RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 Interviews: Roxxxy Andrews and Jinkx Monsoon!

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We are HUGE RuPaul’s Drag Race fans!!! Every Monday we wait patiently for the girls to unleash their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent! Every season we try to interview a few of our favorites and this year we’ve had the honor of interviewing Roxxxy Andrews and Jinkx Monsoon! Check out their responses below and make sure to root on your favorite until RuPaul’s Next Drag Superstar is crowned!

Roxxxy Andrews

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1. Describe your drag personality in 5 words or less.

Crazy, Competitive, Rhinestoned, Diva!


2. Who are your top 5 celebrity fashion/musical/artistic inspiration?

Beyonce, Rihanna, Gaga, JLo, Angelina Jolie.


3. What 2 girls are your biggest competition and why?

They are my besties but Detox, because she’s a genius at everything, and Alaska because she’s her own person and completely opposite of me but it works for her and it scares me.


4. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I really am extremely shy!


5. If you had to lip-sync for your life, what would be the song that sends you home?

The song that would send me hoe is probably anything tooooooo country. Lol


6. How do you define sexy?

Sexy is being confident inside and out in what u have to offer, and owning EVERY inch of it!


7. Who are your 4 favorite all time female impersonators?

Erica Andrews, Tasha Long,Tandi Andrews, Erica Norell.  (Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roxxxy on the recent passing of her drag mother Erica Andrews, one of our all time favorites! We were lucky enough to have interviewed her awhile ago.  Check out her interview HERE!)


8. If you were to become president, what 3 laws would you pass right away and why?



9. If you were a movie, what would your title be?

To RUPAUL, thanks for everything – Roxxxy Andrews


10. What are your three simple luxuries?

Laying in bed all day! Being on my computer for hours! Playing in my drag room.


Jinkx Monsoon

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1. Describe your drag personality in 5 words or less.

Quirky, Intelligent, Passionate, Good-Humored, Modest.


2. Who are your top 5 celebrity fashion/musical/artistic inspiration?

Little Edie Bouvier Beale, Amanda Palmer, Lucille Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Nina Hagen.


3. What 2 girls are your biggest competition and why?

Roxxy and Alaska.  One for being my opposite and one for being my compliment.  But every girl this season is insanely talented and a strong competitor – no one is safe from anybody.  I believe Chad Michaels’ term for it was “Hunger Games.” Too True.


4. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

My favorite flavor of Ben and Jerry’s is Fro-Yo Cherry Garcia, and when I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a witch.


5. If you had to lip-sync for your life, what would be the song that sends you home?

Anything by Celine Dion.


6. How do you define sexy?

Sexy is that special blend of confidence, appearance, attitude and for me, a strong sense of humor.


7. Who are your 4 favorite all time female impersonators?

Craig Russel, Varla Jean Merman, Jackie Beat, RuPaul.  Also Peaches Christ, Coco Peru… Also… (it could go on…) Check out our interview with the hilarious Jackie Beat HERE! 


8. If you were to become president, what 3 laws would you pass right away and why?

1. Marriage Equality, country wide. Because if you are a citizen who pays your taxes you deserve the EXACT SAME rights as everyone else. Period.

2. Add sexual minorities and trans individuals to the anti-discrimination laws, and uphold those laws, country wide, so no matter where you work or live in this country, you are protected.

3. Have the “right to bare arms” changed to mean the “right to bare-arms,” referring strictly to the freedom to wear tank tops whenever one chooses.


9. If you were a movie, what would your title be?

Ginger Complex


10. What are your three simple luxuries?

Long hot bubble baths, chocolate covered, frozen bananas and nachos served at my weekly Walking Dead viewing party.


Thanks Girls! Good luck to you both!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: The Cast Interviews!

We are die hard RuPaul’s Drag Race Fans! It has been a complete honor to have been able to interview the cast members from every season thus far, and to have done several individual interviews with some of our favorites! Once again, we were able to interview several of the cast and get an inside scoop into the minds of the girls…this time, all of them All-Stars! Good luck girls!

Chad Michaels

1. What three attributes qualify you to be an “all-star”?

I’m the only Bitch in the cut over-qualified for the title of “All Star” LOL! I’m a seasoned professional in the prime of my career with the talent, experience and temperament to be the “Queen of All Queens”! Mother Dust rules Her Kingdom Fiercely and Fairly!!

