BIANCA del Rio takes no prisoners when she is on stage.

In her previous show in Glasgow, last year, she probably offended half the audience with wise-cracks and below-the-belt jokes.

But that's what you sign up for when you go and see the renowned insult comic, and everyone knows it.

People actively encourage her to mock them, and are delighted if she picks them out of the audience to target.

Bianca, or Roy Haylock as she is known off stage, is a drag comedian who won the sixth series of the now hugely popular tv show RuPaul's Drag Race.

Before the programme her career as a performer and comedian was already off the ground, and she was a regular in bars and clubs across New York City.

Since winning the top spot as America's Next Drag Superstar however, her popularity has sky-rocketed, and she has found herself performing in cities all over the world.

She explained: "I'm sure I have offended someone,somewhere. I'm sure my family is offended....nobody is safe.

"At my shows I'm sure someone has said I'm not funny, but it's nothing I care about.

"What's done is done."

Bianca, who has been performing as a drag queen for more than 16 years, has learned quickly to deal with the backlash from her comments, which now come almost instantaneously since the birth of social media.

Like many of her peers, she has a hard skin and has learned not to pay attention to online trolls.

"I think I am more aware of people's reactions and what people think are right or wrong because of social media.

"Back in the day you had to have someone tell you to your face but now they can blab whatever they want on Twitter and Facebook. It's always like that.

"On Twitter, people have something to say but 99 per cent of what they tweet or type they will never say it to my face." she said, in her quick, gritty American accent.

"What do I care? You don't like me then you don't like me. Don't come back and see me, it's totally fine with me.

"I'm not going to go and commit suicide over it, about someone's opinion of me, about drag."

The same, she argues, can be said for some of her fellow drag queens who look impressive on social media but have little to offer in terms of performance.

She said: "Some people started doing drag because of Drag Race. It attracted a different crowd.

"It doesn't always make up for the talent. I had 18 years experience before the show, we worked in bar and theatres before going on television whereas now a lot of kids have grown up with it.

"Its about youth and beauty and a lot of people are on Instagram and look gorgeous in a photo but it doesn't always translate well to television.

"Nowadays you can be a 'look' drag queen, anything goes.

"That's a world we live in now though, a world where Donald Trump is President and the Kardashians are famous.

"Both pieces of *s**t. But it happens. The kids now grew up with the show and have been influenced by it."

Bianca is gearing up for her next tour around the UK, having recently performed in Glasgow as part of a variety act with other Drag Race stars.

She will be taking to the stage next July for the Blame it On Bianca del Rio tour, performing at the SEC Armadillo on July 20 2018.

Before she does, she will be filming a sequel to Hurricane Bianca - her first major film which appeared on Netflix this year.

She said: "I hadn't done films on that level before so it was fantastic.

"My friend Matt Kugelman who wrote and directed the film was interested in doing it and we had a great experience.

"He has co-written the next one which we're going to start filming [this month]. He made it happen but I'm excited that I'm in a place where I can help and be part of it."

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