Biography & Career
Born in the late 80s, the oldest of four children, Jinkx attended DaVinci Arts for middle school (where they came out as gay) and graduated from Grant High School. On 2002, with 15 years old, she performed in drag for the first time at the underground nightclub "Escape" and on 2006, moved to Seattle, Washington.
Monsoon worked and paid her way through college, graduating summa cum laude with a BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010.
Jinkx appeared as the lead dancer in the world's largest drag queen chorus line, which made the "Guinness Book of World Records". By 2012, she had advanced to roles in Seattle theaters, playing Moritz in "Spring Awakening", Angel in"RENT" and starring in the title role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". In 2013, she starred in "Hairspray the Musical" as Velma Von Tussle.
A trained singer, Monsoon is half of the musical duo "The Vaudevillians" (with Richard Andriessen a.k.a. Major Scales), a 1920s revival act. After she won Season 5, they were booked for the Laurie Beechman Theater on Broadway in New York City.
Jinkx also started her own musical career and appeared on the popular western cartoon "Steven Universe" as a voice actor for the character, Emerald.
Drag Name Origin
Jinkx's drag name was her nickname at an outreach center for gay youth in Portland and comes from "jinx", a verb that means "to subject to bad luck". She says if there's a one in a million chance that something will go wrong it's most likely going to happen to her. Monsoon came from the character Edina Monsoon from "Absolutely Fabulous".
RuPaul's Drag Race
|Season Competed||Season 5|
|Mini-Challenges Won:||1 (Ep. 4)|
|Times as Team Captain:||1 (Ep. 4)|
|Times Placed High||7 (Eps. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10)|
|Main Challenges Won:||2 (Eps. 5, 9)|
|Times Placed Low||0|
|Times in Bottom:||1 (Ep. 11)|
On November 2012, Logo TV announced that Jinkx Monsoon was among 14 drag queens who would be competing on the 5th season of the show. She was inspired to audition after seeing Sharon Needles on Season 4. Monsoon won the main challenges for the episodes "Drama Queens" and "Snatch Game", impersonating Edith Bouvier Beale, who was known for appearing in the documentary "Grey Gardens". Monsoon also impersonated Season 3 contestant Mimi Imfurst for the episode "Lip Sync Extravaganza Eleganza" and sang on the "We Are the World"-inspired song "Can I Get an Amen?" and its proceeds helped benefit the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
Monsoon holds the record for most consecutive weeks being in the top, at 9 weeks. On May 10, 2013, Monsoon was named the 5th crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar".
"You know, I can hear the cackling from down the street."
- "Water off a duck's back."
- "Delusion - convince yourself!"
- "I am Seattle's premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen!"
- "I'm not gonna make an excuse for it; I wear my narcolepsy as a badge of pride. It's something I've had to... *falls asleep*"
- "Honey dances like a white chick."
- "When you're dealing with people judging what you do, you just have to let it roll off like water off a duck's back."
- "Well I don't know her personally, but she looks older than mother darling, so I said when she steps into the voting booth she just 'siezures', spelling?" (in the "Snatch Game" as Little Edie)
- "Quite the scandal actually, with my cousin in law really. It was in all the magazines at the time." (As Little Edie on "Snatch Game")
- ♪"CAN I GET AN AMENNNNN!"♪
- "Detox, you won the challenge, you can take the chicken mask off now."
- "*Pffft* Hmhmhm, okurr..."
- "It's gonna be hard to top Coco, but look at her: who would wanna top Coco?"
- "Michelle Visage is so full of semen, period. No, seriously, she's a whore."
- "Now it's time to go to the grand high bitch herself."
- "You're so full of shit the toilet's jealous."
- "I tried to tease it but I just pissed it off." (After being criticized for the state of her wig.)
- "I know this will be hard to believe, seeing as I'm the most polished, prettiest drag queen here."
- "I am serving up some Sofía Vergararara realness."
- "Hilda, you are muy estúpido if you think you are going to take over our familia!" (in the "telenovela challenge")
- "You ever been blowed by a girl with silicone lips? I call it the slip and slide. I just put my mouth on it and go *blublublub* MESH!" (as Detox in "Everybody Loves Puppets")
- "GET READY BITCHES 'CAUSE IT'S MONSOON SEASON!" (winner acceptance speech)
- "No, Josh, I personally hate myself wildly! It's a little game I like to play 'how much can I hate myself today." (reacting to mean comments)
- "Gurl, why you gonna name yourself 'Brent Merlinhoot Boodangy?" (reacting to mean comments)
- "Have you ever had to talk to 300 people in 2 hours? 300 people, in 2 hours. You don't think, maybe, after person 150, 125 maybe, the queen's gonna look a little tired. And if you snap a pic, and you catch her at her worst moment; well, of course you're gonna have tons of horrible things to say about her! BECAUSE IF YOU SIT THERE WITH A CAMERA, POISED ON SOMEONE LONG ENOUGH, EVENTUALLY YOU'RE GONNA GET THEM LOOKING STUPID, AND THEN YOU'RE GONNA GO OFF ON HOW STUPID SHE LOOKS, SO THAT YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE SOME PART OF THIS WHOOOOLE STUPID THING! I just don't read them anymore, you know?" (reacting to mean comments)
- "I didn't mind being slapped across the face; I was happy for the airtime." (referring to accidentally being slapped by Aquaria on Season 10)
- *Sobs* WHEN DID I GET SO OLD AND FAT?! (Pole Dancing tutorial on her YouTube channel)
- "Full, bitch." (in a cameo for Blair St. Clair's "Now or Never")
- Jinkx suffers from narcolepsy, which they explained to the other contestants during the show's season premiere.
