5 Killer Looks That Prove Kim Chi Should've Won 'Rupaul's Drag Race'
Season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race came to an end this past Monday as Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, and Naomi Smalls battled it out for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Each of the finalists lip synced for the title and cash prize of $100,000 before a live audience stuffed with former cast members and family alike.
In the end, the zany and disgustingly charismatic Bob the Drag Queen triumphed, seizing the crown from beneath her fellow competitors’ feet and leaving many pleased with yet another wickedly hilarious comedy queen claiming the title.
Despite RuPaul’s infallible ruling with the decision, boos from gay bars echoed across the country over Chicago’s Boystown queen Kim Chi’s loss. Although the anime queen, who’s still hiding her drag persona from her family, has been critiqued by judges Carson Kressley and Michelle Visage throughout the competition for her stiff runway walk, fans of the show have praised the origami-look-serving goddess for her unrivaled makeup skills and impeccable runway looks. For some of us, it’s a no brainer; Kim Chi was robbed of the victory.
Perpetually sporting overdrawn lips and lashes to the ceiling, Kim Chi has nonstop served the most deafening looks to ever surface on Drag Race. Ultimately, her performances are testaments to the incredibly diverse artistry within drag. And given the drag community’s ever evolving aesthetics, Kim Chi’s emergence in the competition seemed like an opportune moment to crown a unique, passionate newbie as “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”
To commemorate her brutal loss, here are five of Kim Chi’s deliciously decadent moments from season eight.
“Donut Come For Me” Opener
Walking into the workroom for the first time with this glam-pop, unicorn demon getup was a wise move. Kim Chi’s sharp horns viciously piercing out of her lavish purple wig, as if screaming with a hunger for victory, was perhaps the most showy outfit of the bunch and didn’t exactly fit in. Which was just what she wanted.
The Work “Wok” Melody Getup
In episode three, audiences were #blessed with not only a laugh-out-loud performance and strut, but also a look that Kim Chi probably held on the backburner for quite some time. With shimmery jewels dangling from every crevice of her being and a relentlessly positive attitude when faced with bad criticism, the voluminous doll pulled through and spun RuPaul’s “Sissy That Walk” into “Sushi That Wok.” History paved unto itself from there.
The Killer Mime Look
Undeniably, Kim Chi’s take on miming is one of the most iconic makeup moments in the series’ history. With her bizarre yet meticulously patted-on face, none of her competitors stood a chance in winning this challenge as she meekly moseyed down the runway with painted tears running down her cheeks, a headpiece loosely swinging.
Kim Chi Serves Feline Realness
This performance and look screams of eleganza—as RuPaul would say. It’s impeccable in its execution and delivers a fierce new meaning to what you would normally think of as catty. Working the stage with a mix of childish kitty galore and the Cowardly Lion, Kim Chi brings forward a glittery spectacle with crazed contouring. This look is intense; after all, who would think pairing sparkly innocent cat ears with a gold collar and chain would work so well?
Birds Of A Feather Look
In this mid-season challenge, viewers stood witness to Kim Chi’s transformation into a wildly colorful parrot. Channeling a loud bird’s squawk, Kim Chi marched down the runway, sweeping the judges off their feet with her feathers fluttering in the background and her vibrant eyes jolting forward. That, plus her signature, faded eyebrows and a pointier-than-ever nose, left the judges with little option but to rank Kim Chi’s look among the best of that week.
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