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Jiggly Caliente

Jiggly Caliente
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Caliente in 2017
Paulo Arabejo

(1981-11-29) November 29, 1981 (age 37)
Laguna, Philippines
ResidenceQueens, New York
OccupationDrag queen, Singer, Actress, TV personality

Jiggly Caliente is the stage name of Bianca Castro.[1] She is an American drag performer, singer, model, actress, and transgender activist, best known for being on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, where she placed eighth, and for her recurring role as Veronica on the FX series Pose.

Early life

Caliente was born Paulo Arabejo[2] in Laguna, Philippines.[3] She moved to America in 1991 at age 10 with her mom and brother. She came out in junior high school to her late mother, and her drag mother is Chevelle Brooks.[4] Her drag first name is based on the Pokémon Jigglypuff.[5]

Drag Race and career

Caliente was announced to be one of thirteen contestants in the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on November 13, 2011. She placed eighth overall, being eliminated in a lip sync by seventh placer Willam. She also made an appearance at the season six live finale, where she asked a viewer question to Bianca Del Rio. She was also in archive compilation footage in the season 5 finale.

Outside of Drag Race, she can be seen in the beginning of the 2012 NewNowNext awards.[6] Her acting career began in 2015 when she played a role in the season-two finale of Broad City as a shop owner.[7] In 2016, she was in the pilot episode of Search Party.[8] In 2017, she played a part with fellow Drag Race alumni Bob The Drag Queen, Katya and Detox in a season finale episode of Playing House.[9] She made an appearance as a backup singer on the music video for Bob The Drag Queen and Alaska's "Yet Another Dig".[10] She played the character Veronica in Pose,[11] appearing in the sixth and eighth episodes of the first season. She later confirmed she would be back for more episodes of Pose's second season on Bootleg Fashion Photo Review, the web series by Drag Race alum, Yuhua Hamasaki.

Jiggly Caliente at DragCon (2018)

In September 2018, Caliente performed as a background dancer behind Christina Aguilera for Opening Ceremony's Spring 2019 collection, with other Drag Race alumni.[12] In November 2018, she made an appearance on Saturday Night Live alongside Drag Race alumn Peppermint, as a Drag Queen for the Garmin GP-Yasss sketch.


Caliente released her first single, "Fckboi" on March 1, 2018 on her official Vevo channel.[13] She released her debut album, T.H.O.T. Process on March 9, 2018. The twelve-track album features Drag Race alumni Sharon Needles, Peppermint, Alaska, Ginger Minj, Phi Phi O'Hara (Credited as Jaremi Carey) and Manila Luzon. It also features an intro with RuPaul. The album is the first hip-hop based record by a Drag Race alumni.[14] The music video for the song "All This Body" premiered on November 30, 2018, and featured Alaska, Minj and Isis King.[15]

She also was a featured artist for the first three volumes of the Drag Race Christmas Queens albums. The music video for "Ratchet Christmas" from the first volume was uploaded on December 9, 2015.[16] She contributed to the compilation album Christmas Queens 3 (2017).[17]

Personal life

Caliente publicly came out as transgender in 2016.[18]



Year Title
2018 T.H.O.T. Process


Year Title
2018 Fckboi
2018 All This Body



Year Title Role
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Contestant)
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself (Contestant)
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself
2015, 2019 Broad City Shop owner, Brunch Drag Queen
2016 Search Party
2018 Saturday Night Live GP-Yasss skit
2018-2019 Pose Veronica
2019 Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Drag Queen

Music Videos

Year Title Artist
2012 Queen Xelle
2017 Yet Another Dig Bob The Drag Queen
2018 Fckboi Herself
2018 All This Body Herself

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Ring My Bell Herself Guest [19]
2016 Fashion Photo Ruview Herself Guest Co-host [20]
2016 How To Makeup Herself Guest [21]
2018 Spillin' The Tea Herself Co-host [22]
2019 Reading Queens Herself Guest [23]
2019 Drag Queen Video Dates Herself Guest [24]


  1. ^ Avery, Dan (November 22, 2016). "Jiggly Caliente Got Into Yale!". Logo. Archived from the original on June 24, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Caliente in Keyes, J.J. (December 23, 2011). "A Drag Race Christmas: Jiggly Caliente". Q.Digital. Archived from the original on January 27, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ Angeles, Steve. "Meet the Pinoy plus size 'Barbie of New York'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  4. ^ Caliente in "Meet Jiggly Caliente from RuPaul's Drag Race 4". Abby Normal. 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  5. ^ "Jiggly Caliente: The Socialite Life Interview". Socialite Life. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  6. ^ "Logo's 2012 'NewNowNext Awards': On the scene". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  7. ^ "OMG! Jiggly Caliente on The Season Two Finale of Broad City!". 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  8. ^ "Search Party S1:E1 The Mysterious Disappearance of the Girl No One Knew Recap". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  9. ^ "Katya, Bob the Drag Queen And Detox Appear On USA's "Playing House"". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  10. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winners Bob the Drag Queen & Alaska Thunderfuck Team Up for 'Yet Another Dig'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  11. ^ Moylan, Brian. "Pose Recap: Chicken Patty". New York. Retrieved 2018-07-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ "We're Still Screaming: Xtina Performs With Drag Queens at NYFW". Paper. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  13. ^ JigglyCalienteVEVO (2018-03-01), Jiggly Caliente - FckBoi (Official Music Video), retrieved 2018-03-15
  14. ^ "Jiggly Caliente Is Living Her Truth: 'It's Not a Gimmick, It's My Life'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  15. ^ "Jiggly Caliente - All This Body ft. Alaska Thunderfuck & Ginger Minj". 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  16. ^ Producer Entertainment Group/PEG (2015-12-09), Jiggly Caliente - Ratchet Christmas [Official] from Christmas Queens, retrieved 2018-03-14
  17. ^ Christmas Queens 3 by Various Artists, 2017-11-17, retrieved 2018-09-17
  18. ^ "The herstory of trans women on RuPaul's Drag Race". Gay Star News. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  19. ^ Jiggly Caliente on Ring My Bell. YouTube. May 11, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  20. ^ RuPaul's Drag Race Fashion Photo RuView with Raja and Jiggly Caliente: Pop Divas. YouTube. June 22, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  21. ^ HOW TO MAKEUP: Jiggly Caliente - "Bronz-Her". YouTube. October 13, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  22. ^ Spillin' The Tea: Is Jiggly Team Nicki or Team Cardi? 'Drag Race' Queens On Celebs | Billboard Pride. YouTube. November 8, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  23. ^ Jiggly Caliente: Reading Queens with Psychic Char Margolis. YouTube. May 9, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  24. ^ Drag Queen Video Dates: Jiggly Caliente. YouTube. October 3, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.

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