Elektra Abundance-Evangelista is the former shrewd house mother and reigning champion within the ballrooms. Establishing her name and taking in the newest face Blanca Rodriguez, she develops her own House of Abundance, continuing to show her talents through many categories she and her children walked. Gradually watching as her house collapsed due to financial fallings with her suitor, she sought refuge under the wings of Evangelista.
Elektra took on the occupation of a dominatrix in secret, regaining her footing, and re-establishing herself with the House of Wintour, continuing to show out and returning her name and face within the community.
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In 1982, Elektra watched as ball performers walked for a femme queen category. Out of many of them, she witnessed a young woman walk the category and be ridiculed by the emcee as well as the audience laughing. The two women momentarily share a gaze before Elektra expressed surprise as the woman demand the judges give her a score.
Later, with the ball concluding and carrying her grand prize trophy, Elektra encountered the same young woman being verbally insulted by a group of women. She confronts the women, shading them for their appearance and choice of occupation. As she walks away, the woman apologizes for the women's pettiness. Elektra questioned how long ago has she ate, offering to take her to a nearby 24-hour dinner. The two women conversed about the balls, the woman introducing herself as Blanca Rodriguez and stating that she wished to be seen and perfecting her craft for the balls. Elektra asked for the check and informed Blanca that she was taking her under her wing as her mother.
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Internal House Conflict
Taking on a new occupation at the Hellfire Club, Elektra began to return home later than normal, dressed in new clothing. Though the children comment on her high fashion, Blanca notes the late arrivals and makes the demand that Elektra would join them in a die-in protest at the St. Peters Catherdal, which she rejects. She dedicated part of her time between Indochine and her new job to construct her elaborate dress and scene to walk the French Revolution category for the ball.
After her presentation, she wins grand prize but receives many flaring remarks and insults from emcee Pray Tell, who announces Elektra's absence at the protest and her inaction to support her queer peers. Elektra attempts to fight back against his words but is left speechless after his departure from the ballroom. Weeks after the dispute, she returns home late, questioning the empty plate at the dinner table and commenting on Pray's behavior from the previous ball. Soon, she raises her voice, boasting that she did not need to be under Blanca's roof or to be a part of Evangelista, making the decision to leave the house rather than be kicked by House Mother and threatened not to see Blanca's face in the upcoming balls.
House of Wintour
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Elektra carries a heavy persona alongside her in the ballrooms, casting her image to be a fierce force and a guide for the women of her community. She views herself highly, often overshadowing her own daughters Blanca, Lulu and Candy.
Despite her harsh demeanor and reluctance to expose her vulnerability and insecurities, Elektra has expressed moments in which she becomes open with her daughter, especially with Blanca. With the collapse of the House of Abundance, she fell onto Blanca and her house for company and assistance.
- Dick Ford: During her starting days into her transitioning period, Elektra met and fell in love with a luxury man that found her sexually appealing and provided financial support in his physical absence in New York City. However, their relationship faltered upon her progression to obtain a sex change operation that he had disproved of prior. She is quickly rejected from his life and forced to seek other methods of finanical stability.
- Dr. Gottfried: An apprectice to Elektra's previous physician Dr. Harris, Dr. Gottfried and Elektra shared some vulnerability in her path to sex reassignment surgery.
- Blanca Rodriguez: After witnessing Blanca's early performance at the Ball and Blanca's attempts to stand tall from other trans women outside the Hall, Elektra comes to her aide and, later, provided her a meal. She quickly adopted her, taking her into the House of Abundance and gifting her with tough nurturment, talents for ball competitions and fashion wear. Growing older, however, Elektra disproved of her child's defiance and deviant behavior, pressuring that she owed her for the time put into her development and that she could not challenge her or build her house in the same or similar fashion. Despite this, the two women continue to have a loving, if not antagonistic, mother-daughter relationship with one another.
- Pray Tell: Being two of the popular and common faces in the ballroom community, as well as being two of the older members, Elektra shares some friendly encounters with the emcee. They, however, reach moments where they have grown antagonistic to one another. She receives harsh ridicule from Pray Tell when she neglects to attend an ACT UP protest at the St. Peters Cathedral with the House of Evangelista; conversely, Elektra criticizes Pray for entering a romantic relationship with a younger man within the community, citing that he was an elder with an inbalance in power.
- Aphrodite Ferocity: Elektra yields mutual respect for Aphrodite, as both women sought to become fully transitioned women in the ballroom scene. Sharing a meal together, Elektra was further motivated to seek her sex change surgery. Despite becoming a member of House Ferocity, she continues to seek no form of malice towards her and willingly shares her accomplishments alongside her in femme queen categories.