2. What will we see from you that we didn’t see in your previous season?

I think viewers will see me be a little more reckless and cavalier in “All Stars.” I went into the competition feeling confident and ready to show off some of the different facets of my craft.  I’m hoping my fans like what I bring to the runway!!  It’s going to be SICKENING!!

3. Who is your biggest competition and why? 

I think my biggest competition in “All Stars” is going to be Raven.  I’ve known Raven since before she did drag and I have watched her blossom into a fierce queen.  Raven holds a top 3 spot in her season and I took a top 3 spot in RPDR4! We are both competitors who almost made it and I can promise we are both out to take the crown and title of “Queen of all Queens” on RPDR All Stars!!


Nina Flowers

1. What three attributes qualify you to be an “all-star”?

My personality, my looks and my ambition.

2. What will we see from you that we didn’t see in your previous season?

I had a good long race in season 1, so you guys have seen what I’m about. I guess the fact that I’ve already experienced the pressures of reality TV gives me a better understanding on how to play the game. With that said, I bring much more confidence to the competition.

3. Who is your biggest competition and why?

At this point it’s anybody’s game. All the entertainers are amazing and really polished, but based on my personal opinion, I would say Raven.
I love her looks, her persona and her attitude. She is one fierce bitch.


Alexis Mateo

1. What three attributes qualify you to be an “all-star”? 

Personality, talent and passion! I’m a real Drag queen – you always remember me at the end of the day!

2. What will we see from you that we didn’t see in your previous season? 

I have worked on my look and my body, and I think I’m in the best moment of my life – I’m ready to have fun and be sickening.

3. Who is your biggest competition and why? 

My biggest competition is ME – I had to prove myself that I’m a great drag queen. Now I have to prove myself that I’m a superstar!



1. What three attributes qualify you to be an “all-star”? 

I believe that I have the fighting power, heart and dedication to be inducted into the drag hall of fame. I belong there!

2. What will we see from you that we didn’t see in your previous season?

Tears? Hahahahahahahahaha. Watch and you’ll find out!

3. Who is your biggest competition and why? 

Raven. That bitch is sickening! Flawless to the Gods and I can’t even start with those lips, girr. She has it, but I want the title so I will be fighting! 



1. What three attributes qualify you to be an “all-star”?

Well, I believe I have many attributes that qualify me to be an All Star. I will say to sum it up, I do possess the 4 that Ru and the judges are looking for: Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. It doesn’t just come down to being a beautiful and fierce queen…there is a lot more to it. There is a lot that make up who I am, as a person…not just my drag.

2. What will we see from you that we didn’t see in your previous season? 

For starters…I have hair now. I also lost about 25 lbs since the last time I was there. But, I do show a bit more vulnerability this time around.

3. Who is your biggest competition and why? 

OH GEEZ…I would have to say Nina. She is one hell of a queen!!!

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Sharon Needles Has Balls! THE Interview!

Sharon Needles might possibly be our favorite drag queen of all time.  Why? Maybe it’s because she drinks PBR straight out of the tall boy can.  Maybe it’s because she’s cocky and humble in the same breath.  But most likely it’s because we’re so drawn into this character we’ve never seen before, because Sharon Needles is definitely that…a character.  Although she’s the high priestess of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4, winning the capital crown of America’s Next Drag Queen Superstar, she is more like Carrie winning the prize of homecoming queen.  And in the same fashion as the movie, when warned, “they’re all gonna laugh at you“, look who’s laughing now folks…

1. What 6 words would you use to describe yourself?

Overrated, overpaid, artistic, nervous, drunk, humble.

2. You¹ve spoken in past interviews about getting started in drag at the age of 15.  Tell us about the very first show you ever did?

It can easily be Googled. No one ever asks about the second show. Or third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth.

3. Why is there beauty in flaw?

American beauty is based on lies. Though I live in a fantasy world I tend to be attracted to the truth. The second things make me uncomfortable I want them. Anytime I see lipstick on women’s teeth, within 30 seconds I wish it were mine.

4. Tell us about your relationship with Alaska.  What real or fictional couple are you most like?

Lucy and Ricky’s hot tempers and innocent mishaps.

5. We love your art because it laughs and resists in a time where pop culture has taken a main stage.  What do people not understand about you that you¹re trying to communicate?

I purposely take imagery, language and fashion as a way to make an audience feel uncomfortable. The same way they connect with me, I take their dark issues and force them into spotlights. I’m like a tiger in a zoo, no real harm can be done, but you enjoy the entertainment of fear.

