Derrick Barry

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Derrick Barry
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Barry at RuPaul's DragCon LA in 2018
Derrick Barry

OccupationDrag queen, Impersonator
Years active2003–present
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race, America's Got Talent

Derrick Barry[1] is an American drag performer, Britney Spears impersonator and reality television personality. He is best known for competing on the third season of America's Got Talent, and later the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.[2]

Early life[edit]

Barry was raised in Modesto, California.[3] He first saw Britney Spears when he was 15 in her ...Baby One More Time music video on MTV, and first went to see her in concert in 2002. His first time in drag was when he dressed as Spears for Halloween in 2003.[4] His second time dressing as Spears was two weeks later on November 17, 2003, at the audience of The Tonight Show where Spears was a guest star.[5] Derrick was the 2010 representative for a National anti-bullying organization Don't H8 as Miss Don't H8 DIVA where she was also awarded Hall of Fame, LEGEND Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Presidential Hall of Champions.[6]


Derrick Barry (left) and Bob the Drag Queen (right) in 2017

Barry first gained attention when he competed on the third season of America's Got Talent in 2008, with his talent being a Britney impersonator.[7] He made it past the auditions, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals.[8] After the show, he appeared in the music videos for Eminem's "We Made You"[9] and Katy Perry's "Waking Up In Vegas" in 2009. He was brought on stage by Madonna during one of her performances on her Rebel Heart Tour in 2015.[10]

It was announced that Barry would be competing with 11 other drag queens for the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 1, 2016.[11] He was the one-hundredth queen to be seen competing on the show in the first episode. He was eliminated in the eighth episode after losing a lip sync to Bob the Drag Queen, and placing fifth.[12]

In acting, he first appeared as the character Julie in an episode of Dig in 2015.[13] He appeared in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens in 2016.[14] He played the character Kimberly in War on Everyone in 2016.[15]

She appeared as a guest for the first challenge in the premiere of season eleven of Drag Race.[16] She appeared with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Silky Nutmeg Ganache for an episode of the fourteenth season of Germany's Next Topmodel in 2019.[17]

In September 2019, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC, Barry was named as one of a rotating cast of a dozen Drag Race queens in RuPaul's Drag Race Live!, a Las Vegas show residency from January to August 2020 at the Flamingo Las Vegas.[18] The show will feature RuPaul’s music and seven of the twelve queens: Barry, Aquaria (winner of season ten), Asia O'Hara (season ten), Coco Montrese (season five, All Stars season two), Yvie Oddly (winner of season eleven), Eureka O'Hara (season nine and ten), India Ferrah (season three), Kahanna Montrese (season eleven), Kameron Michaels (season ten), Kim Chi (season eight), Naomi Smalls (season eight), and Shannel (season one, All Stars one).[18] Barry had prior experience working in Vegas drag shows, being a part Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas and starring in Drag Queen Cuisine at House of Blues.[19]

Barry joined Eve in her performance of Supermodel by RuPaul during her appearance on The Talk.[20]

In 2020, Barry returned for the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, where she was the first queen eliminated from the competition, placing 10th overall.

In June 2021, she was a featured performer at Nashville's OUTLOUD Music Festival.[21]


Barry released his first single, "BOOMBOOM" with Chris Cox on May 6, 2016.[22]

Personal life[edit]

As of January 2017, Barry was in a polyamorous relationship with Nick San Pedro and Mackenzie Claude, a fellow drag queen who goes by the name Nebraska Thunderfuck, a drag daughter of Alaska Thunderfuck.[23][24]

In 2017, Barry generated controversy when he mistakenly stated in a Billboard round table discussion that people were killed during the Stonewall Riots; Willam, also present at the discussion, corrected him.[25] Willam later based her song "Derrick" on the incident.[26] Barry appeared in the music video for "Derrick".[27]



Year Title Role
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
2016 War on Everyone Kimberly
2018 A Queen for the People Herself


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2008 America's Got Talent Herself Quarterfinals [7]
2015 Dig Julie Guest [13]
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant (5th Place) [11]
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked RuPaul's Drag Race companion show [11]
2016 Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul Guest
2017 Hey Qween Guest [28]
2019 Germany's Next Topmodel Guest [17]
2019 The Talk Backup dancer [20]
2019 Will and Grace Drag Queen Guest appearance
2020 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 5) Herself Contestant (10th Place) [2]
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked (season 2) [29]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue [30]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Untucked Herself Season 8 [31]
2016 Bobbin' Around Guest [32]
2016-19 Wait, What? Guest [33]
2017 Spilling the Tea Guest [34]
2019 The Pit Stop Guest, Season 11, Episode 11 [35]
ASMR Queens Co-Host [36]
Iconic Guest [37]
Try Guys Episode: "The Try Guys Lip Sync Battle Drag Queens" [38]
2020 Couple$ for Ca$h Guest [39]
2020 The X Change Rate Guest [40]
2020 Whatcha Packin’ Herself Guest [41]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2009 "We Made You"[9] Eminem
2009 "Waking Up in Vegas" Katy Perry
2015 Not a Pearl Willam Belli
2016 "Purse First"[42] Bob the Drag Queen
2019 "B.F.A. (Best Friend's Ass)"[43] Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Paris Hilton
2020 "Gigging" Yvie Oddly
2020 "Derrick" Willam Belli



