I had a great time recording this time-lapse transformation for Cosmopolitan. I am so glad to have this for the future! Click the picture for the link to the video!
A big thank you to Entertainment Weekly for their vote of confidence that I should be America's Next Drag Superstar. All the queens in the top 4 are MORE than deserving but it is an honor to be recognized this way!
"... Her speech about uniqueness on Friday’s episode (not to mention her charisma, nerve, and talent) seemingly solidified her as an ideal candidate to carry the Drag Race torch into the future, as the art form will continue to evolve alongside her, not ahead of her."
I recently spoke with The Creators Project at VICE. The title "When You're Sasha Velour Drag Is More Than Lipstick and Liza" is not a dig at my sister Alexis, I promise! We spoke about my recent collage work and a comic I created about losing my mother, "What Now", and how I began experimenting with drag.
"I'd started playing with makeup, but my skills [and wardrobe were] too limited. So I started fleshing out the character on paper, where anything is possible."
Click here to read the whole piece!
On last week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, Peppermint opened up to us about a trans-phobic incident she experienced in the airport in Moscow which led to a really interesting discussion about our experiences in the country. Click here to see the clip.
LA WEEKLY came to DragCon in Los Angeles which drew a crowd of 40,000 people!
"This weekend, RuPaul's DragCon returned to the L.A. Convention Center for the third consecutive year, but this iteration was different from the two before it. As the first DragCon since both Trump’s election and the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the atmosphere at 2017’s event was chock-full of politics and activism. Panels, booths and even parties this year all sought to speak out on behalf of the Resistance.
Drag being intertwined with politics is nothing new. Sasha Velour, a queen who's currently appearing on season nine of RuPaul's Drag Race, told me, “When I think about what is most important to me about drag, it’s the long history of drag activism and my fundamental belief that drag is always a kind of resistance — it always pushes against boundaries set by society, by government, by media.”
I had an AMAZING time speaking with Jonny McGovern and Lady Red at DragCon in LA!
Some drag queens first venture out in drag at a large gay pride celebration or Halloween party, but I got my start as a student in a tiny town in Vermont called White River Junction. Though I'd been doing drag since a child, I began my journey as a queen there surrounded by some of the most amazing people I've ever met. It was a joy to talk with Nora Doyle-Burr from The Valley News about my journey... and they interviewed my close friends and colleagues as well! Sending love to my dear friend (and costume collaborator) Nancy Heyl for this quote...
“I would call him a feminist through and through. Through his drag he helped me appreciate myself more. How he honors women really helped me to honor myself. He’s a drag queen with a lot of heart ... It was really under his tutelage that I felt I was able to find my own fabulousness.”
Click the photo above to read the whole piece!
My #TEAMNYC sisters, Aja, Alexis Michelle, Peppermint, and I are on the cover of Get Out Magazine! My good friend and collaborator (the WILDLY talented) David Ayllon shot us as our favorite Broadway shows. I chose The Phantom of the Opera for the obvious monstrous similarities between us (a love of opera, candles, being a baritone). We each had a lovely talk with Eileen Shapiro about being a RuGirl, our drag families, and any advice we would give to a new performer.
"Try everything, even if you only end up trying it once. Find a way of expressing your fashion and performance that feels the truest to you. I wasted time, although it’s part of the journey, trying to look like other people. It wasn’t until I lost the fear of being really, really different, and that’s when I became a bald queen, and when I started painting my eyebrows crazy and putting in monster teeth and monster ears. I think that there is so much power in being weird and different."
Click the photo above for the full interview!
Peppermint, Alexis Michelle, and I got to shoot with Elle Magazine and Sweet to talk about our favorite divas (mine's Dame Shirley Bassey), why you should root for us on this season of Drag Race, who would play me in a movie, and my best piece of makeup advice.
"Take the things about your face that are most distinctive and exaggerate them. Learn to love what makes you unique, and you will feel and look beautiful every day."
I got to sit down with The Observer's Michael Malice last week to talk about my experiences as a drag queen, my childhood (see left), the truly unique and strange delight it is to be a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race, and my entrance into the workroom.
"It was important to make some sort of dramatic statement. That scream was easy to do because I was able to tap into the real terror of stepping in front of the cameras for the first time."
Click the photo above to read the whole interview.
