Bianca Del Rio is one of the most known drag queens in the United States who proved herself to be one of the most skilled performers in the niche.
Bianca’s real name is Roy Haylock and Bianca Del Rio is only the stage name he uses while performing. He says that he often finds it hard to find the switch he has to flip to turn to Bianca and he is starting to act much more like her all of the time.
Roy is not only a great performer, but he is also an actor, comedian and an awesome designer of costumes which helps him in his work. He says that he enjoys spending time doing his gigs and therefore wants to have a life outside of Bianca’s performances.
Bianca Del Rio got famous as the winner of the 6th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She is this phenomenal comedy character in the world of drag queens and she is very respected in that community.
Bianca is amongst the most successful and most powerful drag queens in the US. She has been featured on many other YouTube channels as well, mostly doing some sort of a comedy sketch.
Bianca Del Rio was born on July 27, 1975, in the city of New Orleans in Louisiana, United States. He grew up in Gretna which is one of the biggest cities in Louisiana.
His parents immigrated to the US from other countries so he is of mixed descent. His mother comes from Cuba and his father is from Honduras. He respects his roots very much and believes that Bianca has that same sass.
He has four siblings with whom he grew up with. They were all really close before they moved away and now they don’t talk as much.
He always felt that he was different from his friends and when he was called by nasty words or been told that he should be ashamed that he is gay, he didn’t think much of it. He just tried to stay positive and be a better person than his bullies.
He already knew that he was going to be bigger, that he is not gonna stay in Louisiana, get married and have kids like most of the kids. He knew that his place was somewhere else, under certain spotlights and amongst some interesting people.
He was a student at West Jefferson High School and it was a hard experience for him since he was bullied because of his homosexuality. He said that most of the experiences that built him were exactly the experiences that he suffered in.
He also had trouble with his parents because they seemed to think that they weren’t good parents and they did something wrong since he “came up that way”.
It was in high school that he discovered his skills and his abilities to make great costumes. He had a good eye for fashion but he was often mocked for it. He just wanted to pursue his dreams and he continued to work on the projects he had.
He also loved movies and theatre so he got into acting in high school. He also started designing costumes for plays and especially loved to make Halloween costumes. This was all especially interesting to him because he absolutely loves everything about parties.
He was seventeen years old when he relocated to New York. He wanted to move to the big city as soon as possible.
After coming to New York he found work at the Bloomingdale’s where he worked almost 10 months before he decided to return home.
But he returned to New York several years after, trying to find his place there. Being home in New Orleans was a failure for him and he decided to give New York one more chance.
He was a great costume designer which he proved by gaining several Big Easy Entertainment Awards in that category.
He was also hired to design and make costumes for New Orleans Opera but he wanted to prove himself in a bigger scene. He was starting out small and he soon moved to some larger scenarios.
In 1996, he starred in a play called “Pageant” where he made his first drag performance. He said that it was a very empowering experience and that he knew right away how this was going to be the path he will be taking in life.
There he was spotted by a drag queen named Lisa Baumann who liked him a lot and offered him to work in shows in one of the most popular night clubs named Oz. This was a make or break deal for him and therefore he had to say yes!
His great artistic skills brought him several New Orleans Gay Entertainer of the Year Awards which he gained as the drag queen Bianca Del Rio. Bianca is a mix of all of the hobbies he has and also some other performance.
His first big success came in 2001 when he was selected to be one of the grand marshals at the Southern Decadence XXIX, the LGBT festival which lasts for six days and is very popular in New Orleans. Bianca Del Rio was one of the marshals of the event, together with Pat Ritter and Rick Thomas.
Bianca returned to New York after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans and started to work as a costume designer on Broadway.
His employee was Barbara Matera company and he worked costumes for ballet, opera, and various shows.
All that time he also gave performances in various clubs and cabarets as Bianca Del Rio. He said that he never thought that a drag queen will be able to perform in these luxurious places, but the term is being more and more normalized today and that’s why he is getting much better feedback.
Some of the events he performed in was a cabaret show where he performed alongside Lady Bunny and Patricia Krentcil roast. Patricia Krentcil is widely known as “Tan Mom.”
He also gained a role in a play titled “Rent” which took place in Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans. This was one of the breaking roles for him and it launched him into the world of stars.
In 2010 he appeared in a web series titled “Queens of Drag: New York City” which aired on the internet site gay.com. A lot of other New York drag queens were featured in this series: from Lady Bunny and Mimi Imfurst to Dallas DuBois and Peppermint.
One year later, in 2011, Bianca was featured on a show aired on Logo TV under the name “One Night Stand Up: Dragtastic!” Pandora Boxx, one of the most recognizable New York’s drag queens was the host of the show.
In 2012 Bianca Del Rio made a huge step up in her career by getting on the cover of Next Magazine.
The same year Bianca appeared in Sherry Vine’s show named “She’s Living for This”.
By the end of 2013, Bianca Del Rio found out that she was chosen to compete in the 6th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race with 13 more contesters.
After entering this event she soon became the lead amongst the fans of the event and was one of the favorites.
After getting into the Top 3 contestants she was on the verge of becoming the winner. And she did. She was crowned as the winner of the Drag Race, leaving Adore Delano and Courtney Act behind. It was in the spring of 2014.
She stayed very well remembered amongst fans and contestants as the only drag queen ever who never placed low in any part of the competition. She even didn’t have to lip-sync like most of the other contesters.
She was also very proud of her title as the first Hispanic drag queen to win the RuPaul’s Drag Race.
In 2013 Bianca Del Rio starred in a movie named Hurricane Bianca, which was financed independently and directed by Matt Kugelman.
There was also a campaign on the Indiegogo to raise the money for the movie. Thirty thousand dollars was collected in the campaign.
The movie had its sequel in 2018 titled Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate.
After the big success and recognition he gained through her win on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio created her own stand-up show and started touring all through the country.
In 2014 she released her first project for the show named The Rolodex of Hate.
In 2015 and 2016 she has toured with Not Today Satan show.
Blame It On Bianca Del Rio was the name of her 2017/2018 show.
In 2018, during her set amongst other shows on Montreal Pride, she was involved in a controversy when she called out one of the drag queens for publically stating that she is a rape victim. Bianca believed that the queen was making a public stunt to collect sympathies and that lip sync is not the place to do it.
She was backlashed by a lot of people, even her own fans and the Montreal Pride organizers but she stayed firmly behind her statements.
It’s Jester Joke is her last show which started in 2019. It was the first time that any drag queen made it to Wembley Arena.
Bianca stated that she would love to become a judge on a reality TV show like Britain’s Got Talent and that she would love to sit near Simon Cowell.
She shocked everyone when she stated that she would recommend Simon some good plastic surgeon because he looks like a “melted candle” after he lost a lot of weight.
Bianca also launched her cosmetic business and has released a line of make-up remover, completely cruelty-free and vegan.
Bianca doesn’t like to share personal information about her love life. Bianca says that it is hard to have a quality relationship with anyone because he is so often on the road.
He also said that he gets all kinds of offers from various people while being on tour and some of them are not totally normal.
In 2016 she came to the premiere of Hurricane Bianca with his boyfriend who was very handsome but publically unknown. She never revealed his identity.
He is very close to his parents and often uploads their together photos on social media.
When asked about what he uses for taking the heavy makeup off he stated that he uses his own product called Bianca Del Rio make up remover but that she used to take it off with Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo because it didn’t bother her eyes.
Full name: Roy Haylock
Date of birth: July 27, 1975
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Profession: drag queen, writer, performer, singer, costume designer
Height: 1,77 m
Net Worth: $2 million