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

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.

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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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The Estefans’ Red Table Talk is officially here and queer!

So get used to it!

The beloved Cuban singer and her family hosted their second episode of the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Things got real real as she, her daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lili Estefan sat down for a raw and honest conversation about their lives and relationships.

In the second episode of ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans‘ titled, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” the family revealed that Gloria was shocked to learn that her “miracle baby” was queer.

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Speaking frankly, Gloria explained that her initial reaction to her daughter’s coming out was to dissuade her from telling her grandmother the truth. According to Gloria, she feared that her own mother would die from the news about Emily.

“I came out to my parents like in 2017. But as you’ll see on the show, I think they knew way before that,” Emily, who is 25-years-old Entertainment Weekly in an interview. “What I’m most excited about in this episode is the complexity of it all. I wouldn’t be doing anybody justice if I went up there and lied and said that it was easy or that there weren’t complex emotions involved, even though my mom has been such a fierce supporter of the LGBTQ community. Everybody has a perspective. And as human beings, we’re always trying to be understood instead of understanding. As you’ll see in the clip, it was difficult for me to hear that. No matter under any perspective, those words were difficult to hear.”

Sadly, Emily never had the chance to share this part of her identity with her grandmother, Gloria Fajardo.

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Fajardo passed away in 2017 before Emily had the chance to come out to her. It is unknown whether she knew of her sexual orientation before she passed away.

“That is one of my biggest unanswered questions that I will live the rest of my life with,” Emily explained “Many of the people around me that love me have told me they knew. But in my heart, my grandmother and I were so close but I’m really not sure. But that’s part of life too — you don’t get every answer that you want. I’m also learning that regrets are a waste of time. But I’m still on that journey. A few years ago, I would’ve never imagined that we’d be talking about this as I’m about to release an episode where I say things I’ve not even told family members of mine. I’m still growing and learning.”

In the latest episode of the Red Table Talk, Gloria explains that Emily became known as her “miracle baby” after she was conceived following a devastating tour bus accident in 1990.

At the time, Estefan’s doctors told her she would not be able to concieve more children. At the time, Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan, already had their son, Nayib Estefan. Nayib is 15 years older than his sister Emily.

In the latest interview, Emily talks about the pressures of having to live up to the concept of a “perfect daughter” that had been projected onto her by media outlets. She also addresses how she became the target of tabloid fodder in Spanish-language media after her relationship with Gemeny Hernandez was revealed.

“My parents would tell me all the time that we all have to earn respect, which I totally understand and fully agree with,” Emily explained of her experiences growing up in the spotlight. “Life is difficult and you don’t know what people’s intentions are all the time. When my dad started dating my mom, my grandma would slam the door in his face! My parents never exhibited anything extreme like that when it came to my relationships, but they would remind me what their courtship was like. I would let them know that we’re going through similar things, but in different colors. Life is about repetition and trying to pick up new things along the way. My grandma came from a time where she didn’t go on a date with my grandpa until they had their marriage certificate, and even then her mom was chaperoning them. They didn’t kiss until they were married.”

Emily revealed that she and her girlfriend Gemeny have been together for almost four years now and that she has been welcomed as part of the Estefan family.

“Family dynamics are hard, no matter what,” Emily went onto share. “Gem is one of those people who is like a mirror: She came into my life and showed me my truth. Sometimes that’s not beautiful, but that’s what love is. It’s not beauty or dates or romance all the time, but all of the things that come with love. I’m really young, but I feel that having her by my side has made me truly understand what a loving, adult relationship is like. That’s why it’s been so easy for me to fight this fight and speak my truth, because it’s all worth it. She helped me be brave. Now she has a relationship with my family which is the incredible part and can maybe be explored in season 2? Having her come to sit at the table and talk about those dynamics. Everybody loves each other, but as I said, love isn’t easy. And you know what it’s like being a part of a Latino family. The baby starts dating somebody, even if it’s Mickey Mouse, they still wouldn’t think he’s good enough!”

The second episode of the Estefan’s Red Table Talk, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” debuted this past Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon ET on Facebook Watch.

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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

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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.

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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