‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star Trinity Taylor’s New Series Will Reveal What Really Happens Behind the Scenes at Pageants (Exclusive)

by Jeremy Spirogis
Trinity "The Tuck" Taylor attends RuPaul

In a world the place social media can make you a star, Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season four and proprietor of the Florida Entertainer of the Year Preliminary Pageant, desires to deliver focus again to the important artwork of pageantry.

Trinity "The Tuck" Taylor attends RuPaul's DragCon LA 2019
Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor attends RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2019 | Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

Taylor spoke completely with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about her thrilling new docuseries. The Untitled Trinity Pageant Project (produced by World of Wonder) will pull again the curtain and reveal what really occurs in pageant competitions. It will observe 10 contestants as they put together for the Florida Entertainer of the Year pageant in April 2020, a stepping stone to the nationwide competitors.

“Pageants are a competitive sport,” Taylor stated. “There’s that component of competitors that’s generally lacking when contestants compete in RuPaul’s Drag Race however have by no means competed in a pageant.”

She shared that the pageant circuit has taken a big hit attributable to social media the previous a number of years. Although social media can assist some rivals get to the Drag Race, Taylor says not having formal coaching or that starvation to compete doesn’t all the time serve the contestant.

Pageants could be an vital drag profession transfer

Before social media devoured the business, pageants had been one of many primary methods drag queens may construct and improve a profession. And whereas Instagram-famous drag queens are in a position to create a following and even rating a gig on RuPaul’s Drag Race or certainly one of its spinoff reveals, they miss that component of starvation and competitors, Taylor stated.

“We want to show what it really takes to produce a pageant,” she dished. That will embody behind-the-scenes footage of every contestant as she prepares to compete. Taylor can even seemingly supply viewers a take a look at the business aspect, permitting individuals to see the huge endeavor concerned in producing a pageant.

Florida Entertainer of the Year posterFlorida Entertainer of the Year poster
Florida Entertainer of the Year | Photo courtesy of Bob Taylor

Although pageants are an vital artwork for all drag queens to study, Taylor acknowledges that competing in them is pricey. “I won Entertainer of the Year and received a $10,000 prize,” she shared. “But I ended up spending about $12,000 to fully prepare for the pageant.”

Drag bills could be huge, together with hiring stylists for hair and make-up, in addition to the robes, sneakers, and lessons wanted to good expertise. According to Vice, the common price to be a drag performer hovers round $10,000 a 12 months in hair, make-up, and clothes alone.

Drag queens often aren’t making hundreds of thousands of {dollars} both. Some drag professionals report incomes about $60,000 a 12 months, Vice studies. However, it’s doable to make financial institution, particularly for individuals who have the drive and coaching. Celebrity impersonator VyVyan Vyxn informed Vice she earns as much as $800 a night for theater appearances and personal occasions. Contestants who make it to the Drag Race earn about $400 a day for being on the present. Winners obtain $100,000, together with fame and notoriety.

Queens discover there’s a hidden payoff of competing in a pageant

Taylor asserts that the return on funding in pageant competitions is an important constructing block for a profession. The coaching and networking related to pageant competitors can result in profession longevity.

Lessons realized via pageantry could be leveraged to compete on the Drag Race or different nationally televised competitions, too. Taylor resides proof of how pageant coaching is important. She is the titleholder from a smattering of pageants and has dominated the Drag Race scene since first arriving on the present in 2017. Taylor additionally boasts a following of 1 million on Instagram and is a filmmaker and recording artist.

Taylor’s docuseries will start taking pictures within the months main as much as the pageant in April. “The pageant will be held at the iconic Parliament House in Orlando,” Taylor shared. “It was the perfect location being that it is a landmark for LGBT entertainers.”

The Florida competitors is simply the primary leg of the sequence. Taylor will proceed to observe the winner and runners-up once they head to the nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.

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