As ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Wraps Up Its 11th Season, Let’s Have A Well Deserved Moment Of Silence For Miss Shuga Cain
Reality television can be cruel for both contestants and fans. Sometimes our favorite faces leave way too early, and we are left wanting to get to know them a bit better. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has both broken and lifted our spirits for almost a decade and this 11th season has not been the exception.
One of the most beloved queens of recent times has been Suga Cain, the curvaceous and salacious diva who makes strong political statements (yes, she went there and dressed like President Donald Trump, as you will see in images below). She has entertained us with her unique style. She came in 7th in the season, but in our hearts, she is a true winner.
Jesus Martinez is the man behind the elegant and vivacious queen Miss Shuga Cain.
One of the best things about Shuga Cain’s Instagram is the fact that we get to see both facets of her life: a proud gay man and a professional and sparkly queen with tons of creativity.
And that boy sure packs some serious muscles.
Jesus, miren a Jesus! Martinez is a consummate sportsman, a triathlete who runs-bikes-swims to compete with the best. This certainly gives Miss Shuga Cain the required strength for all those acrobatic dances she has delighted us with.
He is also in love with this handsome bear, her partner Gilbert Gaona.
Ay, madre santa, son tan lindos. Look at these two, Jesus and his fiancé Gilbert in the City of Lights, Paris, enjoying some much-needed couple time. This photo is so cliche, but we love it. Que sean felices por los siglos de los siglos y amen.
Gilbert is ultra supportive so, of course, we love him already.
We love Gilbert’s Instagram almost as much as we love Shuga’s! Here, he shows his support for su corazoncito and captures the pride and flashiness of queer culture.
But what does Shuga Cain even mean?
The origin of the stage name is threefold. First ingredient: sugar, of course, as she loves all things candy and baking. Second ingredient: the character Shug Avery from the novel “The Color Purple”(if you only watched the Steven Spielberg film that’s OK, we give you a pass). Third ingredient: the performance artist Candis Cayne.
Jesus had a corporate job that he quit to become Shuga Cain.
Sometimes you have to let go of your current life and really shake your life to the core if you want to pursue your dreams, and that is exactly what Jesus did to deliver this ravaging queen.
It only took her 18 months to succeed as a drag queen.
A mere year and a half after Jesus quit his six-figure pay, Shuga Cain was already a fixture in the very competitive New York drag queen circuit. Dreams don’t wait for you, do they?
Her secret weapon: opera and performance theater and she slayyyys.
We can really see the influence that performance artist Candis Cayne has had on Shuga: her style is based in opera-like extravaganza and out-there outfits that verge on the sublime.
Jesus has Latin American and Native American heritage making his drag super poignant and doubly beautiful.
She is as proudly Brown as it gets! Some of her outfits speak of her ancestral roots in the land that is now the United States of America. Her papito is from El Salvador and her mamita is Spanish and Native American (Apache) from New Mexico.
She’s a Cali girl!
That’s right: she might have made her name in the Big Apple, but her freshness and onstage dorky attitude scream California. She was born in the town of Magalia, a small town in the forest. How cute!
Her elimination was, and is still, very controversial.
It happened in episode 10 when she was sent home by Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. Fans of the show immediately became keyboard warriors and blamed the producers, arguing that they wanted to send her home because they always saw her as a filler contestant.
Of course, Shuga Cain didn’t remain quiet.
That thing of calladita te ves mas bonita didn’t apply for Miss Cain, who has been very vocal about the unfairness of her elimination. She has been supported by fans. Will we see her return in a future All-Stars?
She has one of the best entrance quotes in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” history.
“Get ready y’all, cause this sugar is so sweet!” Ay, mamacita divina.
She is 41-year-old, which makes her older than many contestants of the show but she is just as graceful and energetic as the younger queens.
That is right, she was born in 1977. One of her most memorable quotes is “I can be your grandmother, girl.” She said that to Plastique Tiara, referring to her age. She also said: “Do I have to really say 40?” Te amamos, reinita chula de preciosa.
Her farewell message was tender and supportive even if the elimination was crap.
And we quote: “You all hold a very special place in my heart. Make Nana proud ♡ Shuga.” Can we even love her more?
You can feel Shuga Cain’s Scorpio energy.
She is only the third Scorpio on the show and the first since season 5. Maybe being outspoken played against her? Was it the stars that aligned in her detriment? We should ask Walter.
She’s an incredibly self-sufficient entrepreneur.
After her fame skyrocketed she created her website, https://www.shugssweetshop.com/, where you can book her for a show and buy licensed products. Maybe this is only the beginning of her American Dream.
We cannot forget about the time Shuga Cain became Charo for the Snatch Game.
Shuga Cain often makes veiled references to popular culture. Her Snatch Game look as Charo was a revelation of monumental proportions. We still think about it because it was just so damn good.
She performs all around the world, as a true queen should.
Montreal, Vienna, Toronto… Miss Shuga Cain is everywhere, and perhaps her elimination encouraged her to be a globetrotter. Wanna check out if she will be in your city soon, here are her tour details!
She wears her age as a badge of honor.
She told Jezebel: “I’ve had all these years to build all these incredible skills as a person, as an actor, and as an artist. I mean, it’s still scary, and I still go through it. But like I feel like I’m better able to handle the stresses of what it is, and I know how to behave and how to act.”
Did we say she has a Master’s degree in opera?
Many were surprised by the fact that she was chosen in only her second try, but the fact is that she has been performing since she was a little boy. She has a higher degree in opera, so turning life into theatrical experiences is nothing new to her.
Here’s a cute funny picture of her to wrap this up because we could keep going.
Those Snapchat filters really suit her! ❤️
OK, last picture, we promise.
And what about this homage to She-Ra, a queer symbol like any other? We just can’t get enough sugar, can we?