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27 Moments When Latina Queens Ruled In RuPaul’s Drag Race

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is arguably one of the most entertaining and successful reality tv shows of the last decade. Even though in appearance some conservative brutos might think that it only appeals to a queer sensibility, fact is that it has connected with queer and non-queer fans around the world. In its core, the show is about being true to yourself, whatever the circumstances. This is who I am, reinitas, whether you like it or not.

RuPaul is an empowering host who asks the absolute best of his queens, who display equal measures of talent, drama and solidarity. Since being first released in 2009 and throughout an astonishing 10 seasons, we have seen tears of joy and sadness, the world compressed in a stage bright with glitter, high heels, hopes and smiles.

In this near-decade of pure queer delight Latinas have given audiences unforgettable moments. Here are 25 of these moments.

1. When Bianca Del Rio impressed the hell out of Khloe Kardashian

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In Season 6 Episode 2 the queens were judged by no other than one of the Kardashians, Khloe, a true reina in her own right. Bianca Del Rio, of Cuban and Honduran heritage,  just wowed Khloe with her sass and Latino panache, and her robust yet curvaceous body-ody-ody. Her outfit revealed she stays true to her roots. Slay!

2. And when she became Judge Judy in Season 6

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Miss Bianca is the gift that keeps on giving. Those eye rolls though. It was a risk because Judge Judy is RuPaul’s favorite celebrity but she nailed it and impressed the host.

3. When Adore Delano channeled “Pulp Fiction’ Uma Thurman

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Loved and hated in equal measures by her fellow contestants, Adore quickly distinguished herself in Season 6 due to her theatricality. One of these moments came when she wore a black wig, black bra and sexy boyfriend business shirt to channel Mia Wallace from the famous Quentin Tarantino film.

4. When Valentina went hard representing la raza

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Valentina was not shy about her Latino heritage. The queen from East LA started her season off with a mariachi outfit that left audiences gagging. She showcased her heritage however she could, even prayer with a veladora before one of her challenges.

5. And we can’t forget the moment she stunned audiences with her iconic mask elimination

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Valentina was unfortunate enough to be in the bottom two during her season. She had to lip sync for her life against Nina Bonina Brown but left her mask on for the performance. RuPaul was not amused and stopped the battel and demanded that Valentina remove her mask, which she asked to leave on. Turns out she didn’t know the words to the song and was eliminated but the moment is the most infamous and iconic eliminations in Drag Race herstory.

6. When Aja became Lady Liberty herself

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Aja, a queen that is as Brooklyn as it gets and loves to represent the multicultural complexity of New York.

7. When Alexis Mateo won the Leotarded challenge

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Nothing better or more challenging to show a drag queen’s body than being fully covered in curve-hugging leotards. This Puerto Rican totally owned the competition and let her booty speak for itself.

8. When Nina Flowers became a symbol of empowerment

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This proudly boricua queen became a source of support and empowerment for her fellow contestants in Season 1. She is what the show is all about: acceptance of oneself and others. Go, queen.

9. When Naysha Lopez dragged a shopping cart onstage

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The show is all about being extravagant and unpredictable. What is more WTF than being glamorous while pushing a supermarket trolley? Move those cakes, mamma.

10. When Madame LaQueer became Madame LaCrush

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This Puerto Rican loved the wrestling challenge and gave us one of the most memorable phrases of the show: “Boink Boink!”. Another memorable quote: “I just wanna pee on the floor and start doing flip flops!”

11. When Carmen Carrera rocked an afro

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One of the few contestants that presented as male and then transitioned. Carrera appeared on Season 3 and was the second contestant in the show to come back, even though she was soon eliminated.

12. When Serena ChaCha looked gorge underwater

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Well, the Panamanian could have been more graceful, but have you tried wearing heels in a pool… at a photo shoot.

13. When Monica Beverly Hillz also looked gorge underwater

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The first challenge of Season 5 gave us some wet memorable moments, no doubt, and Monica kept the cool even in distress!

14. And when she looked like a Beyonce look-a-like!

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I mean, just look at her. Full of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. ????RuPaul’s mottos are something to behold.

15. When Rebecca Glasscock made us swoon with her Menudo boy look

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One of the greatest things about the show is that gender-bending allows contestants to show all aspects of their personality. A real Puerto Rican sweetheart.

16. And when she chose that awesome, kinky name

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She got her last name from a pen pal section in a gay magazine, but it does have a ring to it. Condragulations, mi reina!

