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Violet Chachki
Chachki in April 2017
Paul Jason Dardo

(1992-06-13) June 13, 1992 (age 32)
EducationSt. Pius X Catholic High School
Savannah College of Art and Design
Occupation(s)Drag queen
Content creator
Recording artist
Television personality
Years active2011–present[1]
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race (season 7) winner
PredecessorBianca Del Rio
SuccessorBob the Drag Queen
Musical career
YouTube information
ChannelsViolet Chachki
  • Beauty
  • Reviews
  • Vlog
  • Music
Subscribers282 thousand
Total views24 million

Last updated: February 10, 2022
Websitevioletchachki.com Edit this at Wikidata

Violet Chachki is the stage name of Paul Jason Dardo (born June 13, 1992),[2][3][4] an American drag queen, burlesque/aerial performer, content creator, model, and recording artist best known for winning the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Violet Chachki is genderfluid and uses she/her and they/them pronouns.


Dardo began performing in drag as Violet Chachki at the age of 19. The name "Violet" was inspired by Jennifer Tilly's character of the same name in the film Bound, while "Chachki" is a variant of the Yiddish word tchotchke, used to name a strictly decorative small collectible item or describe a beautiful young lady.[5] She first performed at the bar LeBuzz in Marietta, Georgia. Using a fake ID to perform in local drag shows, she eventually won Miss New Faces at Friends on Ponce in Atlanta and was adopted as a "drag daughter" by drag queens Dax Exclamationpoint (who competed on the eighth season of Drag Race) and Genre Monster.[6] Later, Violet Chachki was enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Atlanta campus for fashion design, but dropped out to focus on doing drag. She became a regular cast member of The Other Show at the bar Jungle in Atlanta which gave her exposure locally and allowed her to perform with Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Amanda Lepore, and Lady Bunny.[7]

In 2013, she was photographed for "Legendary Children". The project focused on Atlanta's drag scene and was exhibited at Gallery 1526. Two photos that featured her genitals and gaff were covered up after complaints. Later, the censorship controversy caught the attention of Vice.[8][9]

In 2014, she appeared on the cover for the single "Cosplay" by Captain Murphy (AKA Flying Lotus). She also appeared in a commercial for the single on Adult Swim.[10] Flying Lotus recorded the song as Captain Murphy for Adult Swim's Single Series.[11]

In 2015, Violet Chachki was announced as a contestant on seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race,[12] after having unsuccessfully auditioned for season six.[13] On the show, she was noted for excelling in fashion and design related challenges and her focus on aesthetics and confident demeanor.[14] On June 1, 2015, she won the competition and received a cash prize of $100,000.[15]

Violet Chachki is known for her burlesque performances and aerial work, including aerial silk and aerial hoop.[16] In January 2017, Dardo joined The Art of Teese, a neo-burlesque show headlined by Dita Von Teese.[17]

Chachki performing in Copenhagen in 2016

In November 2017, she became the first drag queen in a major lingerie ad campaign, for the brand Bettie Page Lingerie.[18]

In January 2018, she walked for Moschino in their Fall 2018 Collection at Milan Fashion Week.[19]

In April 2019, she became the first international drag queen to have ever performed in India.[20]

Chachki performing for Werq the World in 2019

In May 2019, she attended the Met Gala, where the theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion, wearing a glove-shaped Moschino dress which was altered by Jeremy Scott.[21] Thus, she became one of the first drag queens at the event, alongside Aquaria and RuPaul.[22] In June 2019, a panel of judges from New York magazine placed Violet Chachki 16th on their list of "the most powerful drag queens in America", a ranking of 100 former Drag Race contestants.[23]

In November 2019, she teamed up with perfume brand Heretic Parfum as collaborator and muse for the genderless fragrance "Dirty Violet".[24]

In 2023, she was featured on an alternate cover for the March 2023 edition of Vogue Czechoslovakia, and became the first Drag Race alum to be featured on the cover of the magazine.[25]

In May 2023, while at a party in Santa Monica, California, Violet Chachki and frequent collaborator, fellow drag queen, and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Gottmik were asked by rapper Cardi B to direct her next music video. The duo accepted, and the completed video is to-be-announced.[26]

In June 2023, she walked in the British Vogue x Luisa Via Roma fashion show in Florence, Italy.[27] The same month, Violet Chachki was awarded the Cultural Icon Award from the Tom of Finland Foundation, which was presented to her by Dita Von Teese.[28]

