Blanca’s shrewd former house mother, and current rival, Elektra Abundance is the reigning queen of the ballroom community. Despite her outward confidence, she is hypersensitive about her look. Elektra’s desire to have sexual reassignment surgery threatens to end several of her longtime relationships.
PLAYED BY DOMINIQUE JACKSON
Model/Actress/Author/Advocate/Activist Dominique Jackson was born on the smaller island of the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. At the age of 15, she moved to the U.S., to escape traumatic situations. Jackson graduated in the tenth percentile of her class at Owings Mills High School before going on to attend Fayetteville State University and Morgan State University. Enduring intolerance, discrimination and prejudice, Jackson left school and moved to New York City, where she became a member of The Underground House/Ball Community, the NYC LGBTQ Entertainment Circle and The Pageantry System – winning six crowns/titles while competing locally and nationally.
A leader in her community, Jackson has been awarded several accolades including the Jon Michael Harrington Humanitarian Award (2003); The Pepper Labeija Image Award (2007), by the House of Latex Project through G.M.H.C.; Our Youth 2007 Community Activist of the Year, presented by the Our Youth Organization NJ; The Leadership in Arts and Entertainment Award, presented by People of Color in Crisis; the B/HAP Ayanna Elliott Excellence Award (2014 – 2015); The House/Ball KiKi Coalition “You Make a Difference” Award (2015); The Inaugural Circle of Life Celebration Award (2015); the Bronx Pride Committee “Brenda Howard Community Spirit of Pride Award” (2015); the Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. Citation of Merit; and the New York State Senate Proclamation of Honor (2015). She was also inducted into the House and Ballroom Hall of Fame and deemed Iconic on February 27, 2016 at the NYC Ball Awards. In 2017, Jackson received the Legacy of Pride Award presented by Harlem Pride and received the first Bronx LGBT Leadership Award presented by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. and Allies LGBTQ PRIDE CELEBRATION. That same year, she was honored with the New York State Assembly Citation issued by Mark Gjonaj.
A fashion model since 2000, Jackson began her career at Brooklyn Fashion Week before moving onto Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. In 2011, she served as Mistress of Ceremonies in Solomon Harris’ take on the ballroom scene Newark is Burning at NJPAC (Newark, NJ). Jackson is one of the resident models to Adrian Alicea Couture, Manuel Pelferes Couture and Angel Ayala Couture. She added Gypsy Sport by Rio Uribe and Stevie Boi to her runway accomplishments during 2016 Fall/Winter Fashion Week.
Jackson has been photographed by well-known photographers such as Trang Nhiem, Genesis Ilada and Brawlio Elias. She has been featured in Paper Magazine, Get Out Magazine, Pop Impresska Journal, Ellements Magazine, and Playbill, and has been featured in the Daily UK, The New York Times and Vogue.
In 2014, Jackson released her autobiographical memoir, The Transsexual from Tobago (Revised). Later that year, she starred in Carla Pridgen’s Incongruence, produced by Ivy Theatre. In 2016, she starred in Oxygen Network’s GLAAD Award-winning reality docuseries Strut, executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis, and the short film T Times by Gabriel Torres.
Jackson has served on the Community Health Program Board at the Montefiore South Bronx Healthcare Clinic.
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