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

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For 9 years, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been showcasing the very best in the drag queen world. There have been over 100 contestants that have fought for the crown and title for best drag queen. Here are 24 of the Latina drag queens that have graced our screens and the RuPaul runway.

1. Valentina

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The Los Angeles-based queen caused a stir on her season when she was shockingly eliminated after being a strong competitor. She dropped the ball during her lip sync and didn’t learn the words. She even tried to leave her mask on and Mama Ru was not having it. At least she won Miss Congeniality Fan Favorite.

2. Bianca del Rio

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You’re a winner baby! Bianca del Rio made “Drag Race” herstory when she became the first Latina drag queen to take home the crown on season 5. Since the show, Del Rio has enjoyed a fair amount of success even touring the country with her own edgy and slightly uncomfortable comedy shows. Seriously, her shows might go a bit too far for many but they are great for people with vulgar senses of humor.

3. Adore Delano

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Adore Delano first hit the “Drag Race” scene in season 6 and lasted until the 14th episode. However, her return to All-Stars season 2 was a shocker after she quit the show two episodes in. To be fair, Delano had already built a music career by the time she returned and her look works for her. She didn’t appreciate the judges critiquing her look that made her who she is to her adoring fans.

4. Violet Chachki

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Yes. She is Latina, in case you weren’t aware. She is also the second Latina queen to take home the crown as “Drag Race” winner. She can cinch her waist better than any queen and who can forget about her fall runway surprise outfit reveal on season 7. Sick. En. Ing.

5. Cynthia Lee Fontaine

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Cynthia Lee Fontaine is a two-time contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. First, she was on season 8 and then came back as a surprise contestant on season 9. If you give her a moment, she will gladly tell you about her cucu while being unapologetic about her thick, Puerto Rican accent. She’s also just loud enough to get your attention in a crowded bar during PRIDE.

6. Carmen Carrera

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Carmen Carrera sissied that walk down the runway in season 3. Not only did she get eliminated from the show, she was let go twice. Brutal. Luckily, that never slowed her down and Carmen Carrera, who transitioned after the show, went on to become a very successful model. She has been using her fame as a model to bring attention to the plight of LGBTQ people, especially trans people, throughout Latin America and is engaged in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

7. Roxxxy Andrews

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Roxxxy Andrews is another queen to have competed on her own season as well as on an All Star season. While the was eliminated in both, Andrews wore her heart on her sleeve and never backed down from her emotions. She even shared the heartbreaking story of how the thought of elimination brought back feelings of not being wanted by her mother. According to Andrews, her mother left her and her sister at a bus station when she was just a young child and never returned.

8. Ginger Minj

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Glamor Toad Realness personified, that’s who Ginger Minj is. The Orlando queen loves everything about her body and is not about to back down from her self-love anytime soon. Minj was a contestant on All Stars Season 2 after being the runner up on season 7. Just take one second and research this self proclaimed crossdresser for Christ and you will surely fall in love.

9. Jessica Wild

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Jessica Wild is another season 2 queen and she definitely left a mark on fans. Her elimination came after a maxi challenge sponsored by Absolut Berri Acai cocktail. The queens were supposed to do an interview where they plug their autobiography and the cocktail but Wild spent too much time on the cocktail. There is also consensus that the language barrier might have led to misunderstandings that factored into her elimination.

10. Monica Beverly Hillz

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Monica Beverly Hillz is credited with being the first transgender woman to come out as trans while filming the show. Three other queens have transitioned but made the announcement of their transition after the show wrapped. Hillz is the queen that sent Serena ChaCha packing in episode 2 of season 5. She was sent home the following episode.

11. Lineysha Sparx

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Lineysha Sparx was born in New York City but lives in Puerto Rico after moving there with her mother and father when she was 6. She tried her best in season 5 but just couldn’t cut it and was eliminated by Detox. She started strong with a high finish in episode 1 and a win in episode 2.

