Darienne Lake, also known as Miss Darienne Lake is the stage name of Greg Meyer, an American drag performer from Rochester, New York, aged 45 years old. Meyer is best known for being a contestant on Season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and being the Drag Mother to Season 2 contestant Pandora Boxx.
"They better widen the doorways and reinforce the runway, honey, because a BIG girl's in the house!"
RuPaul's Drag Race
Darienne had a rough run on Season 6 of Rupaul's Drag Race, being the one of the first contestants in her group to lip-sync in the bottom two, and receiving many harsh and negative critiques from the judges.
Darienne was also profiled as being a "Villain" on the show, often being jealous of fellow contestant BenDeLaCreme, and having a poor attitude and making "snarky" remarks towards other contestants. This has led to a backlash against her among many fans of the show accusing her of being a "bitch" and believing that she should have been eliminated sooner.
Darienne's runway looks received harsh criticism from fans of the show, with some calling them a "Pantone color swatch book of sequined trashbags." Many fans believed that her runway outfits were not up to the same standards as other queens.
On Episode 11, "Glitter Ball", after a second lip-sync against fellow contestant BenDeLaCreme, Darienne lake was chosen to stay in the competition, and BenDeLaCreme was eliminated causing a firestorm of outraged and confused viewers on social media outlets, to comment and criticize RuPaul of making the wrong elimination choice, believing that Darienne Lake should have been eliminated instead. The day after the airing of that episode, Darienne posted a link on her facebook account reading: "Show how much you hate me by buying Ben's T-shirt".
Drag Name Origin
When she was first painted up, the queens said her name should be Tracy Turnblad because she looked like Ricki Lake from Hairspray. She didn’t want someone else’s name so they suggested Darien Lake—Ricki Lake’s love child with the amusement park between Rochester and Buffalo. She thought, “Well, I am two tons of fun,” and spelled it as Darienne Lake so she wouldn’t get a cease and desist order. She actually thought of using names of eyeshadow colors like Dusty Rose or Heather Sky.
- She is the second queen, after Coco Montrese, to lip sync for her life four times in one season.
- She and BenDeLaCreme are one of two pairs of queens to lip sync against each other twice, the other pair being Alaska and Katya.
- She is the only queen to appear in RuPaul's music video with the placing of 4th. Every queen from Season 7 who placed 4th would get cut out of the music video
4th: Darienne Lake, 5th: BenDeLaCreme (Ms. Congeniality), 6th Joslyn Fox, 7th: Trinity K. Bonet, 8th: Laganja Estranja, 9th: Milk, 10th: Gia Gunn, 11th: April Carrión, 12th: Vivacious, 13th & 14th: Magnolia Crawford & Kelly Mantle
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