Drag Race

  • Two of the biggest stars of the hit reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" are the stars of a new Starbucks ad that's being billed as the inclusive coffee company's first LGBT-friendly ad, the Advocate reports.

  • Trinity K. Bonet was the heart of this year's roster of divas on "RuPaul's Drag Race.”

  • A recent challenge titled "Female or She-Male" on an episode of Logo’s popular reality competition series "RuPaul’s Drag Race" has some crying "transphobia." In response to the criticism, RuPaul Charles and members of the production company World of Wonder issued a statement,Slate reports.

  • Q: You were the “Queen of Cosplay” for this season on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. Right off the bat, who is your favorite superhero? 

    A: Oh Storm from “X-Men” of course! 

    Q: Your lip synch with Laila McQueen is going to go down in history as only the second double elimination in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” history. What do you think really happened to end up having you “sashay away” so early in the season? 

    A: Neither Laila or I are girls that do disco songs, I mean, “I Wil Survive” is definitely not one of my go-to tracks. Everyone knows that song and it’s so iconic and classic, but I don't think I would ever do that song in a performance, I mean it’s such a classic! I was in a dress that I really didn’t like, and I’m performing a song I didn’t really like, in front of a bunch of people that I really respected, as well as cameras. I think it was a whole bunch of things that just really made it not my night. I mean, we all have bad days, but mine happened to be on camera. You’re welcome!

    Q: Were you surprised that it was actually a double elimination? 

    A: I was, very surprised actually! I was hoping that I was going to at least go back to the workroom, take the critiques to heart, learn from them, things like that. But that was not the way it was meant to be. 

    Q: Now that the whole “Drag Race” experience is in the rearview mirror, what do you think was your favorite part of the entire time you were on the show? 

    A: I think looking back, meeting the girls was the best part definitely. I loved the “Hello Kitty” challenge, I’m glad I got to do that at least. I was really looking forward to design challenges, where I could really make something and things like that. I kind of looked at it more as a chance to do the best work that I could for the time that I was there and I t don’t think I got the chance to really do that or show that. I don't think I got the chance to really show the best work that I could. 

    Q: What do you think was the hardest part of the experience was? 

    A: I definitely think the “Bitch Perfect” choreography challenge was the toughest part. If I had more time, maybe it would have been. The whole process is really fast paced and stressful; they give you your task and you have to immediately go and do it, so it’s really tough. For example, I made the “Hello Kitty” dress in seven hours. That’s seven hours for both the dress and then do my makeup and prepare for the runway. It’s a tight schedule for sure. There are always hiccups while we were there also, I mean, the power went out for three hours while we were on the set on our first day. It has to be fast paced though, you know? Same thing with the critiques we get on the runway, if they have a lot to say, it can go on for quite a while, And let me tell you, those critiques go in! That’s what keeps the show dramatic though. 

    Q: You’ve worked closely with your fellow queens, so at this point, who do you think has the chance to go all the way? 

    A: It could really be anybody. It’s so up in the air, and all of the girls are really talented in their own way. It’s only been two episodes, so it’s really hard to tell right now. Obviously, Kim Chi is absolutely stunning to look at, her creativity is ridiculous. I just want to get up inside her brain and peek around for a while. I mean her performances-- her on stage is so much fun to watch. Bob the Drag Queen and Thorgy Thor are hilarious, Naomi (Smalls) is gorgeous and amazing too. Everyone is so different and there are no two girls that are alike. 

    Q: Who were you going to do for “Snatch Game”? 

    A: Scary Spice. I was looking so forward to it, you have no idea! 

    Q: What do you think the love affair between gay men and superheroes stems from? 

    A: I that there is always something weird, sad, or wrong with them. They have secret powers that they have, and no one can ever know! I think all of those parallels all come into play. 

    Q: Now that you have national exposure, where do you think you want to go in the next five years? 

    A: I really want to bridge the gap between drag and cosplay, go to conventions-- really create art. I’m working on a graphic novel right now, hopefully it will be ready soon, once I have time to finish it up. I really just want to concentrate on my art in general. 

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  • A group of angry activists is hoping "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez will sashay away forever. They are calling on RuPaul to revoke her crown and title over comments she made via social media about suicide.

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  • Carson Kressley hit the judges table of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” last season, and (along with Ross Matthews) has become a beloved part of the panel. Giving his critiques with his own special brand of with, along with fashion advice only this industry could dish out. Carson sat down for a chat with us to talk about returning to the judges’ panel on the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, why he thinks drag queens are the superheroes of our community, and what we can expect on his upcoming stint as one of the competitor’s on “Celebrity Apprentice”

    Q: This season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is your second time back to the table as a regular judge, rotating with Ross Matthews. How does it feel to have your freshman season over? 


    A: I am so glad they had me back! You know, I’ve done so many television shows in the past fifteen years or so and this one doesn’t even feel like work. You get to be with Ru and Michelle (Visage) and wear a cute outfit, and see a great show. We just have the greatest time! Don’t tell LOGO, but it doesn’t feel like work! 

    Q: For you, what does the art of drag and drag queens, mean to you as a role throughout your life in the community? 


    A: You know I think drag queens are the superheroes of our community. Coming up gay on the East Coast, living through the AIDS crisis, the drag queens are just such an important part of our community. At times when things were really bleak, it was the drag community that kept us laughing and kept us positive through some really rough times. 

    Q: Many people think that culturally, “Drag Race” is ultra-important to our community. Do you agree?


    A: Yeah I do. I think any time people are not exposed to that world are able to be exposed to it, it’s important. It opens people’s eyes and disarms people. In my eyes, the best drag queens are the ones that are funny and self-deprecating and make people feel at ease. They’re like human ice breakers. People are uncomfortable with that world and they need people that make them laugh. It’s really not that different from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” which was a cultural thing that broke the ice and people got to know their first gay people and it broke the ice. People got to see that we were funny and cool, and not scary at all; I think the same goes for “Drag Race”. There is a whole world of people outside of our community, and they get to see that it’s fun, fabulous, artistic, glamorous, and it’s comedy. It’s meant to bring people joy and I think that’s a fabulous thing. 

    Q: What do you think is different about this season of “Drag Race” as opposed to last season? 


    A: I think every season is different, and I have only been there for the two seasons, although I have been a fan of the show for a long time. It’s obviously about great drag performances, but I think every season is different and interesting because you get to hear people’s stories. You learn things about them that show their humanity. Being homeless, or being raised in not a wonderful childhood, all of their backstories while they’re there. I wish I got to see more of their backstories, because I just get to see them perform. A huge part of getting to know the queens every week is seeing who they are, where they came from, what inspires them, and how they get along with each other. That’s probably the third element that makes it so interesting. It’s a competition, there are some really great moments that that show that it’s a really supportive community. 

    Q: You mention you only get to see them on the main stage. As a judge, what do you think you look for the most? 


    A: I respond really well to comedy and people that are [self-deprecating,] and also people that are really confident; that are there to win. This is a really interesting opportunity for them, and if they come out there and deliver every time, that makes me want them to win because this is really their moment in the sun. 

    Q: You’re getting you own moment in the sun on the upcoming season of “Celebrity Apprentice” aren’t you?


    A: I am! I can’t say too, too much since it’s all top secret you know? I am having a great time and I hope people will really see me in a different light. I want them to see that I’m smart, funny, kind, talented, which is how I really am. I think the thing about all of these reality shows, is that when you see people outside their element, both good and bad are revealed. It really reveals everyone’s personal journey and it really is a show about psychology and how people do under pressure. Because I will tell you, I have never worked harder or been in a more intense work environment than I have on “Celebrity Apprentice”. It’s hard work, but I think we all stay motivated and engaged, especially since we’re working for a fabulous charity. 

    Q: Contestants on “Celebrity Apprentice” always work for such fabulous charities. Joan Rivers worked on behalf of “God’s Love We Deliver”, which greatly helps the LGBT community. What charity did you choose to work on behalf of? 

    A: On the show, I am working on behalf of the True Colors Fund, which is so important to me. I’ve been a board member since practically its’ inception and I got involved when I got to be friends with Cyndi Lauper during the “True Colors” tours. They do such inspiring work trying to get LGBT kids off the street and I think an important thing for your readers to know is that LGBT kids make up about seven percent of our population but about 40 percent of the homeless youth population in America, and that is just a number that is unacceptable. It’s tragic and sad, and we are really working to get that number from 40 percent to zero. Coming out and discovering who you are and being your authentic self when you’re a young person is so hard. There are so many outside pressures from all kinds of forces. To not have a safe and happy home to live in is completely unacceptable. We have an amazing Executive Director Gregory Lewis and board members like Sara Ramirez and Cyndi Lauper. I got to go to the White House and talk about the homeless youth. I got to go with Cyndi who testified in front of the senate to help get our kids off the street and into safe homes. When you do the groundwork, you can see how inspiring it can be and really how important it can be. That’s what’s keeping me going and making me kick some ass! 

