BenDeLaCreme, Jinkx Monsoon, and an All-New Season of ‘Drag Race: All Stars’

Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme. Photos by Kelly O

Though she once swore up and down she wouldn’t appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, BenDeLaCreme made fan dreams come true when she decided to take another twirl in reality TV. To celebrate the premiere episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 3, in which she is competing, DeLa hosted hundreds of her nearest and dearest for a screening last night at Century Ballroom, hosted by hers truly with the help of brilliant performer pals like Luminous Pariah, J. Von Stratton and, of course, RPDR/hometown bestie Jinkx Monsoon.

DeLa, a crowd favorite who was crowned Miss Congeniality on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has been keeping plenty busy with her stage shows since her TV debut in 2014. She’s taken solo shows such as Cosmos and Inferno-a-Go-Go all over the country, hunkers down in Seattle every December to bring all us Northwesterners our beloved wintertime gift of Homo for the Holidays with Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover, and last October, her Halloween cabaret-drag-burlesque spectacular Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor premiered at ACT. But last summer she was secretly deep in the eleganza jungle, battling it out once again, so we celebrated her return by sending photographer Kelly O to capture the scene at Century.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 3 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on vh1.