RuPauls DragCon April 29 & 30th 2017

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RuPauls DragCon returned for it’s 3rd year, bigger and better to the LA Convention Center. This convention brings out fans of all ages and backgrounds where they are able to meet and interact with celebrities and icons in a friendly environment. There is no doubt you will see some amazing “eleganza” walking the floor of this convention, as these ladies and gents know how to do it up right. This is always one of our favorites to cover but this year I went solo.

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As you head towards the entrance, Ru’s sign greets you, and if you watch the show, you can hear her in your head – “Hello, Hello, HELLO”   This is how she enters the room where the ladies get ready at the beginning of each show to give them their challenge.

Each year they do a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the opening of doors for the VIP ticket holders and media.  First year was great, 2nd year was a mess and this year was back to fantastic with a new PR firm running the show.  It was MUCH more organized.  I was a little late so I wasn’t able to be in the front, but hey, I made it.  The queens all hang out for a bit, entertaining the crowds and posing for photos for the press.  I was in the back so I just held up the camera and shot.  Got what I could though.

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Greeting the crowd

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Getting ready to cut the ribbon

Once the ribbon was cut, it was on and the crowds entered.  As they say on the show – “Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best WOMAN WIN”

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***Here is where I put in the WARNING –  Some photos may be offensive to certain viewers. You see ALL kinds of things at this convention. – You have been warned 🙂

I also am not going to review everything but mostly just post photos for your enjoyment

This convention has over 200 vendors and exhibitors, panels, autographs and photo ops all over the floor.   You don’t know where to begin there is so much going on. There was absolutely no method to my madness.

I figured I should start by heading back to where they had some of Mama Ru’s wardrobe on display.  This area gets crowded so I wanted to get some shots without all the people. I have to say, she has some gorgeous dresses!

Below is another popular photo op, so I figured now was a good time to get the shot before the crowd came in.

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I decided to check out the pressroom and see what they had going on in there and get off my feet before the chaos began.  Here are a few shots of the floor while just press and VIP ticket holders were in.  This was the calm before the storm, for sure!

Now onto the booths on the floor

Now we move onto the Queens!   The Drag Queens from the show were pretty hard to get to as the lines and crowds were insane waiting to meet them.   I shot a few and then took the other amazing ones I saw werking the floor! (yes work is spelled werk in this world) Some of the outfits they wear are insane and how they walk in those shoes, I will never know.  Lord knows I can’t handle those high heels anymore.

I was also there representing our media outlet for the celebrity signings they had going on.  When I say celebrity, I am referring to the non drag celebrities.

A few of the ladies from Little Women LA were there the day I was there. We met them last year and they are the nicest ladies!  http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/little-women-la

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Terra Jole

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Terra Jole

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Tonya Renee Banks  – she was there selling and promoting her Little Boss Body Activewear.

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Tonya, with her “husband to be”, Kerwin and her daughter

Elivra, Mistress of the Dark was also there.  She had a line for days, as she was a big draw here.

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Cassandra Peterson AKA Elvira – Mistress of The Dark

All and all I had a fabulous time attending and covering this event, as always.  Everybody you meet is so nice!  Drag Queens LOVE the camera!

I decided to make a last trip up to the media room for another shot of the floor before I headed out.  I knew how crowded it felt walking the floor but I wanted the birds-eye view. Needless to say, it was packed –   They said there were over 44,000 attendees this year!

My day came to end around 4:30 as it was time to head back to the OC. It was filled with lots of laughs, hugs, glamour, glitz, glitter and bling!   I did hear that RuPaul announced they would be holding their first East Coast DragCon being held in NYC, Sept 30 – Oct. 1st.  If you live near there, I highly suggest attending if you can.  You will not regret it.

As I headed out to the parking garage I saw the sign that bids you a sweet goodbye and is not what you want to hear if you are on the show.  Sashay Away my friends, until next year!

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