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Cynthia Lee Fontaine is the stage name of Carlos Díaz Hernández,[1] a drag performer from Austin, Texas. She is one of 12 contestants to compete on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, where she finished in tenth place and was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality.

Cynthia returned to the competition on the second episode of Season 9 as the "fourteenth queen" of the season and finished in tenth place.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Season Competed: Season 8 Season 9
Ranking: 10th Place
Miss Congeniality
10th Place
Maxi Challenges Won: 0 0
Mini Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 2) 0
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 2) 1 (Ep. 2)
Times in Bottom: 1 (Ep. 3) 2 (Eps. 5, 6)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 3 Episode 6

Season 9

Cynthia entered the competition as the surprise 14th queen in episode two, "She Done Already Done Brought It On" . At the beginning of the episode, she was assigned team captain to the "B-52 Bombers". She performed well in the challenge, and was praised by the other queens in Untucked! for being so kind.

In Episode 5, "Reality Stars: The Musical", Cynthia was assigned the role of Kim Kardashian in "Kardashian: The Musical". She forgot the words to her part, which landed her in the bottom two against Farrah Moan. After the lip-sync, Eureka was sent home instead due to an injury sustained in the cheer challenge, and Cynthia and Farrah were both declared safe from elimination.

In Episode 6, "Snatch Game": Cynthia chose to impersonate Sofia Vergara. Her impression was poorly received and she was criticized for her makeup on the runway (which Michelle thought looked like a moustache). Cynthia therefore landed in the bottom two against Peppermint, and lost. Cynthia was thanked by Ru for returning and the other queens came and hugged her as she sashayed away again.

Memorable Quotes

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8

  • "How you doin' mis amores? Do you want to see my cucu?" (Season 8 entrance)
  • "I'm as sexy as a goddesses and as funny as a clown."
  • "I'm from Puerto Rico, but I live in Austin, Texas yaaawl!"
  • "Corselet."
  • "I think Acid Berry..."
  • "Technical problems by."
  • "GPS signal lost."
  • "I think it was funny."
  • "I'm a strong gay woman!"
  • "*Puerto Rican frog whistle noises*"
  • "I thought it was funny."
  • "My heart is falling out of my cucu."
  • "Naysha is always giving like sexy J-Lo boomshell."
  • RuPaul: "All rise for Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Lee Fontaine aka Cucu Freedom. She made herstory with her landmark verdict of legalizing sex. Really, Judge?" Cynthia: "I think it was funny."

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9

  • "How you doin' mis amores? Are you ready to see my cucu, AGAIN?" (Season 9 entrance)
  • "I have a cucu, but you have a CUCU, girl." (to Kimora Blac)
  • "My cucu is fantastic gurl."
  • "I'm intolerant lactose." (to Charlie Hides)
  • "CHARLIE LET'S GO!"
  • "Come on English lessons!" (to Kimora Blac)
  • "Be careful with your back mi amore, I have like 75 dead bodies in that suitcase."
  • "Bye Werk Room, maybe you'll see me again!"
  • "Bye Untucked!"
  • "Bye LA!"
  • "Bye Studio!"
  • "Hashtag justice for cucu!"
  • "Did my teeths look yellow?"
  • "Naysha left this competition too sooner."
  • "Later mis amores! Cucu!" (upon elimination)
  • "A moment of silence for this chair, it passed away, it had beautiful cucu sitting here for makeup, shade, tea, and more. For this chair, on behalf of Season 9, our condolencences." (after Eureka broke a chair in Untucked)

Health

Cynthia was diagnosed with stage one liver cancer shortly after filming Season 8, and eventually was in remission. Acid Betty visited her several times whilst she was undergoing treatment.

Cynthia contracted a serious urinary infection in June 2018, days after Dragcon 2018. She was treated days later luckily.

Trivia

  • Cynthia moved from Puerto Rico to Texas in 2008.[citation needed]
  • Cynthia's drag mothers are Kayra Lee and Kathy La Fontaine.[citation needed]
  • While filming Season 8, Cynthia thought Acid Betty's name was 'Acid Berry', as seen in the confessionals and in Untucked.[citation needed]
  • Cynthia is tied for being the lowest ranking Miss Congeniality (10th place) from the original series alongside LaLa Ri of Season 13.
  • Cynthia is the first queen to be a team captain on Episode 2 of two separate seasons.
  • Cynthia is the second queen, after Shangela, to compete on two different seasons (excluding All Stars). She is followed by Eureka, who returned to Season 10 after leaving Season 9 due to a knee injury, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.
  • Cynthia is the only Drag Race contestant to have the same placement on two different regular seasons, placing 10th on both Season 8 and Season 9.
    • Because of several reasons, including the different amount of contestants on either seasons (12 and 14 respectively), the double elimination on Episode 2 of Season 8 and the non-elimination of Episode 1 of Season 9, Cynthia competed on three episodes in Season 8 and on five episodes in Season 9.
  • Cynthia is the third Drag Race contestant to lip sync three times without sending anyone home, after Carmen Carrera and Yara Sofia, and was followed by Trixie Mattel.
  • Cynthia is the only Drag Race contestant who was once uneligible to win a Miss Congeniality title, in Season 9. This is without considering contestants who competed on seasons that did not present the Miss Congeniality custom.
  • Cynthia, Ivy Winters, Nina West, Heidi N Closet and LaLa Ri are the only Miss Congeniality winners to have not yet returned for an All Stars season.
  • Cynthia and Farrah are the second pair of contestants to lip sync but have another contestant get eliminated instead, after Phi Phi O'Hara and Sharon Needles in Season 4, where Willam was disqualified instead.
  • On Season 9, for an unknown reason, her Season 8 promo photo was used in her confessional name tag instead of her Season 9 promo photo.
  • Cynthia appeared on the YouTube series Cooking with Drag Queens.[citation needed]
  • Cynthia appeared on the YouTube series Camp Wannakiki as a telenovela actress.

Gallery

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 Looks

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9

Season 9 Looks

Camp Wannakiki Season 3

Camp Wannakiki Season 3 Looks

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