17. When Violet Chachki went all haute couture

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This Ecuadorian hottie won Season 7 and wowed everyone truly owning the runway.

18. When Yara Sofia inspired us by shouting “Echa Pa’ Lante!”

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This boricua babe coined one of the most memorable phrases in the show so far. It literally means “move forward” and is equally emboldening and menacing. Grrr…

19. When Kenya Michaels showed us that size doesn’t matter

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This boricua lady is only 5’0″, but what she lacked in height she compensated with attitude.

20. Her fans and the drag community were shaken to the core when she performed at Pulse Nightclub the night of the deadly shooting.

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Kenya performed at the Pulse nightclub the fateful night in which dozens of partygoers were shot. She posted a photo taken before the tragedy and wrote: “My last performance to all my best friend that were in the front row, now all of them are gone.”…

21. When Vanessa Vanjie Mateo gave zero Fs and became an Internet meme

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Her dramatic exit in Season 10 reminded us of Homer Simpson’s famous disappearing meme, and meme chaos ensured. Te queremos chiquita!

22. We really can’t get enough of it!

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Look at this beauty… from eliminated contestant to instant celebrity. Glamazon!

23. When Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams was body positive

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She doesn’t care if her body shape does not fit the standards that some narrow minded babosos have. She owns her curves and is not shy to show them. Halleloo, hermana!

24. And when she dressed up as La Llorona for Day of the Dead

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Just look at her. Latina, gorge and speaking directly to her cultural roots.

25. When Venus D-Lite dressed up as Xmas

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She got into the show through an open cast audition, which is in itself a big deal. She gave us an early Navidad in Season 3 by literally dressing in tinsel and licking a candy in a suggestive fashion.

26. When Jessica Wild added some emo vibes to Season 2

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She reminded us that the show is all about diversity and that not all drag queens are flashy and Broadwayesque. Some girls love their black and Jessica sure delivered some darker vibes.

27. Last but not least, when Jade Sotomayor imitated Britney Spears

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Se nos pone la piel chinita when we remember Jade getting her groove on and becoming Britney. That’s what drag art is all about!


READ: The 24 Slayingest Latina Queens From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Going To Be A Guest Judge On The New Season Of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Going To Be A Guest Judge On The New Season Of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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The new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will be here before you know it and finally know who the guest judges will be this year. RuPaul has a knack for bringing some of the best guest judges to the show. We finally know the new list of guest judges and one of them is none other than “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is premiering on Feb. 28 and we finally know the guest judges.

We can also expect to see Chaka Khan, Daisy Ridley, Daniel Franzese, Jeff Goldblum, Jonathan Bennett, Leslie Jones, Nicki Minaj, Normani Kordei, Olivia Munn, Rachel Bloom, Robyn, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Winnie Harlow to take their place at the judge’s table.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan AOC is obviously thrilled to be on the show.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been around for 12 seasons and the popularity of the show has never been higher. Drag has taken over mainstream pop culture and the excitement of AOC and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fans is proof of the show’s power.

This isn’t the first time a member of the United States’ Congress appeared on the drag competition show.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joined RuPaul in the workroom on All-Stars Season 3. Trixie Mattel went on to win that season but Pelosi’s visit to the workroom left the queens and audience members gagging. Pelosi, who was the Democratic leader of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, shared her message about the importance of voting.

It’s a fitting time for AOC to be included as a guest judge on the show.

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One year before AOC was sworn in as a member of Congress, she was celebrating Pelosi’s appearance. The then-candidate for Congress even offered to host a viewing party of an episode of All-Stars Season 3.

Wigs are still missing after the news broke on Twitter.

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It was just a little unexpected. It is also so exciting to see politicians participating as guest judges on a drag competition show. It is more than just someone judging drag queens, it means more. It represents progress within our society that has created a safer and more accepting world for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The season hasn’t even aired and there are already stans.

That’s the power of politics + drag. Drag is inherently political. Drag queen culture is a counter-culture that has pushed the envelope for the LGBTQ+ community. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is expanding that tradition and responsibility and bringing drag into homes all over the world normalizing LGBTQ+ and drag culture.

Way to go, AOC.

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Everyone who judges on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” brings the looks. AOC is no exception and her look is giving us every emotion. Get it, AOC.

