You better work: 1st-ever Canadian queen to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race
Toronto native Brooke Lynn Hytes will appear on show's 11th season
Drag queen performer Brooke Lynn Hytes is filling some tall shoes as the first Canadian competitor to be featured on RuPaul's Drag Race.
The popular reality TV series revealed the lineup of 15 contestants for its 11th season in a live YouTube announcement.
Hytes is the drag queen persona of Etobicoke, Ont.-raised performer Brock Hayhoe, who began as a ballet student before gravitating to drag at Toronto bars and nightclubs.
Canadian fans of RuPaul's Drag Race have long griped that a homegrown performer hadn't appeared on the series, despite a vibrant array of acts to choose from across the country. Part of the challenge was getting a visa to work in the United States.
"I've been watching the show since the very beginning and it's something I never thought I'd be able to do because I'm Canadian," Hayhoe said in the unveiling on YouTube.
"I have to be legal to work here, and I made it happen. I make stuff happen, what can I say?"
The stunning <a href="https://twitter.com/BhytesBrock?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BhytesBrock</a> is a former Miss Continental pageant winner. Will she dazzle the judges with the same polish she brings to the dance floor? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DragRace?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DragRace</a> 🌇 <a href="https://t.co/sB8yKXYjGV">https://t.co/sB8yKXYjGV</a> <a href="https://t.co/QIo32HyYeM">pic.twitter.com/QIo32HyYeM</a>—@RuPaulsDragRace
The winner of RuPaul's Drag Race takes home a prize of US$100,000 and sets forth on a whirlwind of global appearances at various events that firmly establishes their name in the drag community.
Hayhoe studied at the National Ballet School in Toronto before heading stateside to pursue a drag performance career in New York.
In the years that followed he bounced between Canada and the U.S., eventually landing in Nashville after he won the 2014 Miss Continental pageant with a ballet performance of Britney Spears' I'm a Slave 4 U.
Hayhoe also dances with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male drag ballet company.
The premiere date of RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 on OutTV will be announced soon.