Gerardo Encinas gown on Nina West In Paper Mag!!!

Columbus’ own Nina West appears in Paper Mag wearing a custom gown by Columbus based designer Gerardo Encinas!

As usual, RuPaul's annual Los Angeles edition of DragCon proved massively successful, not only in showcasing a diverse array of drag talent, one-of-a-kind artistry, and queer-owned business, but in drawing large crowds of all ages and gender identities.

Over the last five years, DragCon's New York and LA conventions have fueled a cultural movement in its own right. It is at once a safe space for LGBTQ people to self-express their love of drag as an art form while connecting in real time with their idols, drag's most sought after queens, made popular by the ongoing phenomenon of RuPaul's Drag Race.

In attendance were just-crowned season 11 winner, Yvie Oddly, and household drag favorites like Trixie Mattel, Aquaria, Alyssa Edwards, Gia Gunn, Monet X Change, Aja, Peppermint, and many more. Appearances were made by everyone from Rebecca Black to Blac Chyna, who turned it out a stunning yeehaw-inspired ensemble. Dorian Electra performed! Allie X, too! All 15 Drag Race season 11 queens had a battle of the looks on the runway, hosted by Michelle Visage.

Mellissa Miller