On the morning of the NYC Premiere Party, PAPER Magazine shot my season 9 sisters and I so the world could get to know us a bit better and I finally had a wonderful excuse to wear this oversized felt coat and hat that Graham Tyler made for me!
When I was asked about my inspirations I answered...
"Femme figures who are strong, powerful, and not afraid to show it."
Click the photo for more pictures and a short interview!
At the NYC Premiere and Press party for the 9th season of RuPaul's Drag Race, TV guide asked my sisters and I to talk about the important role drag can play in the Trump-era. Love to my sister Aja for this wisdom...
"... If anything, drag is just breaking the construct of gender and making it something new. And I feel like drag can break down the construct of our society and make it something new."
Click the screen cap above for the video!
For this years NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Art Fair, Sam Gordon from the Gordon Robichaux Gallery, asked me and some of my fellow Brooklyn Sisters to design an exclusive line for a collaboration with Print All Over Me and perform in a series called "Contemporary Drag". I designed a one-of-a-kind trench coat for myself :) and a long sleeved t-shirt for the collection and performed alongside Chris of Hur, La'Fem Ladosha, and Severley Mame at the fair in Manhattan on March 2nd.
Oh, and the amazing Lucas Michael, shot portraits of all of us involved with on Andy Warhol's Polaroid camera for NY Magazine... Swoon.
See Lucas' portraits by clicking the picture above!
At the NYC Premiere and Press party, I had the great pleasure of speaking with The Huffington Post's James Michael Nichols about the impact we drag has in today's hostile political climate. James Michael thoughtfully pieced our responses together and I am so thankful for the strong queer voices of my sisters.
I responded, “I think that drag always pushes against the limits of what’s considered beautiful and valuable. And now more than ever we’re called upon to redefine that because the kind of ‘official statement’ does not include all of us in our community. And I think drag is an amazing platform to do all of that — to push for inclusivity, peace and diversity, but through sequins and beauty and glamour and pettiness and all of the things that America loves!”
To read all our responses, click the photo above!
It’s a revolution, and it starts NOW!
I cannot believe it is finally time to announce RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9! There has never been a more important time to be a visibly queer drag monster on television, and I am in tears with love for this astounding cast and the amazing experience. You have no idea what's coming!
I can’t wait for you to see what I have in store! Love to RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 for bringing a weirdo like me into this powerful sisterhood!! Premiering this March!
Click the photo to watch my "Meet The Queens" video, meet my new sisters, and watch the trailer.
I recently got to speak with the lovely Dean Eastmond over at His Kind Magazine in the UK. Click through to hear more ideas (lol), this time about Nosferatu, Doris Fish, Shirley Bassey, my drag pet peeves, and lots more!
"I love creating platforms to showcase the depth and diversity of drag. From my perspective, drag is one of the most important things happening in the queer community (and the world at large) today!"
Click the photo above to read the whole interview.
I recently spent an afternoon with Robert Lechuga & Daniel Silva recording an episode for their fantastic drag-centric podcast The Grizzly Kiki.
In all their episodes, Robert and Daniel take great interest in their interview subjects and are eager to showcase their unique voice and vision.
I had a wonderful time speaking with them about some my favorite things: art, drag, and RUSSIA!
Click the picture above to hear the whole interview.
Click the picture above to read the interview.
I recently sat down with JamesMichael Nichols at The Huffington Post Queer Voices as Johnny and I were preparing to launch the second issue of Velour. JamesMichael and I discussed the magazine, the state of drag, and the future.
“As for Velour magazine, the artist told The Huffington Post that she hopes it not only continues the tradition of queer publishing established by queer artists over the years, but also serves as a tool for queer people to better understand our relationship with drag ― and its history ― as it becomes increasingly mainstreamed.”
Click the picture above to read the whole piece.
Yesterday (10/21), Johnny and I released VELOUR: The Drag Magazine's second issue, "Realness". We celebrated the issue with a release party and drag show at Bizarre Bushwick, home to our first launch, and my monthly show, NIGHTGOWNS.
The party featured AMAZING performances from a stunning group of drag artists who were featured in the issue! They included: Chris of Hur, Goldie Peacock, Lady Quesa'Dilla, Lee VaLone, Merrie Cherry, Miss Malice, Nyx Nocturne, and Pearl Harbor.
Click the video above for a preview of the issue!