RuPaul's Drag Race

  • RuPaul's Drag Race Exit Interview: Dusty Ray Bottoms

    Dusty Ray Bottoms embodies everything a true New York queen should be: fierce looks, intense talent and a catalog of performances that anyone would be hard to match!


    Now, while the three divine looks she put together may not have gotten her through to next week on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, we were all sad to see her go. And while her time in the competition has ended, we’re just gearing up to see more of this multi-faceted performer.

    I chatted with Dusty Ray Bottoms post-elimination, and we spoke about competing with her fellow New York queens, progress with her family after she bravely spoke about her experiences with conversion therapy and which New York City queen she would love to see represent the Big Apple on Season 11!

     

    With your RuPaul’s Drag Race experience in the rearview mirror, how does it feel to be an official “Ru Girl,” Dusty Ray Bottoms?

    It feels absolutely amazing. The fact that I was chosen out of all of these people who wanted this opportunity is so humbling. I am so proud of what I did, and I feel just so accomplished about everything that I presented. I could not be more proud.

     

    Much was said about there being five ladies from New York City, and that it may have been too much representation from one area. What did you think?

    I didn’t think it was too much representation from New York City at all! I actually think it was a great representation for everything that New York has to offer in terms of drag. Each and every one of us have amazing things to offer to New York, and we do that. It was great to be able to show that and share the experience with my New York City sisters.

     

    It seems like you and Miz Cracker had some issues with fellow NYC sister Aquaria. Was it helpful to get that all out in the open?

    You know, it was great to be able to iron the issues out as we did. The thing is this: we are all Season 10 sisters. No one else knows about what went on or what the experience was like but me and my fellow competitors. We have to rely and lean on each other and hold each other up.

     

    What is one thing that surprised you once you got to the show?

    So much! Definitely the magic of television and editing! For example, we stand on the runway for what’s close to two and a half hours. On television it’s narrowed down to about two minutes. It’s stressful, your feet hurt and it’s more silent than you would think. Television makes it look much more conversational. You’re up there being judged; that is exactly what is happening.

     

    You were brave about coming forward concerning your past with conversion therapy and issues with your family, which is ultra conservative and extremely religious. What has their reaction been?

    I am beyond happy with the reaction I have gotten, and that is exactly why I did it — because I knew there would be a young person who would be going through or had gone through the exact same thing. During the audition process for Drag Race, you have sort of therapy moments, and it did come up then. I made the decision that it would be something that I would talk about publicly and try to help people with my experience. The response has been truly overwhelming, and I am touched.

     

    You mentioned during the show that your family didn’t know you were even on the show. Has that changed?

    It actually has. They know that I was there, kind of, I guess you could say. I definitely don’t think they saw that episode where I spoke about it, though. Right now we are trying to talk a little, and I do talk to my mom. I can definitely say that it’s a work in progress with my family.

     

    Season 9 alum Alexis Michelle rallied to have you cast and is a dear friend, I know. In terms of paying it forward, what New York City girl do you think would be great for Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

    Let me tell you, I think Miss Shuga Cain would be a fabulous addition to the Season 11 cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race! That bitch makes all of her own stuff and is an amazing performer. She would be not just a fabulous representation from New York but a fabulous representation for the Latina community as well.

     

    Speaking of New York queens, having to lip sync against your fellow NYC sister Monet X Change last night was ironic, especially considering the exact same kind of lip sync happened during Season 9 when Alexis Michelle went up against fellow NYC sister Peppermint. These NYC head-to-heads are nerve-wracking!

    I completely agree. Monet is a fierce competitor and my sister. Nicki Minaj is definitely not something my crazy self-performs regularly, and that is definitely Monet’s thing. I really wanted to put 100% into it, and I think I did. I am proud of that lip sync.

     

    The world is at your feet now, Dusty Ray Bottoms. What’s next for you post-Drag Race?

    Well, I have my new single “Neva Lavd Yah” that just dropped, and that is my anthem! As for Broadway, I would love to be onstage as Dusty or as Dustin — either way would be fine. I want to just keep performing and keep creating. That is what I truly love to do.

  • RuPaul's Drag Race Exit Interview: Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams

    Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams not only had a whole lotta twerk-ability, but even more heart. In her short, but memorable tenure on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, Williams had the audience falling in love with her New Mexico drag style and her complete adoration for her fellow sisters. I caught up with this southwestern stunner to talk about her two gag-worthy lip sync’s, why she could be one of the biggest thirst traps of the season (trust me-google her out of drag) and why sisterhood may mean more to her than some of the other ladies. 

  • Rupaul's Drag Race Exit Interview: Mayhem Miller

    Mayhem Miller was beyond well known when she hit the RuPaul’s Drag Raceworkroom on this the tenth season of the massive hit show. From her first challenge win to an extremely polished presentation, Miller was looked at as ready to slay the competition this season. She may have “sashayed away” this past week, but something tells me we have just started to see the legend that Mayhem Miller truly is. I grabbed a chat with Miller post-elimination to chat about her Drag Race experience, intimidating her fellow competitors, and what we can expect next from this West Coast drag diva.

