The world of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been a platform for countless talented and memorable drag queens to showcase their skills and personalities. Many of these contestants have had their drag careers propelled to new heights as a result of their appearances on the show, but not all of them are interested in continuing to do drag forever. In fact, many former contestants and even winners have retired from their drag careers, either due to the response they received from fans or to pursue new endeavors.
One example of this is Rebecca Glasscock, who made it to the top three in season one but has since retired from the drag world. Rebecca’s drag persona was known for her sultry and seductive performances, but after her time on Drag Race, she decided to step away from the spotlight and focus on other pursuits. She has since retired from drag and has not been seen in the drag community for many years.
Another queen who has retired from drag is Carmen Carrera. Carmen was a fan favorite during her time on Drag Race, and her performances were known for their high energy and fierce attitude. However, after the show, Carmen came out as a trans woman and has since retired from drag. She has been an advocate for trans rights and has used her platform to raise awareness about the struggles that trans people face.
Kenya Michaels, who made it to the top five in season four, has also come out as a trans woman and has left the drag world behind. Kenya’s drag performances were known for their precision and attention to detail, and her time on Drag Race helped her to gain a large following. However, after the show, Kenya decided to focus on her transition and has since retired from drag.
Other queens, like Alisa Summers and Vivienne Pinay, have chosen to keep a low profile and abandoned their drag personas. These queens may have had a successful run on Drag Race, but they have decided to move on to other endeavors and have chosen to step away from the spotlight.
Meanwhile, other queens like Honey Mahogany and Magnolia Crawford have focused on their transition and become political figures and activists. Both Honey and Magnolia have been vocal advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and have used their platform to raise awareness about important issues. They have retired from drag but continue to be active in the community.
Even the Miss Congeniality of season five, Ivy Winters, has retired from drag and now focuses on creating homemade goods and gardening. Ivy was known for her quirky and unique drag performances, and her time on Drag Race helped her to gain a large following. However, after the show, Ivy decided to step away from drag and focus on her other passions.
Regardless of their reasons for leaving the drag world behind, these queens have left a lasting impact on the artform and on the LGBTQ+ community. Their contributions to the world of drag and to the show will always be remembered, even if they’ve decided to move on to new endeavors. It’s important to note that some of these queens have transitioned and come out as trans women and have found their new pursuits in life. Their stories have inspired many and will always be remembered as trailblazers in the drag and LGBTQ+ community.