Gia Gunn

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Gia Gunn
Gia Gunn at RuPaul's Dragcon 2017 by dvsross.jpg
Background information
BornChicago, Illinois
GenresDrag
Occupation(s)Drag queen, musical artist, actress, activist
InstrumentsVocals

Gia Gunn is the stage name of American drag performer Gia Ichikawa.[1] She is best known for competing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, the second season of The Switch Drag Race, and RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season four.

Early life[edit]

Born Scott Ichikawa,[2][3] Gunn at 7 years old performed Japanese traditional dance and kabuki in onnagata roles.[4]

She won the drag pageants Miss Roscoe's 2013 and Miss Diosa 2013.[5][better source needed] Her drag mother is trans drag performer Aly Gunn, their last name inspired by Tim Gunn; Gia's first name came from Gia Carangi.[4] She worked as a cosmetologist and hair stylist before appearing on Drag Race.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Laganja Estranja, Jeffree Star, and Gunn (left to right) at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018

Gunn was announced as one of fourteen contestants for the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 24, 2014. She covered RuPaul's song "Ladyboy" for RuPaul's album RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz to promote the season.[citation needed] On the show, she was known for her voguing, off-the-cuff catchphrases, reads and particular opinions, feminine style of drag, and friendship with fellow contestant Laganja Estranja. She underperformed as Kim Kardashian during the "Snatch Game" challenge, and was eliminated after losing a bottom two lip sync against Estranja to Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's "Head to Toe,"[6] earning her tenth place.

In 2017, Gunn was announced as a contestant on the second season of The Switch, the Chilean version of Drag Race,[7] alongside Drag Race alumnus Kandy Ho.[8] The series premiered March 25, 2018 with 15 contestants, including the winner of the first season. She earned ten challenge wins, making her the most-decorated contestant of the season, but lost to Miss Leona.[9] Later that year, she walked the runway for MarcoMarco's fall 2017 fashion show with other Drag Race alumni.[10]

On March 31, 2018, Gunn released 30 Days in Transition, a web series on her YouTube channel documenting aspects of her transition as a transgender woman. Shortly thereafter, she was announced to star in an internet documentary series by WOWPresents following her life as a trans person and drag queen; the series will be called Follow Me: Gia Gunn. A teaser was released on June 25, 2018, and features Isis King.[11]

With WOW Presents, she played Karrueche Tran's character Virginia in a recap video of the first season of Claws.[12] Gunn also frequently appeared in other WOW Presents productions, including Wait, What?, Besties for Cash, and Fashion Photo Ruview. She and Estranja appear both on WOW Presents and at other performances as the duo TeamTooMuch.[citation needed]

Gunn was announced as one of ten contestants competing on RuPaul's Drag Race: All-Stars Season Four on November 9, 2018.[13] Gia became the third ever transgender contestant, who came out prior to the show, following Monica Beverly Hillz and Peppermint. Gia was however the first one to compete as transgender on her second season. The show premiered on December 14, 2018, with Gunn eliminated in the third episode after once again underperforming in "Snatch Game" challenge with her Jenny Bui impression. Manila Luzon eliminated her, causing Gunn to place 8th.[14] She had a chance to return in sixth episode, where the eliminated queens faced off with the queens still in game, but lost a lip sync to Naomi Smalls, eliminating her for good.[15]

After her elimination Gunn sparked controversy revealing that an altercation between her and RuPaul about transgender drag queens was edited out of show.[16]

Music[edit]

Following her appearance on RuPaul's Drag Race, Gunn released her first solo single "Bring out the Gunnz" on July 31, 2015.[17]

In 2016, Gunn was featured on the Alaska's song "Stun" from her album Poundcake.[18] A music video was released on April 24, 2017,[19] and features several of Gunn's quotes from her first season of Drag Race.[citation needed] Drag Race contestants Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Courtney Act and Willam are featured in the video as well.[19]

On August 29, 2018, Gunn's second single "#LaChinaMasLatina" was released, featuring Alaska.[20] She and Estranja appeared in the music video for Danielle Alexa's "Spin in Circles."[21]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2017, Ichikawa came out as a transgender woman via Instagram.[22] She later had the first name on her birth certificate officially changed to Gia in August.[23] She was one of many Drag Race alumni to criticize RuPaul's views on transgender and bio queens competing on the show in 2018.[24] She started a Gofundme page to cover $30,000 of her transition surgery.[25]

