I think this is worth revisiting again because it was such a great scene. In Ugly Betty episode 4.13, Chica and The Man, one of the storylines was Wilhelmina finding out she had a drag queen doppelganger, Wilheldiva Hater.
At the climax of the episode Wilhelmina has gone to the club to look for Wilheldiva, who is not there. As you can see, by the end of the scene, Wilhelmina is doing the act herself.
I think it’s pretty interesting that Wilhelmina starts the scene as herself, and by the end of the scene she has transformed into Vanessa Williams.
She vamps it up and really lets go, especially for Wilhelmina, even giving a slinky shoulder shake during the applause. (Silly aside – is there a term for that move? They do it all the time during the samba on DWTS, men and women).
RuPaul introduces Wilhelmina, and fake drag queen Manna Wintour is scene many times while Vanessa sings. And what singing she does! I’d say Vanessa has a future in music if this acting thing doesn’t work out.
Vanessa starts out singing a campy version of “man-eater”, and finishes with torch song “Act Like A Woman”.
Of course, Claire is there playing muppet-in-the-balcony heckler, adding a great comedic element to the scene.
Can you tell, I just LOVED this scene?