Asia O'Hara

Antwan Mason Lee[1] (Born July 7, 1982), known professionally as Asia O'Hara, is an American drag queen, reality television personality, and costume designer. She is most well known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, in which she placed fourth.

Asia O'Hara
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Born
Antwan Mason Lee

(1982-07-07) July 7, 1982 (age 37)
Occupation
  • Costume designer
  • entertainer
Years active2003–present
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race (Season 10)

As a professional entertainer, she has won several national titles in drag pageantry systems, including Miss Gay America in 2016.[2]New York magazine named O'Hara one of the top 100 Most Powerful Drag Queens in America in June 2019.[3]

Life and careerEdit

O'Hara grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas and has five sisters, who Asia helped to raise, and all of whom also became performers. Her parents are deceased. She moved to Dallas when she was 14, and in high school performed in band, color guard, and theater.[4] She toured in The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years.[5]

Her drag career began in the early 2000s, when she entered and won an amateur contest at the Rose Room in Dallas. The name Asia was taken from a close family member of hers, and the name O'Hara was given to her by her drag mother, Josephine O'Hara. Her drag grandmother is Texas pageant legend Sweet Savage.[6] O'Hara continued to perform and in the following years won many titles in the drag pageantry systems, including three National titles. She has worked as a makeup artist and behind the scenes during pageants, helping to plan and promote preliminary competitions. O'Hara owns her own costume design company, Helen of Seven, in which she creates custom design pieces for clients including dance teams, color guards, ice skaters, and other female impersonators.[7]

 
Asia O'Hara (left) and Blair St. Clair (right) in 2018

As a dance and color guard instructor, O'Hara has taught at the high school level in Texas, leading her teams to statewide competition.[8] She has performed often at the Rose Room Theatre & Lounge in Dallas, Texas since 2005, and has been a full-time showgirl there since 2009. She has also toured across the country performing, judging, and competing in pageants.[9]

O'Hara was crowned Miss Gay America in October 2016, at the 2016 competition in Memphis, Tennessee.[9] Winners of this title are known as the “Symbol of Excellence” of female impersonation and are expected to reign for one year, while performing official MGA responsibilities including touring, community service, and projecting an overall positive image for the LGBT community.[10]

She is also close friends with Texas-native Drag Race alum Alyssa Edwards and the Davenport drag family.[11] On February 22, 2018, O'Hara was presented as one of the 14 drag queens competing on Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race.[12] She won two main challenges on the show and came in fourth place.[13][14] In her finale performance, she is most notable for a failed attempt to release live butterflies from inside her costume, which received negative attention from animal welfare organizations such as PETA who condemned her actions as a 'Sad Spectacle'.[15] Asia also received backlash from RuPaul and VH1 for her use of animals in the finale.[16] In response to the backlash "O’Hara promised to donate over 100 volunteer hours to the ASPCA."[17]

In June 2018, O'Hara and other RuPaul's Drag Race alum Shea Coulee and Monét X Change performed in The Vixen's widely popular Black Girl Magic, a drag show created to showcase the talent of black drag queens.[18]

O'Hara was part of the Drag Race "Werq the World" tour in 2019.[19][20]

O'Hara hosted the red carpet for the RuPaul's Drag Race season eleven live finale.[21] Later, from March 26 to September 6, she hosted the RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 11 Tour, presented by Voss Events and World of Wonder.[22]

In September 2019, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC, O'Hara was named as one of a rotating cast of a dozen Drag Race queens in RuPaul's Drag Race Live!, a Las Vegas show residency from January to August 2020 at the Flamingo Las Vegas.[23] The show will feature RuPaul’s music and seven of the twelve queens: O'Hara, Aquaria (winner of season ten), Yvie Oddly (winner season eleven), Coco Montrese (season five, All Stars season two), Derrick Barry (season eight), Eureka O'Hara (season nine and ten), India Ferrah (season three), Kahanna Montrese (season eleven), Kameron Michaels (season ten), Kim Chi (season eight), Naomi Smalls (season eight), and Shannel (season one, All Stars one).[23]

On November 1, 2019, O'Hara announced her first self-produced one woman show, "Asia O'Hara's Electrique Christmas", set to show on December 21, 2019.[24]

