’RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season Six :: The Interview with Winner Bianca del Rio
For those of you reading this column on a regular basis, you know I have made it very clear for about six weeks that Bianca was my favorite and should win "RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6." This is the first time in all six years that I predicted who the winner should be. I could not have been happier that RuPaul crowned Bianca, until I started thinking about the fact that I would be interviewing her, and then I got very excited! It was a pleasure to sit down with Bianca for this exclusive Hotspots interview.
At what age did drag become an interest and how did you pick your name?
I started drag when I was 20. I was working for a theater company and there was an awkward moment when they needed someone to do drag in a play and I volunteered. I have since been on an 18-year journey of being a man in a wig.
I got my name when I was drunk in a bar and a friend said I looked like a Bianca and it clicked. She also picked my last name.
How many times did you apply to be on "RPDR," and how did it feel when you found out you were chosen?
I only applied once and it was overwhelming when I got chosen. You send in an audition tape and you wait months, and then you get the call and only have 4 days to get everything together and travel to California.
Tell me about your "RuPaul’s Drag Race" experience.
It’s surreal and you feel like you are in the TV. You never know what’s to come and that’s the part I loved about it. I never thought about winning, just about the individual challenges and trying to do the best I could do. There is no down time between challenges.