Frayed or Fab? 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season Recap: Gottmik

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday April 11, 2021

Frayed or Fab? 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season Recap: Gottmik
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Who do you want to see take the crown on this season of "RuPaul's Drag Race?" Here's a look at Gottmik's entire final runway collection to help you cast your vote!

Episode 1
Rey Ortiz designed this gorgeous gathered mini for Gottmik's first look, though the jury is still out on make-up. Nevertheless, VERDICT: FAB

Episode 2
Gottmik is quickly proving to be a formidable presence, and this week's final runway look is no exception. Described by Michelle Visage as "the creature from the gold lamé," the sea dragon-inspired look wowed the judges. Verdict: FAB

Since the contestants were split into two groups, Gottmik didn't compete in Episode 3.

Episode 4
"Hold on, I think we're about to get blown," said Ross Matthews when Gottmik arrived with a bedazzled leaf blower to create her own wind. The chiffon outfit in colors of the transgender flag was actually an alternate look to the one originally planned, proving that Gottmik as plenty more up her sleeve. Verdict: FAB

Episode 5
Gottmik's body bag reminded viewers, once again, that she's a top contender for her modern and stylized takes on each challenge.

Episode 6
Gottmik took the assignment literally, creating a little black dress that barely covered the nether regions. "A year ago, I never would have done this," said Gotmikk, acknowledging the recent gender-affirming surgery. Verdict: FAB

Episode 7
Gottmik delivered a mod mini in red latex with an anal bead-inspired headpiece that even power bottom porn star Yoshi Kawasaki would have a hard time handling. "Anal mountain high enough!" said Ru. Verdict: FAB

Episode 8
"I'm giving you bondage crash test dummy," said Gottmik of her head-to-toe latex look. Consistently one of the most innovative on the runway, Gottmik is pummeling head-on to the top of the competition. Verdict: FAB

Episode 9
Gottmik, back with her signature kabuki face paint, walked the runway with an oversized safety pin bisecting her head, finished with a Swarovski-studded droplet of blood and patchwork punk mini. Verdict: FAB

Episode 10: The queens stepped into the stockings of their competitors in meta-makeovers, so there was no final runway challenge.

Episode 11
Wearing a toothy monster with spacey-eyed shoulder pads, Gottmik, once again, hit the runway with a boundary-pushing look that struck a delicate balance between couture and camp. Verdict: FAB

Episode 12
Gottmik Got It — Perhaps one of the most exciting journeys of the season, Gottmik continues to discover and refine her drag persona, including her sharp-tongued humor. Gottmik's exaggerated shoulders, black lip, and heavy eye hit home her laugh-out-loud observations, at one point, saying to Loni Love, "I knew there were going to be budget cuts this season, but I didn't know it was going to affect the judges' panel, too!" Loni laughed out loud, and so did we. Verdict: FAB

Episode 13
Watch out! Gottmik hit the runway in a timely trench coat that revealed pockets full of watches. Smart and stylish, Gottmik's time is now. Verdict: FAB

Episode 14
Gottmik was spot-on in a black and white evening gown that took the evening's theme "Drag Excellence" to a whole new level. Verdict: FAB

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at www.wexlerwrites.com. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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