RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres tonight on LOGO and one contestant, Manila Luzon, hails from the Twin Cities. It’s not the first time a Minnesotan has made good on the campy drag queen reality show. In its first season, the show crowned Minneapolis resident Bebe Zahara Benet as America’s Drag Superstar.
In an interview with Seattle’s Gay Scene, Luzon recounts her beginnings as a Minnesota drag queen:
Manila Luzon, where are you from?
I’m half Filipino and half German/Swedish born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota! But the second I graduated from college, I packed my good wig and a pair of stilettos and moved to New York City to become an artist!
When was your first time in drag and what did it feel like?
I honestly cannot remember – I’ve been sneaking into my mother’s and my sister closets on since I was a child! But the first time I became Manila Luzon was the summer I came out in college. I thought, if I’m going to be coming out as gay, I might as well go ALL THE WAY and be a drag queen!!!
Benet, the shows first queen from Minnesota, will host a party for the show in New York on Friday.
Celebrity judges for the upcoming season are Margaret Cho, Eliza Dushku, Carmen Electra, Susan Powter, Amber Rose, Rita Rudner, Sara Rue, Chloë Sevigny, Cheryl Tiegs, Lily Tomlin, Alessandra Torresani, Aisha Tyler, Jody Watley, and Vanessa Williams.
Unfortunately for Twin Citians, there doesn’t appear to be any viewing parties for the show.