Not Quite and Just Right
To be honest, we were a little surprised that Kenley picked Farrah Moans (and we’re embarrassed to admit it took us half the episode to “get” her drag name) as her diva.
Far be it for us to cast aspersions on a sister, but she wasn’t exactly the prettiest girl on the runway and we would have thought that Kenley would pick a more traditionally feminine-looking gal.
Now, we admit we’re probably reading too much into it – hey, that’s what we do here – but Kenley seemed a little discombobulated by the whole drag thing when the ladies walked out on the runway. We’re gonna go out on a limb and say that she probably didn’t have a lot of first-hand experience with drag queens.
Granted, she wasn’t seen much this episode, but when we did see her, she seemed like she was just a little off her game.
As for the dress, it’s really only just alright. If you read our interview with Hedda, we said that we thought this dress looked like a bit of a cliché. Like something a not-too-imaginative film or television costumer would whip up for “Drag Queen #3.”
It’s like she checked certain drag attributes off a list. Shiny? Check. Feathers? Check. Slit up to here? Check.
It’s fine, but it’s the quintessential middle-of-the-pack entry. Not bad enough to get called out on it but not good enough to be considered for the top.
It’s just very basic and kind of boring, frankly.
And while we’re all for putting feathers on a drag queen, from a technical standpoint, they didn’t look so hot. They looked like they were literally just jammed down the back of the dress.
And the dress wasn’t fitted as well as it could have been. Drag clothes are all about creating the illusion of womanly curves and this just barely does so. From certain angles, it looked like it was about a size too big on her.
Korto deserves big props just for her choice in Diva. Whenever there’s a non-model wearing a designer’s entry, the designer who gets the biggest girl usually frets over it. Not Korto, she went right for that.
Granted, rarely has there been a big girl client on the show as fabulous as Sweetie, but still. It was a risky choice to make.
We chose to rip Kenley and Korto’s dresses in the same post because they’re comparable on a lot of levels. Kenley could have taken some fit advice from Korto…
… because Sweetie is a BIG girl and Korto seemed to instinctively understand how to create the illusion of curves. Sure, the proportions are insanely over the top, but that’s what you do with drag.
You give a big girl with no hips a big goddamn skirt et voila: an even bigger girl, but one with curves. It’s like Kenley used what she knows about fitting a woman when what she should have been doing was trying to fit a man to make him look like a woman.
Korto made no such mistake – and the removable skirt was a fabulously theatrical touch.
Although once again, we think this skirt is an inch or two too short. Too many of these designers saw “drag queen” and thought “tranny hooker.”
And the hem was oddly fucked up. We’re surprised we never heard from Nina on that.
Then again, this dress was a masterpiece of distraction and the ingenious sequined flames drew the eye straight to Sweetie’s face, which is exactly where a drag queen wants the eye to go.
It really did look amazing and you could tell Sweetie loved it.
A lot of people thought Terri got robbed, but Korto’s got reason to pout over this one too. If we were sitting in those judges’ chairs, it would have come down to her and Joe and frankly, hers was more creative. Joe just had the prettiest model.