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Charlie Hides is a drag performer from Boston, Massachusetts and one of the 14 queens to compete on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. They were the third queen to be eliminated and ended up finishing in 12th place. Born in 1964, they are the oldest queen to compete on the show.

Hides is also well known for their YouTube channel, which features hundreds of parody videos and sketches where they impersonate celebrities. They have also done interviews with queens such as Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act.

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Charlie Hides
Statistics USA Season 9
Ranking: 12th Place
Maxi Challenges Won: 0
Mini Challenges Won: 0
Times as Team Captain: 0
Times in Bottom: 1 (Ep. 4)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 4


Charlie Hides was born in Boston, Massachusetts. They have nine siblings. They attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where they studied fashion and design. When they were 33, they moved to London in the United Kingdom, where they currently resides. They have an American passport because they were born in Boston; a British passport because they married their British partner in 2004; and an Irish passport due to their grandparents. In 2011, Hides started their YouTube channel "Charlie Hides TV". This was because YouTube started supporting HD video, so they decided to upload the videos that they used during their live performances. Since then, they have amassed over 100,000 subscribers and over 19,000,000 views. Their videos were notable for their impersonations of celebrities such as Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Lana Del Rey. Their videos often depicted events in pop culture and satirizing feuds and relationships between celebrities. In 2013, they appeared in a video with Australian singer Kylie Minogue.

Charlie Hides has had minor appearances in TV and film. They had their own pilot show on a London TV channel in 2011, entitled The Charlie Hides Show. In 2015, they starred on the TV show Big Brother's Bit on the Side, where they impersonated celebrities whilst commenting on Celebrity Big Brother contestants. One of their appearances also featured a conflict with RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage. They also had a cameo role in the film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, as a drag performer.

In 2015, Hides ended their use of character Laquisha Jonz in response to a 1,000 signature petition from that requested London's Royal Vauxhall Theater remove her from the lineup. The petition called Hides' portrayal both "blackface" and "a racist act based on misogynist stereotypes of Black working-class women."

Hides defended their performance as Jonz, stating "as a gender-fluid immigrant in this country, I was able to use Laquisha to express my feelings and experiences of being a fish out of the water...Laquisha's stand up comedy show is layered with subtext and nuance and positive messages."

In a YouTube Clip "Laquisha Jones meets Gray" Hides as Jonz is heard referring to doing cocaine in the studio and illegally downloading music while wearing a cheetah print catsuit and a gold novelty dollar sign necklace.

In February 2017, Logo announced that Charlie Hides was among 13 drag queens who would be competing on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Memorable Quotes[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9[]

  • "Hi, hi, hi! It's about to get shady up in here!" (entrance quotes)
  • "We're gonna need stunt doubles."
  • "Probably not the sport for people with an AARP membership."
  • "Could you shut up a second?" (to Eureka in Untucked)
  • "I'm not a lip-sync performer, 99% of the acts in London sing live. So I just need Ru to say it: Sashay away." (during Episode 4 lip-sync)
  • "I am a control freak, I make no apologies for that. And I don't lip-sync, I sing live." (upon elimination.)
  • "I always said, if I get in the bottom two I might as well just turn around and walk out because I don't lip-sync."
  • "Older queens, I'm laying down the gauntlet, send in your application tape and do better than I did, please."
  • "How much would you pay me to make your outfit?"


  • Charlie stated that it was so cold in the studio that their vocal cords got weak during filming.
  • Charlie's promo look was inspired by Julie Newmar and milliner Philip Treacy. [3]
  • Charlie holds the distinction of being the oldest queen to compete on any version of Drag Race by date of birth, having been born in 1964.
  • Charlie is the oldest queen to compete on the US version of RuPaul's Drag Race, aged 52 at the time of filming, and therefore also the oldest queen on Season 9.
  • During the final rehearsal for the main challenge of Episode 2, Charlie's rib cracked, but they did not tell the producers or a doctor as they did not want to be sent home because of it.
  • Charlie came out as gay not long before the AIDS crisis and has lost many close friends to HIV.
  • In Episode 4 of Untucked, Charlie revealed they would have portrayed Joan Rivers for Snatch Game.
  • Charlie's looks are often accompanied by a neon blue wig and a name tag.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 10 Things About Me | YouTube — February 25, 2017
  2. Post by charliehidestv | Instagram – December 13, 2017