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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 Queens: Where Are They Now?


Five years have passed since season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race concluded with Bob the Drag Queen taking home the crown. One of the most positive parts of the show is the platform it provides to its contestants, who often parlay their opportunity into even greater success outside of the competitive reality TV series. Bob The Drag Queen is no exception.

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As fans continue to await the announcement of a season 14 premiere date, now is a perfect chance to catch up with the contestants of season 8 and see where their promising careers have taken them in the past five years.

Bob The Drag Queen

Bob the Drag Queen poses for RuPaul's Drag Race promo image

Bob the Drag Queen, winner of season 8 one of the funniest RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, has enjoyed a massively successful career in entertainment. The talented performer has channeled her natural star power to release several singles, appeared on multiple reality TV shows, and recently taken on acting.

After appearing as Ida Best on Tales of the City and voicing the role of Remy in the audio series Heads Will Roll, Bob hit the big time in 2021 by scoring a role on Lucifer as the hilarious Busty Bazoongas, in which she performed a highly entertaining rendition of “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Bob also headlines the season 2 return of the HBO Max original series We’re Here, due this October.

Kim Chi

RuPaul's Drag Race star Kim Chi holds pink cupcakes

Since finishing as a runner-up on season 8, the ultra-glamorous Kim Chi has continued to raise her multimedia profile. In addition to appearing as a guest judge on Netflix’s reality series Glow Up in 2019, Chi announced plans to create her own cosmetic line called Kim Chi Chic the same year.

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In the past year or so, Chi has also appeared in several web series, including The Pit Stop, Werq the World, Gaymer Guys, Runway Rewind, and more. As for the Drag Race connections, Chi recently was included in the 1,000 Meryls: Drag Queens Perform Meryl Streep’s “It’s Not About Me.”

Naomi Smalls

Naomi Smalls poses for RuPaul's Drag Race promo image

After wooing viewers with verve and style en route to a third-place finish, Naomi Smalls released her first single, “Pose,” in 2019, started her own road trip YouTube series called Small’s World, and appeared in the music video for Manilla Luzon’s “Go Fish” the same year.

Most recently, Smalls has made recurring appearances on the popular internet series Werq the World in 2020 and was featured on the 2021 podcast Binge. Smalls is also very active on Instagram, where she recently modeled for Fiverr and promoted her September West Hollywood Showgirls performance.

Chi Chi DeVayne

Chi Chi DeVayne poses for RuPaul's Drag Race promo image

Sadlt, fan-favorite Drag Race queen Chi Chi DeVayne died in August of 2020. Two…


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