Aside from acting, Riverdale star Jordan Connor can seriously work a runway! That’s right, the 28-year-old totally transformed into drag queen Babykins LaRoux to compete for the debut episode of RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race, and boy, was it epic.
Not only did the actor — known for his role as Sweet Pea on the CW show — take on all three Drag Race challenges as his new persona, but Jordan took home the crown, too! As the winner, he donated $30,000 to a charity of his choice, which ended up being Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
“This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life,” he told the judges after winning the competition. “I feel so empowered as a man and as a woman, and I want to spread that everywhere I go. Everyone should do drag once in their life. It’s incredible.”
After the episode aired, Jordan also took to Instagram and penned a heartfelt letter to fans about his experience doing the show. He admitted to his 1.2 million followers that, at first, he was “afraid” of doing Drag Race, but it quickly became “one of the most unbelievable, nerve wracking, exciting and amazing things” that he ever did.
“What I’ve learned is you don’t always get a glorious, bedazzled sceptre. Except in this case… and it is GLORIOUS! S**t, sometimes you may feel like you won nothing. But when you face your fears you get a prize much more special and much more valuable than anything material. And I don’t think there is a word for that. Maybe it’s confidence, or pride, or joy. Maybe it’s feeling humbled or experiencing a brief moment of invincibility. But whatever it is, it’s f**king important,” he captioned a series of snaps from the show. “When people stand up for the things they believe in, for what is good, when they fight against their deepest fears. That is what inspires more to do the same. It’s what inspired me to do this. It’s my siblings who are proud to be themselves who inspire me. It’s my loving partner who loves me as I am, that gave me the courage to spread those enormous silver wings!”
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