It's been a few weeks since the ninth season of Ru Paul's Drag Race ended, but fans are still debating which queen was the true winner this season. Did Shea deserve to win? Should Ru have chosen Peppermint over Sasha? Is Valentina Miss Congeniality or Fan Favorite? Who is Jaymes Mansfield?
We're ranking every queen from this season from best to worst:
14. Jaymes Mansfield
What did she do? WHAT DID SHE DO? I almost feel bad for Jaymes Mansfield, but then I try to remember what she did this season and vaguely recall a sleepy Lady Gaga Vogue look and a cow costume - or something like that. You’re here to compete, honey. From the moment I saw Jaymes, I knew she’d be the one to sashay away first. Oh well.
13. Alexis Michelle
Alexis Michelle’s looks ranged from Princess Fiona to cheap-and-culturally-insensitive Native American (Ru, did you really let that one slide? C’mon). But the mediocre runway looks weren’t the worst part about Alexis - rather, it was her inability to accept blame. This is a competition. It is no one’s responsibility to tell you how bad you look in that cheap blue dress, hun.
12. Cynthia Lee Fontaine
If I have to hear Cucu one more time… I swear.
Cynthia Lee Fontaine was granted a second chance at winning the crown (a sickening coup in itself) but her comeback was short and mediocre. All we were given were accidental mustaches and a horrible Sofia Vergara impersonation (in what world did that even count close?).
11. Charlie Hides
Yes, Charlie, I stan for you as an older queen. I wanted to see you teach these young queens how to werk it. But come on, grannie. We wanted a lipsync. All you did was point and stand there. Then you come back and make excuses about why you didn't try - then make an excuse about that excuse. NO EXCUSES! We were rooting for you. We were all rooting for you. How dare you?
10. Kimora Blac
Kimora, hun, let’s be real… are those cheekbones yours? Why would you wear anything that’s not white when the theme is white? We thought you’d be sickening, but the only memorable part about your short-lived Drag Race run was your sour attitude (and, probably, the debate over whether or not those cheekbones are made of Restylane).
When I think about Aja, one word comes to mind: crusty.
The only reason Aja is above Kimora on this list is her iconic speech. Other than that, both queens were victims of HDTV. Aja is what happens when an Instagram queen goes to the big leagues. The only memorable Aja moments are the parts when she’s not competing: like her facial reactions in the Ru-union.
Eureka sits heavy in eighth place because I am split on this queen. When I saw Eureka for the first time, I knew I’d hate her. From the second she entered the werkroom, she made everything and anything about her. She always had something to say, including making fun of Sasha's eating disorders. But that makes good television. I was disappointed to see her leave with her broken leg, because I wanted her to leave for a fair reason. So, yes, I do like Eureka. I think.
We’ll have to see how she does when she comes back for Season 10.
7. Nina Bonina Brown
Nina-Bonina-Paranoid-As-Hell Brown-Kardashian-West was one of my faves during the early days of Season 9. But as the competition rose, Nina sat there and didn’t even try. No, I’m not talking about her paranoia. I’m talking about the lackluster looks, like the 10% Club Kid Couture and duct-tape Lola Bunny ensembles. Her peach attire was sickening. I wanted more than a whiny queen complaining she didn’t get to play Blac Chyna (who actually wants to play Blac Chyna?).
6. Farrah Moan
Farrah Moan is drop dead gorgeous. Her classic Hollywood glam made her one of the most elegant and sickening queens in Drag Race Herstory. If only she did anything. Like sew. Or tell a joke. Or put on a good lipsync.
5. Trinity Taylor
The Body (or the Tuck) came and delivered. We finally got to see the pageant curse broken by this fierce queen. I thought Trinity was going to become a problem because of her attitude, but she actually became one of the most supportive queens this season. I *almost* wanted Trinity to win.
One thing is for sure - we were robbed of a Trinity v Eureka lipsync.
4. Shea Coulee
Shea Coulee (despite what Nina claims) is one of the most congenial queens to ever walk the Drag Race runway. Her looks are (usually) sickening (except for the gay bird poo look) and made their mark on Drag Race Herstory. Shea had everything in the bag to win, if it weren’t for...
3. Sasha Velour
… the most elegant lipsync surprise of all time. Sasha Velour does indeed rely on brains. So smart that she had a pair of scissors strapped to her thigh during the finals. Why, you ask? To cut through her wig until she became the strong, bald queen she is, in case she had to lipsync to Stronger by Britney Spears. Who thinks of these things? Sasha does. That’s why she’s America’s Drag Superstar of Season 9.
Let’s be real- while Sasha won the crown this season, Valentina won the masses. Fan Favorite or Miss Congeniality, Valentina (as Trinity says) is the true winner of Season 9 because of the loyal following she built all season long. Aja’s claims that Valentina didn’t deserve the Miss Congeniality title can be easily debunked for one reason - we loved Valentina because we saw congeniality. She didn’t bite back when Aja made fun of her princess look. She cheered people on before lipsyncs. Regardless of what the S9 queens saw, we witnessed the birth of an elegant and compassionate Drag Race sensation. That's that.
Valentina for All Stars 3. Bookmark this.
When I saw Peppermint, I immediately thought that she would be mediocre. She stumbled on some challenges and failed to land any wins early in the season. But as the show went on, we saw a fierce competitor rise to the challenge. She single-handedly saved the mess of the Michelle Visage roast. Oh, and she had not one, but two wig reveals (The second one was also an outfit change. Sickening). She stayed in her lane and supported the other queens when they needed it the most.
But most of all, Peppermint is the #1 queen of S9 for one reason: she's the most improved. It's easy to forget that Ru Paul's Drag Race is a competition, and in a competition, people need to adapt to win. She wasn't an immediate fave to many, as Valentina was. She landed in the bottom two a few times. But once she started correcting her mistakes, there was no stopping this trans queen from showing her beauty and fierceness to the world.
There was a moment during the final lipsync for the crown when I thought Peppermint would win. In fact, I was a little surprised to hear Sasha’s name come out of Ru’s mouth. Peppermint is the lipsync assassin who was robbed of the crown this season. Never forget.