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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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Gender Is So Last Year And These Celebrities Know How To Expertly Play With Gender

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Gender Is So Last Year And These Celebrities Know How To Expertly Play With Gender

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Non-binary individuals, also known as genderqueer, encompasses a spectrum of gender identities that escape the traditional definitions of masculine and feminine. In short, their gender identity falls outside the man/woman gender binary, outside cisgender paradigms (cisgender refers to a person whose personal identity and gender both correspond to their birth sex). For years, genderqueer folks were forced to live in the shadows, either due to conservative social norms or due to lack of awareness of this identity.

Recently, a group of celebs have come out as non-binary and we think that’s fabulous. We can think, for example, of Australian model Ruby Rose (remember their steamy affair with Piper in “Orange is the New Black”? Just this month “Queer Eye”hairstylist extraordinaire Jonathan Van Ness came out as non-binary. He told OUT magazine: “The older I get, the more I think that I’m nonbinary — I’m gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman. I don’t really — I think my energies are really all over the place. Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I’m here for it. I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It’s this social construct that I don’t really feel like I fit into the way I used to. I always used to think ‘Oh, I’m like a gay man,’ but I think any way I can let little boys and little girls know that they can express themselves and they can like be.” This pretty much sums up what genderqueer identity is all about.

Because we celebrate identities of all forms, here are some genderqueer POC stars that make us proud and happy! Some of them have identified as genderqueer while others have broken the paradigms of cisnormativity. Bien por ellos, muy bien!

Rico Dalasam, the Brazilian rap dynamo

This Brazilian rap artist and former hairdresser has taken his genderqueer identity to powerful lyrics of political resistance. He told Vice: “All the marginal communities I’m a part of—young, black, gay—all of these identities are forced to be ashamed by the oppressor. But I’m the potential of resistance.” With a career that started in 2014, Rico Dalasam has achieved success thanks to his high couture looks and remorseless combative attitude.

Bad Bunny, the boricua marvel

Bad Bunny wears long nails and jewelry that would commonly be associated with a feminine aesthetic. As we have reported, he is unbothered by those who criticize his non-binary moda. He identifies as a straight man but finds inspiration in the queer community. He has talked about his fashion choices in a GQ interview: “There’s people that appreciate what I do; there’s people that criticize it,. There’s people who say, ‘Thank you for sticking up [for us], thank you for defending [this].’ There’s others that say I’m an opportunist.” Be what it may, Bad Bunny is challenging the role of masculinity in urban culture and in a musical genre, reggaeton, that is often criticized for its often sexist lyrics.

Valentina, global drag phenomenon

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“I identify as nonbinary,” Valentina told Out in an interview. “I don’t completely feel like a man, I don’t completely feel like a woman. I feel like a goddess. I feel like I’m my own gender.”

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” superstar is one of the most recognizable faces in the drag world. We are so proud of the Latino representation Valentina has been able to bring to the drag world.

Aja, bruja extravaganza

Aja’s experience coming to terms with her gender identity was a long one.

“When I was 18, I actually lived as a trans woman for almost a year,” Aja told Them. “I thought I was trans, and then I learned through the education of the queer community about being non-binary, genderqueer, and all these different [identities]. I realized that I do feel like a woman, but I feel comfortable in my body. I don’t feel the need to change anything. I don’t feel the need to appear more feminine to society’s standards.”

Amandla Stenberg, from “The Hunger Games” to queer advocate

This amazing African-American young actress openly uses they/them as pronouns. She came out as non-binary on Tumblr (before she came out to her family!), by writing: “I honestly don’t know… I mean they/them makes me feel comfortable but I know that the media and the general populace that follows me will critique it/not understand which makes me feel sad and almost more uncomfortable. So I guess she/her for now”. Not in the cisgender closet anymore, dear Amandla! 

Liniker Barros, the Brazilian soul star

Samba and Latin rhythms find a nice home in the tender voice of this musical prodigy. Liniker is the lead singer if the band Liniker and the Caramelows, and many of their lyrics focus on the joy and tribulations of those who are not cisgender. They told the Spanish newspaper El Pais: “Why should I wear jeans and a T-shirt and present myself as just a voice? My body is political. I need to show my audience what I’m living.” Liniker is well aware of the fact that they represent a wider community. They told Now: “[My] visibility as a singer helps me occupy spaces that aren’t the usual ones for trans women. That representation is so important. Brazil remains a very transphobic, chauvinist, racist country, with a lot of hate speech. When a trans woman takes the stage, that alone is political.”

Angel Haze, rapping for freedom

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Born Raykeea Raeen-Roes Wilson, this rap artist identifies as pansexual and agender. Angel Haza has said: “I sound like four people when I get written about as ‘they.’ It drives me crazy. If you call me ‘him’ or ‘her’ it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t consider myself of any sex. I consider myself an experience.” Quite an interesting and revolutionary approach! Angel Haze used to date Ireland Baldwin, the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. 

