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She slayed on All Stars 4, turned it out on Rent Live!and is a “beacon of light” for the non-binary community. The world belongs to Valentina and she’s here to claim her crown. #FanFavourite

“My crazy ass has achieved a lot with my fantasy and if I keep on pushing, it’s all gonna come true, like being on the cover of GAY TIMES!” laughs the Miss Congeniality slash fan-favourite contestant of RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine… Valentina. “Did I know this was gonna happen? No. But in my fantasy, I’ve been on the cover of every magazine.”

The Mexican-American drag icon is currently on a high after her gag-worthy photoshoot (look at her, like, hello?), and she’s explaining the true meaning of her ‘fantasy’, which she memorably introduced to fans during her stint on the fourth season of All Stars. “The fantasy is the world you can live in and be taken over by the spirit of delusion,” she tells us in true Valentina, telenovela fashion. “You create these defence mechanisms about life that allows you to continue being happy, because life isn’t as fabulous as I dreamt it, so I’m gonna keep dreaming it until it all comes and meets up with me!” Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it HUNTY – it’s gotten her this far.

Valentina – birth name James Leyva – is one of the most popular drag queens in the world on social media, boasting over 1.3 million Instagram followers (she has a following than most Drag Race winners). She’s also released the Spanish dance-pop anthem A Prueba De Todo – which has amassed over one million Spotify streams – and performed live on Fox to an audience of three million plus, alongside the likes of Tinashe, Vanessa Hudgens and Brandon Victor Dixon. Valentina is H-E-R-E honey, and she has her eyes set on global domination. Thanks to her fantasy – and the Virgin of Guadalupe – Valentina’s career jump-started when she was accepted for the ninth season of Drag Race back in 2017 (it was her first audition tape and she had only practiced the artform for tenth months). After just a couple of episodes, Valentina garnered one of the most rabid and loyal fanbases of any queen from the Emmy Awardwinning series, thanks to her polished, high-fashion runways, quirky sense of humour and unique perspective on drag.

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Over the next 3 months, Gay Times Magazine will be celebrating the very essence of Pride – featuring voices and experiences of the entire LGBTQ initialism from all over the world. In our first volume, covered by Billy Porter, Valentina and Bretman Rock, we’re looking at the fluidity our modern community enjoys. These are people who have either fought for, given visibility to, or celebrated their power to express themselves in the most authentic (and downright fierce) way possible. Not only that, but they do it unapologetically, and with two fingers up to the patriarchy that governs what is considered ‘normal’. We also have a special extended travel section on everything New York City World Pride, giving you insight into the great metropolis that witnessed the birth of Pride. What’s more, there are interviews with the team bringing Tales of the City back to Netflix, making sure the enduring spirit of the queer community is front and centre. Elsewhere in the issue Ryan Jamaal Swain talks Pose, privilege and Pride; L Devine on bringing her sexuality front and centre in her music; Dustin Lance Black on his lifetime of activism; Angele Anang on being the first openly trans winner of Drag Race; Ryan O’Connell on why disabled people shouldn’t be used as ‘inspiration porn; plus fashion, opinion and art from all over the world.