Dear Drag World,
Recently www.thebacklot.com posted a series of top ten lists about the queens of Rupaul's Drag Race. One queen was repeatedly, noticeably, tragically left out. Yara Sofia has been, and continues to be, the most underrated queen of Rupaul’s Drag Race. From the judges, to the other contestants, to the general drag-world following, she really hasn’t been given her due.
Consider this. Yara didn’t place, she was not even included, in any of these top ten lists:
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The fact that Tyra Sanchez was included at all is confusing, but lets stick with Yara. Compare Yara to the 4th place Lineysha Sparx.
It is an good comparison because they have similar looks, but Yara’s features are smaller, less prominent, and her jaw line is less distinctive. Her face is fishier, not to mention her body. I’m not saying Lineysha shouldn’t be on the list. But how did she place fourth when Yara didn’t even make the list?
II. Hottest: Out of Drag
You would think Yara’s would have won her place on this list when she won the Macho Male Mini-challenge (Allstars Episode 3), but she was not. Tatianna came in fifth with her glasses and stubble,
Come on bitch, who wore it better?
Okay, Willam deserved to win this one, and I’m glad Chad slipped in there, but Yara's quick wit and palate of characters, from the echa pa'lante aerobics instructor, to the pop-it-on sales woman, to the s•ting midget, should have been somewhere alongside Tami Brown’s kookiness and Latrice Royale’s witty commentary.
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I liked that they didn't just go with the danciest queens, Jujubee's black velvet shows they were looking at who could convey the emotion, and the fact that Coco and Alyssa took first shows they were considering the epic nature of the pairing. But if your are going to use emotion and pairing as standards, how could you leave out Raven vs Jujubee in Allstars, and Yara vs Alexis in Season Three.
These aren’t the only lists Yara has been left out of.
When people talk of inspiring life stories they mention Roxxy Anderws and Tyra Sanchez, who both came through periods where they were abandoned with nothing. Yara came with nothing, by herself, into a foreign land. I don’t care how cliche this sounds, Yara’s story is the American dream.
Raja Gemini is known for her avant garde couture, but Yara’s designs push the boundries much further.
Sharon Needles is known for her spookiness, but Yara’s looks are just as macabre, just as well put together, and Yara did it first.*
Willam and Roxxy Andrews both gained points with the judges by showing their "vulnerability" with a couple sobs and a tear squeezed out between lashes, but Yara fell to her knees, overcome with real emotion and got sent home.
Season five left us chanting with Jinxx Monsoon, “Water off a ducks back,” But “Echa pa'lante is a much more inspiring mantra. It is great to ignore what other say about you, but it’s much better to hear them, learn, and carry on.
So Yara, I'm just a tired Salt Lake City queen, with no name of my own, but I'll give you my shout out and my love .
And what do you guys think? Is Yara underrated? Who else might me? Who is overrated? Comment below.
Hugs n' tugs,
*P.S. Nina Flowers did it first but...