Babykins La Roux” and pageant queen-turned-drag queen Vanessa Williams as “Vanquisha Da House.” But on this week’s episode, the celebrity makeovers were so impressive, the competition culminated in a herstoric three-way tie. ” data-reactid=”32″ type=”text”>There have already been some jaw-dropping transformations on RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race this season, including Riverdale actor Jordan Connor as glamazon “Babykins La Roux” and pageant queen-turned-drag queen Vanessa Williams as “Vanquisha Da House.” But on this week’s episode, the celebrity makeovers were so impressive, the competition culminated in a herstoric three-way tie. 

we can be this pretty, you can be this pretty,” Bob and his fellow mentors, Season 8 runner-up Kim Chi and Season 11 Miss Congeniality winner Nina West, assured Iseman. And Iseman, now known as Old Hollywood vixen “Bette Bordeaux,” was most definitely ready for his closeup. “I want to be fierce!” he insisted.” data-reactid=”34″ type=”text”>“If this will feel encouraging to you, we are three pretty big men, so if we can be this pretty, you can be this pretty,” Bob and his fellow mentors, Season 8 runner-up Kim Chi and Season 11 Miss Congeniality winner Nina West, assured Iseman. And Iseman, now known as Old Hollywood vixen “Bette Bordeaux,” was most definitely ready for his closeup. “I want to be fierce!” he insisted.

Arthritis Foundation — he told a very different story. ” data-reactid=”37″ type=”text”>One would think that the 6-foot-3, 194-pound, 49-year-old Iseman would already feel quite fierce out of drag. But when he revealed his surprising reason for going on Celebrity Drag Race — and the charity he was competing for, the Arthritis Foundation — he told a very different story. 

“For me, it’s personal, because I have rheumatoid arthritis,” the comedian and sportscaster confessed to RuPaul. “I was diagnosed when I was in my early thirties and it changed my life, because I was young and in the best shape of my life — and in about 18 months, I became a shell of myself. This disease ravaged me. I have permanent destruction in my feet. I’ve had inflammation throughout my body. I was depressed. I lost who I was. And then I got treatment and I got better, but I never got back to who I was. I’ve kind of felt like an old man since then. And I would love to find like a fluidity and a confidence out there. … I’m hoping I come out like some starlet diva.” 

baaaad bitch!” Iseman said. “I came into this hoping to become a better performer and to feel a little bit better about my ravaged, arthritic body. And it’s amazing how much you learn when you try to walk in someone else’s really tall high heels. I’m just totally overwhelmed.”” data-reactid=”44″ type=”text”>“I’m feeling better, stronger, and more confident with every step. Bette is a baaaad bitch!” Iseman said. “I came into this hoping to become a better performer and to feel a little bit better about my ravaged, arthritic body. And it’s amazing how much you learn when you try to walk in someone else’s really tall high heels. I’m just totally overwhelmed.”

Project HEAL, had his own emotional Drag Race journey. “I love this show, because it’s something that I think is very, very special, especially right now when we’re in a time when we are breaking down the barriers of what it means to be a man,” he explained. “I grew up in a pretty small town in northern Canada. For me, as a little boy, it’s like you had these ideas of what it means to be a man, and through my entire life, I’ve always felt like that doesn’t fit for me. …When I finally found Drag Race, it was like this ‘a-ha!’ moment where I could just be like, ‘Oh my God, these people are defining their identity for themselves and just being themselves.’”” data-reactid=”51″ type=”text”>Iseman sashayed away with $20,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, but Milligan, who earned the same amount of prize money for Project HEAL, had his own emotional Drag Race journey. “I love this show, because it’s something that I think is very, very special, especially right now when we’re in a time when we are breaking down the barriers of what it means to be a man,” he explained. “I grew up in a pretty small town in northern Canada. For me, as a little boy, it’s like you had these ideas of what it means to be a man, and through my entire life, I’ve always felt like that doesn’t fit for me. …When I finally found Drag Race, it was like this ‘a-ha!’ moment where I could just be like, ‘Oh my God, these people are defining their identity for themselves and just being themselves.’”

Later on the main stage, a very “fishy” Milligan proudly proclaimed, “I feel so beautiful and powerful. Something happens when you do the full drag. You look in the mirror, and all of a sudden, you’re like, ‘Wow, there is more to me than I ever imagined, and I love who that person is.’ It’s transformative, it really is. This is something I’m never going to forget.”

“It’s really empowering to see heterosexual/straight/cisgender/white Dustin Milligan be so open about how the gender roles that were thrust upon him that he never felt comfortable with. It’s brave of him,” added his mentor, Nina.

Hetrick-Martin Institute.) “I did this for the little chocolate boy that is a little chunkier, that’s a little effeminate, that will see me and see that no matter what, they can do anything they put their mind to.”” data-reactid=”58″ type=”text”>While it may have seemed like glamming up on TV would be no big deal for Newell, he too experienced an epiphany on Celebrity Drag Race. “We’re all winners, which is phenomenal,” said the actor who once placed fourth on The Glee Project. (This week, Newell won $20,000 for his chosen charity, the Hetrick-Martin Institute.) “I did this for the little chocolate boy that is a little chunkier, that’s a little effeminate, that will see me and see that no matter what, they can do anything they put their mind to.”

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