New York City’s Peppermint will go down in history as the first openly trans finalist on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Other than being honestly and authentically herself all season long, she also slayed the competition — proving there is room for trans women in the drag community and on the hit show.
But that doesn’t mean Peppermint didn’t have her fears. “I saw some other trans sisters who work as drag queens when they were going through medical transition before me,” she says. “I witnessed a lot of them losing their work in the clubs and they weren’t able to maintain.”
“I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to afford to transition, and that I was going to lose my work because of how people were talking about me and gossiping,” she tells NewNowNext. “Eventually I said, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to go through my transition, live as a woman, be out as a woman.’ People then started to get it. I snuck it in.”
From lip syncs to live performances to great looks on the runway, she did more than sneak her way into the fab top four.