Born in Gainesville, Florida on April 22nd, 1988 to Angelina & James W. Ross, III. What a wonderful day it was! No one had a clue that a little baby boy would grow to be one of the FIERCEST women of our time! I bet you twenty-five dollars the doctor that slapped James ass had no clue he was slapping the ass of Americas NEXT Drag SUPERSTAR! LMAO!
Though born in Gainesville, James Ross was raised in Orlando, The City Beautiful Florida. Unfortunately, days in the hood projects James grew up weren’t so glamorous. James had been teased for the majority of his teen years in school. Words such as, Fagot & Gay Boy or The homo kid with the shark teeth were constantly used to describe James. The students would tease James from the time he step foot on that big yellow bus until he was home again. Where he soon became a prisoner of his own bedroom!
Afraid to approach anyone or make friends, James would remain in room and keep to himself. The concrete walls of the project home James lived in soon became the concrete walls he had built around his heart. Guarded, stubborn, and afraid James wasn’t going to open up to anyone! That was until he met Cynithia Smith the summer of 2004!
Cynithia & James were inseparable, spending so many days together and even some unforgettable nights! It was those memorable nights that lead to the birth of their child, Jeremiah Ross. Though the two were only teens at the time they stuck together and worked hard to prepare for the arrival of Jeremiah. Things were going good until trouble at home and the parents had put James out!
At the age of only sixteen, James had nowhere to go, not even to a relative’s house. James would work hard mornings in school only to work even harder afternoons at work! With money for a weekly hotel James was able to find him a place to stay. He continued to work even harder and it’s that same hard work that taught James to be a dedicated, determined, and committed individual!
After almost a year of hard work, James & Cynithia had been blessed with a beautiful baby boy on August 12th, 2005. It was the first week of James senior year in high school that he had met Jeremiah X. Ross. But the happiness between Cynithia and James soon faded away. It seemed as though while their love for Jeremiah grew stronger everyday, the love between the two grew apart every minute. Soon the lovers realized that they must go their separate ways, however, they made a promise that they would always work TOGETHER to raise Jeremiah. James went on to graduate high school and soon after graduation he realized he had skeletons in the closet! Or better yet, he realized he was in the closet! His attraction for men came out of nowhere. James had never been attracted to men before. But soon he knew it was something he would come to enjoy. Dating men, hanging out at the bars, and watching the drag shows caught James interest immediately! And at that very moment a star was created!
On November 17th, 2007 James had transformed into a giant 6'5 glamorous diva! That’s right, Tyra Sanchez had made her way into the hearts of America! So sweet and down to earth Tyra quickly gain a fan base in Central Florida. Tyra became known for her beauty, fashion, but more importantly her BIG hair! Learning tricks of the trade from the older queens and combining it with the flare of the newer queens is what gave Ms. Sanchez that special umph! That none of the younger queens could achieve.
Tyra was on top of her game. But performing so much as Tyra, James forgot about James. Drag can pay a few bills, but as a beginner it may only be enough to pay a cell phone bill. James had been hit with a 24-hour eviction notice from the Orange County Sheriffs Office! With no family allowing him to stay, James drag mother, Angelica Sanchez, lent him a couch to rest his head. Though it’s sad, James realized it was his own fault. But he didn’t give up! His dedicated work landed him on the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race Season Two!
Tyra had finally made it to the big leagues! Competing against twelve of the top drag queens America had to offer may have been the most difficult challenge in James’s life! The TV show was filled with love, fashion, big hair, secrets, drama, and bitchiness. Tyra had been labeled as Satan’s baby for her fierce diva attitude. Many of the girls were jealous of her talents and had soon had enough! The contestants, determined to get rid of her, informed RuPaul that Tyra was a complete utter bitch. Afraid that she would automatically be sent home Tyra immediately cleaned up her act and pulled it together! As a matter of fact Tyra went on to claim the title of America's Next Drag Superstar, won twenty-five thousand dollars cash prize, became the face of NYXCosmetics.com, featured in L.A. EyeWorks! Ad campaign, had a spread in Paper Magazine and headlined The 2010 Drag Race Tour featuring Absolut Drinks!
Now a resident of Atlanta, GA, Tyra continues to entertain her fans everywhere! Performing in places such as Belize, Cozumel, Los Angeles, New York and many more the diva continues to spread joy! With her first album in the works the Drag Superstar works hard at dance rehearsals, vocal lessons and spends long night perfecting her fish all while balancing life as a father!