- Full Name Delta Work
- Occupation Drag Queen
- Nationality American
- Birthplace California, USA
"I learned early on that knowing your brand as a club entertainer can keep you viable for many years. The reality show [circuit] is an entirely different animal. The struggle for some is based on a discord between their passion for stardom or their passion for drag, I don't use drag as the vehicle to become a celebrity; I use drag to become a star in a different sky. My reputation is built on the opinions of others who similarly do what I do. Unfortunately, stardom in this business is based on who speaks the loudest, who sparkles the brightest, and who has a catchphrase. Neither integrity nor professionalism are necessary to be a drag celebrity, but they are the foundation of a good reputation," Work said about the image and reputation he got as a drag queen."
Delta Work | Biography 2021Stylist, Creator of 'The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out)'
In 2011, Delta Work joined the cast of 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' a reality TV show competition that searches for America's next drag superstar. Work came in seventh place on the overall ranking of the contestants. However, he kept on working for RuPaul and also other variety of projects after elimination. He also worked as the creative producer for 'RuPaul's Drag Race' for several episodes and designed RuPaul's wigs along with Mathu Anderson for three seasons of the show.
Delta Work is an American drag performer and stylist, mostly known as a contestant in the third season of the reality competition television series 'RuPaul's Drag Race.'
Who is Delta Work?
Delta Work is the drag name of Gabriel Villarreal. He started working as a drag queen from the age of 22. In his initial days, he was called Delta Burke after Suzanne Sugarbaker's character, but later, he chose to have 'Delta Work' as it suited his character more than Burke and started to be known with the same name.
Delta Work gained prominence after she appeared on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2011. The show was a reality TV competition where drag queens compete to become America's next drag superstar. Although Work was eliminated from the show and ranked seventh among the participants, he kept working for the show and appeared as a guest on the show.
Work worked as the creative producer of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars from 2018 to 2019 and RuPaul's Drag Race from 2017 to 2019. He also worked on RuPaul's wigs for seasons 9, 10, and 11, along with RuPaul's longstanding collaborator Mathu Andersen.
Then, Work went on to win the 2018 'Primetime Emmy Award' for 'Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special' for her Work on Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race. He was also nominated for 'Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards' under the category 'Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Television and New Media Series.'
Work also made his music debut in 2014 as a part of the group The Heathers and released their debut single, 'Lady Marmalade.' After that, he released his single, 'The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out),' in May 2015.
Further, Work is set to appear as a correspondent on the BBC show NewsBeat in 2021.
Delta Work, original name, Gabriel Villarreal, was born in 1976 in Norwalk, California. Villarreal grew up wearing his mother's pump shoes, wrapping a towel around his head while feeling fabulous doing it.
When Villareal was 22 years old, he did drag for Halloween and continued working in the industry.
Villarreal's initial drag name was Delta Burke after Suzanne Sugarbaker's character. But later, at his Work, one of the drag queens said that she was suited to be called Delta Work, and the name continued from then.
Career in Drag
Although Work started his drag career at the young age of 22, he proclaimed that he is no different than his drag character, and it was just a colored and creative version of himself.
"Delta is just an extension of who I am but a little more colorful." Work added, "Being in drag gives you a license to do things you may not have the nerve to do out of drag. I am a very creative person either way, but drag gives me a bigger canvas for my creativity," he explained.
'RuPaul's Drag Race'
In 2011, Work joined the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, a reality TV show competition that searches for America's next drag superstar.
Work had initially applied to contest for the second season of the show but did hear back. He tried for the third season and succeeded in becoming part of it. Recalling how he was nervous during the audition, Work said, "I sent in an audition tape the 2nd season and never heard back. I decided to try out again on season 3. After I sent my video in they called me to come in for a second interview. I had to lip synch one of RuPaul's songs right in front of her and Santino. I was very nervous, but they liked me and told me right then and there that I was cast."
Work came in seventh place on the overall ranking of the contestants. However, he kept on working for RuPaul and also other variety of projects after elimination.
He appeared on The Soup TV series in 2011, then the TV special 'New Now Next Awards 2011.' Work was also seen on the TV series Hey Queen! between 2015 and 2020 and also appeared as a guest on The Pit Stop from 2018 to 2019.
Work also acted on several projects, such as the 2018 movie Frankly a Mess. In 2019, Work impersonated Adele in Taylor Swift's 'You Need To Calm Down' music video and did a couple of short videos in 2020, including Morgan McMichaels' Ass Like Mine', Erasure's 'Nerves of Steel,' 'Coming Out... To Vote,' and 'Night of 1000 Meryls: Drag Queens Perform Meryl Streep's "It's Not About Me."'
Work was the creative producer for 17 episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars from 2018 to 2019 and 41 episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race from 2017 to 2019.
Work worked on RuPaul's wigs for seasons 9, 10, and 11 of the show, following in the footsteps of longstanding RuPaul collaborator Mathu Andersen. RuPaul changed his hairdresser after season 11 and opted to go fresh.
Work released his debut single, 'The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out),' in May 2015. Before that, he was also a part of the group The Heathers, with Manila Luzon, Raja, and Carmen Carrera. The group released their debut single, 'Lady Marmalade' in 2014.
Work's regular appearances and shows were canceled after the pandemic. However, he stated that rather than the financial struggles resulting from the closure, he was dealing with irregular schedules than normal, as he had his makeup business as a backup plan.
Along with the makeup business, Work is set to appear as one of the correspondents on BBC's NewsBeat with his fellow drag queens, Lady Bunny and Lyle, in 2021.
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