Rock M. Sakura Biography
Rock M. Sakura whose real name is Bryan Steven Bradford, is a Filipino drag performer who is amongst the 13 contestants on season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
She says that her stage name came from her love for anime. Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese and also references her frequent use of pink wigs.
Rock M. Sakura Age
Sakura is 28 years old as of 2020.
Rock M. Sakura Family
Sakura’s father is a Vietnamese immigrant and her mother a Filipina immigrant. she also says her mother has “some Chinese and Japanese thrown in there too.” Sakura opened about her parent’s struggle with substance abuse when she was growing up. However, her mother is sober now.
Rock M. Sakura Boyfriend
When starting out her drag career, Sakura was in a relationship but her then-boyfriend was supportive of her drag career. He forbade drag in the home they shared and as a result, Sakura would end up having to put her makeup in public parks, fast-food restaurants, and restrooms. She eventually broke up with him and moved to San Francisco in 2018 to pursue drag full time.
Rock M. Sakura Drag Mother
Sakura’s drag mother is WooWoo Monroe.
Rock M. Sakura Drag Career
Saura was first inspired to give drag a try after watching the sixth season of Drag Race in 2014. She later began performing on Wednesday nights at a small club in Mountain View near the NASA Ames Research Center. the gig would regularly attract between two and three people.
However, the following year, her drag career went big after WooWoo Monroe agreed to become Sakura’s drag mother, and as a result, she started performing at “WooWoo’s CIRQ-US”, Monroe’s monthly show at Renegades in San Jose.
“WooWoo really fosters this good, loving drag scene. She just encourages you to really up to your performance and to entertain the audience in whatever shape that takes.” Sakura said of her drag mother.
Rock M. Sakura RuPaul’s Drag Race
Sakura is the first queen from the San Francisco Bay Area since Honey Mahogany in Season 5 and is also the first Filipino to be cast on the show since Vivienne Pinay in Season 5.
Sakura believes one of the reasons she was cast was because she didn’t go into the process “already defeated” by the idea that a San Francisco performer wouldn’t be cast.
In an interview, she explained saying; “Through the audition process they look for charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. In my case, I’m very charismatic, which makes me a good spokesperson for my city. They want people who are embodiments of where they come from with big personalities who can shine on the giant stage that is national television.”