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Sashay Away: Cynthia Lee Fontaine on Puerto Rico, Traveling America, and Her Cucu

Sashay Away: Cynthia Lee Fontaine on Puerto Rico, Traveling America, and Her Cucu

Sashay Away: Cynthia Lee Fontaine on Puerto Rico, Traveling America, and Her Cucu

We caught up with the RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 queen following her elimination.

RuPaul's "big Ruveal" this week may fallen flat, but it was who she sent home that shocked everyone. Cynthia Lee Fontaine, the spicy Puerto Rican queen was called out on her performance in Ruco's Empire, and her roller skate look was about as anticlimactic as Naysha Lopez's return. But in all fairness, Robbie Turner rocked her skates during the lip-sync battle.

It's so hard to say goodbye to a queen like Cynthia, but we had to do just that. We caught up with her to discuss what she's been up to since leaving the show. Find out what she wishes she'd done differently:

What was it like seeing yourself on TV?

Oh, I love it. It’s fantastic. I used to work in Puerto Rico in television and production. And for the very first time, being the star on a TV show, especially with RuPaul, it’s just a magical experience.

What do you do in Puerto Rico as far as TV?

I used to work for an assistant director in costume for a dance group and then production props.

You were friends with Naysha Lopez before you got on the show. Were you happy to see her come back?

Yes. For me, besides that she’s my friend, I admire her because I used to compete for continental. And she became in inspiration for me because she’s so amazing. She’s a very talented performer.

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Do you think the language barrier hurt your chances of winning?

To be honest, no. I mean I have an accent. I think being from Puerto Rico and living in Texas, it’s kind of confusing for people from the north to understand. But it’s funny. I love that. It’s a challenge for everybody else.

What separates you from the other queens as far as your style?

You usually see a lot of beautiful and gorgeous performers but they lack a spicy personality. So maybe that’s why I step out with my style.

If you had a second chance, what would you do differently?

Maybe showing a little bit more of my “cucu." [laughs]

What have you been up to since you left the show?

First thing, promoting the show and I started traveling. It’s just an amazing experience because I have the opportunity to see new places and new cities here in America. And I’ve been working on my YouTube show, Memoirs of My Cucu.

Who are you rooting for now?

For me, it’s kind of difficult to say because I love all of them. But I want Naysha to go further in the competition. Puerto Rico in the house [laughs]. But all my sisters, I love them. You know this already but this season, we have so many personalities, so many characters. All of them are so talented. So for me, all of them deserve to be the winner.

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