They stand off, and Valentina finally concedes. The show's first first-generation Mexican queen, who centered her immigrant identity and treated herself as nothing less than a superstar, had lost spectacularly in front of the world. Jinkx Monsoon, on the other hand, was praised for making a similarly risky choice with Little Edie. While their performances were not necessarily up to par with the other queens, the issue of celebrity impersonation for Latinx queens highlights the conundrum they face when making their "Snatch Game" choices: Impersonate a Latinx star no one will recognize, or fail to capture an American star on the basis of language and culture?
Valentina is the stage name of James Andrew Leyva  born May 14, ,  an American drag performer , actor, television personality and singer best known as a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. In June , New York magazine published the results from their panel of judges and writers which ranked her in the top twenty Drag Race superstars. Valentina was born in Bell, California to Mexican parents,  and began working as a professional drag queen around ten months before filming RuPaul's Drag Race, although she already had a background in fashion and the performing arts. In , Valentina won an early club version of the Boulet Brothers' "Dragula" contest , a precursor of the television show. On February 2, , Valentina was announced as one of fourteen contestants competing for the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. On November 9, , Valentina was announced as a contestant on the upcoming fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, a spin-off of the regular Drag Race series which features returning contestants from past seasons.
Valentina is the stage name of James Leyva , a drag queen, performer, acting artist, and one of the Season 9 contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race placed 7th and the winner of the "Miss Congeniality" title , as well as one of the All Stars 4 contestants once again placed 7th. On Season 9's premiere, the contestants were challenged to make a look inspired by their hometown and remake their favorite Lady Gaga look. For her hometown look, Valentina did a mariachi-themed outfit. She was praised by the judges, but didn't win. She was praised both for her performance, and runway look, fact that happened again in most of the consecutive episodes, where she placed high again 3 times in Episodes 3, 4, and 7 , and was, also, safe 3 times in Episodes 5, 6, and 8. Valentina and Nina Bo'nina Brown were paired together and struggled with filming their TV pilot as they had not prepared a script and had to improvise. Although Valentina received some positive comments on her runway outfit, she and Nina were criticized for their lack of planning and organization, which ultimately landed them both in the Bottom 2. Valentina initially attempted to lip sync with her mouth covered by her runway mask, but RuPaul made her remove it, revealing she couldn't remember the lyrics to the song and she was eliminated. Much like Trixie Mattel 's, and BenDeLaCreme 's, her elimination was a shock to most viewers, as she was considered to be one of the stronger contestants of Season 9. On Season 9's reunion, several of the other contestants most notably Aja and Farrah Moan objected to Valentina winning the "Miss Congeniality" vote.
He has always kept her at the side, devoting almost equal time to me and her. I know, I know, this is the last thing you want to hear. It would put him in a position of feeling less and being looked down on. By the end of the first date with my husband I knew I wanted him to be a part of my life. But he does want to get married to and to have kids.