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Adore Delano Discusses Her Inspiration, Working On New Music “As A Boy”

What is the "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race 2" star up to next?

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:
 

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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