    Q: Where do you want to be five years from now? 
    A: Oh gosh, who knows? Everyone always asks about your five year plan, I don't know what I’m doing next Thursday. I would love to keep working in this world; every day working in television is super fun and I really have not felt like I’ve had a “job” in the past thirteen years, I so I just want to keep doing it! 

    “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs Monday’s at 9pm EST on LOGO

    “Celebrity Apprentice” 

    www.carsonkressley.com

    https://truecolorsfund.org

     

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  • Gia Gunn is one of the most polarizing queens to come out of the cast of "RuPaul's Drag Race" this season. Between her gorgeous runway looks and sharp tongue, you never knew what Gia was going to say or wear on a weekly basis. SFGN spoke with Gia about her "Snatch Game" choice, who she would impersonate if she had the chance to do it over again, and what she may (or may not) regret.

  • 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

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  • Not since Season Four finalist Chad Michaels strutted into the runway has there been a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” that bore such a striking resembling to a celebrity as Derrick Barry. While Michaels forte was the original “Dark Lady” Cher, Derrick Barry has chosen to take his eerie resemblance to pop princess Britney Spears and weaved it into his full-on career. While Derrick has been giving the judges of “Drag Race” a different side of him on the runway thus far, we somehow think his signature Spears moves will somehow creep onto the runway soon. We sat down and chatted with Derrick about how Britney came to be his “spirit animal” of sorts, what being in a trouple relationship truly is like, and how Derrick Barry plans to use this platform to take his career to the next level.

    Q: You’re one of the most high profile queens to hit the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” workroom. How did you get started doing drag and incorporating Britney Spears into it? 


    A: I got really lucky because I actually wanted to do Britney for Halloween one year and it was the first time I had done Britney. I had been told in high school that I looked like her and I was living with a makeup artist at the time and I asked them to dress me up for Halloween in 2003. The makeup was basic, she really didn't change any of my features or “carve anything out “as people like to say. The reactions were pretty incredible. I walked Santa Monica Blvd and I could not believe the reaction I was getting. People were screaming and asking me to take pictures, it was crazy! One person actually screamed “Jessica” but I didn’t stop; I mean, I clearly wasn’t Jessica Simpson!
    Q: You were one of the queens that was long rumored to be joining the cast. Had you wanted to be on “Drag Race” previously?

    A: You know, I had always wanted to do the show. Season One, I was doing “America’s Got Talent” so there was no way I could have done it, and Season Two I was doing my own show following Britney Spears’ “Circus” tour. As the years went on, I got busy doing things with my own travels, and then I started impersonating Lady Gaga and was following one of her tours around. I had always thought that this would be the best route for me to take to get more exposure, but in the beginning I would not have had really anything to wear except Britney replicas. I started doing drag in Vegas and I was able to experiment with things, and then having Gaga be one of my characters, I was able to branch out of the box and not just do Britney Spears. I realized that maybe I was suitable for an actual drag “show” because I sometimes thought people would not think it was the same thing. I just have to tell them “I tuck just like you do”! I always just thought it would happen at the right time. 

    The first time I tried out was Season Seven and I did not hear back, and then I had to change my direction. I realized I had to go outside the box and do things I wasn’t comfortable with. I spent the next year experimenting with looks and having fun, and I didn’t want anyone to know I auditioned for Season Eight, because for Season Seven, I let everyone know that I was doing it. I think sometimes the element of surprise is really the best element of all. 

    Q: As the show airs, you are starting to become a fan favorite. What do you think is one of the best parts of the whole experience for you?


    A: I think it’s actually seeing RuPaul that close. Interacting with him as a boy out of drag and then again in drag. It’s such a unique opportunity that now only one hundred of us have actually had. There is nothing more exciting than feeling like he took me under his wing and feeling like what I do is enough for the show and having his respect. There are going to be people that have different opinions on my casting or trying out, but RuPaul thinking that there is something in me that needs to be shown; there is nothing more that I could expect from him. 

    Q: Conversely, what do you think was the least favorite part of the experience? 

