Sonique (drag queen)

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Sonique performing in 2018
Born (1983-05-02) May 2, 1983 (age 36)
OccupationDrag queen, dancer

Sonique is the stage name of Kylie Love,[1] an American drag queen, dancer, reality television personality, and transgender activist. She is best known for competing on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race, and for being the first trans contestant to come out as a woman.

Early life[edit]

Sonique was born on May 3, 1983, in Atlanta, Georgia.[2][3] She came out as a transgender woman to her mother at 15 and later was sent to military school to try to be "more masculine". She received a GED at the Albany Technical College.[4]


Sonique was announced to be one of twelve contestants for season two of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 1, 2010.[5] She was placed in the bottom two in episode four and lost a lip sync to "Two of Hearts" by Stacey Q against Morgan McMichaels.[6] She revealed that she is a transgender woman during the reunion episode.[7]

She was one of 30 drag queens for Miley Cyrus' 2015 Video Music Awards performance.[8]

In June 2018, Sonique was a backup dancer with McMichaels and Farrah Moan for Christina Aguilera at LA Pride.[9] She appeared in the RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular with seven other Drag Race alumni on December 7, 2018.[10][11] She appeared as a guest for the first challenge in the premiere of season eleven of Drag Race.[12]

She appeared in a music video for Lizzo's song "Juice" in April 17, 2019.[13]


Sonique contributed to Tammie Brown's 2018 EP A Little Bit of Tammie.[14] She released her first single "Santa, Please Come Home" the same day as the Holi-slay Spectacular.[15] She released her second single, Hey Hater on April 24, 2019.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 2) Herself Contestant (9th place)
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular Herself Contestant (Joint Winner)
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 11) Herself Guest: "Whatcha Unpackin?"[17]

Music videos[edit]

year Title
2015 Not A Pearl - Willam
2019 Juice - Lizzo

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Ring My Bell Herself Guest [18]
2018 Hey Qween! Herself Guest [19]
2018 Cosmo Queens Herself Guest [20]
2019 Drag Queens React Herself Guest, Episode: "Giving Birth" [21]
2019 Bootleg Opinions Herself Guest, Episode: "Drag Race UK Season 1 Episode 2" [22]
2019 Follow Me Herself Episode: "Mayhem Miller" [23]
2019 Be$tie$ For Ca$h Herself Guest, WOW+ Exclusive



Year Title
2018 "Santa Please Come Home"
2019 "Hey Hater"[24]


  1. ^ "The herstory of trans women on RuPaul's Drag Race". Gay Star News. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  2. ^ Dec 22, Mike Fleming |; Am, 2014 | 11:59. "'RuPaul' queen Sonique brings Kylie Love home". Project Q. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  3. ^ Love, Kylie Sonique (2015-05-03). "Happy birthday to me!!! 32 will be great! ...Yea, I know". @xoSonique. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  4. ^ Dec 22, Mike Fleming |; Am, 2014 | 11:59. "'RuPaul' queen Sonique brings Kylie Love home". Project Q. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  5. ^ "Meet the Fierce Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race!". Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  6. ^ Lee, Josh (2016-04-26). "RuPaul's Drag Race: The 10 best ever lip-syncs ranked". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  7. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race's Peppermint on What It Would Mean to Be the First Transgender Winner | TV Guide". 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  8. ^ Lamour, Joseph. "Meet All 30 Of Miley's Day-Glo Dancers From Her Insane VMA Performance". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  9. ^ Henry Youtt (2018-06-11). "Christina Aguilera Makes Surprise Appearance at LA Pride, Debuts Special 'Accelerate' Remix". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  10. ^ "RuPaul's 'Holi-Slay Spectacular' Slated For Dec. 7". The Vital Voice. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  11. ^ Harp, Justin (2018-11-02). "RuPaul's Drag Race gets Xmas special with iconic queens". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  12. ^ "'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.
  13. ^ "Lizzo - JUICE Music Video feat. RuPaul's Drag Race Queens". 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  14. ^ "'Drag Race' Star Tammie Brown Releases Folky 'A Little Bit of Tammie' EP: Listen". Billboard. 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  15. ^ Nolfi, Joey (December 7, 2018). "Sonique dishes on THAT 'RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular' twist ending". Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "Hey Hater - Single". 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  17. ^ O’Keeffe, Kevin (28 February 2019). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 11 premiere recap: Queens here, queens there, queens everywhere". Xtra.
  18. ^ WOWPresents, Sonique Love - Ring My Bell, retrieved 2019-09-14
  19. ^ Hey Qween, SONIQUE on Hey Qween! Beach House with Jonny McGovern | Hey Qween, retrieved 2018-12-08
  20. ^ Cosmopolitan, Sonique | Cosmo Drag Queens | Cosmopolitan, retrieved 2018-12-08
  21. ^ WOWPresents, DRAG QUEENS REACT: Giving Birth w/ Aquaria, Derrick, Nebraska, Jade, Sonique, Kimora, & Nicole, retrieved 2019-08-30
  22. ^ YuhuaHamasaki, Drag Race UK x Bootleg Opinions: Season 1 Episode 2 with Sonique Love!, retrieved 2019-10-15
  23. ^ FOLLOW ME: Mayhem Miller. YouTube. June 10, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  24. ^