“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 16 continued on February 9 with episode 6 on MTV. Airing concurrently with the main show is its tea-spilling, backstage-focused sister series “Untucked,” now in its 15th season. For this week’s challenge, the 11 remaining queens were asked to bring their sewing, branding and storytelling skills to the table all at once by creating fresh looks for a doll version of themselves. Returning first to the Werk Room as this week’s safe queens was freshly immunized Sapphira Cristál as well as Morphine Love Dion, Xunami Muse, Megami and Nymphia Wind.
Sapphira took RuPaul Charles up on the opportunity to use her Immunity Potion on herself this week, admittedly yet regrettably spooked by the commentary the other girls had offered up earlier in the day and having been vulnerable in last week’s “Girl Groups” challenge. Once she used the potion, Sapphira quickly realized that she may not have needed it after all based on the shocked looks from the judges. Sapphira explained to the other safe girls that she “didn’t feel as comfortable” as she would have wanted. Xunami and Nymphia both felt comfortable with their looks, but were slightly disappointed that they didn’t show up as a top look for the week – in Xunami’s case, she was simply disappointed that she didn’t get to be critiqued by Law Roach.
Prior to the return of the rest of the group, the safe queens debated whether or not they think Plane Jane has “turned a new leaf” as she said. Sapphira explained that she tried to coach Jane away from taking digs at the others and feels like the problem is with what Jane says and not who she is as a person. Megami pointed out that ultimately she’s just saying “mean jokes” and her intentions aren’t clear for why she can be so mean.
When the other girls joined the group in the lounge, there was universal energy in the room that everyone thought and wanted Q to finally win a challenge. Dawn would like to win for herself, but she admitted that this should be Q’s week and Jane understood that she was probably the third placer of the week. Once again, Jane managed to provide a backhanded compliment to Plasma she should be proud the judges are rooting for her to improve her makeup skills.
And just like that, Law came in to break the tension with his exclamation that “Y’all are pretty.” Just as she wanted, Law was game to give Xunami a read, clocking the safety pin in her garment, mentioning the belt as off, and admitting that it was her doll that “made you look cute.” Law appreciated that Morphine’s drag shows exactly who she is and likes that Sapphira’s energy gives “real woman” in the way she accessorizes. Putting aside the critiques for a second, Law got emotional telling the story about how badly they’ve wanted to come to the show because of how deeply they feel Ru’s message of preaching love for her entire 40 year career and how the show has changed the lives of drag queens and queer culture forever. The queens returned the favor by letting Law know how honored they are that their presence and what they’ve meant to the fashion and queer world as well.
Following the lip sync, Geneva returned to the Werk Room to pack her things and clear her space. Feeling proud of what she showed in the competition and for representing her culture and hometown, Geneva left in high spirits and with the love and support of her new sisters. She said that making friendships was an important part of the journey.
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