All About Ongina

This pint-sized diva, known for her fierce fascinators, certainly packed an unforgettable punch during her season. A sweetheart from the moment she entered the werk room, this queen became the first to win two challenges! Here’s Ongina…

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I was routing for Ongina from the get go. Here enters this petite, feathered, high fashion queen telling all the other competitors how fabulous they were. As the introductions get under way, Ongina explains how she got her drag name – “my middle name is ong and god didn’t bless me with a certain ina.” She never failed to let her personality and quick-witted humour shine through on the main stage, whether it be through vogueing across the runway or during her interview with Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, in which they described the experience as “chit chatting with a girlfriend”. Ongina alsopicture-2 came out with one of my favourite words of the season – “maneltoe”. During the second episode, Girl Groups, Ongina admitted that she’d forgotten to wear underwear so needed to make sure that she tucked extremely well to avoid maneltoe (the male version of camel toe).

Ongina really showed what she was made of during the MAC Viva Glam challenge. During her commercial recording, and before admitting that she was HIV+, she said “I went for the route of celebrating life and making sure that you always think positively no matter what life throws at you. You have to appreciate what life has to offer. I mean, it’s a really big deal but you can’t let that be a downer in your life.” However, it was during her lipsync in the following episode that it was clear how incredible Ongina was. After the pair had performed, Ru was seen to excuse herself momentarily (in what I think is the only time she has done so), saying “this decision is too difficult. I need a moment alone.” Upon her return, Ru was seen holding her glabella (the bit in-between your eyebrows above the bridge of your nose) clearly unsure of who should sashay away. As Ru tumblr_mi3bdhsyer1s5d9hko2_r1_500said “though this breaks my heart to say…” I was screaming at my iPad “well, don’t say it RuPaul!” but sadly those were the days before Ru kept both contestants.

We may all know Ongina as a fierce lip-sync performer, but she actually has a full-time career as a visual merchandiser… well, Ryan does anyway. In one of her many revealing interviews, she admitted that she recently bought a barn which has 400 animals on it (although I can’t determine whether she’s joking or not). Making all her headpieces and fascinators, Ongina says “It really depends on what song I’m performing and what look I’m trying to pull together, but I make them… the one’s you see on the show, I’ve made”. ongina_dragu-beatriceneumann

I can’t deny that I had hoped to see Ongina appear on All Stars 2 as I feel that she should have (at the very least) made the final two, alongside Nina Flowers. In an interview a few years back, Ongina admitted that she would have loved to have popped out a box in a subsequent season. “I would’ve liked to come back for a different season to re-compete to show I am capable of doing more.” Here’s hoping we’ll see her gorgeous, smiley face in All Stars 3 in a couple of years time!

Be sure to follow this fierce queen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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All About Jade Sotomayor

jade_webShe 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-nestorJade’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 tumblr_md1tzez2am1rkusqzo1_500actually 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.”

Find out where the undeniably divine Jade Sotomayor will be by following her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

All About Victoria “Porkchop” Parker

To kick off my weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race posts, in celebration of the return of RuPaul’s All Stars, I’m going right back to the beginning… I mean, where else would I start than with the first ever contestant to sashay away from the show. So, without further ado, let me introduce Victoria “Porkchop” Parker!

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Miss Victoria Parker, whose friends call her Porkchop, was the fifth girl to enter the werk room on the first episode of the very first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, wearing a gorgeous black and red number. You could tell in an instant that she was a lovely person as she graciously greeted her fellow competitors. The episode was called “Drag on a Dime”, which sadly for Porkchop worked against her. Admitting “I can sew on a budget, I can sew a hole up in a dress and that’s about it”, she was not impressed with what she had produced for the main stage. Revealing that she hated her outfit Porkchop wasn’t going to let that get her down – “this is what I’ve got to work with so, I gotta make the best of what I’ve got”. Unfortunately, her garment landed her in the bottom two and after lip-synching to RuPaul’s song Supermodel, her time on Drag Race was cut short. Gracefully thanking the judges for the opportunity to appear on the show and wishing her competitors the best of luck, she exited stage right.

d7b874d9fc64e6387e8864f6b388f64aPorkchop began female impersonation on her 17th birthday, on 16 January 1987. Her friends gave her the nickname “Porkchop” because she’s a really good cook and makes, you guessed it, really good pork chops. She defines herself as a female impersonator as opposed to a drag queen as she creates a female illusion to entertain people. In an episode of RuPaul drives… (a World of Wonder web series), Porkchop talked about how appearing on the show actually resulted in her losing her job as a bar hostess. Her boss had told her that it was the worst decision of her life… it just goes to show how little her ex-boss knew! Porkchop once said that she wants to make her audience forget their problems. “I want everyone to leave all the bad stuff at home and enjoy me and the rest of the show for the hour or two that we’re there because that’s what it’s all about – it’s entertaining”.

It was clear to see that RuPaul herself was a Porkchop fan. In the RuCap episode, Ru introduced Porkchop by saying “she proved that big drag queens and big hearts go together”. For the seasons that followed, Ru will often shout “Hey Porkchop” during the majority of the finale episodes, which is super sweet to see eight years down the line. Ru always tells the truth, only saying what she believes in, which is how you know that Porkchop must be a lovely person that has a great energy about them – “I know, myself included, every at World of Wonder adores you.”

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Calling her fans her Choplets, Porkchop’s departing words before sashaying away were so inspirational. “I would like to send out to the plus size community, live your dreams, don’t let anyone stop you, don’t let your size stop you. I may have been the first to go but I made it here.”

To find out what Porkchop is up to and where she is performing next, you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

One of the biggest RuPaul’s Drag Race fans you’ll ever find!

Admittedly It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog but that’s because I’ve been putting the wheels in motion for the greatest blog challenge of all time.

If you ask anyone who knows me what my favourite thing in the world is, undoubtedly they will all have the same answer: RuPaul’s Best Friend Race… I mean RuPaul’s Drag Race! Ever since one of my best friends recommended the show a few years ago, I’ve been hooked (thank goodness for Netflix!). I’ve watched seasons 1-6 repeatedly (as seasons 7 & 8 have yet to make their Netflix UK debut… Sort it out Netflix!… so have only seen those seasons once). I have most of RuPaul’s music albums, am an avid follower of the World of Wonder’s YouTube channel, have RuPaul’s book and was also lucky enough to get tickets to the London stop on this year’s BOTS tour.

Now, with All Stars 2 on the horizon, I thought it was only fitting to feature my favourite queens on my blog, going right back to where it all began. I’m hoping that over the coming weeks I’ll be able to get exclusive content from the Queen’s themselves and potentially  some (signed) merch that I will feature in a silent auction to raise money for an undecided LGBT charity.

So stay tuned to find out if I feature your favourite queens!

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