From the moment Miss Fame strutted into the "RuPaul's Drag Race" workroom (complete in purple alien glamazon garb) she showed us that she would be definitely making an impression. Miss Fame brought layout-worthy runway styles, but was not afraid to show some areas in which she had some insecurities. She spoke with SFGN to talk about her experience on "Drag Race," what really inspires her, and her new music, specifically the euro-tastic track "Rubber Doll."
First off, I have a very important question that all of your "Drag Race" fans are dying to know; how's your head?
It's the absolute best in town! Boy, not getting that joke really worked out for me in the long run huh LOL!
You were one of the most visually stunning and creative queens on this season, so many were surprised to see you sashay away at such an early point. Were you surprised?
I was surprised as well. You do the absolute best that you can, you create amazing television and hope that it 's good enough for the competition. Looking back, it was the hardest thing I've done and I had a great time. It was a chance to make something big about my art life, and I took it.
You're presence was so much more than what many may consider the "regular" kind of drag queen. Was it concerning to go into the competition as somewhat of a different kind of girl?
You know, I did have my concerns, and knew that I had a different aspect of drag. Different girls are coming in who are so different and based out of social media. I put out a video on Instagram based on fan requests, and it's simply a makeup video. I knew going into a show like this would teach me a lot about myself. I am known for modeling and makeup videos, and a show like this would take me out of my comfort zone and I would shine. I think my quirkiness and even being sober, I've gotten such response from fans on things like that.
What do you think were your favorite parts of being a part of a show like "RuPaul's Drag Race"?
The human connection definitely, beyond the competition, I grew up in a very competitive family, so I definitely did want to win and compete. I brought myself, my fashion and the willingness to explore different ideas of the competitions. I got to connect with people like Violet Chachki, and I didn't have a drag family like that. Miss Fame was created from my own environment; studios, camera flash, things like that. I gained a sense of what drag family is like and what it's lke to have one. The best way to learn is to be around people you respect and can teach you something about yourself and teach you about the tough world that is drag!
During the filming, I wanted to have grace and integrity when the other worlds were telling me I "didn't perform" the way that they do. I do perform, I just don't perform in the level that they do.
Do you think that it's harder to be judged by your fellow competitors or by the judges on the panel?
I knew going into the show that the queens were going to have their opinions on me, and that was fine. I was more concerned with what the judge’s panel were going to think and impressing them. I wasn't about to be broken over a few queens' opinion of me; we were in a competition and assessed each other's strengths and weaknesses. I don't have to be nasty; calling out other drag queens on reality television is not going to get be bookings in "Vogue!" I kept thinking that this was a jump off point, people were going to see me and hopefully like me and I will get to create. I was able to show my drive to succeed and my fire for art, and my fans are amazing.
You've already released your very Euro-feel single "Rubber Doll." Tell me about it.
This album is going to be a very ambient pop album. It's definitely not a drag album. I was able to have my influence, and the take was that drag queens have not done this type of music yet. I did a shoot with the legendary Steven Klein over a year ago, and when I was in his presence, I remember speaking with him about editorial content. I ended up writing the idea for "Rubber Doll" as a journal entry.
I attracted a lot of men dressed as women, and realized that they were getting into it because it was erotica for them, but they weren't drag queens. I was this "Rubber Doll" to them, this unattainable beauty to them that they couldn't reach. Miss Fame is always full of love and light and positive energy, and this whole storyline in "Rubber Doll" is about my cross dressing clients affection. I'm excited how the album's gonna be received, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
My brain is over wrapped with creative concepts. I'm so excited to work on the next video. I think people are going to be very excited to see what I have next, putting drag queens in certain situations and geographic locations.
At the end of this month you have the season ending reunion. I will tell you Miss Fame, many of the girls had suggested when I spoke with them that you would be Top 3...
I was one of the most speculated queens to be cast this season. It's funny, I was getting booked at events and I knew what had happened and could not say anything, as we booked nine months in advance. It's been great to be able to acknowledge my fans post "Drag Race" I'll stay and sign everything, I'll take every picture. I moved to New York City and had nothing. I come from a farm in the middle of nowhere and my fans did not have the means to support my dream. I was doing anything, working makeup gigs, asking a photographer to shoot Miss Fame, and I would do makeup for them for trade. Doing my own wigs, everything, People started to notice I registered on camera, and people started to work with me, makeup artists, photographers, etc. I never rested on what I looked like; it's New York City and it wasn't given to you for free. It just started turning around for me after "Drag Race"; meeting my husband was a turning point personally, but I want people to know this-if you have a dream and you have nothing, you will still make it to your destination. Don't let any obstacles, family concerns, who you are, get in your way. You can create your future.
If you had to take everything that you've gone through and sum everything up into one word, what would it be?
Perseverance. It really is the key point of success. Many times I've walked into castings and they told me that they didn't want to work with me. Until Miss Fame was born, I was more the "right thing" for people's cameras than I ever could have imagined.
Don't be afraid to let your dream come true; it may show up in a way you didn't even imagine. I came to New York City to be a model; Miss Fame may end up being my ticket to walk the John Paul Gaultier runway, or be the face of a major cosmetic launch that's my goal Beauty truly doesn't have a boundary.