    A: I am always going to be most scared to design anything that intimidates me! I come from Vegas and am usually costumed. It’s not something I ever thought that I would need to be a seamstress, so I was always scared to put any sewing skills to the test. I have sewn before, and sewn very well, it’s just not my strong suit.  When people ask my strength, it’s singing, acting, dancing, anything like that, I am totally confident in that. The one thing I don’t have a background in is sewing and it’s the thing that scares me the most. 

    Q: Operating out of your comfort zone is many times where you exceed the most also, don’t you think?


    A: That’s what I have noticed the most. In times that I have had to challenge myself the most, some of my best work has come from that. If I have to challenge myself in sewing, maybe you can expect a Derrick Barry Couture line in the future! LOL.

    Q: Have you actually met Ms. Spears herself yet? 


    A: I have not had a one on one conversation or a personal meet and greet yet. We have been in the same room plenty of times dating back to "The Tonight Show” and she talked to me on the show, She signed a poster for me, I was at her welcome event in Las Vegas, I was at her “Good Morning America” announcement in the desert in Vegas, and I was there when she had Britney day at the Lync. There have been plenty of times I have been next to her or in the background, but have yet to meet her. 

    Q: What do you think it is about Britney Spears that really makes her so important to you? 

    A: I love Britney; I would not be doing drag if it was not for Britney Spears. It’s not a career that I had ever thought about, and I had not met a drag queen until I met (“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season One Winner) Chad Michaels the night of “The Tonight Show”. Chad was the sweetest person I had ever known, there is no one that has his energy. When I think of an “All Star” I think of him; there is no one that deserves that crown more. When I met him and he told me I was the most amazing Britney impersonator and he is dressed as the most amazing Cher impersonator, I thought to myself “why would I want to do anything else”? 

    Q: In your intro video and on “Untucked” you mentioned that you're a member of a “trouple” relationship. Is it hard to have your relationship be something people are talking about? 


    A: Not at all, I am totally open about it. After “America’s Got Talent” and they had asked if I was gay, I was concerned about what to say.  I had already been in a relationship with Nick San Pedro for well over a year. The actor and the performer in me thought it would be bad for it to come out. I did finally say that I was gay and from then on, I thought that I was a drag queen that impersonates Britney Spears for a living. If anyone has a problem with my lifestyle or my choices, than this was not for them. There is other entertainment that they can look at and find entertainment in watching.

    Q: In this culture, we know that the many different kinds of relationships exist, but you don't hear about them as much. I personally feel it’s admirable that you are brave enough to come out and talk about it. 


    A: There are a lot of people that have kept a relationship this way. Some of them are open, some are not. When Mac (Mackenzie Claude (aka “Nebraska Thunderfuck”) came into the picture four years ago, it’s been exclusive since then. I have to always explain to people when they judge it or say it’s “gross” when they say that I have two boyfriends. I always say “bitch you can’t even get one”! I mean sometimes you laying in bed and it’s like “which way am I gonna go tonight”? Otherwise, how boring, you roll off the one side of the bed! 

    Q: You are at the precipice of a very big turn in your life with this show, where do you see yourself five years from now? 


    A: Well, I know five years ago I would have told you I would have wanted to be here, so now that I made that happen, I want to do so much more in film and television  “Saturday Night Live”  has always been a dream of mine from watching Jim Carrey and then watching “MadTV", I have always loved comedy. I would love to be a realistic drag queen in a variety type setting. Not a man in a wig with lipstick, but a passable drag queen that really messes with your head. ‘I’ve already done by first film with Alexander Skarsgard called “War On Everyone” that comes out this year. We shot in Iceland and I knew that this would just be the beginning. I got a couple television shows under my belt with Nick Nolte called “Graves” and I star with him in a couple of the scenes. I am so interested to see where this goes, because drag was always my way to be different; impersonating Britney was my way to stand out. Now I feel I can take drag and stand out even more. Of course, I could always do things as a boy; I am not opposed to doing things as Derrick. I know right now i don’t have a lot of competition with other people doing Britney, so I would like for that to be the same in drag. Where I could read for a role and I get it because I have a background in film and television and theater. This isn’t something I just stumbled upon; this has been something I’ve been doing and loving my whole life. 

    www.derrickbarry.com

    RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Monday nights on LOGO 

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    Laila McQueen may have already left “RuPaul’s Drag Race” but this creative force is nowhere near finished with her turn in the spotlight. While some of the queens may have overpowered her in terms of volume, the talent in this queen’s overly creative mind is going to take her far. She sat down to chat with us about her time on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, why she really thinks she may have been sent home early, and why she thinks the girls of New York City may just have the edge this year. 