READ: AOC Went To A Drag Show And It Is The Most Beautiful Moment Captured On Social Media

Jessica Alba And Valentina Are Some Of The Opening Ceremony’s ‘Year Of Mexico’ Faces

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Jessica Alba And Valentina Are Some Of The Opening Ceremony’s ‘Year Of Mexico’ Faces

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In the heart of the SoHo district of Manhattan, there’s a very unique store that stands out among the rest. It’s a shop called Opening Ceremony that was founded in 2002 by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, two friends that met while students at UC Berkeley. The store can be compared to that one cool person in high school that had the best style, but you could never quite place where they actually shopped. Opening Ceremony is that place. The store combines a curated collection from Lim and Leon that takes clothes from the very best designers in the world, and emerging ones too, and sells it all under one roof. They’re also the creative directors of KENZO. All of this is to say, Opening Ceremony is the bomb, and here’s their latest inspiring campaign. 

In June, Opening Ceremony announced they’d pay tribute to Mexico and its people by featuring campaign entirely dedicated to the country, and they’re calling it, “The Year of Mexico.”

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“Throughout our lives, and particularly through our Year of Mexico project, we have been privileged enough to witness the breadth of talent and soul that emanates from the Mexican community. In our current political climate, and at a most crucial time to celebrate diversity on both our home front and abroad, we decided to bring together friends new and old who pioneer conversation in the global cultural dialogue,” Leon stated on their website. 

A critical aspect of this campaign is that it shows how non-Latino creatives can be inspired by Latin culture without appropriating from it.

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Opening Ceremony is not taking designs from Latino designers. They are not featuring non-Latino models to wear Mexican brands. Everything about this campaign begins and starts with Mexican people, even down to the photographer. In this case, every image was shot by acclaimed photographer Stefan Ruiz. Opening Ceremony is also partnering with the nonprofit group Fondos Semillas — the largest fund in Mexico dedicated to supporting women’s causes and working closely with women-led grassroots groups with the goal of improving the living conditions of local communities and promoting gender equality.”

Now let’s take a look at some of their beautiful models.

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The campaign is perfectly titled “The Familia: A Portrait Series,” and it features “inspiring and influential figures in the Mexican creative community,” Opening Ceremony posted on Instagram. “The series, shot in Los Angeles and New York, captures a cast of established and emerging individuals – artists, actors, chefs, designers, musicians, photographers, entrepreneurs, multi-hyphenates – that exemplify the power of Mexican creativity today.” 

The campaign features a slew of influential Mexican and Mexican-American creatives, including chef Daniela Soto-Innes.

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Soto-Innes gained worldwide recognition when she was named World’s Best Female Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurant.

Drag star Valentina.

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Valentina may have made her name as a cast member on the reality TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but her influence is an undeniable sensation that can be seen and heard everywhere. 

There’s also Jessica Alba.

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The longtime Latina actress who doesn’t typically talk about her Mexican roots seems to be coming around. She stated on Instagram that she’s an “entrepreneur (forever), entertainer (sometimes), loyal friend (always), serious cuddler, terrible speller, self-taught, truth-seeking, boundary-pushing, outlier-oriented, future-facing, detail-obsessed, tequila-loving, Mexican-American, So-Cal native and chingona for real.” Okay, girl!

L.A.-based artist Rafa Esparza.

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About his creative process, Esparza says, “I work with land when I make things, many times adobe bricks used to construct brown architectures that confront white spaces and their legacy of white supremacy,” he explained on Instagram. About his new artwork, he said he is diving into “(I’m)migration and the hundreds of concentration camps and detention centers profiting off of the inhumane, daily hauling of migrants throughout the country.”

The campaign also features Cassie, among many others.

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Cassie has had a pretty phenomenal year. Not only did she break up with P Diddy after more than a decade, but she’s now engaged to her new beau and expecting her first baby. 

“My current project is becoming a mother, and I can’t wait to experience the transformation that comes through motherhood, especially in creating new music and visuals. I’m an artist at heart,” she said on IG. “Like every woman, I’ve gone through many significant transitions in life that have taught me so much about myself and the woman that I want to become. I’m focused on becoming.”

We also love seeing the designs of Equihua for sale at Opening Ceremony.

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As you may recall, we interviewed fashion designer Brenda Equihua last year because we fell in love with her San Marcos-inspired jackets and coats. This year she’s also selling San Marcos-inspired hoop earings, scrunchies, shoes, and much more. 

We just love that Opening Ceremony is shining the line on talented Mexicanos who’s work should be exposed to the world. 

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READ: This Fashion Designer Is Turning San Marcos Blankets Into Stunning Streetwear