Adore Delano sat down with NBC News this week as part of the network’s ongoing celebration of LGBT Pride month, and discussed finding drag inspiration in her Mexican-American heritage as well as the people she’s met while on tour with RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons.
“The community that I grew up with was Latin,” the Drag Race season 6 finalist said. “I just grew up kind of absorbing all the beauty from that.”
Adore also went on to describe her coming out process, which was eased by a supportive mother:
“My mom made it super easy. Everybody has their different journey but…I was lucky enough to have a mom that was super progressive and super chill. She was raised Jehovah’s Witness but raised us…very chill. She’s almost like a hippie chola.
When I told her that I was gay when I was 12, she was like, ’I knew that since you were one. Stop making this awkward.’ She told me, a month before I came out, she prepped my brothers because she thought I was about to tell her.”
Delano also talked about creating some new music as her “boy self” — a process that’s been “testing [his] boundaries.”
“It’s more vulnerable,” she said, “of course, because you can’t hide behind eyelashes and two stacks of wigs.”
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Catch Adore on an all-new season of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race 2, premiering August 25 at 8/7c on Logo. Check out a first look at the upcoming season below: