Roy Haylock, better known by the stage name Bianca Del Rio, is currently in South Africa. Bianca is American drag queen, comedian, actor, and costume designer best known for winning the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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As reported by IOL, speaking on one of the biggest changes since winning one of the best seasons of Drag Race, Del Rio says: “My entire life has changed. Television is a very powerful platform. I knew the show was popular among the gays in the US, but I had no idea how many fans the show has all over the world and how many straight people are fans. I’m beyond grateful for the doors it has opened for me. Let’s face it, if it wasn’t for Drag Race, you wouldn’t be interviewing me right now.”
While Del Rio is known for being a famous drag figure in New York, the Drag Race winner got her start in Louisiana, New Orleans. “I was living in New Orleans and working, doing five nights a week for 10 years in a bar, and doing costumes and wigs and stuff there for the opera and the ballet.
And then the hurricane hit, and we weren’t allowed back into the city at the time. So I visited some friends in Atlanta, and I had a friend in New York who said, “Why don’t you come up here and kill some time and figure things out?” So I came to New York, and I decided if I could get an apartment and a job, I’d stay. And I did, and that was it.”
Del Rio came to South Africa with her stand-up comedy show, Blame It On Bianca Del Rio. She becomes the first winner from the show to headline a show in two major cities in South Africa.
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