Aquaria is the stage name of Giovanni Palandrani (born February 12, 1996), an American drag queen, television personality and recording artist most known for winning the tenth season of the reality competition television series RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2018.
Palandrani was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania and is of Italian descent. He trained as a dancer for four years and experimented with drag in high school. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for two semesters, studying womenswear design.
Aquaria is the drag daughter of Drag Race season four winner Sharon Needles. She began performing in drag in 2014. Like RuPaul, Aquaria received early support from Susanne Bartsch. She was featured in a Vogue Italia spread in January 2016 with Bartsch and other Drag Race alumnae.
Aquaria was accepted as one of fourteen contestants for the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race upon her first audition for the program. She won three main challenges, never ranked in the bottom two, and was the first queen in the show’s history to win both the ball and the Snatch Game in the same season. She was announced as the winner of the season on June 28, 2018, beating out Eureka O’Hara and Kameron Michaels in the final three.
Aquaria was nominated with Miz Cracker for the “Competition Contestant of 2018” for the 2018 People’s Choice Awards.
In October 2018, Aquaria appeared solo in an issue of Vogue Italia, photographed by Michael Bailey-Gates.
She was a model for Moschino and H&M’s November 2018 Capsule Collection with Bria Vinaite and Jeremy Scott.
She received a contract from IMG Models, and was announced as the Entertainment editor for Dazed.