Bosco (drag queen)

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Bosco
Bosco at RuPaul's DragCon LA, 2022
Born (1993-06-11) June 11, 1993 (age 30)
Great Falls, Montana, U.S.
Other namesBlair Constantino
TelevisionRuPaul's Drag Race (season 14)
Websitehereisbosco.com

Blair Constantino[1] (born June 11, 1993), known by the stage name Bosco,[2] is an American drag performer who competed on season 14 of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2022.

Early life[edit]

Bosco was raised by musicians in Great Falls, Montana.[2] She[a] received formal dance training at a young age.[3]

Bosco was profiled in the Tribune after being awarded the Dance Educators of America Senior Boy Titlist,[4] ranked at the national competition in Las Vegas in 2010. Her tap solo to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" received the highest award given by the judges.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

The name "Bosco" is taken from her deceased dog as a tribute to him, jokingly stating that "He's not using it anymore, he's dead, so now it's mine".[5] Bosco performed in drag for the first time in 2018.[citation needed]

In 2022, Bosco competed on season 14 of RuPaul's Drag Race. She performed a burlesque routine for the opening episode's talent show. In the fifth, ninth, and thirteenth episodes of the season, she won the main challenges, winning three cash prizes of US$5,000.[6] For Snatch Game, Bosco portrayed Gwyneth Paltrow but landed in the bottom seven, and thus participated in a lip-sync tournament which took place the following episode. She lost two lip syncs, one against Willow Pill to "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross and one against Lady Camden to "Don't Let Go (Love)" by En Vogue. In the final lip sync, Bosco went up against Jasmine Kennedie to "Swept Away" by Diana Ross, and won.[7]

In episode 12, Bosco landed in the bottom two alongside Jorgeous and had to lip sync to "Heartbreak Hotel (Hex Hector Remix)" by Whitney Houston. She lost the lip sync but was saved after she received the Gold Bar (a twist introduced in the third episode where each queen was assigned a chocolate bar and whoever had a bar which contained a golden ticket wrapped inside would be saved from elimination). This allowed Bosco to stay in the competition.[8] In the subsequent episode, Bosco won the main challenge, which was a roast of Ross Mathews.[9] She ended up placing third in the finale.

Personal life[edit]

Bosco has lived in Seattle since 2015.[10] She uses "she" and "they" pronouns out of drag and "she" in drag. Bosco came out as a transgender woman in February 2022, having begun her transition after filming Drag Race.[11] In 2023, she underwent facial feminization surgery and debuted her new look while walking in New York Fashion Week.[12] Season 15 contestant Irene Dubois has been described as a drag "sister" to Bosco.[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Fight
(Shared with Lady Camden)
RuPaul's Drag Race Won [14]
Critics' Choice Real TV Awards Best Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series Won [15]
People's Choice Awards The Competition Contestant of 2022 Nominated [16][17]
2023 Queerty Awards Closet Door Bustdown
(Shared with Jasmine Kennedie, Kornbread Jeté and Willow Pill)
Runner-up [18]
2024 Future All-Star Herself Pending

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Constantino uses she/her and they/them pronouns. She/her will be used in this article for consistency.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Constantino, Blair [@hereisbosco] (March 31, 2023). "Thank you for everything you've done for me.-Blair🏳️‍⚧️" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 4 April 2023. Retrieved 4 April 2023 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b "Bosco brings villain drag from Seattle to 'Drag Race'". www.kuow.org. 2022-01-07. Archived from the original on 2022-01-08. Retrieved 2022-01-15.
  3. ^ "Meet Bosco, Seattle's self-anointed 'Demon Queen' joining 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". The Seattle Times. 2022-01-04. Archived from the original on 2022-01-05. Retrieved 2022-01-15.
  4. ^ "Meet Bosco: Great Falls born, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 14 bound". Great Falls Tribune. Archived from the original on 2022-01-06. Retrieved 2023-01-09.
  5. ^ Meet the Queens of Season 14! | RuPaul's Drag Race, archived from the original on 2022-01-15, retrieved 2023-01-20
  6. ^ "'Drag Race' 14 Raises Prize to $150,000, Adds Money For Runner Up". www.out.com. 2022-04-07. Archived from the original on 2022-04-12. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  7. ^ Swift, Andy (2022-03-19). "Drag Race Recap: A Brutal Lip Sync Smackdown Costs [Spoiler] the Crown". TVLine. Archived from the original on 2022-04-11. Retrieved 2022-04-11.
  8. ^ March 25, Joey Nolfi; EDT, 2022 at 09:30 PM. "It's not chocolate (finally) on 'Drag Race' season 14". EW.com. Archived from the original on 2022-04-09. Retrieved 2022-04-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "The Roast Challenge turns up the heat on RuPaul's Drag Race". The A.V. Club. 2 April 2022. Archived from the original on 2022-04-12. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  10. ^ ""It means everything to me": an interview with Bosco, Seattle's latest Drag Race star". Seattle Gay News. Archived from the original on 2022-05-13. Retrieved 2022-01-15.
  11. ^ Nolfi, Joey (2022-02-10). "'Drag Race' queen Bosco comes out as trans". EW.com. Archived from the original on 2022-02-13. Retrieved 2022-02-13.
  12. ^ "'Drag Race's Bosco Walked at NYFW Out of Drag and No One Noticed". www.out.com. Archived from the original on 2023-02-23. Retrieved 2023-02-23.
  13. ^ "Irene Dubois "Grilled" Bosco for 'Drag Race' Advice Before Competing on Season 15". Pride.com. Archived from the original on 2023-01-07. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  14. ^ France, Lisa Respers (June 6, 2022). "MTV Movie & TV Awards: See the full list of winners". CNN. Archived from the original on June 6, 2022. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  15. ^ Pedersen, Erik (June 12, 2022). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' & 'Top Chef' Lead Critics Choice Real TV Awards". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 13, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  16. ^ Schwartz, Missy (October 26, 2022). "Bad Bunny, 'Nope', Harry Styles and Lizzo Lead People's Choice Awards Nominations: Complete List". TheWrap. Archived from the original on October 27, 2022. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  17. ^ Malec, Brett (December 7, 2022). "People's Choice Awards 2022 Winners: The Complete List". E! Online. Archived from the original on January 11, 2023. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  18. ^ "Closet Door Bustdown Nominees". The Queerties. Archived from the original on 25 January 2023. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  19. ^ "@Queerty: "The #Queerties are here! Congrats to @hereisbosco , nominee for FUTURE ALL-STAR. Vote for all your #LGBTQ+ favorites once a day until voting closes on February 22nd! 🏳️‍🌈🏆🍿"". Twitter. Retrieved 24 January 2024.

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