Royale in February 2015
Timothy K. Wilcots|
February 12, 1972
Compton, California, U.S.
|Awards||RuPaul's Drag Race: Miss Congeniality 2012|
Timothy Wilcots (born February 12, 1972), better known by his stage name of Latrice Royale, is an American drag performer and reality television personality. He is best known for his appearances in season 4 of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2012, and season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars later that year. He finished fourth place in the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race; in the final episode of the season, he was crowned Miss Congeniality.
Life and career
Royale's first foray into drag was dressing up as Wanda, a character from American sketch comedy show In Living Color, to amuse his friends. While in his twenties, in the mid-1990s, he performed in his first drag show: it was at the Copa Night Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In May 2011, RuPaul's Drag Race, a drag competition produced as reality television, opened auditions for the show's fourth season; acting on a dare, Wilcots submitted an audition video. His audition was accepted, and he was cast for the show; production began later that year. The fourth season premiered on January 30, 2012. Wilcots was eliminated from the competition in the 11th episode, which aired on April 9, 2012. Viewers voted him Miss Congeniality, and he was crowned in the season finale.
After coming into the public eye, Wilcot was ordained as a minister. The first wedding that he performed was for his friend Daniel in upstate New York in 2013. Royale is a supporter of marriage equality, though he believes that it should not be called "gay marriage", stating, "It's a man and a man, and a woman and a woman getting married, and I think it is special and unique. So why not identify and celebrate it as something special and unique, and not lump it in with the same thing that has been going on for years?"
RuPaul's Drag Race season 4
Royale made it into the top four—along with Needles, Michaels, and O'Hara—and won two challenges along the way. When Royale was cut from the competition, Entertainment Weekly called the elimination "shocking". When he was eliminated, Royale said to show host RuPaul, "You have changed my life forever. You have changed the world of drag forever. I love you and respect you so much, and thank you for seeing something special in me. Thank you." Guest judges in attendance were Wynonna Judd and Rose McGowan; Royale's words brought tears to McGowan's eyes.
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 1
After RuPaul's Drag Race, Royale went on tour across the United States, performing at a number of different venues. When he had the opportunity to appear on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Royale had to cancel tour dates to appear in the show.
For All Stars, Royale competed against Chad Michaels, Raven, Jujubee, Shannel, Alexis Mateo, Yara Sofia, Manila Luzon, Nina Flowers, Tammie Brown, Pandora Boxx and Mimi Imfurst. For the competition, the queens were paired together, which was a departure from the rest of the RuPaul competitions where everyone competed alone. Royale and Luzon both chose to be together, and as a team they won the first challenge of the season.
On the third episode of the season, after not performing well with the street-punking challenge, Luzon and Jujubee faced off in the lip syncing challenge to represent each of their teams. Jujubee was paired with Raven. In the end, Royale and Luzon were sent home. About the two leaving, RuPaul told them, "Manila and Latrice, my brainy and courageous queens. I think I’m going to miss you the most. Now, sashay away."
RuPaul's Drag U
In 2012, Royale joined the cast of RuPaul's Drag U for its third and final season. Other "professors" included: JuJubee, Manila Luzon, Raja, Raven, Shannel, Alexis Mateo, Mariah, Chad Michaels, Willam, Morgan McMichaels, Pandora Boxx, Delta Work and Sharon Needles.
Royale works at the Palace Bar in South Beach, Florida. Of working there, Royale stated, "I love this place NOT because I work there, but because it is the Ultimate Experience.. It’s outside right on the Beach. Beautiful People, Great Food/Drinks and the Drag Shows are amazing!"
|2016||RuPaul's Drag Race||Season 8: "Keeping It 100!" (100th episode)|
|2015||TupiniQueens||Documentary about the drag queen scene in Brazil|
|2015||RuPaul's Drag Race||Season 7: "Conjoined Queens", "Countdown to the Crown" and "Reunited!"|
|2014||South Beach On Heels||Documentary about the drag queen scene in Miami's South Beach|
|2014||Fashion Rocks||TV special|
|2014||RuPaul's Drag Race||Season 6: "Countdown to the Crown" and "The Finale"|
|2013||RuPaul's Drag Race||Season 5: "Countdown to the Crown" and "Reunited!"|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars: Untucked!|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars||Season 1 – 7th/8th place|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag U||Episodes: "Time to Grow Up", "Cupcake Queens" and "Real Divorces of LA County"|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag Race||Season 4 – 4th place (Miss Congeniality)|
|2009||My Baby's Daddies||Special effects make-up artist|
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