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We Ranked Our Favorite 17 Looks By Latina Queens From Best To Bestest

“Rupaul’s Drag Race” has established itself as one of the best and most empowering reality shows. Throughout its normal and special seasons, Latina queens have wowed us with their sense of fashion, their self-confidence and the way they wear their hearts on their sleeves. Their glitter-covered personas have captivated us and made us appreciate inner and outer beauty and the courage that it takes to be who you really are.

So, without further ado, here’s our Top 17 of the most mágico, cómico and musical outfits worn by Latino reinas throughout more than a decade of glam attacks.

17. Adore Delano and her Lady Marmalade throwback to the early 2000s

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We could see her in the classic musical Moulin Rouge! being fab and dancing her heart out. Her pink wig was a total heart-stopper, with shades of Christina Aguilera. That black leather skirt caressing her hips is just the stuff that wet dreams are made of.

16. Cynthia Lee Fontaine as cowgirl rollerblade mamacita

 

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Be bold, be brave, don’t second-guess mixing styles. If you wanna evoke Westerns and the disco years, why not wear a cute hat and a wig to make every queen jealous? She was giving us some 1970s roller disco Dallas realness.

15. Ginger Minj as an even weirder version of Sia

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Back rolls be damned! She is fierce, she is fiery, she is weird and she knows it. She reminded us of Sia’s wonderful weirdness. A testament to self-expression.

14. Jessica Wild as a BDSM leather fetish princess

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This outfit sure made more than one supermacho straight guy question his carnality. She was totally sexy in this tender dominatrix outfit that looked both womanly and dangerous.

13. Miss Bianca Del Rio as a gorgeous queen catrina

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Body-Ody-Ody looking fine! Light and dark, night and day, cuteness and mystery. This outfit had it all and Bianca looked like a real Dolores Del Rio lookalike and showed that drag is art and art is drag.

12. Kandy Ho going all 1980s Cuban Miami, guapa

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Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve & Talent to spare! Part Latino hot MILF, part throwback to the crazy Miami party scene of the 1980s. Jane Fonda would be proud and that necklace just hugged her neck like a lascivious reptile. Caliente!

11. Lyneisha Sparx giving us a vibe of “Memoir of a Geisha”

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OK, she might be guilty of cultural appropriation, but this consummate sexy bomb looked like a good Bennetton ad with her Chinese fan, Japanese headdress, and delicious caramel complexion. Yummy.

10. Madame LaQueer with her emo cheerleader animal print extravaganza

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She looked like every teenage girl in the 1990s: confused, fierce and listening to emo bands. We love the pompons on her shoulders and the super brave move to combine flower patterns and animal print. It is a jungle out there.

9. Monica Beverly Hillz as a high heels amazon goddess

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Just look at her. She is a perfect testament to female perfection. That golden outfit is not discreet, that’s for sure, but it isn’t over the top either. Think Naomi Campbell, think Iman, think Grace Jones and all proud women of color before her. We just can’t get over those bold heels.

8. Naysha Lopez as a 1990s Nokia luxury mobile phone

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Chicken Cutlets working their magic! She needs to be brave to wear this super revealing tight outfit that really looks like a vintage mobile phone. Can we dial your number, honey? Cuidado con las manos!

7. Beyonce? Oh, its Roxxxy Andrews!

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That look makes us say: “That just flooded my basement!”. What a stare into infinity and beyond. What a way to trick the eye to what looks like skin but is really part of the outfit. Give us some Lemonade to quench our thirst for you, diosa color de cacao! She is an urban guerrera del Amazonas.

6. Valentina and those chic Carmen Miranda vibes

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Honey Mahogany Dress galore! This outfit was elegant and cute at once, which is what femininity is all about. It is just the right dose of Latino with a Marilyn air to it as well. Totally Valentina, the ruler of all that is glamoroso. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

5. Violet Chakchi going full Dita Von Teese on us

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What a gorgeous glamazon, chiquita hermosa. Burlesque vibes all around. Totally dominating the stage with those sexy leather accessories and that pin-up girl sassiness. The pale skin and dark hair make for a beautiful and dramatic contrast. Showtime! She would also be a fantastic Sally Bowles in a revival of Cabaret. Call the producers, pero a la de ya! 

4. Alexis Mateo and her cosplay manga anime locura

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She made us think of all the sexy anime characters of years gone by, but with a fresh and slightly wild touch. That cleavage is deeper than anyone’s wildest desires and the net gloves give it a very early Madonna feel. Simple, yet nostalgic and amazing. We are sure she could release a very successful line for divas everywhere, East and West.

3. Nina Flowers and her Annie Lennox-David Bowie-Sci-fi supercrazy futuristic look… slay queen!

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Talk about a powerful and imposing figure. Those futuristic spikes look menacing and remind us, at the same time, of ancient civilizations like Egypt and gorgeous women like Cleopatra and Nefertiti. Nina bridged past and present with style and boldness. All hail the almost-queen!

2. And the fav runner-up is… Bianca Del Rio channeling every single Disney villana

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Not Today Satan, Not Today! Funny and iconic: that is how we can define this outfit worn by Bianca, one of our faves. She is bitchy and romantic, with a great sense of humor but zero patience for BS. She is Cruella De Ville and Ursula, but in a good way.