She was a member of the drag Haus of Edwards, with Alyssa Edwards, Shangela and Laganja Estranja.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gia Gunn Opens Up About Her Transition Surgery: 'I Feel Much More Whole' (Exclusive)". TooFab.com. December 14, 2018. Archived from the original on December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018. She later got a new birth certificate to reflect her transition that same summer, showing how she had legally changed her name to Gia Ichikawa.
  2. ^ Peregrin, Tony (February 19, 2014). "Stun Gunn: Chicagoan up for 'America's Next Drag Superstar'". Windy City Times. Chicago, Illinois. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Lovece, Frank (December 31, 2018). "Reality Check". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. p. 13. Retrieved January 6, 2019. Transgender queen Gian Gunn (née Scott Ichikawa and now legally Gia Ichikawa)...
  4. ^ a b "Season 6 Spotlight: Gia Gunn". Drag Official. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-14. With a drag name originating from 70s fashion model Gia Carangi and fashion consultant Tim Gunn...
  5. ^ "Gia Gunn". RuPaul's DragCon. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  6. ^ "Last Words With RuPaul's Drag Race's Gia Gunn". 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  7. ^ ""The Switch" Season Two Premieres: Watch Gia Gunn and Kandy Ho Compete for the Crown in Chile!". The WOW Report. 2018-03-26. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  8. ^ "Fuera la primera draga boricua de "The Switch"". Metro (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  9. ^ @todotvnews (16 July 2018). "Mega triunfa con el final de su adaptación de RuPaul's Drag Race". ttvnews (in Spanish). todotvmedia. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  10. ^ "Laganja Estranja and Gia Gunn STUN at the Marco Marco Fashion Show". 2017-09-08. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  11. ^ WOWPresents (2018-06-25), Teaser | Follow Me: Gia Gunn - Available NowoOn WOW Presents Plus!, retrieved 2018-06-26
  12. ^ "This Claws Recap Starring Drag Race Queens Is Everything". E! Online. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  13. ^ Swift, Andy; Swift, Andy (2018-11-09). "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 Cast Revealed — Who Are You Rooting For?". TVLine. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  14. ^ Swift, Andy; Swift, Andy (2018-12-29). "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Recap: Which Queen Literally Got the Boot?". TVLine. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  15. ^ Rogers, Matt (2019-01-18). "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Recap: 4 Shots of Adrenaline". Vulture. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  16. ^ "Gia Gunn spills: My confrontation with RuPaul was edited out of Drag Race". www.who.com.au. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  17. ^ Bring out the Gunnz (feat. Ryan Miistmak3r), iTunes, 2015-07-31, retrieved 2018-06-14
  18. ^ Stun (feat. Gia Gunn) by Alaska Thunderfuck, iTunes, 2016-10-14, retrieved 2018-06-14
  19. ^ a b Alaska Thunderfuck, Alaska Thunderfuck - STUN [Official] ft. Gia Gunn, retrieved 2019-01-29
  20. ^ Gia Gunn Entertainment (2018-08-29), Gia Gunn - #LaChinaMasLatina ft. Alaska Thunderfuck [Official Video], retrieved 2018-08-31
  21. ^ "Laganja Estranja And Gia Gunn Do A Drag King Makeover In Smokin' New Music Video". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  22. ^ Ferrendi, Brittany. "RuPaul's Gia Gunn Comes Out as Transgender". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  23. ^ Bollinger, Alex (2017-08-20). "Gia Gunn announces that her birth certificate has been corrected". LGBTQ Nation. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  24. ^ "Transgender women on 'Drag Race'? RuPaul's remarks spawn backlash". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  25. ^ ""Drag Race" Star Gia Gunn Is Crowdfunding Her Gender-Confirming Surgeries". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  26. ^ "Alyssa's Secret: Gia Gunn Officially Joins the Haus of Edwards!". The WOW Report. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2018-06-14.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Gia Gunn at Wikimedia Commons