6. You¹ve said anti-bullying is your platform.  Tell us about your experiences being bullied growing up (and feel free to call anyone out).

I don¹t give notoriety, press, or fame to those who made my life a living hell. I¹m the fucking star, let¹s talk about me.

7. What advice would you give a teenager who is being bullied?

There is no advice you can give to someone who is becoming an adult. It¹s a dog eat dog world, survival of the fittest, let the bullshit make you stronger, I¹m not designed to be a role model, I just wanted to be a model.

8. Who are your 5 all-time favorite drag queens?

Divine, RuPaul, Leigh Bowery, Jayne County, Pee-wee Herman

 9. If you could only listen to 3 CD¹s for the rest of your life and they couldn¹t be mixed, what would they be?

Gary Glitter: Glitter, The Move: Shazam, Britney Spears: FemmeFatale

10. Tell us 3 things we wouldn¹t know by looking at you?

I’m a vegetarian. I have a huge ego with low esteem. I’m an alcoholic.

11. What does your family think about Sharon Needles?

My parents always wanted the best for me. They are open-minded people, but they were just worried about my longevity in this volatile career of show business. My mother, who was my biggest enemy, is now my number one fan.

 12. What does Sharon Needles have that Aaron doesn¹t?


13. Do you think RuPaul¹s Drag Race is a fair representation of drag?

RuPaul’s Drag Race admits the viewer a backstage pass to the humanity, humility and absurdity of drag. Drag queens are usually perceived as celebrity clowns, and RuPaul¹s Drag Race is the only program allowing fans to see that we’re not only beautiful creatures of the night, but we have beating hearts as well.

14. People have said that you are a Satanist and a racist.  How would you respond to those allegations?

As a self-educated socially conscious artist, I use shock imagery and language to reflect the true demons of our society.  I take the darkest issues and put them into the brightest spotlights.  I don’t believe in God, and I don’t believe in Satan, I believe in myself and I believe in you. When I say Hail Satan, it’s my juxtaposition to the valley girl saying Oh My God!  I’m no fucking valley girl. And thank you for your investigative reporting.

15. You have commented on an appreciation for Andy Warhol and that generation of The Factory.  How do you integrate that era into your art?

Andy Warhol always said everybody would be world famous for 15 minutes, well I got 15 episodes. Andy Warhol reminds me that fame is art, and art is dead, and so am I. Let¹s all die.

16. You¹ve said that your act is about bringing dark issues into the spotlight.  What are some dark issues you¹d like to bring into the light?

In the words of Andy Warhol, no comment. My art speaks for itself, I don¹t answer for it in interviews.

17. You seem completely educated and appreciative of a cultural artistic underbelly. To you who are some of the main contributors of this movement?

John Waters, Amanda Lepore, Jayne County, GG Allin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Terry Richardson, RuPaul, Elvira.

18. Who are your 3 favorite fashion designers?

Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Alexander McQueen

3 Favorite movies?

Return of the Living Dead, Death Becomes Her, and The Wonderful and Wild Whites of West Virginia.

3 Favorite television shows?

Married With Children, Roseanne, The Golden Girls

3 Favorite books?

Sarah by J.T. LeRoy, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Dirt (True Story of Motley Crue)

Favorite drink?


Favorite beer?


Favorite place to have sex?

My bed at home, you freak.

Favorite place to trick or treat?

Shut up, this question is RuTarded.

19. What do the ghosts whisper to you?

I don¹t believe in ghosts, but my conscious whispers a lot to me, which is nobody¹s business, and if you heard it you¹d be reaching for the gun.

20. What are your three simple luxuries?

Alcohol, sleep, and cat.


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Phi Phi O’Hara is Phucking Phierce! THE Interview!

We just kind of fell in love with her right away.  She was such a nasty, snippy bitch that we found ourselves digging beneath the surface, trying to to find the compassionate soul beneath the layers of makeup and wigs which revealed the genuine Phi Phi O’Hara on RuPaul’s Drag Race.  And it was definitely there.  We saw it in her defensiveness.  We saw it in her absolute determination and drive.  We saw it when she spoke about her distant relationship with her father.  But most importantly, we saw it in her talent.  Phi Phi O’Hara has that natural talent for propelling the spotlight onto herself.  In a way, she, like many of her fellow contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race, became underdogs, each representing a different type of person.  And that’s probably what we liked most about her…the fact that beneath the glitter and glam making her the Mean Girl of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she really exudes an incredible amount of confidence.  To us..that is totally, phucking sexy! Did we mention he’s super hot out of drag…yeah!