She is the fifth most followed queen from Drag Race, and has accumulated over 2 million Instagram followers as of April, 2024.[29]


On June 2, 2015, Violet Chachki released "Bettie" as the lead single from her debut EP.[30] The EP Gagged was released on June 30, 2015.[31] In May 2018, she released her fourth single, "A Lot More Me", a burlesque track independent from an album.[32]

In July 2021, Violet Chachki released the single "Mistress Violet" with pop singer Allie X. The song was produced by French producer Lecomte De Brégeot and written by Allie X. The accompanying 1980s influenced music video was shot on analog and features themes of power play and BDSM, with the two appearing in haute couture outfits by Schiaparelli. Violet Chachki had previously appeared in Allie X's 2016 music video for "All The Rage".[33]


Violet Chachki's style is characterized by her "obsession with vintage glamour".[34] She has been referred to as "the living embodiment of a 1950s female archetype" and have 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.[35]

The influence of fetish fashion and art is a staple in Violet Chachki's aesthetic, with references to the bondage and latex subcultures,[35] John Willie's illustrations,[36] dominatrix imagery[37] and Bettie Page.[38] They 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."[35] Violet Chachki is known for her tightly laced corsets.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Dardo is half-Ecuadorian.[4][39] During their upbringing, they also lived in Stone Mountain and Lilburn, and graduated from St. Pius X Catholic High School.[40]

Dardo is genderfluid and uses she/her and they/them pronouns.[41][42]



Title Details Peak



Gagged 11 16 48

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Bettie" 2015 Gagged
"A Lot More Me" 2018 non-album singles
"Whatever Violet Wants"
(featuring Daddy Squad)
"Mistress Violet"
(with Allie X)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Drop That Pimp" 2015 RuPaul, Miles Davis Moody[46] RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2
"I Run the Runway" Miss Fame Beauty Marked
"The Night Before Christmas" Christmas Queens
"Rim" 2019 Brooke Candy, Aquaria Sexorcism



Title Year Role Notes Ref.
Queer Moxie 2016 self Documentary [47]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 7) Herself Contestant (winner) [48]
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 8) Guest in Episode 1 and 10 [49]
2022 RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Guest [50]

Web series[edit]

Title Year Role Notes Ref.
Untucked 2015 self Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race [51]
Transformations with James St. James 2016 Guest [52]
The Pit Stop 2017-2022 guest in 4 episodes [53]
Iconic 2018 Guest [54]
Digital Drag 2019 Series from their YouTube channel
Runway Rewind
Violet Does
His Vintage Touch Guest [55]
Werq the World World of Wonder's series [56]
Shop Like a Queen Host [57]
Huda Boss Season 2, Episode 4 [58]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Director Ref.
"Drop That Pimp" 2015 self [59]
"Get Ready to Clock" themself, Max, Jaidynn Diore Fierce [60]
"Born Naked (Stadium Remix)" RuPaul Steven Corfe [61]
"Bettie" self Michael Serrato [62]
"I Run the Runway" Miss Fame Ali Mahdavi [63]
"All the Rage" 2016 Allie X Jungle George/Maluko Haus [64]
"A Lot More Me" 2018 self Love Bailey [65]
"Mine" Alice Glass Lucas David [66]
"I Don't Wanna Brag" Aja Assaad Yacoub [67]
"Whatever Violet Wants" 2021 self Ali Mahdavi [68]
"The Perfect Girl" 2022 Mareux Michael E Linn

Nedda Afsari

"Unholy" Sam Smith and Kim Petras Floria Sigismondi [70]

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Role Note Ref.
#CreateYourStyle 2018 self Schwarzkopf campaign video [71]
Neon Dream Marilyn Monroe Impersonator / Showgirl Prada campaign video [72]
Sublime Perfection 2019 self Path McGrath Labs campaign video [73]
Oops! I LaLiT Again The LaLiT London ad [74]
Werq the World Live Stream 2020 Voss Events' online show [75]
Werq the World Battle Royale [76]
Le Male Le Parfum Jean Paul Gaultier campaign video [77]
Digital Folies self Solo live stream show [78]
Boys Lie Family Boys Lie campaign video [79]
When You Wear a Condom 2021 self AHF parody ad [80]



  • A Lot More Me (World, 2019–present)[81]



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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race
US season 7
Succeeded by