This Fabulous Feline Needs to Be on RuPaul's Drag Race ASAP!
Because the Internet is a gift that keeps on giving, here we present to you an Instagram cat dedicated to the art of recreating the best moments from RuPaul's Drag Race — via the fabulous and cleverly titled account @RuPaws_Drag_Race.
Laila a.k.a. Kitty Girl is the feline face behind this amazingly accurate and adorable account, but she got her inspiration to start dressing up from another famous pet.
"Truth be told, RuPaws started because there just aren't enough photos of cats on the internet ... I'M KIDDING!" Lynzie Rogers, Laila's owner and co-creator of the RuPaws account, told PEOPLE Pets. "The idea came to us at a book signing at Strand Bookstore in Manhattan for the Instagram sensation Tuna the Dog."
"We (Lynzie and fellow RuPaws creator John Jeffords) sat there thinking, thinking, thinking, what do we know best ... cats and drag queens! Cats and drag queens!" Rogers added. "And just like that it hit us, as we had recently started listening to Ru's podcast "What's the Tee with Michelle Visage" and they had begun using the catchphrase 'Hey Kitty Girl' — John proclaimed 'Ru…PAW's Drag Race' and on that night, our very own Kitty Girl was created!"
Laila took to the idea and Kitty Girl persona like a natural, as you can see in her parody photos of the current cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, which is in its ninth season.
Laila is a senior feline that Rogers adopted 13 years ago. They have viewed many episodes of Drag Race together.
"She watches every episode with us, gets a lot of say as to how her looks will be executed (though, a copycat, she wants to remain original) and much like Ru, is a preferred blonde and names each of her wigs!" her pet parent shared.
While this Kitty Girl is the one doing all the "werk" in front of the camera, she isn't the only one putting passion and creativity into this project.
"Everything you see on RuPaw's Drag Race is handmade kitty couture & wigs created by John and myself. Much like the real queens in the workroom, there is a lot of cutting, sewing, padding and hot gluing! We source all of our fabrics and yarns from the Fashion District here in N.Y.C. It takes hours, days even to create one tiny look, but we laugh and do it with love," Rogers said about the blood, sweat and sequins it takes to make this account.
Before any photos are taken, Laila has a fitting in the new look to make sure she is comfortable wearing the outfit.
This fabulous feline is never forced into any of her divine looks and is only photographed when she is feeling the extra attention.
"RuPaw loves the lights, the glitz, the glam and always performs for the cam!" Rogers said.
After all the snaps are set, backdrops are added in through Photoshop to give the images a finished look.
This team of drag cat genuises has been working on the account since the start of season seven.
Not only does RuPaws recreate the first looks of all the contestants (14 this season), the account also captures all the stand-out moments from every episode.
The hard work has paid off.
"We recently hit 50,000 followers and can not thank our fans enough for all of the likes, the comments and the Ru-posting! We're making cat queen herstory! To all of the kitty girls and kitty boys out there and everyone in between, we have one thing to say, 'YOU BETTA WORK!'" Rogers added for all the followers of the account.
To keep up to date on all the best moments from RuPaul's Drag Race, along with a furry dash of fun, make sure to follow Laila and the RuPaws team on Instagram.
Hopefully RuPaul herself will invite this fierce feline on the show soon.