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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!


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The Black and Afro-Latina Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Discuss #BlackLivesMatter

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The Black and Afro-Latina Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Discuss #BlackLivesMatter

The drag queens on the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race discussed the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the previous episode and it was real. They talked about the ways they were active during the protests last summer and what it means to be a queer person of color in the U.S. today.

Kandy Muse gave the conversation an Afro-Latina perspective.

While the queens were putting on their makeup in the workroom, LaLa Ri from Atlanta, brought up the topic of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. New York’s “Dominican Doll” Kandy Muse was the first to speak on her involvement in the protests.

“Being an Afro-Latino from the south Bronx, when I see Black people being murdered by police, it just puts so many things into perspective,” Muse said. “Fighting for Black lives and all those things are very, very important to me.”

Symone reminded the other queens of George Floyd’s murder by the police.  

Symone, who hails from LA, reminded her season 13 sisters that the murder of George Floyd last May by the police is what sparked the protests throughout the country.

“It’s sad that he to- that that had to happen, but I’m happy that people are waking the f*ck up because it’s always been there,” Symone said.

As a Black queen, Symone spoke to the trauma that Black people were facing with video of George Floyd’s murder being replayed in the media.

“Even with [the] corona[virus] going on, I felt immediately compelled to be involved in protests here in Los Angeles because enough is enough,” Symone recalled. “Things need to change.”

Lala Ri put some light on Rayshard Brooks‘ murder by the police.

During the discussion, LaLa Ri brought up that the murder of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendys in Georgia happened very close to their home.

“It kind of just really hit me that I could easily be in that drive-thru, and there’s a situation where they can pull me over just because I look like I don’t belong in that type of car,” LaLa Ri said.

As LaLa Ri relived that realization, she got emotional talking about it on the show.

“You could just be a Black person in the world and you could just get killed for nothing,” the queen said in tears. “It’s scary that you could just be killed just because of the color of your skin.”

Olivia Lux, an Afro-Puerto Rican queen from New Jersey, also mentioned how Black trans women are being murdered at a high rate.

“Statically Black trans lives at the most at risk,” Olivia Lux said.

Tamisha Iman wrapped things up with the words of John Lewis.

Tamisha Iman, a Black queen from Georgia, evoked the words of late Georgia Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis to wrap up the conversation.

“Get in some good trouble!” the Georgia queen said in an empowering moment.

The clip was uploaded to RuPaul’s Drag Race YouTube channel on Feb. 1 in honor of Black History Month. Be watch the full video to see more of this necessary conversation.

READ: Denali is Serving Mexicana Representation on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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These Latinx ‘Drag Race’ Queens Are Reuniting For ‘Dragueando’ And It’s About Time

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These Latinx ‘Drag Race’ Queens Are Reuniting For ‘Dragueando’ And It’s About Time

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.

However, according to many iconic queens from the series, not all are equally represented on the show. In fact, Alexis Mateo – one of the most popular queens from the series – has long spoken out regarding the treatment of its Latinx talent.

So it should be no surprise that three of the shows top Latinx drag queens have come together to launch Dragueando – a YouTube special all about Latina queens.

Three of ‘Drag Race’s’ top Latina queens have come together for a Latinx drag experience.

I’m not complaining at all but it seems like 2020 has come with a new season or spin-off of Drag Race every few weeks. First, we had the latest installment of All Stars, a special spinoff called Secret Celebrity Drag Race, then came Drag Race: Season 12, followed by Drag Race Canada and now Drag Race Holland is airing.

Like I said, I’m not complaining. But that’s a lot of drag. Thankfully, it’s not over yet. Three of the franchises top Latinx queens have banded together to create a new spin-off – Dragueando. Alexis Mateo, Jessica Wild, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine have teamed up to bring us the new special on YouTube and although there’s only been one episode so far, we can’t wait for whats next.

In addition to talking about all things Puerto Rican and drag, the YouTube special also sees the queens discuss Latinidad and drag. Later in the episode, Mateo congratulated the recent winners of the Drag Race series and spin-offs: Jaida Essence Hall, Shea Couleé, and Priyanka. She also paid tribute to season eight icon Chi Chi Devayne, who sadly passed away last month.

On Mateo’s YouTube channel, episode one of Dragueando is also titled “pilot,” so let’s hope there will be more where that came from. Maybe next time more of our favorite Latinx drag queens from Drag Race will be able to stop by.

The three queens involved in the new show are iconic veterans of the hit drag competition.

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All three of the queens involved in Dragueando have earned their spot in Drag Race herstory. The three queens, all Boricuas, have helped shine a light on Puerto Rico and its rich drag traditions.

Alexis Mateo is perhaps the most well-known of the three. She’s been a competitor on three seasons of Drag Race: season three, All-Stars 1, and All-Stars 5. During her latest run on the series, she made headlines for her incredible impression of astrology icon Walter Mercado during the show’s “Snatch Game” episode.

Fontaine, the self-proclaimed queen of “cucu” and the Miss Congeniality of Drag Race season eight, hosts the “Leida Educacional” section. For this first installment, she breaks down the history of five Latin American countries that celebrate their independence near Sept. 15: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Fontaine does this all while throwing a little shade at British drag queen Charlie Hides.

Wild, who was voted onto season two of Drag Race by massive fan demand, hosted the “Dandolo Todo” section. And she gave her all in learning a dance routine with Puerto Rican choreographers Prodigy Duo.

Alexis Mateo has long been outspoken about the need for better Latinx representation.

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Shortly after Alexis Mateo was booted off All Stars 5, a video resurfaced where the 40-year-old Puerto Rican queen was speaking out about the mistreatment of Latina queens on the show.

In the clip, Alexis cites her fellow latin sisters Nina Flowers (who she says should’ve won over Bebe Zahara Benet), Yara Sofia, and Jessica Wild, all who performed well throughout their seasons, and were still not given the opportunity to go all the way.

She also slammed other queens of Latin descent who were celebrated and well-loved despite not actually speaking Spanish or alluding to their heritage at all during their time on the show. She didn’t mention anyone in particular, but fans think it could’ve been in reference to Bianca Del Rio, who won season six. 

“I don’t care who your great-grandfather is,” she said. “For me, if you don’t speak Spanish, you’re not a Latino. Period, end of discussion. These roots are very important.”

Speaking of her rocky relationships on All Stars, she added: “For those of you who are at home celebrating Miz Cracker, stop being sell-outs. What we need is Latino support.

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