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Bob the Drag Queen Knew He Was Going to Win RuPaul’s Drag Race the Moment He Was Cast

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Before Bob the Drag Queen became the reigning champion of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this drag queen extraordinaire was a stand-up comedian and actor known as Christopher Caldwell. The season eight winner is defined by his unapologetically political and high-energy drag performances, and recently released a single called “Purse First.” His win on Drag Race comes full circle, since the premiere season of the show was what inspired Bob to pursue drag in the first place. Here, he discusses performance and how drag helps create art and blur gender lines.

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