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Carmen Carrera is a former American drag performer, reality television personality, model, burlesque performer and transgender rights advocate.

Carmen competed on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3, where she was eliminated in Episode 10. She returned in Episode 12 and was eliminated in that same episode, placing 5th in the competition overall.

On May 1, 2012, ABC News reported that Carrera is a transgender woman.

On November 14, 2023, Carmen announced via Instagram that she would be one of the hosts (along with Fedro) of the second season of Drag Latina.[2]

Track Record(s)[]

Carmen Carrera
Statistics USA Season 3
Ranking: 5th Place
(Orig. 6th Place)
Maxi Challenges Won: 0
Mini Challenges Won: 3 (Eps. 4, 5, 7)
Times as Team Captain: 2 (Eps. 4, 5)
Times in Bottom: 3 (Eps. 9, 10, 12)
Episode Eliminated: Episodes 10, 12

Drag Name Origin[]

Carmen is her birth mother's name. Carrera is her drag family name with Angela Carrera as her drag mother.


The November 2011 issue of W featured a series of fictional products in realistically styled advertisements as part of an issue-wide art project. Carrera was featured in the series as the face for the fictional fragrance La Femme. In 2011, Carrera, along with third season Drag Race contestants Manila Luzon and Shangela Laquifa Wadley, appeared in a television commercial for the travel-related website Orbitz. Carrera has also been active in AIDS awareness and activism. After being featured in a Gilead Sciences ad entitled "Red Ribbon Runway" with fellow Drag Race co-stars Manila Luzon, Delta Work, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, and Alexis Mateo, the dress she wore was auctioned by Logo in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Proceeds from the auction were donated to the National Association of People with AIDS. Carrera appeared as a "drag professor" in two episodes of the second season of RuPaul's Drag U. In the episode "80's Ladies," she gave singer Stacey Q a confidence-boosting makeover.

In an episode of the ABC news program Primetime: What Would You Do? that aired on May 4, 2012, Carrera portrayed the role of a transgender server working in a New Jersey diner. An actor playing a customer berates Carrera's character regarding his past experience of being served by her when she had presented as male, prompting other customers to come to Carrera's defense. This program also marked the first occasion in which Carrera publicly revealed herself to be transgender.

A petition started requesting that Carrera serve as a model during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, but despite media coverage and approximately 45,000 signatures, unfortunately, the petition was unsuccessful.

In March 2014, Carmen did an interview with the transadvocate voicing her disapproval of the use of terms like "tranny" and "she-male" on RuPaul's Drag Race. Following Carrera's statements against the show, the 'she-mail' line was changed by World of Wonder and one scene from Season 6 was cut completely. This resulted in a backlash from fans on social media, many of whom found it hypocritical because Carrera never expressed any objection while she was on the show and can also be seen joyfully dancing and singing along to the song "Tranny Chaser" in a season 3 episode. Carmen has stated she most likely won’t return to the typical "drag" scene because of the drag worlds in-acceptance to many MTF transgender queens.

Carmen Carrera is now known as a successful model with a growing career. She has vocally distanced herself from RuPaul and the Drag Race format, though has raised thoughts of potentially returning in the future if they asked her.

Farewell Message[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3[]

Episode 10[]

"Heathers better win."

Episode 12[]

"Good bye AGAIN!! Best of luck to everyone. Turn it out & don't be a sprepper! xoxo Carmen"



RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 Looks[]

Drag Latina Season 2[]

Drag Latina Season 2 Looks[]


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