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She grew up in Paso. Now ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ has made her an Emmy winner

John Roha, from left, Jamie Martin, and John Lim pose for a portrait with their awards for outstanding picture editing for a structured or competition reality program for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on Saturday during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
John Roha, from left, Jamie Martin, and John Lim pose for a portrait with their awards for outstanding picture editing for a structured or competition reality program for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on Saturday during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Invision for the Television Academy/Associated Press

A Paso Robles native is still glowing after taking home an Emmy Award for her work on a popular reality TV show.

Jamie Martin, 30, is lead editor for Logo TV’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which challenges contestants to become “America’s next drag superstar.” She got a gold statuette for the episode “Oh. My. Gaga!” featuring singer Lady Gaga.

The daughter of Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, Jamie Martin received the award for outstanding picture editing for a structured or competition reality program Saturday during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles — held a week before the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ primetime awards show on Sept. 17. Many of the academy’s technical awards were presented during the earlier show.

Martin, who’s been a television editor for about a decade, said this was her first Emmy nomination. “We were up against some really big names this year,” she said, so she and fellow “RuPaul’s Drag Race” editors John Lim and Michael Roha were surprised to win.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” beat out reality show heavyweights “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “Shark Tank” and “Project Runway” to win the Emmy. (The show also won awards for outstanding host and costumes.)

“Saturday Night Live star” Keenan Thompson and “Bob’s Burgers” actress Kristen Schaal presented the editing award to Martin, who called the experience “very, very incredible.”

During her acceptance speech, Martin said the main theme of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is “positivity and acceptance.”

“The underlying message is really empowerment and acceptance and being yourself,” said Martin, who graduated from Paso Robles High School in 2004.

Martin’s huband, Paul Cross, earned an Emmy nomination for his editing work on A&E’s “Born This Way,” which follows young adults born with Down syndrome.

Martin isn’t the only North County native with ties to “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Celebrity makeup artist and model Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen, a Templeton High School graduate, competed on the show as his glamorous alter-ego, Miss Fame, in 2015.

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