GiGi Goode is a Los Angeles-based drag entertainer who has appeared in season 12 of RuPauls Drag Race, and has been in multiple music videos, and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show. She was born and raised in Woodstock, Illinois and has been awarded the People’s Choice Award for Competition Contestant. GiGi Goode is associated with the House of Avalon, with one of the house’s members being season 13 Drag Race winner, Symone.
Early Life and Background
GiGi Goode was born on December 2nd, 1997, in Woodstock Illinois, whose mother was a professional costume and interior designer (she helped create GiGi’s looks for RuPaul’s Drag Race). GiGi Goode originally went to college for Art, but dropped out to move to Los Angeles. Growing up, GiGi learned about the LGBT community through their gay uncle, and started drag at the age of 15 performing locally. GiGi Goode identifies as Transgender and Non-Binary, and uses She/Her pronouns.
GiGi became a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2020, also being the youngest on her season (age 21), and was runner-up to Jaida Essence Hall with 4 challenge wins consisting of the Ball Ball design challenge, the Snatch Game as Maria the Robot, the Madonna Unauthorized Ru-sical, and the VEGAS! Performance show.
After Drag Race, GiGi Goode participated in Werq The World Battle Royale, and in the Drive N Drag series during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was later a part of World of Wonder’s Halloween special that same year. GiGi Goode has also appeared in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show, and in multiple music videos for Sam Smith and Chester Lockhart. Outside of drag, GiGi has had a lip kit collaboration with Christian Audette, and is a stylist to singer Lizzo.
Drag Style and Aesthetic
GiGi Goode’s name comes from her last name, and from the character Fiona Goode from American Horror Story, season 3: Coven. On stage, GiGi takes on more of a camp/comedy persona with high-fashion outfits. In GiGi’s early years, her fashion was inspired by 1940’s and 1950’s costume illustrations, whereas now, GiGi is inspired by couture fashion magazines like Vogue.
Activism and Advocacy
Like many drag performers, GiGi Goode uses their platform to raise awareness and support for a variety of social and political causes. They have been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, mental health awareness, and body positivity, often sharing personal stories and experiences to help others feel seen and heard.
GiGi has also used their drag performances to raise funds for important causes, including organizations that support Black Lives Matter and Trans rights. Their activism and advocacy have earned them a devoted following of fans who appreciate their commitment to using their art for social change.
GiGi Goode is a Season 12 finalist of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Born and raised in Illinois, GiGi left college to pursue make-up and drag in Los Angeles. Since Drag Race, GiGi Goode has had a successful career in entertainment, being featured in multiple drag world tours, and fundraising shows, and as a fashion model for multiple magazines and advertisements. GiGi has also been the face of her lip kit collaboration with Christian Audette and is also a stylist for the singer Lizzo. GiGi has been a voice for Black Lives Matter and Trans Rights, and is known for her campy stage performances and high-fashion outfits.