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Tatianna in 2018
Joey Santolini

(1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 30)
OccupationDrag queen, singer
Years active2007-present

Joey Santolini[1] (born December 1, 1988), professionally known as Tatianna, is an American drag performer and musician. She is best known for competing on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race and later the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars.

Early life

Santolini was born on December 1, 1988 in Arlington, Virginia.[citation needed] She is of Italian and African American descent. She received a license in cosmetology after her senior year in high school.[2] She started dressing as a girl when she was fourteen, and started drag professionally in 2007. She originally applied for season one of Drag Race, but was rejected for being too young.[3]


Tatianna was announced as one of twelve contestants for the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race on November 2009.[4] During the show, she won the first edition of the annual "Snatch Game" challenge, playing Britney Spears in episode four.[5] She overall placed fourth in the competition after losing a lip sync of Aretha Franklin's "Something He Can Feel" to competitor Jujubee.[6] Six years later, she was selected as one of ten contestants for the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, which was announced on June 17, 2016.[7] She placed in the top two in the first episode, but lost a lip sync to Roxxxy Andrews.[8] She was eliminated by Alaska the following episode after placing in the bottom for her second snatch game as Ariana Grande.[9] She returned in episode five and won $5,000 with Alyssa Edwards after a double-save lip sync to Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive".[10] She was eliminated by Alaska again for placing in the bottom that following episode.[11] She finished in sixth place overall.

Outside of Drag Race, she hosted her own web show on WOWpresents called "Tea With Tati" which premiered in April 2018.[12][13] She announced on June 18, 2018 the release of a new fragrance called "Choices" produced by Xyrena.[14]

Tatianna performed live with Charli XCX on October 13, 2018, singing a duet of Charli's song, "1999".[15]

She portrayed Ariana Grande in the music video for Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" on June 17, 2019.

On August 26 2019, Tatianna performed alongside Taylor Swift during her 2019 MTV Video Music Awards performance.[16]


Tatianna released her first single, "True" on November 8, 2010.[17] A second single, "Touch" was released on May 6, 2011.[18] Her third single, "Losing Control" was released on August 14, 2012.[19] After a four-year hiatus, Tatianna released "The Same Parts" on September 1, 2016.[20] She performed the single on the premiere episode of All Stars 2 as a spoken word version.[21] Her fifth single, "Transform" was released on October 26, 2016.[22] She released "Use Me" on November 28, 2017.[23] Unlike her other singles, an official music video was released the same day as the single.[24] She released her eleven-track debut album, "T1" on May 28, 2018.[25] Rapper Cazwell and drag queen Salvadora Dali are featured guests on the album. A video for the second track, "Try", was released on May 18, 2018.[26]

Personal life

Santolini was in a feud with season two winner Tyra Sanchez and alum Morgan McMichaels, after Sanchez announced McMichaels' death falsely. Sanchez then posted Santolini's phone number publicly, and they blocked each other on all social media. Sanchez then threatened Santolini and Phi Phi O'Hara if they go to the 2018 Dragcon, resulting in Sanchez's banishment.[27][28]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant (4th place)
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Contestant (6th place)
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Guest

Music videos

Year Title Artist Ref.
2016 "The T" Alaska Thunderfuck [29]
2017 "Use Me" Herself [30]
2018 "CYA" [31]
2019 "You Need to Calm Down" Taylor Swift [32]

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Fashion Photo Ruview Herself [33]
Ring My Bell Guest [34]
2016 The Final Lap Season 2, Episode 2
2018 Tea With Tati Host
Hey Qween! Guest [35]



Title Album details


Single Year Album
"True" 2010 Non-album singles
"Touch" 2011
"Losing Control" 2012
"The Same Parts" 2016
"Use Me" 2017 T1
(featuring Salvadora Dali)
"CYA" 2018
"Hurt My Feelings" 2019 Non-album single


