Jiggly Caliente

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Jiggly Caliente
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Caliente lip syncing live in 2017
Born Paulo Arabejo
November 29, 1981 (age 36)
Occupation Drag queen, Singer, Actress, TV personality
Website http://jigglycaliente.com/

Jiggly Caliente is the stage name of Bianca Castro.[1] She is a Filipino-American drag performer, singer, model, actress, and transgender activist, best known for being on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Caliente was born Paulo Arabejo in November 29, 1981[citation needed] in Laguna, Philippines.[2] She moved to America in 1991 at age 10 with her mom and brother. She came out in junior high school to her late mother, and her drag mother is Chevelle Brooks.[3] Her drag first name is based on the Pokémon Jigglypuff.

Drag Race and career[edit]

Caliente was announced to be one of thirteen contestants in the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race in November 13, 2011. She placed eighth overall, being eliminated in a lip sync by seventh placer Willam. She also made an appearance at the season six live finale, where she asked a viewer question to Bianca Del Rio. She was also in archive compilation footage in the season 5 finale.

Outside of Drag Race, she can be seen in the beginning of the 2012 NewNowNext awards.[4] Her acting career began in 2015 when she played a role in the season 2 finale of Broad City as a shop owner.[5] In 2016, she was in the pilot episode for Search Party.[6] In 2017, she played a part with fellow Drag Race alumni Bob The Drag Queen, Katya and Detox in a season finale episode of Playing House.[7] She made an appearance as a backup singer on the music video for Bob The Drag Queen and Alaska's "Yet Another Dig".[8] She played the character Veronica in Pose,[9] appearing in the sixth and eighth episodes of the first season.

In September 2018, Caliente performed as a background dancer behind Christina Aguilera for Opening Ceremony's Spring 2019 collection, with other Drag Race alumni.[10]


Caliente released her first single, "Fckboi" on March 1, 2018 on her official Vevo channel.[11] She released her debut album, "T.H.O.T. Process" on March 9, 2018. The twelve-track album feautures Drag Race alumni Sharon Needles, Peppermint, Alaska, Ginger Minj, Phi Phi O'Hara (Credited as Jaremi Carey) and Manila Luzon. It also features an intro with RuPaul. The album is the first hip-hop based record by a Drag Race alumni.[12] She also was a featured artist for the first three volumes of the Drag Race Christmas Queens albums. The music video for "Ratchet Christmas" from the first volume was uploaded on December 9, 2015.[13] She contributed to the compilation album Christmas Queens 3 (2017).[14]

Personal life[edit]

Caliente publicly came out as transgender in 2016.[15] That same year, she had dental surgery to fix problems with her teeth.[16]


  1. ^ "Jiggly Caliente Got Into Yale!". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  2. ^ Bureau, By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News. "Meet the Pinoy plus size 'Barbie of New York'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  3. ^ "Meet Jiggly Caliente from RuPaul's Drag Race 4". Abby Normal. 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  4. ^ "Logo's 2012 'NewNowNext Awards': On the scene". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  5. ^ "OMG! Jiggly Caliente on The Season Two Finale of Broad City!". The WOW Report. 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  6. ^ "Search Party S1:E1 The Mysterious Disappearance of the Girl No One Knew Recap – Ginges Be Cray". gingesbecray.com. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  7. ^ "Katya, Bob the Drag Queen And Detox Appear On USA's "Playing House"". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  8. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winners Bob the Drag Queen & Alaska Thunderfuck Team Up for 'Yet Another Dig'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  9. ^ Moylan, Brian. "Pose Recap: Chicken Patty". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  10. ^ "We're Still Screaming: Xtina Performs With Drag Queens at NYFW". PAPER. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  11. ^ JigglyCalienteVEVO (2018-03-01), Jiggly Caliente - FckBoi (Official Music Video), retrieved 2018-03-15
  12. ^ "Jiggly Caliente Is Living Her Truth: 'It's Not a Gimmick, It's My Life'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  13. ^ Producer Entertainment Group/PEG (2015-12-09), Jiggly Caliente - Ratchet Christmas [Official] from Christmas Queens, retrieved 2018-03-14
  14. ^ Christmas Queens 3 by Various Artists, 2017-11-17, retrieved 2018-09-17
  15. ^ "The herstory of trans women on RuPaul's Drag Race". Gay Star News. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  16. ^ Hey Qween (2016-06-22), Hey Qween! HIGHLIGHT: Jiggly Caliente On Her New Teeth, retrieved 2018-03-03

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