- She was briefly the subject of controversy regarding her song 'Cartoons and Vodka', due to being mistaken as the celebrity who ripped off the Youtuber CypherDen by using her artwork without paying her for it.
- Her catchphrase "water off a duck's back" actually comes from a saying they heard from fellow Seattle drag queen Robbie Turner, who later competed on Season 8.
- Jinkx is the first ever winner to receive mostly negative critiques for her runways.
- Monsoon is the first contestant in series history to be ranked in the top placings in each episode for more than five consecutive weeks, with 9 consecutive weeks.
- Jinkx is the first main series winner to have won the "Snatch Game".
- Jinkx had a crush on Ivy Winters during filming for they season. Ivy Winters ended up getting the title of "Miss Congeniality" the same day Jinkx got the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar".
- She was the first winner that didn't win a sewing challenge in the season they won, being followed by Season 8 winner Bob The Drag Queen and "All Star 2" winner Alaska. Interestingly enough, all of the three had won "Snatch Game" and were in the bottom of the last challenge.
- She is the first season winner to not win a main challenge within the first three weeks of competition, winning her first main challenge during week 5 (ep. 5).
- The only time Jinkx placed in the bottom two was in episode 11, "Sugar Ball" where she lip-synced against Detox to the song "Malambo No. 1" by Yma Sumac.
- The prizes Jinkx won included a custom jewel package from Fierce Drag Jewels (ep. 5), a pair of fur coats from Fabulous-Furs (ep. 9), and as the season winner, she won a supply of Colorevolution Cosmetics, a one-of-a-kind trip courtesy of AlandChuck.travel, a headlining spot on Logo's "Drag Race Tour" featuring Absolut Vodka, and a cash prize of $100,000.
- Jinkx along with RuPaul, Trixie Mattel, Alaska, and Katya were all made into Funko Pop! Figurines.
- Jinkx became the 24th queen to reach 1 million followers on Instagram on the 20th of June 2019.
- This made her the 10th winner and the 4th queen from Season 5 to reach this milestone.
- She appeared in a cameo for one of Blair St. Clair's songs, "Now or Never", along with Manila Luzon.
- Jinkx is the first winner to land in the bottom 2 during the final challenge of the season.
Projects and Features
- Hoffer's journey as Jinkx Monsoon is documented in the five-part documentary web series "Drag Becomes Him". The title is a reference to "Death Becomes Her", one of Jinkx's favorite movies.
- Jinkx was the voice actor for Emerald in "Steven Universe", where the character was briefly in the episode "Lars of the Stars" on season 5, episode 11. As a huge fan of the show Jinkx had hoped for a voice acting role on it for a long time, often singing live covers of the show's songs during performances.
- Jinkx has frequently collaborated with Youtube-based comedian Brandon Rogers and is featured in a number of his series, such as "Blame The Hero" and "Blood & Makeup: The Last Laugh Of Blah Blah The Clown".
Season 5 Looks
- "The Inevitable Album" (2014) (Tracklist: 1. Ladies in Drag 2. No One As Sorry As Me 3. Coffee & Wine 4. My Heart Belongs To Daddy 5. The Bacon Shake ft. Fred Schneider 6. Everybody's Girl 7. Hold On 8. Hi-Jinkx Samba 9. Witchcraft ft. Major Scales 10. What About Debbie 11. Ballad of Johnny and Jack 12. One Tiny Taste 13. Creep 14. A Song to Come Home To 15. Falling in Love Again)
- "The Ginger Snapped" (2018) (Tracklist: 1. What's On 2. She Evil ft. Fred Schneider 3. Cartoons and Vodka 4. Boys in The Band ft. Amanda Palmer 5. I Just Wanna Make Love to You 6. Just Me - The Gender Binary Blues - 7. Friends 8. Sugar Mama 9. This Town 10. Pianoman ft. Lady Rizo 11. Take It Back 12. You've Really Got A Hold on Me)
- "Can I Get An Amen?" (2013) by RuPaul ft. Drag Race Season 5 Cast
- "Schizophrenic" (2013) by Two Dudes in Love ft. Jinkx Monsoon
- "Bring It" (2013) by Manila Luzon ft. Jinkx Monsoon
- "Now or Never" (2018) by Blair St. Clair
- "Jinkx Monsoon is not just a drag queen, she's the best fucking performer in Seattle." ― The Stranger
- "I fucking love Jinkx I have idolized her for years and I fucking love her to death." ― Cherry Swan
- "... Sings with the power of two Ethel Mermans in a bar brawl..." ― Adrian Ryan, The Homo Agenda
- "No one should be this young and yet this incredibly talented." ― Broadway World
- "Jinkx shows off talent that was only glimpsed at on "Drag Race" and proves to be a real star on stage." ― Huffington Post
- "...everyone leaves this show with sides aching from laughter." "A pure delight." ― New York Times
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