Santino Rice Biography
|Birth Name||Santino Quinto Rice|
|Birth Place/City||Saint Charles, Missouri, United States|
|Profession||Fashion Designer, Reality Star|
|TV Show||Project Runway, RuPaul's Drag Race|
Santino Rice is a well-known media figure, popularly known as a fashion designer and television personality. Rice rose to fame after making appearances on the reality television programs Project Runway and On the Road with Austin and Santino.
Born To Multiracial Parents
Santino Rice was born Santino Quinto Rice on August 20, 1974, in Saint Charles, Missouri. He was born to multiracial parents who have an African-American, Italian, and Jewish ancestral background. Rice holds American nationality.
Rice developed a keen interest in the fashion world and entertainment industry in early childhood. He shifted to Los Angeles after graduation, where he studied at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising under scholarship.
Rice started working as an "extra" in films and some television projects following his graduation. Furthermore, he also began working as an assistant costume designer.
Santino Rice Is Openly Bisexual
The 45-year-old American fashion designer Santino Rice is a tall guy with a height of 6 feet 5 inches (196 cms). Rice has not been outspoken about his relationship status, however, he is openly bisexual. Once, he had also mentioned his girlfriend on one of his tweets, however, further details on the girl are not available as of now.
Meanwhile, Santino Rice frequently shares his opinions in favor of the LGBTQ community on Twitter. Rice said in one of his tweets that he was frequently called "gay" in a derogatory manner even after he had already made it clear he was bisexual.
Rise To Stardom From Project Runway
Santino Rice had been working as an extra in some projects before he found his breakthrough project. In 2005, he made his appearance from the second season of the Bravo reality series Project Runway. Stars like Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Tim Gunn, and Michael Kors were the host of the show.
Rice initially won two challenges in the show, while during the middle of the show, he was among the bottom two scores. Yet, he managed to finish as one of the three finalists and got an opportunity to participate at Olympus Fashion Week in NYC.
Later in 2007, Santino made his guest appearance on the third episode of the first season of reality series America's Most Smartest Model, where he was invited to give some fashion design tips to the contestants.
The year 2009 became special for him as he was signed as a judge for the talent show RuPaul's Drag Race. He appeared on 69 episodes of the show from 2009 to 2015. Meanwhile, Rice was also a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! from 2010 to 2014 and on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars in 2012.
Besides, Rice has also gone on a number of international tours as a guest in fashion shows as well as a guest lecturer at several universities.
What Is Santino Rice's Net Worth?
Santino Rice is a well-established fashion designer and a reality star. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at around $500k. He has earned his fortune majorly from his appearances on reality series and a judge on reality talent shows.
Rice also accumulates an impressive sum of money from his national and international tours. His work in the Lifetime series On the Road and the film L.A. Zombie also earned him a significant sum of money.