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Has Brought Us Some Serious Talent But These Are Our Favorite Latino Judges In Herstory

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Has Brought Us Some Serious Talent But These Are Our Favorite Latino Judges In Herstory

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It’s no secret that drag and, in particular, drag queens have made their way into the mainstream. Much of their success is easily attributed to the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has helped catapult hundreds of queens into the spotlight.

The show, which is now in it’s 12 regular season (plus countless spinoffs), has one eight Emmy Awards – but above all else, it’s helped create a community for LGBTQ persons who hadn’t grown up seeing people like them on TV. So many people say that the show has helped them accept their identities. It’s also helped launch the careers of dozens of drag queens.

It’s no surprise then, that the show has also attracted some of the biggest names in entertainment – from Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga to Ricky Martin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, several high-profile judges have helped judge the completion for their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.

Mike Ruiz

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Mike Ruiz was a tasty addition to the regular lineup of ‘Drag Race’ judges – having made several appearances over the course of the show. Although he hasn’t returned since season 6. He often launched the season with a photoshoot in which he had to find the perfect shot of each queen.

Maria Conchita Alonso

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The Cuban-born telenovela star made her debut on Drag Race in the very first season of the show – where she helped judge the first ever ball. She made her way back to Drag Race during season 5, where she came back to coach the queens on their telenovela acting skills alongside Wilmer Valderrama. It’s obvious this two-time guest judge has a special place in her heart for drag!

Rosie Perez

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The Acadamy Award-nominated actress also made her Drag Race debut on the show’s very first season, where she helped judge the first ever girl group competition. She judged alongside Mary Wilson and the duo were definitely one of the season’s highlights.

Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba was one of the biggest-named actresses to appear as a judge – especially in the earlier seasons. She made her debut on Drag Race in season 7, which was jam packed full of big name guest judges – Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Mel B – just to name a few.

Jessica Alba didn’t disappoint fans on her visit to the show either having fun with the queens as they shot their parody music video. The winner of the episode – Kennedy Davenport – also scored a three year supply of products from Alba’s The Honest Company.

Demi Lovato

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Another season 7 judge, Demi Lovato’s appearance on the show left the queens gagged. She appeared in the season just two episodes after Ariana Grande had been on so the queens were being treated to some of the biggest names in pop.

Demi Lovato was joined by guest judge John Waters – who’s iconic films inspired the episodes maxi-challenge, of which Ginger Minj won. For the lip synch – between Miss Fame and Pearl – the queens got to perform Demi Lovato’s “Really Don’t Care.”

Christina Aguilera

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Getting none other than Christina Aguilera (a.k.a. Xtina) to appear in the premiere episode of season 10 (a.k.a. season X) was definitely a very clever idea. Besides, Christina Aguilera has been considered an important LGBTQ+ ally since her music video for “Beautiful,” which featured same-sex relationships during a time when this was not necessarily trendy for popstars to do.

On Drag Race, Christina Aguilera was more than willing to have fun. She even did a bit in which she pretended to be season 9 contestant Farrah Moan (who many believe looks like the singer). Overall, Xtina did not disappoint Drag Race fans!

Guillermo Díaz

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Cuban-American actor Guillermo Díaz made his Drag Race debut in season 11 on the third episode, alongside pop star Troye Sivan. The two were there to help judge one of my favorite maxi-challenges to date – the teams had to select a pop diva to worship in their TV evangelist show.

In the lip synch challenge, the bottom six queens lip synced to Jennifer Lopez’s “Waiting for Tonight” and it was everything.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Drag Race was one of the most revolutionary shows when it first started. Here were drag artists going on national TV and performing their art form, when it was still considered extremely taboo. Times have changed, thankfully, and so much so that one of the nation’s leading politicians made a guest judge appearance on the show. Enter: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made her debut on the show during season 12, episode 7.

This episode featured by far the very best ‘rusical’ every performed on the show – honoring pop queen Madonna. AOC was very visibly into the performance and gave plenty of constructive criticism and praise to the queens. She even snuck backstage during the taping of Untucked to have more one-on-one time with the queens, and reminding them of the power of their art form and their voice.

Ricky Martin

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars’ Season 5 is already a hit with fans and maybe Ricky Martin had something to do with it. Fans are loving him on the judges’ panel and didn’t hold back from expressing their love for him. The Puerto Rican singer-actor watched every performance with equal enthusiasm and awe — especially the last one where queen India Ferrah and lip-sync assassin Yvie Oddly battled it out in the elimination. 

And pretty much all of Twitter agreed that Ricky Martin has only gotten better with age – calling him the ultimate trade of ‘All Stars’ Season 5.

Did we miss any of your favorite judges? Or who would you like to see make a guest appearance on Drag Race?