12. Naysha Lopez

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Naysha Lopez is another queen with the rare title of being sent home twice in one season. She was the first queen eliminated in her season but was brought back by RuPaul in episode 3. Even though was was brought back in episode 3, she was quickly eliminated in episode 4 bringing her time on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” to an end.

13. Madame LaQueer

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Madame LaQueer is the drag mother of Lineysha Sparx. Her name is an homage to a character of a telenovela that she loved when she was younger. The character, according to LaQueer, was the villain of the show and the head of a whore house. Well, that’s something.

14. Kandy Ho

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Kandy Ho is a member of The Doll House, a Puerto Rican drag house, that is also home to April Carrión. Ho made it 6 episodes on season 7 competing alongside Ginger Minj and Violet Chachki. She spent most of her life living in Puerto Rico and made sure that everyone knew that she is from Puerto Rico during her entrance to the workroom.

15. Alisa Summers

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Alisa Summers is the only Latina drag queen to come in last place on the show. She just wasn’t able to out lip sync Jiggly Caliente to stick around for another week of season 4. Her name is an homage to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes but it was her drag mother who recommended that she add the “A” to Lisa to make it different.

16. Alexis Mateo

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Alexis Mateo first entered the RuPaul universe in season 3. She did well, winning three challenges throughout the season before being eliminated winning 3rd place. She came back in All Stars Season 1 and battled against some of the top queens to come in 5th place. Mateo continues to perform around the world often sharing the stage with her RuPaul sisters.

17. Rebecca Glasscock

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Rebecca Glasscock was part of the maiden season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” often referred to as the “Lost Season” since you can’t find clips anywhere. Season 1 started to break down the mainstream idea of what it means to be a drag queen and helped pave the way for the seasons that followed. Her social media doesn’t show her to be as active in the drag community but she still performs because you can’t be an original RuPaul queen and not perform.

18. Kenya Michaels

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Kenya Michaels was a contestant on season 4 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and was also eliminated twice. The first time was after a bad Beyoncé impression that fell flat and the second time she was eliminated the same episode she was brought back for. Michaels is a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting that shook the LGBTQ Latinx community in Jun 2016. Michaels had just finished performing her last number in the Orlando nightclub when the shooter entered and opened fire on the crowd.

19. Yara Sofia

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Yara Sofia was originally born in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Las Vegas. The queen slayed on season 3 ending in 4th place, and also being voted as Miss Congeniality. She then came back fro All Stars 1 where she left in 5th place. The fierce queen continues to slay on stage and even hosts her own night at Piranha Club in Las Vegas. Get it.

20. Delta Work

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Delta Work was a season 3 firecracker as she battled it out with the other queens. She made it to 7th place on her season and was sent home by Manila Luzon. Since her time on the show, Delta Work has made a big name for herself, even getting the attention of Adele while dressed as her at a concert. More importantly though, Delta Work is the new mastermind behind RuPaul’s hair for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” since season 9.

21. Jade Sotomayor

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Jade Sotomayor stays in the public eye with appearances and performances across the country. She is another queen to have appeared on the very first season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and lasted for four episodes earning her 4th place.

22. Nina Flowers

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Nina Flowers was a season 1 contestant and an All Stars 1 participant. On season 1, Flowers made it to second place losing to the first ever “RuPaul’s Drag Race” queen Bebe Zahara Benet. Flowers proved that drag queens can be super edgy and artistic and she has since used her talents to become a successful DJ.

23. Serena ChaCha

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Serena ChaCha was one of the most controversial queens to ever set foot on the catwalk. ChaCha made waves in season 5 before being sent home after the second episode. ChaCha stepped on several toes when she talked about how she was educated to the dismay of many viewers and some of her competitors. After “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ChaCha has become a wig designer with her own line of wigs sold for a pretty hefty price.

