‘Drag Race’ queen, Taylor Swift video star Jade Jolie comes out as trans

‘Drag Race’ queen, Taylor Swift video star Jade Jolie comes out as trans

Jade also appeared on The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula before costarring as a Swift lookalike in the “You Need to Calm Down” visual.

Joey Nolfi

By Joey Nolfi October 11, 2023 at 09:50 PM EDT


Jade Jolie, the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 queen who went on to forge a successful career as a self-described Taylor Swift illusionist, has come out as trans.

The 36-year-old drag superstar made the announcement Sunday on social media in a brief message shared to her Twitter/X profile.

“Deciding to choose myself and move forward with my transition,” Jade wrote, in addition to posting emojis of a teary-eyed face and a heart.

Many of Jade’s Drag Race sisters responded to her with messages of support, including Mrs. Kasha Davis, Tatianna, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, and Monica Beverly Hillz, Jade’s season 5 sister who became the first queen to come out as trans while competing on the show (Kylie Sonique Love previously came out on season 2 of the show, several episodes after her elimination).

“I love you so much sis,” Monica replied. “I’m very proud of you I’m here if you need anything.”

Jade Jolie

Jade Jolie in Taylor Swift’s ‘You Need to Calm Down’ music video.

| Credit: Taylor Swift/ Youtube

Jade first rose to national attention on Drag Race in 2013, finishing season 5 in eighth place after being eliminated on episode 6.

YouTube video

Outside of her work in drag on television, Jade appeared in Swift’s cameo-heavy “You Need to Calm Down” music video in 2019, in which she portrayed a Swift lookalike alongside several other Drag Race stars dressed as Swift’s pop diva peers.

Jade also inadvertently made headlines at the 2019 MTV VMAs, when John Travolta appeared to mistake her for the real Swift when presenting the “You Need to Calm Down” collaborators with the Video of the Year prize.

Read Jade’s post about coming out as trans above.

Subscribe to EW’s Quick Drag podcast for recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race, including reactions from the cast, special guests, and more.

Related content:

Episode Recaps


RuPaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul — as host, mentor, and creative inspiration — decides who’s in and who’s out.

  • TV Show
  • 15
stream service

Read More