  1. ^ "The 10 Hottest "RuPaul's Drag Race" Contestants Out of Drag". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  2. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Tatianna". Drag Official. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  3. ^ "Falls Church's Tatianna Rocks RuPaul's World - Falls Church News-Press Online". Falls Church News-Press Online. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  4. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Exclusive: Meet the season 2 cast and watch them werq!". Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  5. ^ "Tatianna from RuPaul's Drag Race". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  6. ^ "The 10 Best Lip-Sync Battles From RuPaul's Drag Race". Vulture. 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  7. ^ "Logo Announces Contestants For "RuPaul's All Star Drag Race" Season 2". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  8. ^ "Who went home on the first episode of 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars'?". Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  9. ^ "Who won Snatch Game on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars'?". Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  10. ^ "The 15 Best Lip Syncs in 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Herstory". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  11. ^ "'All Stars 2' Tatianna serves tea on Alaska's borrowed crop top & double elimination". Screener. 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  12. ^ "Frenemies: Tea With Tati 101". WOW Presents Plus. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  13. ^ "New Show, Tea with Tati, Out on WOW Presents Plus and It's Spilling It All!". The WOW Report. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  14. ^ "Tatianna on Instagram: "So I'm excited to announce I have a fragrance coming out with @xyrena called Choices! Be one of the first people in the world to get my…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  15. ^ "Charli XCX to play show at London's Heaven this Saturday". Crack Magazine. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  16. ^ "Taylor Swift Just Backed the Equality Act in VMAs Opening Performance". Pride. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  17. ^ True - Single by Tatianna, 2010-11-08, retrieved 2018-06-16
  18. ^ Touch - Single by Tatianna, 2011-05-06, retrieved 2018-06-16
  19. ^ Losing Control - Single by Tatianna, 2012-08-14, retrieved 2018-06-16
  20. ^ The Same Parts - Single by Tatianna, 2016-09-01, retrieved 2018-06-16
  21. ^ Winfred, Tim (2016-09-02). "EXCLUSIVE: Tatianna Reveals The Origins Of Her Provocative Spoken Word Piece". Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  22. ^ Transform - Single by Tatianna, 2016-10-26, retrieved 2018-06-16
  23. ^ Use Me - Single by Tatianna, 2017-11-28, retrieved 2018-06-16
  24. ^ TatiannaNow (2017-11-28), Tatianna - Use Me [Official Music Video], retrieved 2018-06-16
  25. ^ a b T1 by Tatianna, 2018-05-28, retrieved 2018-06-16
  26. ^ TatiannaNow (2018-05-18), Tatianna - TRY ft. Salvadora Dali [Official Music Video], retrieved 2018-06-16
  27. ^ "Tatianna Spills the Tea on Her New Album, Her Feud With Tyra Sanchez & 'Drag Race' Season 10". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  28. ^ "Tatianna opens up about Drag Race, her beef with Tyra Sanchez, and fierce debut album T1". Gay Times. 2018-05-30. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  29. ^ Alaska Thunderfuck (2016-10-13), Alaska Thunderfuck - The T (feat. Adore Delano) [Official], retrieved 2019-06-18
  30. ^ TatiannaNow (2017-11-28), Tatianna - Use Me [Official Music Video], retrieved 2019-06-18
  31. ^ TatiannaNow (2018-08-30), Tatianna - CYA [Official Music Video], retrieved 2019-06-18
  32. ^ Street, Mikelle (2019-06-17), "All the Drag Queens (and Who They Appear As) in Taylor Swift's New Video", Out, retrieved 2019-06-17
  33. ^ WOWPresents (2014-05-07), RuPaul's Drag Race Fashion Photo RuView with Tatianna and Raven - Episode 12, retrieved 2019-06-18
  34. ^ WOWPresents (2014-05-04), Tatianna on Ring My Bell, retrieved 2019-09-13
  35. ^ Hey Qween (2018-10-29), TATIANNA on the Hey Qween! HalloQween Special with Jonny McGovern, retrieved 2019-06-18

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