RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Darienne Lake has revealed an inspiring transformation on social media.
The drag icon made a name for herself on the sixth season of the Emmy-winning series, reaching the Top 4 and quickly become a fan favourite within the franchise.
Taking to Twitter, the New York queen imitated the ongoing memes quoting “how it started” to “how it’s going” and posted a before and after image online. The images show a drastic contrast in body weight and is a transformation Darienne is happy with and has worked hard to achieve.
“I will gladly take the gym soreness over the hurt I carried on my body and in my soul,” the queen tweeted.
Darienne also revealed the transformation took “almost 2 years” but optimistically quipped “there is still time”.
The queen also shared what helped her the weight, which involved a mixture of doing squats, deadlifts and using an elliptical machine.
How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/QZ9Bo629Fg
— Darienne Lake (@dariennelake) October 14, 2020
Drag Race stars have tweeted in response to Darienne’s post applauding the queen for the progress with her health and weight loss.
Yeassssssss GO OFF
— Heidi N Closet (@HeidiNCloset) October 14, 2020
— Yuhua Hamasaki (@YuhuaHamasaki) October 14, 2020
— Shangela (@itsSHANGELA) October 14, 2020
— Bianca Del Rio (@TheBiancaDelRio) October 14, 2020
LOVE YOU, DAZZLE!!!
— Courtney Act (@courtneyact) October 14, 2020
Earlier this year, Darienne informed her followers on social media that she tested positive for melanoma, a form of skin cancer that can spread to other organs in the body.
“I had a biopsy done and it’s positive for melanoma (cancer) I had surgery 2 weeks ago to take out more tissue, and lymph nodes to make sure it didn’t spread,” she revealed, alongside some “graphic” photos of her leg post-op.
Darienne then joked: “Just my luck to live somewhere where the sun shines 12 days a year and I get skin cancer. But, things look good and if I smell like sunscreen from now on, you’ll know why. 2020 is a c**t, but I’m a bigger c**t. Not today, cancer. Not today.”