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Rising Stars: Meet Lady Blanca

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lady Blanca.

Hi Lady, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am a Latinx queer person that was mostly born and raised as a trans-border kid. Living between San Ysidro and Tijuana was always a hassle. I lived in Tijuana for majority of my life but was crossing the border to get an education in San Diego. It was a 9-year struggle that paid off as I am now a San Diego State University psychology student. This is where the drag comes in. I started watching Rupaul’s Drag Race in 2014 when I was a Freshman in High School. Ever since I was intrigued by the art of drag but I never thought that I’d be doing it myself as it seemed like a talent I didn’t necessarily possess. Having to put makeup, wigs, nails, heels, etc. all looked like a lot of money and time I didn’t have. However, my freshman year of college, an opportunity presented itself to me. A “talent” show hosted by one of my RA’s! I jokingly told them I was gonna get in drag and perform. And jokingly, I went on to ordering heels from Amazon, a wig, makeup from E.L.F. curated by my close friend and a cute 90’s-Versace inspired outfit from Forever 21. The night came upon and Lady Blanca had her debut. Ever since drag has helped through and through and I am on my third year of being a drag performer now! It can be expensive but as a good drag queen, we budget and try to make the best out of a situation. I recently just came out to my whole family through a Facebook post about my drag to which I received an overwhelming amount of support and love. I was so afraid of doing so, but I figured that eventually I would have to do so in order to feel and be free.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. Starting as a drag queen at a university isn’t necessarily the best move, especially since all of the drag endeavors are in the gay scene at Hillcrest. I also didn’t have the money I would’ve liked to have had at the time I started so I made what I could, with what I had. Even to this day, money will always be an obstacle as drag is expensive art. I was in a couple of drag shows and had about 6 or 7 performances along my first year as a baby drag queen, most at SDSU, one at San Diego’s Lips, and one at a private party. Then, the pandemic and lockdown happened. COVID, like everyone else, was a challenge to work through and us as drag queens, a new challenge to adapt into. Having to move every single show/performance to a virtual stage and having to have better production really pushed all of us in one way or another. Though it was an obstacle, it helped me connect with other queens across the globe as well as being able to be seen more by having the social networks as a form of drag communication and visibility.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an eclectic Latinx drag queen from San Diego. I love to entertain and make myself a fool in front of people while looking gorgeous, of course. I live to give a good dance on stage as well as a good laugh at times. I’m known for my campiness and my sexiness as well. I’m most proud of myself for pushing my art, my drag, and not giving up on it because I have struggled a lot and dealt with a lot of negativity which hasn’t put me down. I try to bring a lot of my Latinx culture into my performances and I always try to make people feel good about themselves.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I really love some Drag Race RuGirls’ podcast/youtube videos such as “Unhhh” by Trixie and Katya, as well as “Sibling Rivalry” with Monet X Change and Bob The Drag Queen.

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