Year Title
2016 BOOMBOOM (featuring Chris Cox)


  1. ^ "Derrick Barry moves on from Vegas, Britney Spears, and Drag Race". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  2. ^ a b Adam B. Vary (May 8, 2020). "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Moves Back to VH1 From Showtime, Reveals Cast". Variety. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Britney Spears impersonator taking shot on 'Drag Race'". 12 February 2016.
  4. ^ Cook, Michael (2016-03-31). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Contestant Derrick Barry: 'In The Times I Have Had To Challenge Myself...'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  5. ^ "#FBF: When Derrick Barry Met Britney Spears in 2003". 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  6. ^ "Special: Catching up on the pageant scene". Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Sharon Osbourne's shock as a Britney Spears impersonator turns out to". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  8. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' & 'America's Got Talent' Star Derrick Barry Coming to Lubbock". 1025 KISS FM. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  9. ^ a b Bendix, Trish (2017-03-11). "20 Music Videos With Drag Queen Cameos". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  10. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race': How Derrick Barry became Britney Spears and met Madonna". Screener. 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  11. ^ a b c "The Cast Of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 8 Will Be Announced At New Now Next Honors". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  12. ^ Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo. "Watch An Absolutely Perfect Sylvester Lip Sync On RuPaul's Drag Race". The Muse. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  13. ^ a b "DERRICK BARRY - Make sure you look for #Julie on #DIG when it..." Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  14. ^ "Alaska Thunderfuck Set To Slay In Final "Sharknado" Film". Instinct. 2018-05-29. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  15. ^ "Derrick Barry Gets Close With Alexander Skarsgård In "War On Everyone"". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  16. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' 11 episode 1 recap: Which queen was sent packing on 'Whatcha Unpackin'? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]". Goldderby. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  17. ^ a b "Die Dragqueens sind zurück bei "GNTM"! Alles, was ihr zu Miss Vanjie & Co. wissen müsst". (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  18. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (September 7, 2019). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Sets Live Show In Las Vegas". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  19. ^ Radke, Brock (July 22, 2019). "Derrick Barry returns to the Strip with Drag Queen Cuisine". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  20. ^ a b Rudolph, Christopher. "Eve Recreates RuPaul's "Supermodel" Music Video in "The Talk" Lip Sync War". NewNowNext.
  21. ^ Willingham, Jones (June 10, 2021). "Nashville's OUTLOUD Music Festival marks a glorious return to live music". Melodic Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  22. ^ BOOMBOOM (feat. Chris Cox) [Radio Mix] - Single by Derrick Barry, 2016-05-06, retrieved 2018-06-10
  23. ^ Mar, Pollo Del (2017-01-19). "Inside 'Drag Race' Star Derrick Barry's 'Trinogomous' Relationship". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  24. ^ WOWPresents (2016-03-15). "Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 - Episode 2 'Bitch Perfect'" (YouTube video). Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  25. ^ " | Drag Race star Derrick Barry thinks people died during Stonewall". Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  26. ^ "Willam Parodies Britney Spears, Rihanna & Dolly Parton on New Comedy Album: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  27. ^ Belli, Willam (2020-06-05). "Derrick (Official Music Video)" (YouTube video). Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  28. ^ Valdez, Matt (May 23, 2017). "'Rupaul's Drag Race' Star Derrick Barry Explains The Ins And Outs Of The 'Throuple'". Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  29. ^ Dino-Ray Ramos (June 5, 2020). "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Brings Back 'Untucked' Aftershow For Season 5". Deadline. Archived from the original on June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  30. ^ Vary, Adam B. (July 22, 2020). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' to Launch New Docuseries on Las Vegas Live Show". Vulture. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  31. ^ Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 - Episode 1 "Keeping It 100!". YouTube. March 8, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  32. ^ Bobbin' Around Ep. 5 (Ft basically everyone). Bob The Drag Queen. July 26, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  33. ^ Music with Derrick Barry and Kimora Blac: WAIT, WHAT?. WOWPresents. November 26, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  34. ^ 'Spilling The Tea': The Queens Kiki on Gay Dating Apps & Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' | Billboard. Billboard. November 26, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  35. ^ The Pit Stop S11 Episode 11: Derrick Barry on the Queens’ Return | RuPaul's Drag Race. VH1. May 10, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  36. ^ ASMR Queens: Derrick and Nebraska 101. WOWPresents. July 16, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  37. ^ ICONIC with Brad Goreski: Derrick Barry. WOWPresents. July 30, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  38. ^ The Try Guys Lip Sync Battle Drag Queens. The Try Guys. August 19, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  39. ^ THROUPLES FOR CASH: Derrick Barry, Nebraska Thunderf*ck, and Nick San Pedro. WOWPresents. January 14, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  40. ^ The X Change Rate: "All Stars" Season 5 Queens (Part 2). YouTube. June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  41. ^ Whatcha Packin’: Derrick Barry S5 E1 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. YouTube. June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  42. ^ "Watch: Bob the Drag Queen Drops Video for 'Purse First'". Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  43. ^ Powell, Karlie (3 May 2019). "Paris Hilton Enlists In Kim K For "Best Friend's Ass" Collab with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike". Your EDM. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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