I enjoyed it because she was warm and welcoming, but having falling in the safe category for nearly four consecutive weeks now, I’m getting the feeling that her drive in this competition is a little mediocre and offering nothing particularly refreshing or eye-catching (well y’all, we will have to see for future episodes). As for her look? Her make-up and hair was on POINT, and her body was KILLER… but the look was mehhh.com. (Performance: TOOT / Look: BOOT)

Charlie Hides

*sigh*… That’s how I feel… Okay, that’s a lie… I was extremely disappointed. This challenge was something up Charlie’s alley, having the wit and fulfilling humour to accompany a potential triumph to the crown (literally y’all). But all went down the damn gutter when her performance was extremely controlling, lacking ANY energy, her snappy attitude, and a complete absence of personality or wit. And her partnership with Cynthia was VERY awkward and robotic, especially with her stumbling her lines… A LOT. Gurl, where did y’all go for this challenge? On another planet or something? uggghhhh, Ms. Thang, I don’t know… I guess the only thing attractive about her this week was her look; a very classic, pin-up and vintage take on underwear. (Performance: TOOT / Look: BOOT)

Cynthia Lee Fontaine

The cucu queen was paired with Charlie, so, knowing the fate of her perforance, you would think Cynthia would sink too. But the one thing that Cynthia corrected in the television show was simple; personality. She didn’t allow the strictness of Charlie’s nature to keep her confined, so she leeeeeeeeet that CUCU out (literally) and done her thing! You do you gurl… you do you! As for the look, I’m shocked in two ways. This is probably her most versatile look to date, as I scolded her for being a little repetitious with her silhouette in previous episodes; a stripper-like leather corset and underwear, completed with Victoria Secret angel wings and a blonde Marilyn wig. Ticks there! But, it doesn’t scream a nighty to me… more like hooker at a the back of a club or something… But… ehhh, you do you Ms. Cucu. (Performance: TOOT / Look: TOOT)

Eureka O’Hara

Out of any contestant, Ms. Eureka has a big mouth. Yes, confident and completely honest, but also a lil’ insensistive (yes Ms. thang, that eating disorder ordeal was nothing to try and enlighten or “joke around”.) I like her country swang, but she’s getting a little out-of-hand with her actions, and eventually, she’s going to suffer the consequences if she doesn’t listen and become a little more collective. BUUUUTTTTTT… apart from the rant, she killed the live television with her performance, alongside Nina Bo’Nina Brown—though the latter queen managed to offer a little bit more personality and wit to her performance. On the runway, she decided to amp it up to a more pink-and-black vixen dominatrix turn for the nighty challenge… yes, I don’t get it when the challenge is more a sexy  “I’m going to bed” instead of “Get in bed and emme whip ya”, but it’s still a good look regardless. (Performance: TOOT / Look: TOOT)

Farrah Moan

I didn’t have good expectations with her performance—even though the chemistry between her partner Alexis was a little odd at first—but alas, she done her… and she redeemed her position from being a tacky-as-F mermaid fail (last weeks episode y’all…) to a beautiful Vegas showgirl with a glittery sparkle in her eye. But even though her outfit and all-over-the-pink-shop aesthetic was death-then-coming-back-to-life-because-its-flawless worthy, I’m not getting wowed or blown away with her costumes… she REALLY needs to amp it up, because a simple bra and panty-ho’s with rhinestones (underneath a lavish see-though nighty) isn’t enough. Okay queen, I’mma give you a free-pass because it’s pretty, but gurl… STOP RESTING ON PRETTY! (Performance: TOOT / Look: TOOT)

Nina Bo’Nina Brown

Ms. Nina Bo’Nina Banana Fofana Watermelondra Sharkeisha James Brown SLAYED THIS CHALLENGE! I love me some country and ghetto swang, and what better then putting Ms. Nina Bo’Nina as a host of a live television show pairing up with another strong-personality, Ms. Eureka O’Hara, and serving the competition fish on a platter. Personally, she shined in this challenge, and her and Eureka were the only two that… well, kinda saved their team and made it appealing and laughable. Now the look… well, it’s nothing nighty, I can tell you that. But unlike others, it’s not predictable either; it’s serving up a fully padded black barbie realness with nothing but tape on them titties, a bloody-waist tight corset and long stockings… YUSSSSSSS gurl! BUUUUTTTT… I couldn’t really understand her sadness about feeling overwhelmed and validated about her critiques… honestly, if your going to be vulnerable all the time gurlfriend, you do NOT wanna feel the wrath of the judges when you get critiqued negatively… just put ya chin up and listen to yourself gurl, NOT anyone else… now, inspirational philosopher mode OFF. (Performance: TOOT / Look: TOOT)

Peppermint

You guys may think over-wise, but y’all… I have to be honest. That simple-as-hell lace top with that wrinkly pink leather skirt? Gurl that makes Alyssa Edward’s season 5 Latina-flavoured dress look safe. I mean come on’… this is probably one of the worst looks I have seen in RuPaul Drag Race herstory! I’m surprised that she didn’t fall in the bottom, because this is literally fashion road kill… But I guess her personality shined in the live television challenge… to an extent,  whereas Charlie fumbled completely. So, I guess your safe for now Peppermint, but this was NOT your week sugar, so step it up! (Performance: BOOT / Look: BOOT)

