Bianca Del Rio is a girl who can’t say no.
Since winning season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she’s starred in a film written especially for her, started ‘Really Queen,?’ her own highly popular YouTube show, and is currently touring the world with her stand-up show.
To what does she owe her success? Well. She loves to say yes.
And after performing in bars for nineteen years, she isn’t taking a single opportunity for granted.
With her film Hurricane Bianca in post-production, and her Rolodex of Hate Tour in full swing, she’s a very busy girl.
But she still has time to reflect back on her days as a Ru girl.
Just a bit.
“I had a very different impression of my portrayal on the show. Before it aired, I told my friends I was really nice; I was very calm,” she said. “Then I look back and in the first episode I’m already cussing somebody out. It’s like, ‘Oh shit!’”
Del Rio undoubtedly has a reputation for being a bitch. And she can live with that. Doesn’t everyone love a bitch who secretly harbors a heart of gold?
While she admits that the rigorous filming schedule can get to a lady — 12 to 14 days, with absolutely no socializing allowed outside of filming — she doesn’t feel the editing is to blame if you don’t like how you’re depicted on TV.
“When the queens complain about the editing, it makes me laugh. The fact is: they need to edit themselves. There are a lot of things I chose not to do or say, because I didn’t want it to backfire on me.”
Her strategy? Sit back and wait until everyone else to hang themselves.
You can’t say it didn’t work.
Del Rio knew the producers wanted to showcase contestants who were emotional exhibitionists; who would cry and confess and share their feelings at the drop of a cloche.
She doesn’t blame them. They’re just trying to make good TV.
Nevertheless, she was determined to win on her own terms or not at all.
And her terms doesn’t include tears.
“I didn’t want to win because my parents kicked me out,” she says. “I didn’t want to win because my parents left me at the bus stop. That’s not my story… and that’s one of the reasons I didn’t think I’d win.”