1. Define yourself using five words.

Independent, Beautiful, Determined….hmmm….Snaggle and BITCH!

2. When and where was Phi Phi O¹Hara, the entertainer, born?

I am originally from San Antonio, Texas where I went by the name of Phoenix O’hara.  I decided I needed a bigger city and moved to Chicago where I met Dida Ritz.   She would call me Phi Phi for short and it just stuck!

3. Do you think you should have won RuPaul¹s Drag Race?          

Of course!!!!! Haha! But I think Sharon is something the show has never seen nor has it touched an audience with her demographics, so it was smart to elect her as the winner. Am I mad I lost? Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeck No! Besides, in many reality TV shows and competitions, the runner up and others are typically more famous.  Hahahaha and become WAY more successful!

4.  Looking back, would you have done anything different on the show?

Not at all.  I tell people to never hide who they are.  On the show I was pegged as the alpha omega bitch, which I am TOTALLY nothing like.  However, I am a hungry, determined bitch who wanted to win and there should be no shame in that!

5.  What do you think makes you one of the best drag entertainers?

I don’t think I am one of the best.  I think I am a very good one but I have met some amazing entertainers in my life that just haven’t had their time in the spotlight yet.  I think what makes a great entertainer is being able to put on a show and make it look of quality.  I think a lot of girls just throw on a cheap little dress and prance around on stage.  I feel when someone puts time and energy into a performance then the audience will be captivated, happy, and most of all entertained.

6.  Who are your 3 all-time favorite female impersonators?

All time 3?……I love Chevelle Brooks, Asia O’hara and RuPaul!!!!! (Couldn’t Forget that haha!)

7. Who are three women who inspire your art?

My mom, my sister and now my beautiful new niece, Cecilia.  My mom and sister because they are both strong individuals who go after what they want in life.  My niece inspires me to be an entertainer and an uncle she can say when show grows up..”Wow My uncle is amazing!”

8. What did your family think about your being on the show?

My mom and sister FLIPPED; probably more than I did haha.  They love that I went on TV and shared my story and really went after what I wanted.  I still haven’t talked to my dad and because I was on the show his parents(my grandparents) will no longer talk to me.

9. What has life been like since the show aired?

I knew being on a TV show I would have a slight taste of fame, but the word slight isn’t at all close enough.  I walk anywhere and everywhere and there are fans! I travel so much now and get to see so many places.  I get to produce music with some of the best producers and I got to move to my dream city of New York City!  I tell myself every day that I deserve this but to this day (almost a year after the show) it hasn’t fully kicked in that I am a reality TV star….PS., I get free things wherever I go, whether it be shopping, food, hotels…..YAY!!!!!!! Hahahaha

10. What would be a theme song for your life?

I have been touring with Nicki Minaj’s “Marilyn Monroe” song which really spoke to me with her lyrics.  It  basically says I am not perfect, I never will be, but take me or leave me, this is who I am!

11. If you could only listen to 3 CD¹s for the rest of your life, what would they be?

CD’s?!?! I don’t own any CDs now…….I would bring an iPOD duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! lol – but if I HAD to chose and don’t laugh…..but Mariah Carey – #1s, Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday Reloaded, and probably Rascall Flatts – Melt.

12. How do you define sexy?

A Naked Latin Man!!!!  Also known as my boyfriend Mikhael! Yum!

13. What is the sexiest city? Club? Hotel? Drag queen? Male celebrity? Female celebrity? Place to have sex?

lol weird…….city, Miami for sure!!!!, Club & Hotel…..whichever one I am in!, Drag Queen…PHI PHI O’HARA, Male Celebrity – Christiano Renaldo! YUMM….Female Celebrity -Megan Fox….Place to have Sex….well I am sure Sharon already said cemetery, so I will say in Church! Oh god….Oh God!

14.  Tell us about your boyfriend and what makes him the one.

Because he is great in bed!  Haha! He is amazing he really respects what I do.  He supports me and really pushes me to become the best at anything I do! I am so happy I met him and get to spend my time with such a breathtaking individual!

