She may have been “nervous and shaking inside” the first time she stepped out onto the runway seven years ago, but her tribal-inspired, warrior outfit and striking confidence told a very different story. Welcome to the gorgeous, #OriginalFish, Jade Sotomayor!
You know you’re watching TV magic when a queen is genuinely lovely and incredibly beautiful. Jade exuded confidence and gave great stage presence every time she hit the main stage. This came through stronger than ever in the second episode when she choreographed a group routine to Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child. When teaching the girls the routine, Jade was very considerate making sure that everyone knew what they were doing and had the moves down, so that they had the best chance of succeeding in the challenge. Although this was sadly not to be, Jade came back fiercer than ever wearing a stunning sparkly blue outfit that a lot of people (myself included) would give anything to look half as good in!
Jade’s confidence and nerve was questioned towards the end of her time on Drag Race. In one of the episodes, Ru asked Nina (Flowers) what advice she would give Jade. Nina said “you need to trust yourself and your instincts and be more out there. I think that you’re too shy.” Shannel added “If you thought you were as beautiful as we see you as being beautiful, then the sky’s the limit.” I think it’s safe to say that Jade has ticked all of these boxes since leaving the werk room! In the episode following Jade’s (unfair) departure, Shannel said “Jade embodies an all around, 110% beautiful person inside and out.”
Jade was introduced to the world of drag through some of her friends, who were also drag queens. Revealing in an interview that she went to see them in a show, she ended up falling in love with drag, before coming out to her mum and becoming a drag queen a week later! “I’m a big performer and doing drag is a big outlet, where I can express my talent and show how much I love to be on stage and perform.” Becoming a RuGirl is now considered to be the Olympics of drag, but it was actually close friend and season 5 contestant Monica Beverly Hillz who told Jade about the show. Admitting that the producers learnt a lot from their season, Jade revealed after the show had aired that, since they were locked in their rooms, she would often sneak out of the hotel’s window to meet up with the other girls before heading to a nearby bar to socialise. Reflecting on her experience, Jade more recently said “It’s been a whirlwind! Being able to perform all over and travel and meet so many different fans – that’s the best part, meeting the fans and just taking pictures with them.”
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#340: You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio — choose your format). What would you say?
I’d of course choose TV as I have absolutely no experience in radio (although my TV experience currently exists in a handful of projects).
I’d introduce myself first briefly, explaining what I do and what I love getting up to in my spare time (just to prove I have a human side and am not just my career). But I would admittedly, then use the remaining ten minutes to express how much I want to turn my new found passion of video editing, presenting and producing skills into a full time career. Hopefully, I would be able to impress potential employers and senior video editors/producers with my enthusiasm, my strong desire to improve my skills and ultimately progress within such a competitive industry.
Last night I was lucky enough to be a photographer on the red carpet at the 19th National Television Awards, in the O2 arena, London. My mission was to meet and photograph a small group of children who had won a competition to become junior members of the paparazzi for the night! Albeit rather cold, it was great fun being able to mingle with the celebrities in such an open space, as opposed to being stuck in a squished press pit, and working with such lovely, enthusiastic children. Every celeb I spoke to was incredibly polite and very friendly, and were more than happy to let our junior photographers get up close and personal for that winning shot!
The awards ceremony itself was, as expected, fantastic – although I did hope that The Big Bang Theory would win the Comedy category (as they are undoubtably my favourite thing to watch at all times) but Mrs Brown’s Boys were deserved winners as they always seem to have so much fun with the show! I was delighted for Khali Best, Eastenders’ Dexter, who won the Best Newcomer award and even congratulated him at the VIP After Party! Congratulations to Paul O’Grady for winning the Factual Entertainment category for his fantastic work on Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs – it always leaves me wanting to take a trip to Battersea to adopt one of their gorgeous pups! Even though she already had her name written all over the NTA award for Serial Drama Performance, following her highly emotional exit from Coronation Street on Monday, Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper, dragged her co-star and on-screen husband David Neilson (Roy Cropper) on stage to accept her award. This was such a lovely moment to be witnessing live as not only had they been onscreen partners since 1998, it was clear that they had become the best of friends. Corrie will not be the same without the loveable couple!
All in all, it was a fantastic evening and quite frankly one I’ll never forget! Here’s hoping that I’ll be able to do the same this time next year!
Photographs taken by myself (of course, apart from the one I’m in!) – 1: Me standing next to a giant NTA Award. 2: One of the junior photographers hard at work snapping the stars of Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Brendan O’Carroll & Jennifer Gibney. 3: Two of our junior photographers with Paul O’Grady.