Adore Delano Coming to the Dallas Red Party Next Weekend
Most fledgling drag queens learn the finer aspects of female impersonation — including advice on makeup, hairstyles, costumes and how to accessorize — from veteran mentors, known affectionately as drag mothers. But gender-bending songstress Adore Delano — alter ego of former American Idol contestant Danny Noriega and nom-de-camp of the RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist — did not have the benefit of such one-on-one coaching.
“I’m a drag orphan!” Noriega boasts. “I had more of a genderfuck, Pete Burns kind of style. My version of beauty was just not what everyone else thought beauty was. No one taught me. All the drag queens hated me. I used to beat them all, though, so it was OK.”
With such intrinsic passion for spirited competition, it is no surprise that Noriega auditioned for — and made the top 3 of — Season 6 of Drag Race. The performer considers the once-in-a-lifetime experience a turning point in his career.
This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.