Asia O’Hara bought Texas sized talent and a pageant pedigree to this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and proved herself to be a force to be reckoned with, making it all the way to the top four. While a butterfly mishap contributed to O’Hara’s wings being clipped in the competition, this is by far, not the last we will see of Asia O’Hara. I sat down to chat with her about what made her proudest this season, her new single “Queen For Tonight” and the infamous butterfly incident.
Asia, you had a stellar run on RuPaul’s Drag Race this year, and from a Tweetie Bird-esque moment to a full on sea monster mask, you had some of the most creative looks of the season.
I love trying new things and being versatile with my drag. Many times things I do are me recreating things that I have seen other people do. I definitely do try to keep an open mind and I approach everything in my life with an open mind. That is definitely one of the most interesting things to be about drag.
We have read your heartfelt statement last night after the finale, and your lip sync, complete with live butterflies, is going to go down in history as one of the most talked about performances to ever hit the runway, You had live butterflies which definitely did not seem to be cooperating with you. What were they actually supposed to do?
Well, as butterflies usually are supposed to do, they were supposed to fly. Any time you work with anything temperamental and live that like that, there are many factors that go into it. It just did not go as planned for me. It is like taking a group of kindergarten kids to the zoo; it could go a hundred ways. They may be terrified, they may run amok, or they may lay down and take a nap when you get there. It is kind of hard to plan things like that, but I did my best.
When the butterfly reveal did not execute as you had planned and the lip sync against Kameron was continuing, what was your immediate feeling?
Definitely a feeling of disappointment. I was embarrassed. I am an entertainer though; its not the first time I have gotten on stage without a mishap. I mean, Janet Jackson’s entire breast popped out in front of the entire world. I had too push through it and remember that my entire career and being will not be defined by this entire moment.
Well there is always a silver lining; if Vanessa Vanie Mateo started the season as the meme queen with #Vanjie, you are definitely ending it as the meme queen, with butterfly memes popping up all over the internet.
I know! I haven’t gotten to see that many of them, but my boyfriend has sent me a few. I had an early flight back to Dallas this morning, but I know they are there (laughs).
Do you think you would possibly go back to do a RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars? You obviously are one of the names automatically on everyone’s lips for an All Stars season now.
I am definitely not opposed to it, but I am also not gun ho about competing right now for it. It would all depend on when I got an invitation and then I would take it from there, depending on when, where, and what is going on in my life at the moment.
Texas drag is known for some insanely talented queens. Who do you think would hit the work room and really turn the party?
There is a queen that I work with named Jenna Sky and I know she has auditioned for the show several times. She is an extremely intelligent and well spoken person She is very creative and driven to be both competitive and successful. I think her super creative mind and being super competitive would be a force to be reckoned with.
You just released the track “Queen For Tonight” Is making your own music something you always wanted to do?
Not exactly. I have always wanted to entertain and create art. It’s the same thing as drag, that was not something I always wanted to do either. When I was leaving one part of performing, I found things happening and that I could find a different way to connect with people and do things that I love.
What about your season on RuPaul’s Drag Race makes you the most proud and is truly your proudest moment?
My most proud moment was not something during the competition, but just people’s perception. In Texas, we have people who have been in the drag world and in entertainment and people who are truly pillars in the LGBT community for decades. I am lucky enough to work in an establishment that has been around since 1978, so there are many people around who have been around a long time. My proudest moments during the season were when I would get emails or texts from people that I really look up to and admire and they would be telling me that they are proud of me or that they see real value in what I do. That has been the proudest moment for me. I feel like many people that know me still see that little girl that came out on the scene and started winning pageants. For people to start seeing me for more than that, people that I really look up to and who’s opinions really matter to me, that is my proudest moment.