The queen of mean gained another crown last night on RuPaul’s Drag Race, as RuPaul named insult comic Bianca del Rio America’s Next Drag Superstar.
Roy Haylock, the man behind the Queen grew up and got his start New Orleans where he began acting and designing costumes for high school plays. His first Big Easy Entertainment award for costume design came when he was just 17 and he would go on to win six more.
In 1996 he began performing in drag and got the attention of New Orleans drag queen Lisa Beaumann, who cast him in performances at Oz New Orleans, a gay bar on Bourbon St. In 2001, Bianca del Rio was selected as co-Grand Marshall for Southern Decadence XXIX, the youngest Grand Marshall in the celebration’s history.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Haylock moved to New York, where he worked as a drag queen and as a draper’s assistant for a theater costuming company. Before the 18-year drag veteran became one of 14 contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race, he performed as part of a comedy show at XL Nightclub.
RuPaul’s Drag Race, now in its sixth season on Logo TV, pits contestants against each other in America’s Next Top Model/Project Runway-like competitions testing costume creation, performance and entertainment skills and the ability to hold one’s own during competition.
Known for her sharp humor and pragmatic attitude, Bianca has shown herself to be a strong competitor, winning three challenges and never falling into the bottom two during the race. She has also occasionally helped her fellow competitors.
The 90 minute-long finale also doubled as a reunion show and a wedding, with RuPaul officiating the marriage of contestant Joslyn Fox to fiancé Andre Girouard on-screen. BenDeLaCreme, another contestant, won Miss Congeniality.