She may have been “nervous and shaking inside” the first time she stepped out onto the runway seven years ago, but her tribal-inspired, warrior outfit and striking confidence told a very different story. Welcome to the gorgeous, #OriginalFish, Jade Sotomayor!
You know you’re watching TV magic when a queen is genuinely lovely and incredibly beautiful. Jade exuded confidence and gave great stage presence every time she hit the main stage. This came through stronger than ever in the second episode when she choreographed a group routine to Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child. When teaching the girls the routine, Jade was very considerate making sure that everyone knew what they were doing and had the moves down, so that they had the best chance of succeeding in the challenge. Although this was sadly not to be, Jade came back fiercer than ever wearing a stunning sparkly blue outfit that a lot of people (myself included) would give anything to look half as good in!
Jade’s confidence and nerve was questioned towards the end of her time on Drag Race. In one of the episodes, Ru asked Nina (Flowers) what advice she would give Jade. Nina said “you need to trust yourself and your instincts and be more out there. I think that you’re too shy.” Shannel added “If you thought you were as beautiful as we see you as being beautiful, then the sky’s the limit.” I think it’s safe to say that Jade has ticked all of these boxes since leaving the werk room! In the episode following Jade’s (unfair) departure, Shannel said “Jade embodies an all around, 110% beautiful person inside and out.”
Jade was introduced to the world of drag through some of her friends, who were also drag queens. Revealing in an interview that she went to see them in a show, she ended up falling in love with drag, before coming out to her mum and becoming a drag queen a week later! “I’m a big performer and doing drag is a big outlet, where I can express my talent and show how much I love to be on stage and perform.” Becoming a RuGirl is now considered to be the Olympics of drag, but it was actually close friend and season 5 contestant Monica Beverly Hillz who told Jade about the show. Admitting that the producers learnt a lot from their season, Jade revealed after the show had aired that, since they were locked in their rooms, she would often sneak out of the hotel’s window to meet up with the other girls before heading to a nearby bar to socialise. Reflecting on her experience, Jade more recently said “It’s been a whirlwind! Being able to perform all over and travel and meet so many different fans – that’s the best part, meeting the fans and just taking pictures with them.”