24. April Carrión

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April Carrión first started drag while in Puerto Rico and she knew that she found something she loved. It wasn’t long until she was performing and eventually landing a spot on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 6. She only made it to the 4th episode but she has used her fame to highlight the lives of trans people and drag queens living in Puerto Rico in her project called “MALA MALA”.

Aren’t they fabulous?

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Way to go, queens. Your visibility will make it possible for more young Latinos to show the world the beauty they have inside.

25 Times Latino Roles Were Unforgivably Whitewashed In Hollywood

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25 Times Latino Roles Were Unforgivably Whitewashed In Hollywood

It’s been decades since the first films hit the screen and a lot has changed. Images are sharper, in color and the same goes to some of the most mainstream movie storylines. These days, we’re getting more stories about people of color and some of them have even come to truly speak to experiences that make up non-white cultures. Still, despite all of the advances, Hollywood isn’t quite there yet when it comes to accurate portrayals of Latinos and other people of color. Particularly when it comes to whitewashing on the screen.

Here are 25 times Latinos roles were unforgivably whitewashed in Hollywood.

1. “The Mask of Zorro”

CREDIT: Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Mask of Zorro / TriStar Pictures

Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was a completely unknown actress when she was first cast as Zorro’s love interest in “The Mask of Zorro.” Despite the promising box-office values of well known Latinas like Shakira and Salma Hayek, Zeta- Jones got the part. Zeta-Jones ultimately reprised her role as the Mexican beauty in the film’s sequel, “The Legend of Zorro.”

Shout out to Anthony Hopkins for appropriating another role as a person of color (we’re looking at you “The Human Stain”)

2. “West Side Story”

CREDIT: Natalie Wood in West Side Story / United Artists

When it comes to whitewashing, this cinematic classic is guilty of many offenses. The film, which tells the story of rival street gangs earned Latina icon Rita Moreno an Academy Award. Still, we’re gonna give this one an F  for it’s largely white casting when it came to its Latino characters. Not only was the role of Maria given to white American actress Natalie Wood, but the role of her brother Bernado, was given to Greek actor George Chakiris. Also, various members of the cast were put in brown face (including Moreno) to appear “more Hispanic”.

3. “Scarface”

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Italian actor took on the role of a Cuban drug kingpin. The whitewashing is truly shamefull and embarrassing, but arguably not as bad as the actors horrible attempt at a Cuban accent.

4. “The Birdcage”

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Hank Azaria has family on both sides come from Thessaloniki a Spanish Jewish community from Greece. Still, he doesn’t identify as Latino, but despite this he sure felt comfortable enough to portray one in the 1996 comedy “The Birdcage.” In the film, Azaria plays a gay, Guatemalan housekeeper named Agador Spartacus, its a role that earned him a Screen Actors Guilde Award nomination and quite a bit of acclaim.

5. “The House of Spirits “

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The on-screen adaptation of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits is also guilty of complete white washing. Even though the book’s characters are from Chile, the film’s creators chose to not only cast non-Latina actor Meryl Streep, they piled on actors Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close and Winona Ryder in the main roles too.

6. “Evita”

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We love Madonna, but even we have to admit that casting her as First Lady of Argentina, Eva Perón, was blasphemy. Sorry Hollywood, casting Antonio Banderas in the film doesn’t make up for this.

7. “The Mambo Kings”

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Oscar Hijuelos book The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love earned the Cuban-American writer a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It had so much potential to be a hit film, then the adapters of the film tapped Armand Assante, another non-Latino, as the lead role. Once again, Spanish actor Antonio Banderas played second fiddle to a non-Latino lead.

8. “Alive”

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The true story of an Uruguayan rugby team who had survived a plane crash in the Andes mountains was portrayed in the 1993 film “Alive.” In real life, soccer player Nando Parrado, relieved the team by going on a 10 day hike out of the mountains to get help. Ethan Hawke took on the role.

9. “Before Night Falls”

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Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas’ memoir Before Night Falls, was made into a film adaption in 2000. Johnny Depp took on the role of two Cuban characters including as a drag queen.