- Paul: A client at the Hellfire Club, Elektra regularly roleplays with Paul to entice his sexual fantasies for pay. She, however, expresses disdain for drug use during their session, which is repeatedly overlooked for the money.
- Lulu and Candy Ferocity: Though she nurtured and supported all her children to the best of her efforts under House Abundance, Elektra harbors some amounts of tough love for Lulu and Candy among them all. While the two children often held love for their House Mother, there are moments where the three women become vicious towards one another. Elektra repeatedly attacks Candy in her attempts to walk a body category while under her house, including the choice to make poor advances to "alter" her physical appearance. After both women leave House Abundance upon receiving an eviction notice and form their own house, Elektra is taken into House Evangelista, plucking Lil Papi, Cubby, and Lemar from them while not holding back insults and attacks on them. Their relationship continues to sit complicated in the future, Elektra moving into their house temporarily, providing them with clothing for the ball categories but ultimately leaving when she complains about the limited storage of her belongings and the lackluster meals. She, nevertheless, mourns the death of Candy as her daughter and holds a more mutually friendly relationship with Lulu.
- Frederica Norman: In solidarity with her daughter, Elektra and her house joined in a collaborative protest to proclaim Frederica's shady dealings and mishandling of Blanca Evangelista's salon.
- “Look at the fruits of my labor: a foolhardy chunk who makes her living on the pole and a brainless wonder who thinks the way to get curves is to stick Charmin in her drawers or to inject cement into her derriere. House of Ferocity? You two are about as fierce as my morning corn flakes. You may have left my home but you can't leave me. I'm in your mind, that voice saying, "You're not good enough, little girl. You're not smart enough or tough enough or glamorous enough to make it in this world." And that little voice is going to eat away at you like termites until your whole pathetic house come crashing down. You think you're on the road to being legends but you couldn't make it from here to the door without me pointing the way. You're nothing but bags of rancid, rotting meat. Well, take a long last look at this filet mignon. I doubt we'll be conversing ever again unless I take a sudden interest in dying of boredom.”
- —Elektra Evangelista to Lulu and Candy Ferocity[src]
- “If they don't grow strong enough to rebel, to reject you, to move away, then you're not raising men and women; you're creating parasites... You want gratitude? Get a puppy.”
- —Elektra Wintour to Blanca on being a house mother[src]
- “A popsicle in this heat is like throwing a snowball in hell.”
- —Elektra Wintour to her daughters on a hot summer day[src]
- “They don't kill us because they hate us. They kill us because they hate what it means to love us.”
- —Elektra Wintour to Blanca [src]
- “God may have blessed you with Barbies, a backyard with a pony, a boyfriend named Jake, and an unwanted pregnancy that your father paid to terminate so you could go to college and major in being a basic bitch... none of these things make you a woman. Your uniform of J. Crew culottes, fake pearls, and 50 cent scrunchies can not conceal the fact that you do not know who you are. I know our presence threatens you. We fought for our place at this table, and that has made us stronger than you’ll ever be. Now pick your jaw up off the floor and go back to your clam chowder and shallow conversations. My girlfriends aren't going anywhere.”
- —Elektra Wintour to a woman complaining about her table in a restaurant[src]
- “Come judge for me.”
- —Elektra Wintour to the women chosen to judge the emcees' first time in drag[src]
- “Ambition never sleeps, daughter.”
- —Elektra Wintour to Blanca after the Hellfire Club is raided by the police[src]
Behind the Scenes
- During an early draft of the pilot episode, Elektra was originally a trans Latina named Aye K Loca of the House of Loca.
- Alyma Dorsey is a stunt double for Dominique Jackson in the role of Elektra Wintour.
|Pose: Season One|
|"Pilot":||"Access":||"Giving and Receiving":||"The Fever":|
|"Mother's Day":||"Love Is the Message":||"Pink Slip":||"Mother of The Year":|
|Pose: Season Two|
|"Acting Up":||"Worth It":||"Butterfly-Cocoon":||"Never Knew Love Like This Before":||"What Would Candy Do?":|
|"Love's in Need of Love Today":||"Blow":||"Revelations":||"Life's a Beach":||"In My Heels":|
|Pose: Season Three|
|"On The Run":||"Intervention":||"The Trunk":||"Take Me To Church":|
|"Something Borrowed, Something Blue":||"Something Old, Something New":||"Series Finale":|