Ivy Winters is the stage name of Dustin Winters,[1] an American drag performer, singer and actor. She is best known for competing on the fifth season of the reality-show RuPaul's Drag Race, later winning the Miss Congeniality title.

Ivy Winters
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Winters in 2018
Born
Dustin Winters

(1986-10-05) October 5, 1986 (age 35)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationDrag performer, Singer, Actor
Years active2004–present
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race (season 5)
TitleMiss Congeniality
PredecessorLatrice Royale
SuccessorBenDeLaCreme
Spouse
Keith Book
(m. 2015)

BiographyEdit

Born in Greenville, Michigan. Before Drag Race, Winters worked as a circus performer for eight and a half years in New York,[2] where he learned how to juggle, walk on stilts and breathe fire.[3] He started doing drag at 18.[4] He was a costume designer for Lady Bunny and season three contestant Manila Luzon.[5] He came out as gay to his parents at his freshman year of high school. His sister came out as a lesbian a year later. His brother came out the following year.[6]

CareerEdit

Winters was announced as one of the fourteen contestants for the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on January 28, 2013. He was eliminated in the eighth episode, placing 7th overall. He later won the annual title of Miss Congeniality at the seasons live finale on May 1, 2013. He made an appearance on the season six live finale, presenting the following winner of Miss Congeniality, which was fifth-placing BenDeLaCreme.

After the show, Winters hosted an internet webshow called Queen Acres, a DIY arts and crafts show. Season six contestant Darienne Lake hosted with her. The first episode was uploaded to YouTube on December 24, 2017.[7] He also made an appearance in an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Lake and Sherry Vine.[8] He was featured in the documentary, Dragged in 2016.[9] He was in a Buzzfeed video on April 2, 2013 discussing his experience in drag.[10]

Winters released his first single, "Overcome" on June 22, 2016.[11] He was featured in the first three volumes of Christmas Queens, with other Drag Race alumni.[12][13][14] A music video for "Elfy Winters Night" on the second volume was uploaded to his YouTube channel on December 13, 2016.[15] The video features stop-motion Claymation that he designed himself.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Winters married his husband, Keith Book, on November 26, 2015.[17]

FilmographyEdit

MoviesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Dragged Herself Documentary
2019 The Queens Herself Documentary

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 5) Herself Contestant (7th place)
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 6) Guest - Live finale
2017 Watch What Happens Live

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role
2013 Buzzfeed Herself
2017 Queen Acres

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Ref.
2015 "Hieeee" Alaska Thunderfuck [18]
2017 "Let It Snow" Christmas Queens [19]

DiscographyEdit

Year Title
2016 "Overcome"
2016 "Elfy Winters Night"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The 10 Hottest "RuPaul's Drag Race" Contestants Out of Drag". LOGO News. Archived from the original on 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  2. ^ "Ivy Winters: Drag Race". CREEP MAGAZINE. Archived from the original on 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  3. ^ feastoffun (2013-10-25), How to Eat Fire - Ivy Winters, archived from the original on 2018-02-26, retrieved 2018-02-26
  4. ^ "Ivy Winters - Interview - Vada Magazine". Vada Magazine. 2013-05-09. Archived from the original on 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ Industries, mightySpark. "Ivy Winters from RuPaul's Drag Race". www.towndc.com. Archived from the original on 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  6. ^ "Ivy Winters: Drag Race". CREEP MAGAZINE. Archived from the original on 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  7. ^ PEG Management (2017-12-24), DIY Oven Mitt | Queen Acres: Episode 1, archived from the original on 2018-02-26, retrieved 2018-02-26
  8. ^ "Ivy Winters, Darienne Lake And Sherry Vine Salute Queen Julianne Moore on "WWHL"". LOGO News. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  9. ^ Hodin, Rachel (2016-08-22). "Meet The Guy Behind the New Doc Celebrating Drag Artistry | Milk". Milk. Archived from the original on 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  10. ^ BuzzFeed News (2013-04-02), Amazing Man To Woman Transformation, archived from the original on 2017-09-23, retrieved 2018-02-26
  11. ^ Overcome - Single by Ivy Winters on Apple Music, 2016-06-22, archived from the original on 2018-02-26, retrieved 2018-02-26
  12. ^ "Christmas Is Coming" from Christmas Queens by Various Artists on iTunes, 2015-11-13, archived from the original on 2018-02-26, retrieved 2018-02-26
  13. ^ Christmas Queens 2 by Various Artists on Apple Music, 2016-11-11, archived from the original on 2017-12-02, retrieved 2018-02-26
  14. ^ "Happy Holidays" from Christmas Queens 3 by Various Artists on iTunes, 2017-11-17, archived from the original on 2018-02-26, retrieved 2018-02-26
  15. ^ Ivy Winters (2016-12-13), Elfy Winters Night [Official Music Video], archived from the original on 2018-02-26, retrieved 2018-02-26
  16. ^ bluebay700. "Ivy Winters' "Elfy Winters Night" ROCKS! | bluebay700". bluebay700.com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  17. ^ "Ivy Winters on Instagram: "It's official!!! I married the love of my life @keithebook yesterday!!! #married #certified #gaymarriage #happy"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  18. ^ Alaska Thunderfuck - Hieeee [Official]. YouTube. June 8, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  19. ^ Rudolph, Christopher (November 17, 2017). "The "Christmas Queens" Are On Santa's Naughty List In New "Let It Snow" Music Video". NewNowNext.com. Retrieved December 21, 2019.

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