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The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens

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Drag queens with pseudonyms have many reasons for choosing their names. This list contains information about the real names of drag queens, listed alphabetically by their drag name. Some famous drag queens use their favorite locations as name inspiration while others pick the names of celebrities. Some drag queen stage names are the same as the name they were born with. Others use puns or wordplay to make a memorable stage name.

Who will you find on this real names of famous drag queens list? Of course, RuPaul makes an appearance. The mononymous drag queen was born RuPaul Andre Charles. RuPaul has introduced the world to many of the most famous drag queens through the reality show RuPaul's Drag Race. Bianca Del Rio (born Roy Haylock), Sharon Needles (born Aaron Coady), and Chad Michaels (born Chad Michaels) are some of the best to appear on the series.

Divine - real name Harris Glenn Milstead - was one of the first drag queens to become a household name, having appeared in many of John Waters' films including Hairspray and Polyester. Other famous drag queens include Dusty Ray Bottoms (Dustin Rayburn) and Jaymes Mansfield (James Wirth).

What would your drag name be? Would you hope you were in the Haus of Edwards or would you choose something totally wild and thematic?

  • Acid Betty (born Jamin Ruhren) is a draq queen from Brooklyn best known for competing on Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race....  more
  • BirthplaceAzusa, California

    Adore Delano is the stage name of American, singer, drag queen, and YouTube personality, Daniel Noriega. He is known for appearing on the seventh season of American Idol and the sixth season of...  more
  • Aja - born Jay Rivera

  • Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, known mononymously as Alaska on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, is an American drag performer and recording artist....  more
  • BirthplaceFlorida, Puerto Rico


    Alexis Mateo Pacheco, better known as Alexis Mateo, is a Puerto Rican drag queen, performer, and reality television personality....  more
  • Alyssa Edwards (born Justin Johnson) is a drag performer best known as a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race, both in Season 5 and All Stars Season 2....  more
  • April Carrión - born Jason Carrión

  • Asia O'Hara - born Antwan Mason Lee

  • Aquaria - born Giovanni Palandrani

  • BirthplaceCameroon


    Alternative NameBeBe Zahara Benet

    BeBe Zahara Benet is the stage name of Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa, a Cameroonian-American drag performer and singer best known for winning the first season of the reality-television drag competition...  more
  • BenDeLaCreme - born Benjamin Putnam

    BenDeLaCreme is an actor....
  • GenderMale

    Roy Haylock, better known by his stage name Bianca Del Rio, is an American actor, comedian, costume designer, and drag queen. He is a fixture in the New Orleans and New York City club scenes, often...  more
  • Blair St. Clair - born Andrew Bryson

  • Bob the Drag Queen - born Christopher Caldwell

    Christopher Caldwell (born June 22, 1986), also known as Bob the Drag Queen, is an American drag queen, comedian and reality television personality. He is best known for winning the eighth season of...  more
  • BirthplaceElmwood Park, New Jersey, USA


    Carmen Carrera is an American reality television personality, model, burlesque performer, and actress, known for appearing on the third season of the Logo reality television series RuPaul's Drag...  more
  • GenderMale

    Chad Michaels is an American drag performer. Michaels was known as a Cher impersonator, before becoming famous as the runner up of the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and as the winner of...  more
  • Chi Chi DeVayne (born Zavion Davenport, September 24, 1985 – August 20, 2020) was a drag performer from Shreveport, Louisiana, best know for competing on Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race....  more
  • BirthplaceAustralia


    Shane Gilberto Jenek (born 18 February 1982), better known under the stage name Courtney Act, is an Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality. Jenek first came...  more
  • Cynthia Lee Fontaine (born Carlos Hernandez) is a drag queen from Austin, Texas, best known as a contestant on Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race....  more
  • Dame Edna Everage is a character created and performed by Australian comedian Barry Humphries, known for her lilac-coloured or "wisteria hue" hair and cat eye glasses or "face furniture", her...  more
  • Darienne Lake - born Greg Meyer

  • Delta Work - born Gabriel Villarreal

  • Derrick Barry (b. 1983) is a Britney Spears impersonator, who is best known as a contestant in Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race....  more
  • GenderMale

    Detox Icunt, known mononymously as Detox, is an American drag performer and recording artist. Detox was a fixture in the Southern California drag scene before gaining prominence on the fifth season...  more