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Bianca Del Rio 

Would Bianca Del Rio even make the cast in the current RuPaul’s Drag Race ecosystem? The season six winner (which aired in 2014; season 13 concluded in April) is one of the few queens who never had to lip-sync for their life (and legacy), and it’s difficult to imagine her as a lip-sync assassin. (This isn’t negative criticism—it’s a title to earn in the most recent season of Drag Race All Stars). Instead, Del Rio is the extremely rare contestant who was both the funniest of her season and a professional costume designer to boot. Del Rio’s talent as a comic with impeccable looks ultimately elevated her above the main calling card of the Emmy award-winning reality TV series. A large outlier in the hundred-plus queens that have appeared on the series, the Drag Race Hall of Fame has greatly benefitted from Del Rio’s presence. As the only queen with a crown that has more in common with Lady Bunny and Joan Rivers than any other Drag Race winner, Del Rio brings her Unsanitized tour to the Lincoln for two shows, a month apart (sadly, both have sold out). The show promises: “If you liked COVID-19, you’ll love BIANCA-21.” If that doesn’t do it for you, you probably won’t enjoy the show or Del Rio’s podcast, book, films—or Drag Race, if it does, prepare, this queen is just getting started. Bianca Del Rio performs Sept. 16 and Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. to sold out shows at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. thelincolndc.com.

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