Rosé Sleighs “Santa Baby”

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Rosé has loved Christmas since 1997 when Santa gifted her with a Doom 64 game for her Nintendo.  Early this month, she sang her appreciation to everyone’s favorite jolly elf with her own sweet rendition of the classic tune, “Santa Baby.”  Now, Rosé is releasing a fun new music video to accompany the song.

In Rosé’s “Santa Baby” video, Santa is depicted as hurdling through the sky, high as a kite, on Christmas Eve. He flies over a snowy forest and pulls over to land for a break. There, he sees a quaint little rosy pink cottage and inside it, the silhouette of a beautiful woman playing music on a gramophone.

In a flash, we’re inside the woman’s home, and lo and behold, it’s Rosé!  She is the picture of irresistibility and with the help of four sexy men, Rosé launches into a full, bells on performance.  She sings and dances, begging Santa to fulfill her Christmas wishes.   Old Santa is losing his folly mind over the sexy temptress but at the end of the song, the mysterious cottage vanishes into thin air and, along with Santa, we realize it was all merely an extremely festive hallucination.


“I have always adored ‘Santa Baby’,” Rosé reflects of the classic song.   “I love its naughty, sexy mood, and its femininity. My version pays homage to Eartha Kitt’s, Madonna’s, and Gwen Stefani’s but I make the song my own by peppering in some light percussion and a few string moments.  Also, my ‘Santa Baby’ is almost 100% vocal, and the voice is of a cis man.”

The animation in Rosé’s “Santa Baby” was created by Joe Sulsenti of Nickelodeon, and Miles Schlenker of Disney.   The featured dancers are Ryan John, Danny Lopez, Karaj Pettis, and Casey Sheehan.

Miguel Zarate choreographed the video.  Make-up and costuming is by Rosé.

“The original dress I had planned to wear got lost in the mail,” Rosé explains.  “And the day of the shoot, my hair was not giving.”   Rosé ended up using alternative choices, but all worked out in the end.  “I’m so glad the Universe pointed me in a new direction because I love the green and ice blonde moment.”

Rosé is looking forward to the holiday season.  She will spend it with her nieces and nephews in Houston, Texas.  She is also excited about the new year and plans to make a lot more music.

Rosé’s “Santa Baby” is available now on iTunes, Spotify and all digital platforms.    

Ben Nelson

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