Jade or Jade Sotomayor, born David Sotomayor, is a Drag Queen, dancer, model and makeup artist from Chicago, Illinois. Jade was part of Season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

One of Jade's most memorable performances was her imitating Britney Spears in her MTV "I'm a Slave 4 U" performance in 2001. Jade came dressed out in a replicated Britney Spears "I'm a Slave 4 U" costume and carried an Albino Python. Her dancers starred in her performance dressed in animal costumes from head to toe.

Jade is very passionate about entertaining and has always enjoyed pleasing an audience.

Jade is also very open and passionate about her drag career, calling it a true art form. Her family has been very supportive of her, and accepted her doing drag as long as it made her happy.

In her introduction video for RuPaul's Drag Race, she described herself as "Talented, Professional and Passionate", as the queens were required to describe 3 words about themselves.


Jade was eliminated on the 4th Episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The 4th episode's name was called "Mac Viva Glam Challenge" where the queens had to create a commercial promoting Mac Cosmetics, which is a makeup company that helps benifit HIV/Aids. RuPaul herself once modeled for Mac Cosmetics.

The girls used the commercial to explain who they are as drag queens, why they are beautiful, and to inform the audience of Viva Glam's help for those living with HIV/AIDS. Each queen was given 10 minutes to shoot their commercial, with an exception of Jade. Jade earned an extra 5 minutes for winning the Mini-Challenge, making over Nina Flowers successfully.

The causes of her elimination first reflected to the main challenge. Jade was told that she lacked progress and star potential. She fell into the bottom two alongside Rebecca Glasscock. Rebecca outshined Jade, and Jade was sent home.

Drag Name Origin

She didn’t have a name for her first show, so the name Jennifer was offered due to her love for Jennifer Lopez. She thought it was too common and decided to shorten to Jay. The show director mispronounced it as Jade, which she liked it better. Later Facebook required a last name, so she used her real last name and now goes by Jade Sotomayor.

RuPaul's Drag Race Stats

Season Competed: Season 1
Ranking: 6th Place
Mini-Challenges Won: 1
Times as Team Captain: 0
Main Challenges Won: 0
Times in Bottom Two: 1
Episode Eliminated: ep. 4

Queen Relationships

Jade and Rebecca Glasscock were known to have a feud against one another. Jade called Rebecca "the Fakest Bitch she has ever known her life". In the Reunion special, the two of them fought it out, but made up with one another in the end.


  • Jade's expertise alongside Female Impersonation is Dancing.
  • One of Jade's idols is Jennifer Lopez. She views J'Lo as an amazing performer, multi-talented woman, an amazing business woman.
  • As of January 2011, David has performed 8 years as Jade.
  • Jade is a bartender at Spin Nightclub in Chicago
  • Jade studied Dance Performance at Columbia College in Chicago
  • Jade is of Puerto Rican descent
  • Jade is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Memorable Quotes

- During the Show

  • "Jade is definitely my alter-ego, basically she has more balls than I do!"
  • "Not only am I going to present myself as Jade, but I'm also going to showcase my talents as a dancer and as a performer."
  • "I strive to continue going towards my goals because I know I am closer and closer every day."
  • "Rebecca is the Fakest Bitch I have ever known in my life."

Follow Jade

  1. Jade's Myspace
  2. Jade's Facebook
  3. Jade's Twitter
  4. Jade's Instagram

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