10. “The Big Lebowski”

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In 1988, Italian-American actor John Turturro famously played Cuban-American Jesus Quintana in The Big Lebowski. Apparently, the actor wants to play Jesus in a spin-off focused on the Latino character.

11. “La Bamba”

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Mexican-American musician Ritchie Valens is widely praised as is a pioneer of Chicano rock. The biopic on his life “La Bamba” chronicle his life, career, and death. Still, creators chose to pick Lou Diamond Phillips for the iconic role.

12. “Argo”

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“Argo” is based on the true story and efforts of CIA operative and Mexican-American, Antonio J. Mendez. During a 1980s Iranian hostage situation, Mendez helped orchestrate the rescue of six American. The director, Ben Affleck, cast himself as Mendez and ultimately went on to win The Academy Award for Best Picture.

13. “A Beautiful Mind”

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“A Beautiful Mind” is a movie based on mathematician John Nash’s life and career as well as his marriage to Alicia Lardé. In real life, Alicia was a Salvadorian MIT student. In the movie however, she was played by Jennifer Connelly who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film 2001.

14. “The 33”

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“The 33” tells the true story of 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped underground for 69 days. It also portrays the efforts of Maria Segovia, a woman who had in real life, fought to keep Chilean family members informed about the status of their trapped family members. Segovia was Chilean but portrayed by French actress, Juliette Binoche.

15. “American Drug Lord”

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British actor, Charlie Hunnam, got quite a bit of attention a couple of years ago when it had been announced that he had accepted a part  in the film “American Drug Lord” as Edgar Valdez Villarreal. The Mexican-American drug lord had been given the nick name “La Barbie” for his blue eyes and blonde hair, and he was Latino. Many believe Hunnam’s casting of the role was still a complete injustice.

16. “Drive”

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In the movie, Carey Mulligan plays a woman named Irene. In the book, character is based off of a Latina named Irina.

17. “Casa de Mi Padre”

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There’s no doubting the fact that Casa de Mi Padre  was meant to be a spoof. Still, watching Will Ferrel play Armando Álvarez with the manner of a Latino stereotype still killed us.

18. “Power Rangers”

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Fans were pumped when they learned the “Power Rangers” film would include iconic villain, Rita Repulsa— a character typically portrayed by Japanese or Latina actresses. They were pretty bummed when they learned Elizabeth Banks had been given the role.

19. “Nacho Libre”

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So this was another spoof but its whitewashing still isn’t likely to be forgiven. In the film, Nacho is based off of Fray Tormenta, a Mexican Catholic priest who had a decades long career as a masked luchador. Shamefully it was played by Jack Black.

20. “Touch Of Evil”

CREDIT: Charles Heston in Touch of Evil / Universal International

This classic Orson Welles film has been harked as masterpiece for decades. Still, we’re hardly impressed by Charles Heston’s odd portrayal of Mexican DEA agent,  Miguel Vargas.

21. “Hell To Eternity”

CREDIT: Charles Heston in Hell to Eternity / Universal International

Actor Jeffrey Hunter took on the role of  Guy Gabaldon, who in real life was Mexican. Vom.

22. “A Mighty Heart”

CREDIT: Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart / Paramount Vantage

Of course we love Angelina Jolie. Still, her decision to take on the role of Mariane Pearl, a French-born woman whose Cuban mother was of Afro-Chinese descent was not good.

23. “Spotlight”

CREDIT: Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight / Open Road Films

The biographical film “Spotlight” starred Mark Ruffalo playing Michael Rezendes, a Boston Globe reporter. The film won an Academy Award for Best Picture as well as an award for  Best Original Screenplay.

24. “Fiesta”

Actress Esther Williams played Mexican bullfighter Maria Morales.

25. “The Godmother”

CREDIT: Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Godmother / Lifetime

Of course, we had to sneak in one more Catherine Zeta-Jones pic. Her role in the Lifetime biopic about drug lord Griselda Blanco had the internet troubled.


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