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Tantrums and Tiaras 2020 contestant profile: Erik Benson of #1 Fifth Avenue

Tantrums and Tiaras 2020 contestant profile: Erik Benson of #1 Fifth Avenue

(Editor's note: "Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens 2020" returns on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Observatory North Park. The show is an over-the-top drag competition where representatives from some of the community’s bars with little or no drag experience compete for the crown. The event benefits the programs of The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Leading up to the event, we will profile the six contestants, but you'll have to buy tickets and go the show to find out their drag name and see them in full make-up! More information and tickets can be purchased HERE. View the other contestants we've profiled this year HERE.)

Contestant Name: Erik Benson

Age: 27

Bar Representing#1 Fifth Avenue

Tell us a bit more about yourself.

I've lived in San Diego for about 8 years, and I'm a local artist. I came out when I was 13-years-old.

First time in drag?

Absolutely not! I've been in this competition 2 times before.

What are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about bringing a new character to life that is different from the previous years I competed. It's always a challenge, but I feel that I am a bit more limited than years in the past.

What are you most nervous about?

I'm nervous that my character may not land the way I hope she will.

Why are YOU going to win Tantrums & Tiaras?

I am going to win because I have tenacity and ambition. Obviously. I never give up and I hope that inspires other participants in the future.

Closing thoughts

I love this show so much and it is truly an honor to particpiate for the third time. Regardless of the outcome, I love giving back to the community!

Purchase tickets to Tantrums & Tiaras HERE.