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. She was the third queen to be eliminated and ended up finishing in 12th place. Born in 1964, she is the oldest queen to compete on the show.
Hides is also well known for his YouTube channel, which features hundreds of parody videos and sketches where he impersonates celebrities. He has also done interviews with queens such as Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act.
RuPaul's Drag Race
|Season Competed||Season 9|
|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. He has nine siblings. He attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he studied fashion and design. When he was 33, he moved to London in the United Kingdom, where he currently resides. He has an American passport because he was born in Boston; a British passport because he married his British partner in 2004; and an Irish passport due to his grandparents. In 2011, Hides started his YouTube channel "Charlie Hides TV". This was because YouTube started supporting HD video, so he decided to upload the videos that he used during his live performances. Since then, he has amassed over 100,000 subscribers and over 19,000,000 views. His videos were notable for his impersonations of celebrities such as Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Lana Del Rey. His videos often depicted events in pop culture and satirizing feuds and relationships between celebrities. In 2013, he appeared in a video with Australian singer Kylie Minogue.
Charlie Hides has had minor appearances in TV and film. He had his own pilot show on a London TV channel in 2011, entitled The Charlie Hides Show. In 2015, he starred on the TV show Big Brother's Bit on the Side, where he impersonated celebrities whilst commenting on Celebrity Big Brother contestants. One of his appearances also featured a conflict with RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage. He also had a cameo role in the film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, as a drag performer.
In 2015, Hides ended his use of character Laquisha Jonz in response to a 1,000 signature petition from Change.org 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 his 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.
- "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 her vocal cords got weak during filming.
- Charlie is the oldest queen to compete on Drag Race, aged 52 at the time of filming. She beats out the previous record-holder Tempest DuJour of Season 7, who was 46 years old when her season was filmed.
- Charlie is therefore also the oldest queen on Season 9.
- During the final rehearsal for the main challenge of Episode 2, Charlie's rib cracked, but she did not tell the producers or a doctor as she 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 she would have portrayed Joan Rivers for Snatch Game.
- Charlie's looks are often accompanied by a neon blue wig and a name tag.
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Looks
|Runners-Up||2nd: Peppermint • 3rd & 4th: Shea Couleé & Trinity Taylor|
|Other Queens||5th: Alexis Michelle • 6th: Nina Bo'nina Brown • 7th: Valentina (Miss Congeniality) • 8th: Farrah Moan • 9th: Aja • 10th: Cynthia Lee Fontaine • 11th: Eureka (Departed) • 12th: Charlie Hides • 13th: Kimora Blac • 14th: Jaymes Mansfield|
|Judges||RuPaul • Michelle Visage • Carson Kressley • Ross Mathews|
|Pit Crew||Jason Carter • Miles Davis Moody • Bryce Eilenberg|