Xunami Muse Reveals ‘Drag Race’ Look Was Inspired by This Panamanian Artist

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The sixteenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race just wrapped and Xunami Muse is looking back on her time on the show. In a video she posted over the weekend, the reigning Miss Congeniality revealed that one of her looks was inspired by a Panamanian icon in music.

Xunami Muse became the second queen from Panama to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She made history with Mexican drag queen Geneva Karr as the first two DACA recipients to appear on the show. Xunami Muse also carried on the legacy of her drag mother Kandy Muse. Eventually she finished in ninth place in the series. 

During last Friday’s season finale, Xunami Muse and Sapphira Cristál were both awarded the title of Miss Congeniality. This marked the first time in Drag Race history that there was a tie. Sapphira Cristál also became the first finalist since Puerto Rican queen Nina Flowers back in season one to win Miss Congeniality. Nymphia Wind took home the “America’s Next Drag Superstar” crown. 

With her run on RuPaul’s Drag Race over for now, Xunami Muse looked back on her iconic looks from the season. Her video was styled after the “Life in Looks” YouTube series on Vogue. Xunami Muse revealed that her promo look was inspired by a Panamanian artist who helped shape the reggaeton music genre.

“For this one, the prompt was the queens are fighting back,” she said. “I wanted to pay homage to El General, which is a huge artist in Panama where I’m from.” 

El General, who was born Edgardo Armando Franco, lived up to his stage name with his outfits that were fit for an army commander. In the early 1990s, he was one of the pioneers of the reggae en español genre, which was a Spanish-language reimagining of reggae music. El General is most known for his classic song “Muévelo.” In the years that followed, reggae en español soon evolved into reggaeton music.