Season 1 just ended and Season 2 began last night. I caught the Reunion Show last weekend and it was really interesting to watch. These women are so strong, and so passionate about who they are and what they do. It was really inspiring to me. It's hard to live in this world and feel like you can be 100% who you are. We all have skeletons in our closets, memories of times in our lives that we would like to forget, and parts of ourselves that we may not like. These women though, are putting it all out there and are being judged, and that's tough.
During the reunion show Shannel, one of the contestants, got a chance to face Santino (one of the judges) and ask him why he was so hard on her during the competition. It was really interesting to hear Shannel say that Santino made her "feel like shit" every time he critiqued her. Then RuPaul who was not in drag for this show, went into this animated lecture about how all the women sitting in front of her are amazing and how they should all be proud of who they are, and that they are extremely talented or they wouldn't be on the show at all. "You are all stars!", she yelled...I wanted to stand up and cheer! RuPaul said that she doesn't care what other people think of her because she is ok with herself and is honest about who she is. She also said that there would always be people out there who disagree with your lifestyle, or who pass judgement, but if you are happy and comfortable in your own skin, then it shouldn't matter.
I love this show. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it features real people who face so many obstacles in their lives, but continue to live large and honestly, and I really appreciate that.