Anyway, Amber is working with Sharon Needles who does herself no favors with tumblr by saying in character that she wishes she was fat and black if she could have Amber’s cheekbones, eyebrows and full lips.
Mary’s with Raja who’s planning to be the anti-Powter and let Mary know that big IS beautiful, dammit. That was way more assertive than it needed to be.
Finally, Sinead is with Pandora Boxx who makes another vague comment that could apply to any contestant, this time that she can see the temptress beneath the frump. (I really don’t mean to single out Pandora but it’s a personal bug when the queens stay too much in character on Drag U. It works for people like Jujubee and Raven because they’re stage persona is close to their natural personalities, or Willam who’s just funny in or out of character, but Pandora and Sharon were trying too hard to stay in character so it felt more like a performance from them.)
Sharon asks Amber, in character, if she’d rather be a bootylicious brainiac or skinny and stupid…like Sharon. Amber, of course, chooses the bootylicious brainiac so Sharon can cheer her on saying there’s nothing wrong with a good booty and a big brain. True dat, Sharon. Then she springs this week’s Everyday Drag theme: Best form-fitting drag. Really?
So, yeah, not exactly what I’d call flattering but points for having all those colors in your closet, Amber. Seriously. Now get flattering clothes in those colors. Sharon asks when she gained the weight and Amber talks about hurting her ankle so badly that she couldn’t walk for three months and as she gained the weight started feeling like she wasn’t good enough. Sharon drops the façade and holds Amber’s hand to tell her that some of her best friends are big girls and they’re the biggest divas she knows and don’t let a little thing like some extra weight slow them down.
Moving on to Mary and Raja asks what brought her to Drag U. Mary explains that she was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, meaning she’s not metabolizing the food she eats quickly enough and has gone up nine sizes in a year. These words seem to confuse blade-thin Raja and she makes this face:
Oh, sweetie. At least you’re pretty. Mary continues that she wants Drag U to make her feel fabulous again but in interview says she feels like people don’t see her anymore, they just see “fat.” So Raja decides to show her the everyday drag picture.
Mary immediately cries and says she doesn’t “want to be her.” That’s really sad. Raja softens to Mary and says she can see all of Mary’s potential and sexiness because it’s all there, it will just take a little work to bring it out. And they’ll have a great time doing it. In interview Raja seems a little more mercenary and says that she’s concerned because Mary’s so emotional. Back in the Drag Lab, Raja shares her firm belief that if you can’t hide it…throw some fucking glitter all over it. Words to live by.