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It was a long journey for Jimbo, a self-described drag clown from Canada, to enter the werk room of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8. Excluding the all-winners season that took place in 2022 — which featured Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne — Jimbo became the first international queen to appear as a contestant in All Stars herstory.
“My life’s mission is to create beauty, spread joy, give love, and be generous,” Jimbo says. “I am so proud to be gay, to be different, and to be myself. I can say that now because of the lives and work of so many LGBTQ+ people before me. I want to be one of those people for future generations, so they too can live and thrive where they are safe and accepted.”
Back in 2020, Jimbo became an instant fan favorite upon entering the competition of Canada’s Drag Race season 1, placing fourth overall. Two years later, she got to compete in front of Mama Ru in the first edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK vs the World but was suddenly eliminated by a fellow queen for being a front-runner. In both experiences, her time was cut short before she had a chance to snatch the crown.
They say the third time’s a charm, and that’s precisely what happened to this Canadian queen. In 2023 Jimbo was cast on All Stars 8, won four maxi challenges throughout the competition, and was inducted into the Drag Race Hall of Fame at the grand finale. And in a year when drag artists are constantly being targeted by conservative forces, Jimbo’s reign of laughter and joy has been much needed.
“I am working to overcome the anti-drag bills and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric by being unafraid, loving life, and sharing my truth authentically and proudly,” Jimbo says. @jimbothedragclown
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