1. And the gorge winner is…. Adore Delano in bridal

Credit: Rupaul’s Runway. World of Wonder Productions.

Adore got into our hearts and minds wearing this bridal lacey outfit that let her be fabulous. That veil is like soft mist falling over a cosmopolitan city. The look says girl’s night out and humping honeymoon at the same time.  It was quite a symbolic decision as well, given the tribulations that LGBT communities around the world face when it comes to the right to just do whatever the hell they want. Good on you, girl, we adore Adore!

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Meet Diego Garijo: MMA Fighter By Day, Fierce Drag Queen By Night

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Meet Diego Garijo: MMA Fighter By Day, Fierce Drag Queen By Night

It may seem like the world of MMA fighting and the world of drag are in two completely different solar systems. One is all about how strong you are, your ability to literally take gut punches and withstand physical attacks. The other is about cultivating your art and allowing your inner self to shine through. But dig a little deeper and you see that both are all about being the fiercest version of yourself.

One man seems to have figured that out long before all of us, as he’s been straddling both worlds for years as renowned MMA fighter Diego Garijo in the ring and as fierce drag queen Lola by night.

Diego Garijo is the straight, drag ally we need right now.

Diego Garijo is an imposing figure in the ring. He’s 41-years-old and covered in tattoos with a recorded seven victories in the ring before suffering a detached retina and having to put the sport on hold. But he’s since come back with a vengeance and got into bare-knuckle boxing.

For Garijo, fighting is an art form through which he entertains. Becoming ‘Lola Pistola’ allows another part of himself to shine and fulfill his need for artistic expression.

Garijo says that drag and MMA have more in common than we might think.

While being a drag queen may seem a world away from being an MMA fighter, Garijo has expressed his belief that the two pastimes actually work well together.

In an interview with VICE, 41-year-old Garijo said that he gets ‘a lot of love from people in the drag scene, as well as the trans and gay communities.’ He stressed that his support doesn’t stop there, as Lola is also loved by ‘big tough fighters’.

Garijo commented: ‘Maybe they are also hiding an element of themselves that they would like to bring out more.’

His story as an immigrant has also played a major part in his creativity and art forms.

Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Garijo was smuggled into the US as a child. And as a youth, spent many of his years serving time in prison, which is where he got into fighting.

As for getting into drag; Garijo says that really began when he was a child, with a photo of him as a six-year-old wearing his mother’s underwear. He was brought up without a father and says he had a couple of gay cousins, so he ‘wasn’t exposed to many traditional masculine stereotypes.’

He continued: ‘Maybe that’s why I can be very feminine. I think people wonder if I’m gay, but they don’t understand that femininity and sexual preference are two completely different things.’

After being bullied as a child he has found that ‘art and fighting’ offer an outlet to the trauma he carries with him, and both through fighting and creating ‘a personality that has no shame’, he feels is able to ‘take a step forward in combat when others would take a step back.’

Currently, Diego is filming a new documentary about his life journey. His dear friend John Padilla serves as writer, director and producer of the project that they hope will find a home at Netflix.

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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We always knew there was a reason that Pedro Pascal was one of the internet’s favorite boyfriends. He has always radiated an energy of warmth and kindness–turns out he also walks the walk.

On Tuesday, Pedro Pascal took to Instagram to support his sister, Lux Pascal, who recently came out as a trans woman.

On his Instagram page, Pascal shared a picture of his sister on the cover of Spanish-language Chilean magazine, Ya. The caption read: “Mi hermana, mi corazón, nuestra Lux.”

In an interview with Ya magazine, Lux Pascal opened up about how supportive Pedro has been of her transition.

Lux explained that Pedro “has been an important part of [my transition].” Lux, who is currently studying acting at Juilliard, says that Pedro was able to be a “guide” to her because of his artistic spirit.

“He’s also an artist and has served as a guide for me,” she said. “He was one of the first people to gift me the tools that started shaping my identity.”

But her brother wasn’t the only one that was very accepting of her decision to transition. Lux explained that her transition has been “been something that’s very natural for everyone” in her family.

And like many folks who are gender non-conforming, her family seemed to have known ahead of time. “It’s almost something that they expected to happen,” she said.

Lux revealed to Ya that, for a number of years, she identified as non-binary. But she eventually realized that she actually identifies as a woman.

“Moving through the world as a woman is much more simple for me, but I still advocate for nonbinary identities to have a space in society,” she explained. While she says that existing as a woman was the right decision for her, she still “advocates for nonbinary identities to have a space in society.”

Lux is also passionate about LGBTQ activism, saying that the world needs trans activists who are good, smart, informed, and who can be strong voices against transphobia, homophobia and racism.”

When asked if she feels discomfort at seeing images of herself before her transition, Lux said, “I don’t feel anxiety when I see old photos of mine. The same happens to me with theater: I see someone who was doing what they liked.”

As for her new name (she was previously known by the name “Lucas”), Lux said she didn’t want to lose the meaning of her old name, which meant “he who brings the light.”

She looked to one of her favorite movies for inspiration. “One of the characters in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Virgin Suicides’ was named ‘Lux’ which is light in Latin,” she said. “I was pleased with my childhood memory and that my previous name had signified something I was looking for myself.”

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