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Queens Take The Stage At SPA & Opulence Drag Show

Penn State’s Student Program Association (SPA) held a drag show in the HUB Monday night in partnership with Opulence, Penn State’s premier Drag Ambassadors Club. Two stars from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — Ra’Jah O’Hara and Peppermint — hosted the event as part of Penn State’s Campus Pride Month.

O’Hara is known for competing on the 11th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and later returning to the program’s sixth “All-Stars” season. She took over as a host after one of the originally planned hosts, Ginger Minj, could not perform due to an illness.

The show opened via Peppermint, hailing from season nine of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, who came out in a stunning black rhinestone robe to “One Night Only” from the motion picture “Dreamgirls”. This then led to a costume reveal that got the audience cheering as Peppermint threw her rope at an audience member.

After getting the audience warmed up for our lovely emcee, O’Hara came out to announce the first six acts — Hexxa, Hazel Nutspread, Leone de Fleur, Paris, Hugh Phoria, and Imogen Kusama — who brought the energy to the first half of the show.

Peppermint then took over as emcee as O’Hara came out in a blue fishnet bodysuit lipsyncing to “Money” and “Attitude” by Leikeli47. After O’Hara’s performance, Peppermint then performed one of her original songs, “Dolla in My Titty”, as audience members had dollars in hand ready to be collected.

Later in the second half of the show, the final six acts — Helen Waite, Ms. Fire, Caroline Kiss, Diss Aster, ChemiCole, and Amethyst — took the stage to keep things rocking.

The night then ended with a final performance from O’Hara through a compilation of Whitney Houston songs that got Penn Staters on their feet following a rousing show.

While Monday’s drag show is over, Campus Pride Month is far from finished. Check out our preview to learn more about upcoming events across campus throughout the rest of April.

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