    Q: Laila, when you were eliminated, you mentioned getting backlash being one of the girls sent home early. Have you received any backlash thus far? 

    A: I was actually in Chicago doing a hosting party at Roscoes’ when I was sent home. I have not gotten any negative backlash yet; I think in my entire run on “Drag Race”, I got maybe three tweets from people that thought I deserved to be sent home. That was really it. It’s almost shocking, I almost expected the fans to rip me apart, but everyone is being so supportive. 


    Q: Now that you have gotten to see the show from this side of the television screen, why do you think you ended up going home so early? 

    A: My personality is not as loud as many of the other girls on this season. I found it very intimidating and very hard to compete personality wise with these other girls, and I really got in my head, which is familiar territory for me. I wasn’t as crazy a personality for television as some of the other girls, and I think that was definitely my saboteur. 


    Q: Do you think you are as shy and unassuming in real life as you may have come across on the show 

    A: No. I think I am definitely more fun in person. I think when people have been coming to my shows, and especially at the premiere parties we had, friends of mine told me that many of the people did not expect me to be as crazy a performer, but I was. When I perform, I definitely like to have a good time. People don’t realize that when you are getting little sleep, filming a challenge every day, all the cameras on you, and different people asking you to speak about all of these things every day, it is a little different from doing a gig at a club and meeting people after your number. Many people don’t get how extreme the circumstances are that we are actually in. I really love when people understand that I am not necessarily a bad drag queen; I just had a bad run in what was a crazy situation. 


    Q: Looking back on the entire “Drag Race” experience, what do you think your favorite part of the crazy ride actually was? 


    A: I really loved meeting all the girls. Besides actually getting cast on the show in general, meeting all the girls was definitely my favorite part. I mean, I tried out for the show three times and finally getting cast is a compliment in itself. The girls and I are a family now though. We went through this experience all together and I could not be more thrilled with who it has been with. 

    During my run, I almost felt like the people filming us were going to get pissed off because we were all getting along so well!


    Q: You mention that you tried out for the show three different times. Does your inspiration come from other queens that you saw on “Drag Race” itself or from girls that you idolized and watched coming up in the scene? 


    A: I definitely take inspiration from “Drag Race”, how could I not? There have been so many amazing people on the show. I started getting into drag more with other queens like Divine and Candy Darling. It seemed so cool to me, because I have always been so into makeup and transformation. I always have watched the behind the scenes specials on movies and things like that to see the special effects. When doing drag was actually a possibility, it made complete sense; I loved dressing up and actually becoming a character. It totally appealed to me. 


    Q: It’s so refreshing to hear you talk about queens that were both part of “Drag Race” and also other non “Drag Race” girls that are true legends in the drag scene. 


    A: Oh absolutely! I am an artist, I went to art school. I paint and print everything. When I started thinking about makeup, it was natural. I think I am really good at it, not to toot my own horn. I think it’s because it’s almost like painting a picture and it’s an extension of that media. 


    Q: Speaking of makeup, Kim Chi is an absolute legend when it comes to beating her face; some of the girls even knew who she was when she walked through the workroom doors on the first episode. Who do you think could really take the crown this season? 


    A: I am really rooting for one of the New York City girls. I know everyone thinks Acid Betty is a bitch, but she is so talented and her drag is so out of this world! Bob the Drag Queen is so hysterical, he is one of the funniest people I have ever met. Thorgy (Thor) has so much energy and is so sweet, and is one of the sweetest people. I think the most well rounded girls this season are the girls out of New York City. 

    Q: What was your “Snatch Game” going to be? 

    Well, I brought three options. I auditioned with Courtney Love, so I had that. I brought Teresa Caputo with me because I love the “Long Island Medium”. However, I know two girls from season seven, that said they wanted to do that. In case that would have been sketchy territory, I also brought Betsey Johnson just in case! 


    Q: Now that you have this national exposure, where do you want to take it from here? 


    I definitely want to keep performing, I love meeting people and doing shows. I am going to the United Kingdom, and I can’t wait to go, I’m so excited! It’s “small town boy” going to the U.K. I mean getting to go to the United Kingdom to dress like a woman, you can’t beat it. I’m going to do more art; more paintings, and I definitely want to do special effects makeup. I don’t think I’m going to drop an album, so don’t expect that. I’m not limiting my possibilities, I am taking my art to the next level in all areas; makeup, painting, media, everything. I am not going to limit myself.

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