'Drag Race' Star Sahara Davenport Sashays Away Into Heaven
According to past contestants of Ru-Paul's Drag Race, season two competitor Sahara Davenport has passed away, making her the show's first star to sashay away into heaven.
She was 27... or 32 if you believe The New York Times.
She also owned over 100 wigs.
Davenport came into this world as Antoine Ashley, a young boy who went on to study dance at the very conservative Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas—we're talking young Republican central.
She performed on Dallas' one gay strip during her university years and, after graduating, made the very wise choice of moving to New York City where she made a name for herself "by doing talent nights, talent competitions and networking and meeting all the working girls."
By day, Ashley took classes, booked gigs and taught private dance lessons. But by night, she became Sahara Davenport—an elegant, drag dancer whose name was bestowed upon her by favorite performer and drag godmother Sierra Davenport.
While in New York, Sahara began working for Screaming Queens Entertainment, a company "which hires drag queens out as 'ambience girls' for corporate events and bar mitzvahs." Her favorite outfit was a "red-sequined cat suit that looks like a flying squirrel..." because that's just how she rolled.
During that time she also began dating season three Drag Racer Manila Luzon. The two resided in Harlem together, something they both loved because it doubled their wardrobes.
Davenport shined in Drag Raceseason two by impersonating Whitney Houston in the Snatch Game and leading her team to earn the most money through burlesque dancing and selling their sweet cherry pies on the streets of L.A.—werque!
She twice saved herself from elimination during the "lip-synch for your life" round, but all the pirouettes and ballet kicks in her repertoire could not save her after screeching and stumbling through a rock performance of Ru Paul's "Lady Boy."
The judges said she was too lady like and not enough rock-and-roll. But she proved them wrong by releasing two singles after competing in Drag Race: “Pump with Me” and “Go Off”—gag on that Michelle Visage!
Here's how Davenport described her track "Go Off":
“Go Off” is that moment in life when you decide to give yourself the power to do whatever it is you want to do, but at your maximum potential. Whatever it is, dance the house down, pick up a hot guy, or even slap the bitch who stole your last boyfriend. It’s definitely about letting down walls and showing your loudest colors."
Last night, various Drag Race alum began tweeting about Davenport's passing:
Stacy Layne Matthews: Just lost one of my Drag Race sisters….. RIP Sahara Davenport!!!!!!! I love you sis!!!!!!
Jujubee: A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven. Rest in peace my sweet friend. We will miss you, Sahara Davenport.
Tatianna: I’m at a complete loss for words. Rest in peace Miss Sahara Davenport. You were a beautiful person, performer, and sister. I will never forget you or the experiences we had together. Love you always.
Michelle Visage (“Drag Race” judge): It’s true and I have no words. Have to sign off for now kids, can’t handle this. XOXO
Manila Luzon: I love him so much.
There's still no word on how exactly Davenport passed away—one newspaper can't even bring itself to believe she's actually gone.
We hope she has a drag funeral for the ages. So, in Davenport's memory, won't you pump with her one last time to her video below? The girl would appreciate it.