Violet Chachki

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Violet Chachki
Violet Chachki at DragCon, April 2017.png
Chachki in April 2017
Jason Dardo

(1992-06-13) June 13, 1992 (age 26)
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race winner
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
PredecessorBianca Del Rio
SuccessorBob the Drag Queen

Jason Dardo (born June 13, 1992), known by the stage name of Violet Chachki,[1] is an American drag queen, burlesque dancer, recording artist, television personality, and model, known for winning the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.


Violet Chachki on stage in Copenhagen

Born in Atlanta, Georgia and of Ecuadorian descent,[1] Dardo began performing in drag as Violet Chachki at the age of 19. The name "Violet" was inspired by Jennifer Tilly's character in the film Bound, while "Chachki" is a variant of the Yiddish word tchotchke, a small object that is decorative rather than functional.[2] Violet first performed at the bar LeBuzz in Marietta, Georgia. He used a fake ID to perform in local drag shows, eventually winning Miss New Faces at Friends on Ponce in Atlanta. Later, the drag queen and Drag Race Season 8 contestant Dax ExclamationPoint adopted Dardo as his "drag daughter". Dardo was enrolled at SCAD-Atlanta for fashion design, but dropped out to focus on drag. He became a regular cast member of The Other Show at the bar Jungle in Atlanta which gave him exposure locally and allowed him to perform with Drag Race Season 5 contestant Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Amanda Lepore, and Lady Bunny.[3]

In 2013, Violet was photographed for "Legendary Children". The project focused on Atlanta's drag scene and was exhibited at Gallery 1526. Two photos that featured his penis and gaff (an undergarment used to conceal male genitals when in drag) were covered up after complaints. Later, the censorship controversy caught the attention of Vice.[4][5]

In 2014, Violet appeared on the cover for the single "Cosplay" by Captain Murphy (AKA Flying Lotus). He also appeared in a commercial for the single on Adult Swim.[6] Flying Lotus recorded the song as Captain Murphy for Adult Swim's Single Series.[7]

Violet was a contestant on seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race,[8] after having unsuccessfully auditioned for season six.[9] On the show, Violet was noted for excelling in fashion and design related challenges and his focus on aesthetics and confident demeanor.[10] On June 1, 2015 Violet won the competition and received a cash prize of $100,000.[11]

Violet Chachki is known for her burlesque performances and aerial work, including aerial silk and aerial hoop.[12] In January 2017, Dardo joined The Art of Teese, a neo-burlesque show headlined by Dita Von Teese.[13]

In November 2017, Dardo became the first drag queen in a major lingerie ad campaign, for Bettie Page Lingerie.[14]

In January 2018 Dardo walked for Moschino in their Fall 2018 Collection at Milan Fashion Week.[15]


On June 2, 2015, Dardo released the lead single from his upcoming EP, "Bettie".[16] Their debut EP Gagged was released on June 30, 2015.[17] In May 2018 Dardo released their fourth single, "A Lot More Me", a burlesque track independent from an album.[18]


Violet Chachki's style is characterized by her "obsession with vintage glamour".[19] She has been referred to as "the living embodiment of a 1950's female archetype".[20] She has cited designers Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler and John Galliano as inspirations, as well as "style icons" such as Lady Miss Kier, Dovima, Dita Von Teese and Raquel Welch.[20]

The influence of fetish fashion and art is a staple in Chachki's aesthetic, with references to the bondage and latex subcultures,[20] John Willie's illustrations[21] and Bettie Page.[22] She told Design Scene in 2016: "I think drag in itself is kind of a fetish, it’s kind of uncomfortable and I think bondage and latex are uncomfortable and they have that same feel... I think especially when you’re really feeling it and feeling your look and you’re willing to suffer through the pain to kind of present yourself the way you want to present…I think that’s kind of a fetish. I think it’s exhibitionism almost."[20]

Personal life[edit]

Dardo identifies as gender fluid, and does not mind being referred to as "Violet" when out of drag.[23] [24]



Title Details Peak



Gagged 11 16 48


Title Year Album
"Bettie"[28] 2015 Gagged
"A Lot More Me" 2018 Single

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Drop That Pimp"[30] 2015 RuPaul, Miles Davis Moody RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2
"I Run the Runway"[31] Miss Fame Beauty Marked
"The Night Before Christmas N/A Christmas Queens



