In addition to the season eight contestants, the red carpet included a few special guests in attendance, including season one's Jade SotoMayor and season six's Gia Gunn.
"Just be yourself. That's the most important thing," SotoMayor told ChicagoPride.com red carpet host Kelly Blackburn, sharing the advice with this year's participants."This one of the most amazing experiences and opportunities that can be given to a queen. To be blessed as one of Ru's girls is just so amazing. Just have fun with it."