In the Season 3 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race, when contestant Raja was asked why she deserved to win the competition, she said:
I would love to leave a legacy for all those little boys who are teased, who are afraid, who don’t know how to express themselves creatively yet. And they don’t even know that they’re allowed to go against the grain … It’s okay to say “fuck you.” Do what you love to do, and express yourself thoroughly. I want to be an example of someone who is proud, someone who is accomplished, and someone who loves, loves what they do.
I might have some ambivalence about Raja, about Drag Race in general, and about Season 3 in particular, but OH MY GOD I sobbed like a tiny little baby when she made that speech. It’s far too rare that kids–and especially queer kids–get the message that being different might not be a bad thing. For me, that glimmer of hope came in 1993 when I saw RuPaul on television for the first time. I’m not exaggerating when I say that punk rock and RuPaul saved my life.
Cut to one cold February weekend, almost twenty years later, and I’m mainlining Season 2 of Drag Race while working on a handmade gift for my badass squirrel friend Heather. As I laughed, cried, and shouted at the screen (PANDOOORAAAA!!!), all of the glamour and all of the fame were lovingly, fiercely stitched into …
RuDoll posed for some glamour shots with noted fashion photographer Caro Sheridan,
giving us a glimpse at the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent
it takes to be America’s Favorite Drag Superdoll.
RuDoll is crocheted with some super-shitty KnitPicks Palette yarn (seriously, that stuff is the worst),
shaped with armature wire and stuffed with polyester fiberfill.
I beat her beautiful mug with pearl cotton embroidery floss and a chenille needle.
RuDoll comes with two outfits and three wigs, all fully interchangeable.
With these tools, you can create such unique RuDoll looks as
(Pink Lemonade inspired by this look from the Season 2 Drag Race episode “Country Queens.”)
And, if you’re lucky, you just might catch a peek at RuDoll untucking in the Interior Illusions Lounge!
But don’t be jealous of her boogie.
RuDoll has a plenty of love to go around.
For crafters and other interested parties, materials and construction details
are on my Ravelry project page.
crochet rupaul doll