RuPaul’s Drag Race got more dramatic than anticipated this evening when contestant Monica Beverly Hillz revealed during the elimination that the reason for her somewhat scattered behavior this season is because she is hiding a secret — she is transgender.
RuPaul, the judges and all the contestants could not have been prouder or more supportive of Monica following her reveal, and we decided to take some time and chat with Tom Campbell and Randy Barbato from World of Wonder about the big news.
First and foremost, we wanted to know how long the producers knew that Monica was transgender. Was it when she auditioned? When she arrived to shoot? How long had they too been keeping this under wraps?
“We discovered at the same time as everyone else [on the show],” Campbell explained. “It was not revealed at any time during the casting process and everyone learned about it at the same time.”
So does this mean transgender competitors are allowed to compete on Drag Race?
“That is not something we screen for, ” Campbell explained.
“Yes, the only thing we screen for is charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent,” Barbato added. “The only requirement is the desire to be America’s next drag superstar.”
“And we could not be happier that Monica was a part of this season and shared her story.”
The two then added that everyone wanted to make sure Monica did not feel uncomfortable moving forward in the competition.
And judging by her performance tonight, this is one lady we see going very, very far.