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Adore Delano

Photography Davis Bates

As told to Sam Damshenas

Fashion Tyler Lambert

It’s been five years since Adore Delano sashayed into the Drag Race werkroom for the show’s sixth season (which is widely considered its peak) and introduced fans to her “hog body” and brand of Courtney Love-esque punk. The Libra, Azuza-born performer eventually placed runner-up, released three studio albums – one of which became the highestcharting release by a Drag Race alumni on the Billboard 200 – and garnered the biggest Instagram following of any contestant.

Well, she actually shares that title with her best squirrel friend, Bianca Del Rio, who just so happens to have volunteered as tribute to interview Adore for this issue. That is, in fact, not true - Bianca didn’t even know what magazine this was for.

In this future Pulitzer-winning interview, the two iconic stars discuss dating as a drag queen, why Drag Race is a “completely different show” now, and whether Adore will really return for All Stars.

Bianca Del Rio:

Is this for Attitude magazine? I don’t know. This is so random, that I have to ask you questions that I either already know the answer to, or I just don’t care.

Adore Delano:

This is so gay. I love it.

Bianca Del Rio:

Well here it is. I’m asking you questions for GAY TIMES. We have some very important questions. I don’t know many of the answers to these, so I’m curious to know what you have to say. They’re not my questions, so you’re just going to have to go with it, got it? They might even get serious at some point. But I am fascinated. How have you been? I haven’t seen you in forever.

Adore Delano:

I know fucker, I just got home yesterday, we were doing a little tour, a round of gigs.

Bianca Del Rio:

So, here is our first question. How has life been for Adore Delano since the sixth season of Drag Race? I do believe you were on that season, correct?

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