2. The Show Stopper – a queen that has the “it” factor, or more accurately, the “d” factor. They are a queen who influences the art form and all queens that come after them. I feel the epitome of this is Chelsea Pearl from Lexington, Kentucky.
4. Under the Radar –a queen who is not noticed by other drag queens. The other queens don’t take her serious at first glance, but in the end she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Jinkx Monsoon, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 winner flew under the radar at first, and then took the season by storm.
5. The Original One – the queen who is always breaking new ground and is constantly raising the bar by doing something completely original. Columbus, Ohio Queen Nina West shows every time she takes the stage why she is the former National Entertainer of the Year and why she is the queen who is often duplicated or copied.
6. The Dancer –a queen who's performances are dance-centric, killing any dance routine. They are the queen who is always introducing the audience to the newest dance sensation. For me, it’s Dena Cass, an Iowa queen that shows what it means to be the dancer. When Dena is on stage, audiences are amazed by what she can do, unable to take their eyes off of her.
7. The Fashionista – a drag queen with a wardrobe that can gain her as much attention as the number itself. The performance or appearance, whichever the case may be, is just as important as the costume. Detox comes to mind when I think of Fashionista, as cemented with her black and white look at RuPaul’s Drag Races Season 5 finale.
8. The Career Queen – a drag queen who makes a living at performing drag. Their job is drag. Obviously, the queen who represents this is the mother of all drag queens everywhere, RuPaul.
9. The Headliner – the headliner can sometimes be a diva, sometimes a career queen, or even a professional but the headliner is the one that other queens want to be. The headliner is the queen everyone wants to see whether they are the headliner or not. Latrice Royale from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 is a true Headliner.
10. The Rule Breaker – the queen who does not follow any of the “unwritten” rules of the drag community. She does drag her way and is following her own path. Sharon Needles, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 winner showed that you can break the ‘established’ rules of what a drag queen should look like and still succeed.
12. The Beauty Queen – a drag queen, who is very glamorous, very “fishy”, and a queen that the majority of people would never even know was really a man. Shangela from RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons 2 & 3 is the perfect example of a Beauty Queen.