Meet Bosco: Great Falls born, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 14 bound

For the first time in "RuPaul’s Drag Race" herstory a queen from Montana will be sashaying into the competition. Season 14 of "Drag Race" features Bosco, born in Great Falls and the first queen from the Treasure State to compete in what some call the “Olympics of drag.” “Drag Race” is a reality television competition series featuring drag performers from across the U.S. and its territories who perform in weekly challenges leading up to the crowning of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Contestan

What I’ve learned: Nina Manavello

Nina Manavello, 35, is a Miami based jewelry designer and runner-up on the 2011 “Project Runway” spin-off “Project Accessory,” who recently rediscovered her craft and became a new mom in the last year. When I first started making jewelry — like, let’s be honest — I drove a hand-me-down car that was literally falling apart that had a hand-crocheted steering wheel cover from my grandmother’s best friend because it was her car. I was sleeping on a couch in my studio and shopping at Goodwill. I st

Miss Vanjie: Romance with Brooke Lynn Hytes 'happened naturally'

April 11 (UPI) -- Drag performer Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, born Jose Cancel, walked out of the competition into the spotlight last year after being the first eliminated drag queen on Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race. What made her short tenure unique was how she left the stage after being eliminated, saying her name in an almost hypnotic manner three times: "Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie." The moment spun into countless memes and became a viral moment on social media. Mateo was shocked at t

Mondo Guerra of 'Project Runway' calls 'Runway Remake' inspirational

March 14 (UPI) -- Mondo Guerra, Season 8 runner-up of Project Runway and winner of Season 1 of Project Runway All Stars, will host an extension to the series called Runway Remake, which will feature DIY tutorials on how fans can create their own interpretation of challenges featured on Project Runway. Runway Remake will be available online, and Guerra told UPI it will make the step-by-step instruction easy to follow for viewers who are at any sewing proficiency level. "It's more inspirational

Thorgy Thor: Wedding special to be 'catalyst' for equal rights

March 8 (UPI) -- In conservative Amish country, Pennsylvania, four drag queens are coming together on a mission to plan a wedding and change some minds along the way. In TLC's Drag Me Down the Aisle wedding special, which premieres Saturday, performers of RuPaul's Drag Race fame Thorgy Thor, Bebe Zahara Benet, Jujubee and Alexis Michelle have three weeks to plan bride Emily's wedding to her husband in Lancaster. Thor, born Shane Galligan, of Season 8 of Drag Race and Drag Race All Stars 3, thi

Valentina of 'Rent': 'Success is for everyone'

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Valentina, drag queen of RuPaul's Drag Race fame, strives to be an exemplary member of the LGBT community. "I just feel a responsibility to be a great example for people like me," Valentina told UPI. The self-proclaimed "Latina goddess," born James Leyva, will play Angel in the upcoming television live special, Rent: Live, airing on Fox. This is her first major role on TV, playing opposite Brandon Victor Dixon as Tom Collins and alongside an all-star cast. "I'm landing a majo

William Jackson Harper: 'The Good Place' celebrates selflessness

Jan. 24 (UPI) -- William Jackson Harper who plays Chidi Anagonye in The Good Place describes the NBC sitcom as "a salve for a disillusioned and frightened public." "I think that there's been probably a serious emphasis in the last few years on winning, on getting what you want, no matter what the cost," Harper said, adding that the show highlights a need to celebrate selflessness. The Good Place follows four humans played by Harper, Kristen Bell (Eleanor), Jameela Jamil (Tahani), Manny Jacinto

Shangela of 'A Star is Born' encourages drag queens to be leaders

Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A Star Is Born actor and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Shangela Laquifa Wadley is on an 181-city world tour but made sure to send an absentee ballot back to her home state of Texas. "It's important that drag queens are involved in the political process," Shangela told UPI on the heels of election night. "We all need to be involved in what happens and what changes are being brought about since they govern our lives." Shangela, born D.J. Pierce, took part in a plus1thevote initiative