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Self (Contestant) Season 7 – Winner [32]
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Self (Guest) Season 8 – "Keeping It 100!" (100th episode) [33]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Untucked Self Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race [34]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Born Naked (Stadium Remix)" 2015 Steven Corfe [35]
"Bettie" 2015 Michael Serrato [36]
"Vanguard" 2015 Michael Serrato [37]
"I Run the Runway" 2016 Ali Mahdavi [38]
"All the Rage" 2016 Jungle George/Maluko Haus [39]


  1. ^ a b Beckdahl, Kathy (September 3, 2016). "Violet Chachki has advice for other would-be drag performers: 'Do it now'". The New Orleans Advocate. Archived from the original on October 30, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Violet Chachki Interview". Powderzine. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Terrell, Matthew (April 28, 2014). "Violet Chachki Never Stops Chasing the Neon Rainbow". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. ^ Terrell, Matthew (October 10, 2013). "No Amount of Censorship Can Stop Atlanta's Drag Queens from Looking Fabulous". Vice. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Terrell, Matthew (September 27, 2013). "Legendary Children Censorship Reveals Discomfort With Drag Queens' Dicks". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Christine (February 26, 2015). "Meet the Queens of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 7: Violet Chachki". Archived from the original on June 2, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Nelson, Michael (August 15, 2014). "Captain Murphy – "Cosplay"". Stereogum. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Beard, Lanford (December 7, 2014). "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Meet the new queens and watch the first season 7 tease". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  9. ^ Ho, Rodney (May 29, 2015). "Atlanta's Violet Chachki could win 'RuPaul's Drag Race' June 1". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  10. ^ Hill, Libby (June 2, 2015). "RuPaul's Drag Race Wraps Up With a Messy, Redundant Finale". (New York). Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  11. ^ Weigle, Lauren (June 1, 2015). "Violet Chachki Crowned Winner on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 7". Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  12. ^ Machado, Sam (June 30, 2015). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 7 Winner: Violet Chachki Dishes on Aerial Performing & Burlesque, 'I'm Glad That I Can Bring It Back'". Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  13. ^ St. James, James (January 4, 2017). "ConDRAGulations! Violet Chachki Joins Dita Von Teese's 'The Art of Teese' Tour!". Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  14. ^ Mikel, Ryan (November 16, 2017). "Violet Chachki Becomes First Drag Queen to Star in Major Lingerie Campaign". Out. Archived from the original on November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  15. ^ STEFF YOTKA (January 18, 2018). "Violet Chachki on Walking Moschino and the Importance of Queer Visibility". RUNWAY. VOGUE. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "iTunes – Music – Bettie – Single by Violet Chahki". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  17. ^ "iTunes – Music – Gagged – EP by Violet Chahki". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "Violet Chachki Talks Fantastical, Burlesque-Inspired Music Film: 'I Wanted to Glamorize Reality'". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "A Conversation with Violet Chachki, Drag's Unapologetic New It-Girl". HuffPost. June 1, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  20. ^ a b c d Bygod, Matti (August 19, 2016). "Design Scene Interview with Violet Chachki". Design Scene. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  21. ^ Drag Makeup Tutorial: Violet Chachki 'Leather and Lace Runway' Look (video). Logo TV on YouTube. May 20, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  22. ^ Reynolds, Daniel (June 3, 2015). "Catching Up With Violet Chachki: 'I Identify With Trans People'". Out. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
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  25. ^ "July 18, 2015 – Top Dance/Electronic Albums – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2015. (subscription required)
  26. ^ "July 18, 2015 – Heatseeker Albums – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2015. (subscription required)
  27. ^ "July 18, 2015 – Independent Albums – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2015. (subscription required)
  28. ^ "Bettie: Violet Chachki: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  29. ^ Violet Chachki - Vanguard [Official]. YouTube. June 29, 2015.
  30. ^ "RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz2: RuPaul: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  31. ^ "Beauty Marked: Miss Fame: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  32. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode one – the devil wears nada". The Guardian. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  33. ^ "Season 8, Ep 1: Keeping It 100!". Logo TV. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  34. ^ Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 – Born Naked. YouTube. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  35. ^ RuPaul - Born Naked (Stadium Remix) Official Music Video. YouTube. May 26, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  36. ^ Violet Chachki – Bettie [Official]. YouTube. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  37. ^ Violet Chachki - Vanguard [Official]. YouTube. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  38. ^ I Run the Runway [Official] Miss Fame & Violet Chachki. YouTube. February 5, 2016.
  39. ^ Violet Chachki Hits the Road In New Allie X Video "All the Rage". NewNopwNext. August 29, 2016.

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