  • RuPaul's Drag Race Exit Interview: Monique Heart

    Monique Heart was what many would call the "truth cannon" of Season Ten of RuPaul's Drag Race. Her words to both the audience and the other ladies on race, her drag style, and essentially getting along with each other made her an honest addition to the cast. While she may have departed the show last week, she managed to find time to catch up with me post-elimination. We talked her notorious and divine playing card dress, what Kansas City queens would make a fantastic addition to Season 11, and if she thinks there is a race issue in the drag community. 

  • RuPaul's Drag Race Exit Interview: The Vixen

    To say that The Vixen was polarizing on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is putting it mildly. From her fighting stance during her workroom entrance to her battles with fellow competitors Eureka and Aquaria on the runway and in Untucked, The Vixen definitely gave everyone something to talk about this season and everyone had an opinion on this Chi-town standout. The Vixen was eliminated after last night’s Cher-themed challenge, and we caught up today for a chat. We talked about everything from her thoughts on the competition, her battles with fellow competitors, and her thoughts on racism in the drag community today. 

  • RuPaul's Drag Race Exit Interview: Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

    Being the first to leave a season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is never an easy position to be in. This year, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo had the dubious distinction of being the first to go after a lip sync against Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams. I caught up with Miss Vangie post-elimination to talk about her brief time in the workroom, who she thought should have been in the bottom as opposed to her, and what her drag mother, Drag Race royalty Alexis Mateo, had to say about her daughter’s tenure on the show.

  • RuPaul's Drag Race Exit Interview: Yahoo Hamasaki

    Yuhua Hamasaki is not only one of the most sought-after queens in town for her on-stage performances, but behind the scenes she's a divinely talented seamstress and garment maker. She added cast member to this season of RuPaul's Drag Race this season, and while she may have been eliminated third, something tells me we will be seeing a lot more of both Yuhua and her creations on stages all over the world. I caught up with her to chat about her now famous ankh dress, the #MissVanjie craze, and which of her fellow contestants she may have made garments for as the season was kicking off. 

  • RuPaul's Drag Race, Exit Interview: Cynthia Lee Fontaine

     

    Cynthia Lee Fontaine brought her immense talent and even bigger “cucu” back for another season during her surprise return for Season Nine of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. This fan favorite (and last year’s Miss Congeniality) made us fall in love with her all over again, and showed us a different side of her with her very personal story about the Pulse nightclub family. I sat down to talk with Cynthia post elimination and we talked about her Pulse family. her love for her fellow contestants, what’s next for Cynthia Lee Fontaine. 

  • RuPaul's Drag Race, Exit Interview: Jaymes Mansfield

    While she may have a rabid online following and is a big name in her hometown of Milwaukee WI, it was not even to keep Jaymes Mansfield from being the first eliminated contestant on Season Nine of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” this season. During her short tenure on the show she got a master class from the one and only Lady Gaga and got to hit the runway a total of three times, so her time on the show while short, was packed with amazing experiences. I sat down with Ms. Mansfield to chat about her time on “Drag Race”, what it was like meeting girls from such diverse areas all over the country, and what we can expect next from this Wisconsin powerhouse!

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Ten Enters Its Final Lap. What’s Next?

    Last night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race may have had Kameron Michaels and Eureka O’Hara battling it out in what will go down as one of the best lip syncs for your life match-ups this season, but something tells me some of the best moments of Season Ten are yet to happen! 

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Becomes Comic Book Hero

    She’s saving the day — and a pocket gay.

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, Exit Interview: Nina Bo'nina Brown

     

    When you win a challenge that is Lady Gaga inspired, you know you are doing something right. That is exactly what Nina Bo'nina Brown did when she hit the runway of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” this season dressed as the quintessential Georgia Peach, with headpiece and all. Sadly, she did go home during the staff makeover challenge, with many thinking that Brown getting into her own head led to her eventual downfall. I got a chance to chat with this talented chameleon about why she truly thinks she ended up going home, what her experience was like throughout the competition, and what she takes away from being a part of the “Drag Race” sisterhood. 

  • RuPaul’s Gia Gunn Comes Out as Transgender

    A former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant came out on Trans Day of Visibility last Friday.

  • Sasha Velour, 'America's Next Drag Superstar'

     

    Since she stormed the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” workroom with an ear-piercing scream and a high fashion look, Sasha Velour was one of the girls to watch on this season of the hit reality show, which saw record ratings after premiering on VH1 this year. I sat down to chat with Sasha where we discussed snagging the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar”, what she wants her legacy to be, and she shared with me how she is taking the title and the responsibility very seriously. 

  • To Change The World Post Drag Race, Miz Cracker Is Prepared To Go To The Other Side Of The World

    Miz Cracker may have "sashayed away" last night on RuPaul's Drag Race, but she is going to go down as one of the most beloved queens to come out of the franchise in quite some time.