Sasha Velour

For an artsy queen, Sasha has definitely been a little more humble to the stereotype! Her funny yet serious and universal nature, alined with her artistry of looks, work well with her drag aesthetics, so there was no worry about her performance for this challenge! Her chemistry with fellow partner Shea Coulee was sublime, and the over-the-top lesbian-like food moment with her licking up dat chocolate with broccoli (ummmmm no… I ain’t gon’ try that) was insanely fun! Her look on the runway, however, showcased Sasha at her finest; wacky, extremely conceptual and historical. Though, with the nipple tassels and tight-corset underneath a brilliant peachy throw-over, the teased hair looked a little off to me. But at least she had a prop to balance the look out! (Performance: TOOT / Look: TOOT)

Shea Coulee

Similarly, Ms. Coulee sure knows how to serve a challenge to its fullest potential! Along with Sasha Velour, she killed the challenge with an insane chemistry between the two, and her looks both off stage and on the runway were BANGING! However, her gold-and-black runway look with a traditional blonde Marcel weave didn’t scream nighty to me—more like casino stripper club realness to me— so I guess she’ll get a “safe” card from me. But let’s not forget about that B.O.D.Y.! She owns that stage darl! (Performance: TOOT / Look: TOOT)

Trinity Taylor

Ohhhhhh Trinity… a lot to say gurl. Let’s start with the outfit; I think out of anyone’s look, she nailed the entire nighty theme completely; the weave is right, the make-up is on point, the inclusion of sensual lace designs were extremely perfect at this time of runway, and how it fit her body was ON… POOOOOOIINNNNTTT! But… then there’s the challenge. What a nightmare. First of all, I feel she had done a good job as a leader—I feel the bitchiness, unprofessionalism and lack of chemistry between others were all on them (no tea no shade y’all)—but unfortunately, she wasn’t able to secure or glue together the members in enough time to make the broadcast a lot more appealing. And, even though her persistence and leadership skills shined (take that Eureka, but seriously… no shade.), how she conducted the essential story line, with Peppermint cheating on her man as the underlining plot twist, was a poo poo mess. She was just soooooo stiff and flat with her performance this week. Next time gurl, next time. (Performance: BOOT / Look: TOOT)

Valentina

Ms. Thang has been the centre of this entire competition, considering she’s one of the youngest queens and she’s looking more polished than Dita Ritz’s knee’s in season 4 (no shade y’all). Her live broadcasting performance was really well done, especially with her charismatic nature and warm approach. But even though there was a rocky dispute between Aja and herself, they apologised and served a well-deserved victory… of being safe. But hey, they are both here for another week, so, that’s the main thing y’all. BUT WHAT A FLIPPIN’ TRANSFORMATION FOR THE RUNWAY! This screams REAL sex symbol realness, completed with string-tight leggings, lavish lingerie, and red-poppin’ make-up, all completed with a lace throw-over! But, having said this, I’m really waiting for Valentina to get a lil’ bit more messy and challenging, because the make-up is a little predictable as this stage. But, she’s done extremely well these pass few weeks, so, she get’s a high pass from me! (Performance: TOOT / Look: TOOT)


Verdict? Ms. Nina Bo’Nina Banana Fofana Wendy Williams Sheryl Underwood James Brown for sure! I’m really enjoyed her ability of showcasing her talents as an aesthetic and comedy queen, and she needs to continue being in the spotlight, cause being a background character can be a little bit meeehhhh. Alas, she need’s to thicken that 5 million centimetre skin (aka padding), cause she’s got a long road to ride! Other highlight queens of the week are of course our challenge winners, Ms. Shea Coulee and Sasha Velour, who also killed the challenge! And another rising moment is Valentina; the baby queen of the moment!

Unfortunately, last weeks winner Trinity Taylor and seasoned queen Charlie Hides fell into the bottom this week; Trinity for her lacklustre control and chemistry as a team leader, and Charlie for… well, not landing a note on the challenge at all. Personally, I would have put Peppermint in the bottom as a replacement to Trinity because her outfit was BAD-AS-F, but considering the challenge was to evoke a cohesive broadcast with a sense of personality and joyfulness, it’s understandable for Trinity to fall in the bottom two.

But that lip-sync to Britney Spear’s “I Wanna Go”? Lord… just no. That was one boring as hell battle, probably one of the worsts in herstory! While Trinity put her all into it, and alas, came out as the champion and secured her spot back in the race, it still was a little messy at times. But Charlie Hides standing in one place, WITHOUT EVEN MOVING ONCE? Okay gurl… *sigh* I understand she has an injury, which is unfortunate, BUT LORD HER STANDING THERE WAS ONE defeat of pure embarrassment and lack of determination! Never mind, she’ll always be fierce and powerful, but was a queen of full potential that never delivered.

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