I don’t know about you but I am completely obsessed with Rupaul’s Drag Race. For those who do not know what it is, Rupaul’s Drag Race is a reality TV competition for Drag Queens to compete to be America’s next Drag Superstar. Think America’s Next Top Model meets Project Runway.
There is fashion, make-up, runways, acting, music, comedy and so much more. But what makes the show is the Drag Queens themselves. Their larger than life personalities, outrageous costumes and makeup, and their outstanding stage presence make them superstars in their own right.
I have selected 12 of my favorite drag queens from all 9 seasons of Drag Race and matched them up with books that suit their personality and aesthetic!
Raja, also known as Raja Gemini, is the stage name of Sutan Amrull, an Asian-American make-up artist and drag performer.
Season 3 WINNER!
Sharon Needles is the stage name of Aaron Coady, an American drag performer, and recording artist.
Season 4 WINNER!
Sharon Needles Recommends:
Jinkx Monsoon is the stage name name of Jerick Hoffer, a drag performer, actor, and Broadway singer.
Season 5 WINNER!
Jinkx Monsoon Recommends:
Bianca Del Rio is the stage name of Roy Haylock, an American drag performer, insult comic, and costume designer.
Season 6 WINNER!
Bianca Del Rio Recommends:
Violet Chachki is the drag name of Jason Dardo, a drag performer from Atlanta, Georgia.
Season 7 WINNER!
Violet Chachki Recommends:
Pearl Liaison, or simply known as Pearl, is the stage name of Matt James, a drag performer and DJ from Brooklyn, NY.
Season 7 Runner-Up!
Bob The Drag Queen is the stage name of Christopher Caldwell, a drag performer and activist from New York City, New York.
Season 8 WINNER.
Bob the Drag Queen Recommends:
Kim Chi is the stage name of Sang-Young Shin, a drag performer and costume designer from Chicago, Illinois.
Season 8 Runner-Up!
Kim Chi Recommends:
Naomi Smalls is the stage name of Davis Heppenstall, a drag performer and model from Redlands, California.
Season 8 Runner-Up!
Naomi Smalls Recommends:
Valentina is the stage name of James Leyva, a drag performer from Los Angeles, California.
Season 9 (7th Place)
Shea Couleé is the stage name of Jaren Shea Merrell, a drag performer from Chicago, Illinois.
Season 9 (3rd Place)
Shea Coulee Recommends:
Sasha Velour is the stage name of Sasha Steinberg, a drag performer from Brooklyn, New York.
Season 9 WINNER!
Sasha Velour Recommends:
Jesse is a 20 something college student/server and dwells in Toronto, Canada. He enjoys reading about fantastical worlds, listening to KPOP, and being a couch potato.