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What was the first female item you ever wore, and how old were you?
The first female item I ever wore was a green cheerleader pompom that my dad bought me when I was 5. I cut bangs into it and wore it as a wig.
Who or what was your inspiration when creating your drag persona?
My inspiration came from Russian gymnast Yelena Zamolodchikova, and my first Russian teacher.
What is a drag queen’s biggest asset?
Whatever she can use to create the most entertaining distraction while she robs them blind.
What are you like when you’re not in drag?
Like a third-degree burn victim with big city dreams.
How does your male persona feel about your drag persona grabbing all the attention?
He's a stay at home dad whose work is to find the balance between being humble, and being emasculated.
Drag Queens are the best at being offensive, but never hurtful. What’s your trick?
I'm a good person.
If there was one Drag Queen stereotype that you would like to eliminate, which one would it be and why?
That we all know where the cocaine is.
Do you consider yourself a Dragtivist?
No, but I am an actress, an activist, and a mother.
In your opinion, is drag still considered a ‘gay thing’? Why/not?
I think drag will always be a gay thing, because gay men will always have an interest in Divas. It will always be a 'queer' thing because it involves a critique of the dominant ideology. Cross-dressing is an act of subversion, as well as a form of gay activism, that benefits members and supporters of the community.
Gender roles are slowly but surely becoming obsolete. How does this affect drag culture?
I think gender roles are becoming more flexible, if they were truly obsolete there wouldn't be a need for drag queens.
What’s your take on “Faux-Queens” or “Bio-Queens”?
I think they're fabulous, but they have to work a lot harder than drag queens. The spectacle of transformation doesn't necessarily have the same effect as it does in a boy/girl transformation.
RuPaul once stated that drag will never be mainstream. RuPaul now holds an Emmy for Outstanding host for a Reality program. What’s your take on it?
I think Rupaul is still right about drag never being mainstream. The show receiving an Emmy means that the show is getting well-deserved recognition, but Drag, as a counter-cultural, subversive, low-brow art form will probably never garner the same recognition.
Out of all the drag queens seen in RuPaul’s Drag Race, who would you choose as your ride-or- die?
If you were to cast the next season of RuPaul’s All Stars, who would you cast?
12 carbon copies of Tammie Brown, just to give it the 'Teleportation to Mars' that the show really needs to last another 10 seasons.
Is there any season, besides yours, that you would have loved to be a part of? If so, which one and why?
If you were to come up with a challenge for RuPaul’s Drag Race, what would it be?
Potato Sack Challenge: a 2-minute live performance talent show using nothing but a potato sack.
INTERVIEWED BY: RALPH ARIDA