Jade also appeared on The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula before costarring as a Swift lookalike in the “You Need to Calm Down” visual.
Published on October 11, 2023
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.”
Laganja Estranja, who competed on season 6 of Drag Race before coming out as trans in a 2021 interview with EW, also praised Jade Wednesday on her Instagram Story, writing “so proud of you” underneath a photo of the pair together.
Jade first rose to national attention on Drag Race in 2013, finishing season 5 in eighth place after being eliminated on episode 6.
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.
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