RuPaul’s Drag Race” has kicked off its eighth season and the first eliminated queen, Naysha Lopez, is arguably one of the most stunningly gorgeous queens to ever stomp the runway on this LOGO smash hit. Sadly, outfit construction seems to have deconstructed Ms. Lopez’s shot at grabbing the crown.
She sat down with us to chat about what she really thinks sent her home, who she would like to see snatch the crown, and who of her fellow competitors she thinks has the best chance to snatch the crown this season!
Naysha, it’s never easy to see the first girl go home! What do you think happened that lead to your elimination?
You know, I really don’t know. Laila McQueen and I should not have been in the bottom. Laila constructed a beautiful garment, that jacket! It’s one thing to create a dress or put something together; but this bitch built you an entire jacket! Then you have other people, like the person who did the assignments on this particular challenge, Robbie (Turner); she just did not look-I don’t want to be shady-it just was not cute. Then you have someone like Naomi (Smalls) who’s wearing a dress that cost her $5.00 on the sale rack at Forever 21. I’m like “are you kidding me”?!
Going into the lip synch, I already felt kind of defeated. During the lip synch, I really, honestly, didn’t give it my all because I felt defeated already. I didn’t even think i should have been in the bottom two, and I just felt like it was done and I was going home, and it just happened that way.
Now that the experience of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is over, what do you think you are going to miss the most about the entire experience?
You know, I think it’s the girls; I’m going to miss the girls the most, out of the entire experience. I just got off of a five city tour with everyone and it was so great to see them again and get to spend time with them. If there is one thing that I can appreciate and treasure about the whole experience, besides meeting RuPaul, it’s that I met eleven people that I can call friends and call sisters.
You mention meeting RuPaul for the first time. What was it like meeting the true “high priestess” of drag?
It was truly surreal. I was just star struck and was like “this is RuPaul”! It’s crazy, you see it on television and you don’t think too much about it, but then you see her in person and she’s ridiculously stunning. I mean, I thought I was pretty?
You yourself come across stunningly beautiful on television. Was it weird seeing yourself both as a boy and as a girl on television?
It was the most horrible thing! I asked my friends “that’s what I sound like?” But I realized all of my friends think that when they hear themselves also. It was crazy and a little overwhelming to see myself on television, especially when you have little cousins texting me saying that they just saw me on television too!
Now that the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” experience is in the rearview mirror, did it truly meet all of your expectations and check every box that you wanted it to, so to speak?
Besides the box at the bottom that says “take home 100,000” I think I’ve checked them all LOL! It really was an incredible experience and I am a very positive person. I am not one that looks at the glass half full. For me, I learned from it. I may not have won, or made it as far as I wanted to, but I learned from it. I think that’s when you really win, when you have learned something from an experience and you can take something from it. That’s when you really win. So in that respect, I did win.
Who was your Snatch Game character going to be?
I was either going to be (“Drag Race Season One Finalist) Nina Flowers or Kathy Griffin. I hadn’t decided, although I brought both of the characters with me.
You and Nina Flowers definitely are cut from the same cloth, so to speak.
Yes! The crazy thing is, Nina’s makeup artistry is so ridiculous. I like to think of myself as a great makeup artist, and when I sat and practiced the makeup (to portray Nina) it was such a challenge. She is a great makeup artist, and just so eclectic. She is so wrong, it is right and absolutely love Nina Flowers. She is a walking piece of art.
Who do you want to see snatch the crown and go all the way this season?
I love all of them, I really do. Cynthia (Lee Fontaine) is my Puerto Rican sister so i definitely have to root for her. There are a few different types of queens on this show this season. There are a few girls that need the show to survive, because watching them is like watching paint dry-Kim Chee-and there is someone like Thorgy Thor or Bob The Drag Queen who are natural born entertainers and I could watch them all day long. I love me some Bob the Drag Queen! Laila McQueen of course, has a place in my heart also. Everyone is so different on this season, they’re just so very different.
Where do you want to go next on your post “Drag Race” journey?
I just want to work. I love to work, I love what I do. I say “work” because what else am I going to call it? Whenever you’re having a good time and getting paid for it it’s really not work right? I want to pursue this as much as I can and milk it for what it’s worth and look at the whole experience as a stepping stone. I told my friends ‘you guys fucked up putting me on television because now you're not going to be able to get me off”! I am definitely going to pursue this hardcore because this is something I really love to do.
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Monday at 9 p.m. EST on LOGO