Self-described as "Seattle's Premier Jewish Narcoleptic Drag Queen", Jinkx Monsoon (real name Jerrick Hoffer) is an American Drag Performer, Singer, Actor, and Comedian. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in theatrical performance from Cornish College in Seattle, Washington. Influenced by a grandmother with charm school polish, Jerick learned to combine the sophistication of a southern belle with the crass behavior of a working girl. Jinkx Monsoon is all about contrasts and what RuPaul describes as "a stage left, off center kind of quality." With ten years experience on stage, Monsoon is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer who has captured the attention of his native northwest region.
She is the winner on the fifth season of Rupaul's Drag Race. Fans of the show have praised her greatly for her portrayal of "Little Edie" from Grey Gardens on the show's celebrity impersonation challenge, "The Snatch Game". Monsoon also holds the record for most consecutive weeks being in the top, at 8 weeks.
On May 10, 2013, Monsoon was named the Season 5 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, winning the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar."