Manila Luzon has been slaying this entire season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, and Friday night’s challenge was no exception.
Titled “curves & swerves,” the week’s runway theme required the queens to manipulate and exaggerate proportions using padding. Manila Luzon strutted out in a pink and black quilted Chanel-inspired ~look~ which, coupled with her performance in the “Jersey Justice” improve challenged garnered her a top spot in the competition.
It’s nice that she did well and all, but the original look she had prepared was waaaay more interesting. Manila revealed on Instagram that the production team had her wear her backup look because her Period Gown—which features a giant period pad adorned with faux period blood—was in “bad taste.”
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Ru said my ORIGINAL Curves & Swerves Runway look was in “bad taste” and production told me to wear my back up. I was really looking forward to wearing this gown that I think celebrates a perfectly normal human experience! Many of my fans are young women who may feel pressured by society to be embarrassed by periods. It’s empowering to teach young women about their bodies, encourage them to celebrate them AND to question people who tell them not to! My goal with this look was to normalize menstruation by looking sick’ning even if I was on my period! Instead, i decided to wear the beautiful quilted dress you saw in the episode because it is not my show, it’s Ru’s. But because of Ru, I have my very own platform to speak for myself and show you all my interpretation! ❤️ my Period Gown is by @theladyhyde
Her explanation for the look makes perfect sense, in that she wanted to “normalize menstruation” for young women—many of which are her fans—who are “pressured by society to be embarrassed by periods.”