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Drag Superstar

Symone is an LA-based drag queen that hails from Conway Arkansas. Her recent rise to fame is breaking all boundaries. After her historic win of Rupaul’s drag race season 13, she is continually using her reign to further her artistic expression. Symone’s goals for her career go way past drag and into high fashion modeling and acting. In the few short months after being crowned America’s next drag superstar, some of Symone’s achievements have included; receiving the congressional medal of honor, gracing the covers of Interview magazine, and both Paper and Plastik magazines. She was the 3rd drag queen in American television history to be a featured guest on a late night program during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. During her reign, she was a personal guest of the American designer, Jermey Scott, at the 2021 Met Gala. In addition, she has become the face of Skyy Vodka, Cann, and Moschino within a featured ad of the September issue of US vogue. Symone was recently a guest star in the Universal’s first gay rom-com, “Bros” - released worldwide. She was also recently featured in Hillary Clinton’s Apple TV+ documentary series, Gusty.
Symone is also a proud member of the House of Avalon, a family of queer artists and designers. She is quoted within her Interview Magazine issue saying, “We all have our strengths and our gifts that make the other’s ideas and creations stronger.”

Symone’s charm and grace are met with a wonderfully disarming humility. She has an undeniable sense of humor and an incredibly unique ability to convey her strong point of view. She is unabashed in her queerness and blackness, standing fully in her power. Her art combines high fashion with politics, often focused on black culture with an overall message of self love. Even with all of her accomplishments thus far, her future knows no bounds. Symone has merely skimmed the surface of her ever growing star power. In the words of Symone herself, “Never close your eyes because you might miss something.”

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Events featuring Symone
Events featuring Symone