‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ premieres this week, but don’t forget this Austin queen

On Thursday, some familiar gentlemen will start their engines, and the best (of the best) women will eventually win a coveted crown. The second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” premieres Thursday, featuring fan-favorite contestants from past seasons of the drag competition reality show.

One local face, unfortunately, not join beloved drag queens like Alaska, Katya and Alyssa Edwards: Austin’s own Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 premiere featuring Austin’s own Cynthia Lee Fontaine, at Ironwood Hall on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 premiere featuring Austin’s own Cynthia Lee Fontaine, at Ironwood Hall on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)

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Fontaine (born Carlos Hernadez) didn’t steal the crown at the end of season 8 of “Drag Race” — she sashayed away in the third episode — but she did manage to snatch the title of Miss Congeniality, a title often awarded to queens with a strong fan following.

Before the debut of season 8, the fixture of local gay bar Oilcan Harry’s said in an interview with Austin360 that competing as the show’s first contestant from Austin was a source of pride:

“It’s a wonderful experience to represent Austin, Texas, my Hispanic community, and my community here in Austin. We are equipped with great performers — female, male, androgynous, campy, trashy, whatever — and this city provides everything in between. So I’m just proud that I can represent a little piece of that and share it with the entire world.”

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Though she won’t return to TV sets this week, Fontaine is scheduled to appear at the Austin Pride festival on Saturday.


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