While most LGBTQ+ artists who appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race have their drag careers catapulted to new heights, not all of these contestants are interested in doing drag forever.
Over the years, many former contestants (and even winners!) have retired from their drag careers as a result of their performance on Drag Race and/or due to the response they received from fans. In other cases, they simply chose to pursue new endeavors and focus on different career paths, hobbies, and art expressions.
Whatever the case may be, certain queens did give up on doing drag after appearing on Drag Race, which is something that most fans aren’t entirely aware of. While people like Jaremi Carey (formerly known as Phi Phi O’Hara) have briefly retired their drag personas but recently went back to exploring the artform, other Drag Race contestants have fully left drag behind them and haven’t looked back since.
Scroll through to find out which former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants have quit drag since appearing on the show.
Despite being the ultimate underdog of RuPaul’s Drag Race season one, the judges clearly saw something in Rebecca Glasscock and she made it all the way to the top three. Over the years, however, Glasscock has quit drag indefinitely. She made a brief comeback for the finale of Drag Race season 10 – which featured the season one queens to commemorate 10 years of the show – but has ultimately retired from drag and moved on to other endeavors.
Despite winning the second season of Drag Race under the Tyra Sanchez persona, James Ross no longer uses that name, has completely retired drag, and wishes to no longer be associated with the show.
Longtime viewers know that Carmen Carrera has been very outspoken against certain elements of Drag Race. Since publicly coming out as a trans woman, Carrera has left drag behind, taking on different professional opportunities and living her most authentic life.
Since appearing on Drag Race, Kenya Olivera (better known by her stage name, Kenya Michaels) has come out as a trans woman and has also left the artform of drag in the rearview mirror. On the fourth season of the show, she made it all the way to the top five. But now, her drag persona has since been retired.
Many years before The Vivienne was crowned a champion on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season one, Vivienne Pinay walked into the werkroom of Drag Race season five and was unfortunately sent home during a double sashay alongside Honey Mahogany. After the show, Pinay decided to keep a low profile and abandoned this drag persona.
Honey Mahogany still uses the same name that fans became familiar with on the fifth season of Drag Race, but she is no longer a drag queen. Since her journey on TV ended, Mahogany focused on her transition and became a political figure and activist in San Francisco. As of 2022, Mahogany is a candidate for District 6 Supervisor. You can learn more about her campaign here.
The Miss Congeniality of season five, Ivy Winters is no longer a drag performer. In recent years, Winters has focused on other endeavors such as creating homemade goods and sharpening her gardening skills.
Magnolia Crawford was eliminated in part two of the split premiere of Drag Race season six. Back then, Crawford’s drag was not well-received by the fans, and that sentiment was doubled down during the reunion special when Crawford revealed that she hadn’t seen the rest of the season following her elimination. In a way, it wasn’t too surprising that this very negative Drag Race experience led this artist to retire their drag persona.
Robbie Turner had a very complex journey on her way to retiring from drag. In April 2018, Turner tweeted that she had just survived a car accident that she could barely recollect. She explained that her Uber driver did not survive the crash, but that she had somehow made it home “with barely a scratch.”
It was reported a few days later that Turner’s car accident story never actually took place, with Uber itself chiming in that none of the company’s drivers had died from a recent trip as it was described by Turner. As a result, Turner issued an apology on Instagram and talked about regretting the things she had previously tweeted out. Since then, Turner retired from drag and never re-appeared in a public manner.