Tyra Sanchez is the drag queen name of James Ross, a performer, artwork designer, Tyra Sanchez Clothing Co. owner and Season 2 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Drag Name Origin

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Tyra Sanchez full drag name is Tyra-Symoné Sanchez. "Tyra" means "God of Battle" and came from her niece's name, Tyra Nicole, who was born premature and was an inspiration to Tyra since she fought for her life. "Symoné" is from Raven Symoné who she admires. "Sanchez" is from her drag family.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Tyra Sanchez
Season Competed: Season 2
Ranking: 1st
Mini-Challenges Won: 0
Times as Team Captain: 0
Main Challenges Won: 3 (Eps. 3, 5, 9)
Times in Bottom Two: 0
Episode Eliminated: N/A

During her season, Tyra spoke candidly about her periods of homelessness and personal challenges prior to auditioning for and being selected to appear on the show. Sanchez glamorous old-school drag style made her a favorite of the judges although her acerbic personality earned her the disdain of her fellow contestants. After winning, she served as a drag professor and mentor on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag U".

Memorable Quotes

  • "I'm not a bitch. I'm America's Sweetheart."
  • "No, not Tyra, James is in the bible."
  • "I actually based it off of my own son. He wakes up in the middle of the night to ask for a glass of water, and by the time I bring the water back to him, he's asleep again."
  • "Beyoncé is just like me."
  • "If you have a problem with me, address it."
  • "It's almost like saying 'shut the fuck up or I'll make you shut up'."
  • "Then why are you talking?" (to Tatianna in Season 2 Episode 5 "Here Comes the Bride" Untucked.)
  • "Maybe next time I will sing and maybe she'll wear another horrible dress like she got on now." (referring to Tatianna.)
  • "Is this Jujubee here let me get to your level. Oh Ru, we got an undergrown orangutan." (on Season 2 "Reading is Fundamental" challenge)
  • "Wow! I didn't even know I was nominated."
  • "The fuck is that mean?" (referring to Raven's lipstick message.)
  • "I am a star. I am America's Next Drag SUPERstar."
  • "Raven lost. TWICE."
  • "Which woman is that one?" (referring to Season 9 Winner Sasha Velour.)


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  • RuPaul often called her "The Other Tyra", referring to her sharing a name with Tyra Banks.
  • Tyra's drag mother is Angelica Sanchez Jones, an Orlando based performer and make part of the Haus of Sanchez (founded by Tyra's drag grandmother, pageant legend Stasha Sanchez);
  • She has two biological sons, being one of four contestants to have children. The others are Nicole Paige Brooks, Tempest DuJour and Mrs. Kasha Davis;
  • In 2012, a Kickstarter campaign was set up to help fund "Drag Dad", a documentary that would center around Tyra and her life as a single father and a drag performer. The Kickstarted raised $20,641, surpassing its initial goal of $14,000. However, it is yet to be announced and has most likely seized production;
  • In 2017, she made a sarcastic post announcing the death of Morgan McMichaels in an attempt to "throw shade" on her for her bad behavior with Tyra and other drags in nightclubs and promote her SoundCloud account. Morgan denounced the fake announcement and Tyra underwent backlash from fans. Following the controversy, Tyra released her first spoken word EP titled "Dear Drag Race Fans Book I";
  • In late May 2017, she leaked Tatianna's phone number on her Instagram (before it gets suspended). Then Tatianna leaked Tyra's number and she went live on her Facebook answering calls;
  • In April 2018, she was banned from DragCon after threatening Tatianna, Phi Phi O'Hara and some fans online. After that, Tyra started making sarcastic posts saying for people not to go for the event because something bad would happen there. This made some fans believe she would really do something bad;
  • Tyra still holds the title of being the youngest winner, winning at age 21, due to the fact that Aquaria turned 22 before the finale was recorded.
  • She is the 1st winner to have never ended up in the bottom two;
  • The prizes Tyra won for winning her season included a lifetime supply of NYX cosmetics, a spokesmodel role for NYX cosmetics' site, an exclusive one year public relations contract with LGBT firm Project Publicity, a featured spot in an LA Eyeworks campaign, a place on Logo's "Drag Race Tour" and a cash prize of $25,000 (the 3rd lowest cash prize ever awarded on the show).
  • In October 2019, Tyra issued a public apology for her negative behaviour via social media and has begun to be accepted into the folds of the Drag Race fandom again as a result.



As herself

Year Series Notes
2010RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 2 Winner
2010Drag Race: Untucked!
20102010 New Now Next AwardsTV special
2011RuPaul's Drag UEpisode: "Looking for a New Job"
2012RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 4 Episode: "The Final Three" (Guest)
2013RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 5 Episode: "RuPaullywood or Bust" (Archive footage)
Episode: "Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza" (Archive footage)
Episode: "Reunited!"
2015-2017Hey Qween!Episode: "Tyra Sanchez" (2015)
Episode: "Tyra Sanchez" (2017)
2016Skin WarsEpisode: "Miss Skin Wars"
Episode: "Last Looks" (Archive footage)
2016RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 8Episode: "Keeping It 100" (Special guest)
Episode: "Grand Finale"



Year Work Notes
2017"Dear Drag Race Fans"


Year Work Album Notes
2011"Look At Me"


Year Work ArtistAlbumNotes
2016"Why Are You Talking?"Tatianna & Tyra"RuPaul's Drag Race: The Rusical"

Music videos

Year Song Song Artist Notes
2010"Jealous of My Boogie"RuPaulCameo
2012"Hey Jane"SpiritualizedCameo

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