Valentina Took To The RuPaul Stage Dressed As A Mariachi And It Slayed
Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is in full swing and one queen is giving the contestants and “Drag Race” fans all the Latina heat they can handle. Valentina, representing Latinos from East L.A., rocked her first runway look by throwing it all the way back…to Mariachi Plaza. The Mexicana queen is already proving herself as a force to be reckoned with her upbeat personality, utterly slaying looks, and by winning the first challenge. Introducing, Valentina – or
Ladies and gentlemen… Introducing, Valentina – or James Leyva when not in drag.
Introducing Valentina, the Latina queen slaying on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
I cannot even begin to express how I'm feeling right now. Thank you to the stars that I've wished upon my whole life. Thank you to my family, friends, fans and anyone who has been a part of me becoming Valentina. Hair: @hisvintagetouch Floral headpiece: @ulyssesmartinez Dress and Gloves: @laelosness Jewelry: @reikolyn Everything encrusted in a mix of @swarovski crystals by daddy: @aidan.euan and @ultragraphique
“My type of drag is very dramatic, very theatrical, and always very Latina,” Valentina, who has only been doing drag for 10 months, said on the season 9 premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” “I’m an undiscovered superstar.”
This queen can give you Barbie doll glam…
Giving you a modern take on 60's Glamour for my official @rupaulsdragrace introducing to the world? A big thank you to those of you who have posted me, drawn me, created memes, sent me messages. I'm so overwhelmed and grateful for all the love. Los Amo?? Hairstyled by: @hisvintagetouch Hair from: @bobbiepinzdotcom The "Harlow" in color Carrot Cake Custom dress: @alxgoz Shoes: @louboutinworld #allaboutvalentina #rupaulsdragraceseason9 #imalittlegirl #teamvalentina
“I think I would consider myself a glamor girl, but I think it depends on my look and my level of performance,” Valentina told LAist.
And, when not in drag, smoldering Latino realness.
Yas, James! YAAASSSS!!!!
On the first episode of season 9, performers were told to present an outfit the represents their neighborhood and Valentina did not disappoint.RuPaul’s Drag Race / VH1 / grammylesslana / Tumblr
“What I do is very romantic, very regal, very elegant,” Valentina told LAist. “Being Latino and being Mexican, it’s everything that I am and I try to make sure no matter what I’m doing, it’s always through the eye and through the lens of a powerful Latina woman.”
“I’m from East L.A. representing Mariachi Plaza,” Valentina proclaimed while strutting down that runway.RuPaul’s Drag Race / VH1 / grammylesslana / Tumblr
[slays in Spanish]
In March, Valentina made headlines with fellow “Drag Race” contestant Trinity Taylor and photographer Jason King when they were attacked in West Hollywood.
I’ve debated writing this post because I don’t usually like to put my very personal stuff out on social media. I’m not…
“Last night Trinity Taylor, James Leyva [Valentina], two other friends and myself were walking home after the club and a guy we didn’t know took it upon himself to join our group but not saying anything,” King wrote on Facebook about the incident. “After a certain amount of time this became uncomfortable and he was asked very politely by Valentina [James Leyva] to please not follow us. He said his car was parked in the same direction we were going so he was asked again politely to go ahead of us and we would wait. He asked us to go ahead of him instead and it went back and forth like that a couple of times until finally Valentina said we would go the other way and the guy then punched him. I went to go get the guy off of Valentina and he punched me in the nose and broke it. I spent 9 hours in the ER.”
Valentina posted a video to Instagram letting his fans know that he was okay after the event.
“I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay. I’m doing really good,” Valentina says in the video. “The incident happened and I’m fine. Everyone is fine. Jason is fine. Trinity is fine. I have lots of support from family and friends and it wasn’t a hate crime. It was just a crazy druggie who was out there just being bad. I was a lucky person to have had it happen to.”
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