Violet Chachki

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Violet Chachki
Violet Chachki at DragCon, April 2017.png
Chachki in April 2017
Born Jason Dardo
(1992-06-13) June 13, 1992 (age 26)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation
Known for RuPaul's Drag Race winner
Predecessor Bianca Del Rio
Successor Bob the Drag Queen
Website violetchachki.net

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.

Career[edit]

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] Dardo first performed at the bar LeBuzz in Marietta, Georgia. They 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. They became a regular cast member of The Other Show at the bar Jungle in Atlanta which gave them exposure locally and allowed them to perform with Drag Race Season 5 contestant Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Amanda Lepore, and Lady Bunny.[3]

In 2013, Dardo was photographed for "Legendary Children". The project focused on Atlanta's drag scene and was exhibited at Gallery 1526. Two photos that featured their 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, Dardo appeared on the cover for the single "Cosplay" by Captain Murphy (AKA Flying Lotus). They 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]

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

Dardo is known for their 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]

Music[edit]

On June 2, 2015, Dardo released the lead single from their 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]

Personal life[edit]

Dardo identifies as gender fluid, and does not mind being referred to as "Violet" when out of drag.[19] [20]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Details Peak
positions
US
Dance

[21]
US
Heat

[22]
US
Indie

[23]
Gagged 11 16 48

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Bettie"[24] 2015 Gagged
"Vanguard"[25]
"A Lot More Me" 2018 Single

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Drop That Pimp"[26] 2015 RuPaul, Miles Davis Moody RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2
"I Run the Runway"[27] Miss Fame Beauty Marked

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Contestant) Season 7 – Winner [28]
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Guest) Season 8 – "Keeping It 100!" (100th episode) [29]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Untucked Themselves Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race [30]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Born Naked (Stadium Remix)" 2015 Steven Corfe [31]
"Bettie" 2015 Michael Serrato [32]
"Vanguard" 2015 Michael Serrato [33]
"I Run the Runway" 2016 Ali Mahdavi [34]
"All the Rage" 2016 Jungle George/Maluko Haus [35]

References[edit]

  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". Socialitelife.com. 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". Vulture.com (New York). Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ Weigle, Lauren (June 1, 2015). "Violet Chachki Crowned Winner on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 7". Heavy.com. 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'". Enstarz.com. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  13. ^ St. James, James (January 4, 2017). "ConDRAGulations! Violet Chachki Joins Dita Von Teese's 'The Art of Teese' Tour!". WorldOfWonder.net. 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 (18 January 2018). "Violet Chachki on Walking Moschino and the Importance of Queer Visibility". RUNWAY. VOGUE. Retrieved 18 January 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 2018-06-15. 
  19. ^ http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/television/2015/06/02/americas-next-drag-superstar-22-genderqueer-and-trans-activ
  20. ^ https://twitter.com/violetchachki/status/696133959072116736
  21. ^ "July 18, 2015 – Top Dance/Electronic Albums – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2015.  (subscription required)
  22. ^ "July 18, 2015 – Heatseeker Albums – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2015.  (subscription required)
  23. ^ "July 18, 2015 – Independent Albums – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2015.  (subscription required)
  24. ^ "Bettie: Violet Chachki: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  25. ^ Violet Chachki - Vanguard [Official]. YouTube. June 29, 2015. 
  26. ^ "RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz2: RuPaul: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Beauty Marked: Miss Fame: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  28. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode one – the devil wears nada". The Guardian. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Season 8, Ep 1: Keeping It 100!". Logo TV. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  30. ^ Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 – Born Naked. YouTube. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  31. ^ RuPaul - Born Naked (Stadium Remix) Official Music Video. YouTube. May 26, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  32. ^ Violet Chachki – Bettie [Official]. YouTube. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  33. ^ Violet Chachki - Vanguard [Official]. YouTube. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  34. ^ I Run the Runway [Official] Miss Fame & Violet Chachki. YouTube. February 5, 2016. 
  35. ^ Violet Chachki Hits the Road In New Allie X Video "All the Rage". NewNopwNext. August 29, 2016. 

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