O'Hara will also be featured in the upcoming Drag Race Spin-Off, RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race, where she will help Celebrities undergo a drag transformation.[25]

MusicEdit

O'Hara released her first single, "Queen for Tonight" on June 15, 2018.[26] Her second single, "Crown Up", was released on May 20, 2019.[27] She appeared in a music video for Lizzo's song Juice in April 17, 2019.[28]

TitlesEdit

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Song
2018 "Queen for Tonight"
2019 "Crown Up"

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions
U.S. Dance
"Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical"

(RuPaul featuring the Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 10)

2018 12
"American"

(RuPaul featuring Aquaria, Asia O'Hara, Eureka O'Hara & Kameron Michaels)

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant (4th place) [12]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
2020 RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race Drag Mentor [25]

Music VideosEdit

Year Title Artist Ref.
2019 Juice Lizzo [28]
2019 Crown Up Herself [37]
2020 Always Waze & Odyssey [38]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2018 Can Do Queens Herself Co-host (with Kameron Michaels) [39]
Watcha Packin Guest [40]
Queen To Queen Guest, with Kameron Michaels [41]
Countdown To The Crown Season 10 [42]
Fashion Photo Ruview Guest Co-host [43]
2019 How To Makeup Guest [44]
2019 Toddy's World Guest; S3 Ep3 [45]
2020 Werq The World Featured queen [46]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Ceremony Category Work Results Ref.
2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards Most Meme-able Moment Asia O'Hara's Butterfly Finale Fail Nominated [47]
2020 The Queerties Future All-Star Herself Nominated [48]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Asia O'Hara, MGA 2016". Miss Gay America. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  3. ^ The Editors (June 10, 2019). "The Most Powerful Drag Queens in America: Ranking the new establishment". New York. New York Media, LLC. Archived from the original on June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Miss Gay Texas Pageant Starts This Week at The Rose Room". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
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  6. ^ https://www.dallasvoice.com/start-your-engines-2-10250457.html Archived 2018-03-18 at the Wayback Machine Asia O'Hara interview, Dallas Voice
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  12. ^ a b http://ew.com/tv/2018/02/22/rupauls-drag-race-season-10-cast/
  13. ^ ""Drag Race" Season 10 Episode 9 Review: Breastworld". PopBuzz. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  14. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' star Asia O'Hara apologizes for shocking finale stunt: 'It wasn't a careless act'". EW.com. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
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  18. ^ Daw, Stephen. "The Vixen & Shea Coulee Perform at Chicago Black Girl Magic Show: Watch". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  19. ^ "Asia O'Hara on Werq the World: 'It's a spectacle. It's colourful. It's fabulous. It's art'". The List. 2019-04-18. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  20. ^ Stanley, Rebecca. "Werq The World, Symphony Hall, Birmingham - review". www.expressandstar.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  21. ^ Barmann, Jay. "JH1 and Levi's Host First 'Rupaul's Drag Race' Finale Crowning In SF". sfist.com. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
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  24. ^ "Asia O'Hara is electrifying Christmas". Dallas Voice. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  25. ^ a b Desta, Yohana. "RuPaul Announces Drag Race Spin-Off Featuring All-Celebrity Competitors". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
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  27. ^ Crown Up by Asia O'Hara, retrieved 2019-05-24
  28. ^ a b "Lizzo - JUICE Music Video feat. RuPaul's Drag Race Queens". 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
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  40. ^ Whatcha Packin': Asia O'Hara | Season 10 Episode 14 | RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10. YouTube. July 2, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  41. ^ Ongina on Ring My Bell. YouTube. July 1, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  42. ^ "Do You Believe in Aliens?" COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN: RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10. YouTube. June 27, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  43. ^ FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW: All Stars Season 4 Ep 1 with Raja and Asia O'Hara!. YouTube. December 15, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  44. ^ Asia O'Hara's Wig Siccurrrity: HOW TO MAKEUP. YouTube. March 5, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  45. ^ NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA w/ Asia O'Hara, Kameron Michaels, and Aquaria | Toddy's World S3 Ep3. YouTube. January 9, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  46. ^ Dino-Ray Ramos (May 19, 2020). "World Of Wonder Sets U.S. Premiere Dates For 'How's Your Head, Hun?', 'Canada's Drag Race' And Return Of 'Werq The World'". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
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