In the tradition of Sharon Needles and Jinkx Monsoon, Season 6 "RuPaul's Drag Race" competitor Milk brought her own special brand of drag to the show this season. Sadly, a rap lip synch sent Milk home earlier than many expected.
SFGN had a chance to speak with Milk and find out more about her eclectic looks, how she felt about the shade thrown her way by the other girls and the music she may be making very soon.
How does it feel to be asked to "sashay away" so early in the competition, as many fans thought you would be going much further?
I knew that there would be a good chance that if I had to go up against Trinity (K. Bonet) in a "lip synch for your life" to do Salt & Pepa's "Whatta Man,” I may have to go home. I didn't give up though, I feel like I turned that lip synch out! We both have very different styles, but I definitely didn't let it stop me.
I really was just happy to have been able to show as much as I did of myself in such a short amount of time. I'm sure that they're just setting me up for "All-Stars 2" right now!
Your looks are very eclectic, to say the least. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
You know, probably thrift stores, I really do. My days off are spent going to vintage or thrift stores, searching the racks, and if I find something that stands out, my mind starts going crazy about what I could do with it, or what kind of concept I could come up with or show. What I did on "Drag Race" was for me, first and foremost, but it was for everyone watching this season as well. I didn't want to show something that had been seen before on any other season. I wanted to stand out because, even if it was for the wrong reasons, you're still standing out. It's even better if you're having fun the whole time, and I had a great time with it.
Some of the other queens, most notably Gia Gunn and Darienne Lake, were overly critical about your look and style. How does that feel looking at it now?
It’s reality television; a lot of it is expected and we know that from watching all reality television. Watching it now, I have developed a relationship with some of the girls, especially with Darienne; we are very good friends. We only knew each other a little amount of time, and it's a competition, so I can't hold anything they said against them and I hope they wouldn't hold it against me if I said something that hurt their feelings.
What were your favorite and least favorite parts of the "Drag Race" experience?
I loved the platform that you receive from being on "Drag Race.” It opened a whole new world for Milk, people all over the world love it and it makes me over the moon!
Then, there are people that hate it, but screw them! I think the ability to share what I do because it's different and hasn't been visible on "Drag Race" and on this large a stage before, that's the biggest highlight for me.
I didn't like the short amount of time that we had to get ready, it was really tough. They only gave us about an hour and a half. It seems like a lot of time for normal folk, but to completely change your face and put an outfit on, it takes a long time to look as crazy as I do!
Also, the mirrors are covered in some sort of Vaseline or something, they are not quality mirrors!
On this season of "Drag Race" in particular, there are several girls leaving much sooner than we expected, and if social media is to be believed, some girls are staying on that many thought would potentially be leaving earlier. Is there anyone still on the cast that you think maybe should have left earlier or vice versa?
I can't say that I'm surprised about who has left already. It's all about what happens in the moment and during the challenge and so on, it's really out of our hands; it's not a decision we could make. On social media, some people are annoyed that others have stayed, while others are annoyed about who has left, but in the end, it's a competition.
You know what's funny, when we are asked to "sashay away" we're not dying; our lives are not ending. People always say "It's so sad you're gone" and I'm like "you can still be in contact with me, I'm on Instagram, follow me.” I'm not six feet under!
This experience can't hinder anybody's career, because without this, they would not be having, as Magnolia (Crawford) put it, the amount of "exposure" they are having. You had your fans before the show in the city that you are from, and yes, the show may bring you some haters, but these people are people that may not have known you before the show, and now you're on their radars.
I know that this is a big statement, but I really don't think anything negative can come from being on the show.
You mentioned a second season of "All Stars" and RuPaul himself recently mentioned another season of "All Stars" is in the works. Would you do it if asked to appear?
Of course I would. I've learned a lot since the show. It was about nine months ago, and I've learned so much. It wasn't like I was taught makeup lessons on the show, but after getting back home, I got much more confidence when it came to makeup and really changing my face; doing different things, with paint. I have just really grown alot with my aesthetic.
I'm still that thrift store queen that will pin something together in the back though — even if they didn't like it on the show!
It was funny when Michelle (Visage) called me out for wearing a dress that was pinned in the back. As we were walking off stage, I did a big gesture and covered the back of my dress. She laughed out loud and said "Never turn around in that dress"!
It was really funny.
So what's next for Milk. Can we expect some music, perhaps?
Oh of course, the inevitable music, everybody has to do it don't they? Well, they don't have to do it, and most of them really shouldn't! My boyfriend is a musical artist, his name is Jb Dubs, he writes gay pop; We're going to collaborate on some stuff and I think that will be really fun. I'd love to make my way and bring Milk into the fashion world, as I work in fashion currently. I have these dreams and I'm just taking it day by day, and I'm not stressing. I'm loving the chance I have been given and I'm just going for it!
To learn more about Milk, please visit: BigAndMilky.com