Another Atlanta queen gets the chance to snatch the "RuPaul's Drag Race" crown when the show kicks off Season 7, though Violet Chachki already knows a few things about stealing a crown.
The popular Atlanta queen was among the cast of 14 announced on Sunday for the show, which debuts in January. Chachki's inclusion confirms the worst-kept secret in Atlanta drag. The rumors started flying when she left town in July.
Now, former Atlanta queen RuPaul has tapped Chachki to try and go where no Atlantan has gone before – winning the Logo show. Five queens have tried – Nicole Paige Brooks (Season 2, episode 2), Sonique (Season 2, episode 4), Phoenix (Season 3, episode 2) and Mariah (Season 3, episode 6) – but only Trinity K. Bonet (Season 6, episode 9) progressed deep into the competition. (Orlando queen Tyra Sanchez won Season 2 and moved to Atlanta, where she lectures on oral sex, getting busted and drag dads.)
"My only weaknesses are youth and beauty," Chachki says in a promo video for the upcoming season.
Atlanta fans know her from her weekly gig with the Other Show at Jungle, being the baddest bitch on Edgewood, getting censored with her Legendary Children co-conspirators, and grabbing some notoriety by snatching the "RuPaul's" crown from Sharon Needles during a pageant here. Allegedly.
But this is how the show describes her to a national audience:
A one-of-a-kind collectible, this youthful beauty has studied her fashion, and it shows in her edgy, next level aesthetics. But will having the “smallest waist in Drag Race history” translate into taking the title?
In another video promo for "Drag Race," Chachki dishes about the origins of her drag name (think Jennifer Tilly in "Bound"), her first drag performance at a "busted-ass club in Marietta," her fave "RuPaul's" queen (it's a tie), the best advice she's received ("commit to your look") and much more.
If you haven't caught this Atlanta queen in action, get a glimpse on Thursday at Legendary Children’s Unholy Night with special guest Milk from "Drag Race" Season 6. Then sit back and prepare for Season 7 next month.
- Sasha Belle (Iowa City, Iowa)
- Kennedy Davenport (Dallas)
- Mrs. Kasha Davis (Rochester, N.Y.)
- Tempest DuJour (Tucson, Ariz.)
- Miss Fame (New York City)
- Jaidynn Diore Fierce (Nashville)
- Kandy Ho’ (Cayey, P.R.)
- Katya (Boston)
- Jasmine Masters (Los Angeles)
- Trixie Mattel (Milwaukee)
- Max (Hudson, Wisc.)
- Ginger Minj (Orlando)
- Pearl (Brooklyn)
Now all Chachki needs is a call about that HBO gig.
Photo by Alan Tran