Bianca Del Rio on the Business of Drag

May 17, 2018

By Christian Smith

Drag queen Bianca Del Rio is busier than she's ever been, even after her self-proclaimed retirement date.

Four years after being crowned America's Next Drag Superstar, Del Rio - aka Roy Haylock - is touring the world with her new stand-up show, the publication of her first book, and the opening this week of her new movie.

"I'm working harder now than I ever have," said Haylock, in an interview Thursday on Cheddar. She was promoting her new "advice" book, Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing with an Opinion On Everything.

Del Rio sashayed onto the global stage four years ago as a contestant on the sixth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which she won without ever having to "lip sync for your life." (That's how the show's host RuPaul decides which of the bottom two queens to cut each week.)

Winning "Drag Race" was the crowning moment in Haylock's 22 years performing in drag. She said she had no intention of staying in the business after 40, but thanks to "RuPaul's Drag Race" Haylock, 42, has too much work to walk away now.

"TV is just insane," Haylock said. "I'm traveling with my stand-up show, which I started last year in Amsterdam, and went to Australia, then 39 cities in the U.S., and starting next month I will be doing 19 shows in the U.K., and then I'm doing South Africa, Brazil, and Spain."

In the past four years, Del Rio has headlined three stand-up comedy tours and produced and starred in two movies, the latest, "Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia With Hate," to be released this week.

There's also social media, a driving force in drag's cultural relevance. Del Rio is one of the most popular queens on social media, having racked up 1.4 million followers on Instagram, and over 480 thousand on Twitter.

Del Rio jokingly credits much of her success to drinking, but on a more serious note she said, "don't believe in anything negative anyone has to say. Any blind seller has a blind buyer."

For the full interview, click here.

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