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Leona Winter, formerly known as Miss Leona, is a French drag queen and the winner of the second season of The Switch Drag Race, the Chilean version of Drag Race.

She later competed on the first season of Queen of the Universe, where she placed 6th.

Leona would return to Drag Race on the third season of Drag Race France.

Drag Name Origin

Her drag name comes from her love with lions and how they represent a quiet strength, a part of her personality. She is also a huge fan of Leona Lewis.

When she started doing drag, she worked with Lady Diamond, and decided to use "Miss" to keep the same line.

She decided to remove the "Miss" from her name, since she competed in Miss Europa Continental and it is no longer possible to have Miss as your name, and you can't win a "Miss" if you already have one.

Winter comes from the fact that she wanted her initials to look like her husband's, Lorenzo Werner (LW) and also because it goes with a commercial for Continental Europe of Miss Universe in Chicago, in which her photo had the phrase "Winter is coming" as in the show Game Of Thrones.[6][7]

Track Record(s)

Statistics The Switch
Season 2
France
Season 3
Ranking: 1st Place
(Winner)
3rd/4th Place
Maxi Challenges Won: 2 (Week 7, 11) 1 (Ep. 4)
Mini Challenges Won: 0 0
Times as Team Captain: 0 0
Times in Bottom: 1 (Week 6) 1 (Ep. 7)
Episode Eliminated: N/A Episode 8

Memorable Quotes

Queen of the Universe Season 1

  • "The French Revolution has started, every girl on her own!"

Drag Race France Season 3

  • "Préparez-vous pour une avalanche de frissons !" (entrance quote)
  • "Je ne suis pas venu ici pour souffrir okay ?"
  • "♪Du lionceau à la lionne qui parcourt le monde. Du glamour, je rayonne sans perdre une seconde. Retenez bien ce nom-là. Car Leona c'est moi !♪" (verse in Voulez-Vous Drag Race Avec Moi Ce Soir?)

Songs

Week Song Selection Result
1 "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Édith Piaf ADV
3 "The Winner Takes It All" by ABBA BTM3
4 "Friends Forever" by La Voix and Leona Winter ELIM

Trivia

  • Leona is the youngest contestant from the foreign team, being 21 years old at the time of competing.
  • Leona is a countertenor baritone with a three-octave voice.[8]
  • Leona competed on the eighth season of the French version of The Voice in 2019 where she was a semi-finalist.
  • In 2018, Leona revealed that she was called by the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race upon winning the second season of The Switch Drag Race. However, she stated that she believed the format was not for her at the time.[9] Later, in 2021, she would compete on another World of Wonder production with Queen of the Universe and eventually in 2024, compete on the traditional Drag Race format with Drag Race France.
    • This makes her the first winner to compete on Drag Race again while still reigning, this being due to the status of The Switch Drag Race being on an indefinite hiatus.
  • Leona and Le Filip are the first contestants to Lip Sync for the Win on Drag Race France.

Gallery

The Switch Drag Race Season 2

Queen of the Universe Season 1

Queen of the Universe Season 1 Looks

Drag Race France Season 3

Drag Race France Season 3 Looks

Filmography

TV

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 The Switch Drag Race (Season 2) Self Contestant (Placed 1st)
2021 Queen of the Universe (Season 1) Self Contestant (Placed 6th)
2024 Drag Race France (Season 3) Self Contestant (Placed 3rd/4th)

Discography

Singles and EPs

Year Title Notes
2020 "Como Soy"

Appearances/Features

Year Title Artwork Notes
2021 "Friends Forever" QOTUAlbumArtwork by Queens of the Universe
2021 "Every Day is a Holiday
When You're a Drag Queen"
QOTUAlbumArtwork by Queens of the Universe

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References

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