15. What are 3 things about you we wouldn¹t know by looking at you?

I am CHEAP.  I hate to spend money and I often get into disputes with my friends about why $3.00 is too expensive when I can find it for $1.75 elsewhere.  Haha…..I do a lot of crazy voices when I am bored.  I just make up these weird characters and won’t stop.  I hate seafood and salad……blegh!

16. What are three things Phi Phi O¹Hara always has on her when she travels?

1) Merchandise – So buy it!!!!!!!!! lol 2) Picture of my boyfriend 3) of course my phone.

17. Based on your experience, how real is reality television?

HA…… real as Chad Michael’s face. Just joking!

18. Who do you think will be the final three on RuPaul¹s All Star Drag Race and who do you think will or should win?

I would say, JuJuBee, Raven and maybe Chad because she is SUCH a professional. I would like to see JuJu or Raven take it.  I was a huge fan of them before the show and now they are really close sisters and genuinely nice, helpful and caring people!

19. What would you like to have accomplished in five years?

It is weird that so many people have asked me this because I have seriously accomplished all my goals and dreams.  I guess the only thing left would be to finally put out my music!!! It has taken forever because I am always on tour and I never have time to get into the studio or make my music video….BUT IT IS COMING!!!!

20. What are your three simple luxuries?

Traveling, car service…haha…and I love great food!


Be Yourself.  Be Fearless.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury!

Check back with us tomorrow for our interview with Sharon Needles, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4.  Also check out all of our related interviews like Ongina, Tyra Sanchez, Shangela, the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Erica Andrews, Jackie Beat, Maria Roman and Cassandra Cass from the film Trantasia and Johnnyboy and Gregory Gorgeous from YouTube in our Interview Section! And follow us all season for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars for reviews, behind the scenes secrets and interviews from the cast! It all starts on Monday, October 22nd at 9pm!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4…THE Interviews!

We seriously can’t get enough of this show! From the hilarious contests to the fierce last minute “Lip Sync For Your Life” competitions, we literally drool over every second of the famed LOGO TV show! Last year we were lucky enough to interview the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 and this year we’ve interviewed several of the girls from the newest cast.  We hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about these gals.  Check out our links at the bottom to read our interviews of past contestants Shangela, Ongina and and Season Two winner Tyra! And don’t forget to watch every Monday at 9pm.




1. Describe your drag personality in 5 words or less.

Funny, Compassionate, Beautiful, Fierce and Dynamic

2. Who are your top 5 celebrity fashion/musical/artistic inspiration?

My Mom, Janelle Monae, Lady Kier (Of Deee-Lite), Madonna and Eddie Murphy

3. What 2 girls are your biggest competition and why?

Sharon-she represents a style of drag that hasn’t been viewed on TV which makes her stand out.

Kenya-She’s beautiful, talented and has a heart if gold.

4. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I want to be a teacher someday once I wash this makeup off. Lol.

5. If you had to lip-sync for your life, what would be the song that sends you home?

If I had to lip-sync for my life the song would have to be one I write or Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite




1. Describe your drag personality in 5 words or less. 

Eccentric, eclectic, posh, andro, professional

2. Who are your top 5 celebrity fashion/musical/artistic inspirations?

Madonna, Tilda Swinton, Pink, Daphne Guinness, Helena Bonham Carter.

3. What 2 girls are your biggest competition and why?

The only competition I had was with myself, pushing myself to go beyond what I would normally expect of myself.

4. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself  

I’m an avid collector of toys from the 80’s.

5. If you had to lip-sync for your life, what would be the song that sends you home?

Probably something by Bonnie Raitt.




1.Describe your drag personality in 5 words or less.


2. Who are your top 5 celebrity fashion/musical/artistic inspiration?

Monique’, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Donald Lawrence, Oprah!!! They have played a big roll in my life in a very significant way.  Especially in my Darkest of Days..

3. What 2 girls are your biggest competition and why?

I would have to say Chad Michaels, he is perfection to me. I’m a huge fan of his work and after getting to know him, I’m an even bigger fan of his soul.  The other would have to be, Phi Phi O’hara!! She is young, Fierce, Fearless, a talented seamstress, and most of all.. HUNGRY!! She wants it and you can tell!!!

4. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

More than I have already???? LOL.. I really don’t know what to say.. I’m such an open book already. I love the Ocean/Beach, it’s the place I go to clear my head and decompress…

5. If you had to lip-sync for your life, what would be the song that sends you home?

It would have to be something way out my comfort zone and completely not me… I can pull off a lot of different genres of music, but I struggle with Rap, and Country… LOL














1. Describe your drag personality in 5 words or less.

Phishy, Phabulous, Phenomenal, Phierce and well…Phucking Bitchy! Haha!

2. Who are your top 5 celebrity fashion/musical/artistic inspiration?

Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Victoria Beckham.

3. What 2 girls are your biggest competition and why?

Michelle Visage and RuPaul…Because their jobs are the ones I’m gunning for! LOL.

4. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

That as Jaremi I’m very quiet and shy.  When I put on the makeup and hair I turn into this entirely different character.

5. If you had to lip-sync for your life, what would be the song that sends you home?

Hahaha…I can lip sync any song! And if I don’t know the words, trust me, I’ll “watermelon, watermelon, watermelon” the

hell out of it! You can even hit me up with some Espanol! Ha!














1. Describe your drag personality in 5 words or less.

Spooky, beautiful, stupid…and most importantly, approachable.

2. Who are your top 5 celebrity fashion/musical/artistic inspiration?

Elvira, GG Allin, Amanda Lepore, Tammy Faye and Vincent Price.

3. What 2 girls are your biggest competition and why?

Latrice Royal; she’s bigger than life! Phi Phi O’Hara; she makes me wish for death.

4. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I’m a vegetarian.  I’ll wear em, but I won’t eat em!

5. If you had to lip-sync for your life, what would be the song that sends you home?

It’s Raining Men.  It’s a drag staple and I don’t know one word.  I hate American disco.


If you’d like to to learn more about some of RuPaul’s other girls, check out our interviews with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants  Ongina, Shangela and Tyra!  

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RuPaul’s Drag Race’s SHANGELA…I Am What??? Sick’ning!!!

We loved her the first time she was on LOGO TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, even though she was the first contestant to be kicked off in the premier of the 2nd season. We loved her even more when she came back for the 3rd season and showed that she was a force to be reckoned! Interestingly, we rarely get to see these gals perform unless it’s at the very end and they are forced to lip sync for their life! We decided to look at footage of her performances, including her talent which helped her win Miss California Entertainer of the year and placed her as 1st runner up for the National Entertainer of the Year Pageant! We were intrigued as we read her background story on her website Shangela-Debutantess of the Deep South, especially when she spoke so openly about her male persona, DJ Pierce. We fell in love with her even more when we interviewed her and we realized she is exactly as she presents on the our televisions and on the stage; honest, sickening…and telling the truth! And no matter where she goes from here, one thing is certain…no one will ever forget Miss Shangela Laquifa Wadley anytime soon! Halleloo!

1. Who in the world is Shangela Laquifa Wadley and why should the world care?

A character like no other, Shangela Laquifa Wadley is a combination of sick’ning debutantess and street-smart pimp ho. I have a huge heart, tons of energy and live to entertain people and bring more smiles to our community. The world doesn’t have to care…but it should be aware that I’m coming to turn the party 100%.

2. Where and how was Shangela born?

I was born in Paris, TX … but Shangela wasn’t born until just over two years ago at a small club in LA. Let’s just say there was a leotard, some drink tickets, and a “Single Ladies” performance that will never be forgotten.

3. What are three things about RuPaul that most people don’t know?
She’s crafty with her secrets, that lady! Honestly, Ru is a pretty open book … like she writes in her book, “Workin’ It’s available on

4. Can a drag queen get rich doing drag?
Drag queens are the Macgyvers of entertainment. For every one girl that’s been on Drag Race, there are a thousand that work for under $100 per show and somehow manage to make themselves look like millionaire divas on stage. Drag can be an expensive art, so for every dollar made, trust that usually twice is being spent. We need a drag 401k!

5. What advice would you give to a 15 year old boy wanting to do drag?
Whatever makes you happy…Halleloo! Go for it, live out your dreams, and always consider yourself a star.

6. Who are the three greatest female impersonators of all time?
There are too many to name just 3. Ru is definitely up there among the stars. In comedy I look up to Jackie Beat and Coco Peru…and who can ever forget the divas from “Paris is Burning?”

7. Besides yourself, who were your two favorite contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race?
You’re asking the girl that was there two seasons to pick only two?!? I’m an only child and I feel like I left the show with a whole new sorority full of sisters. I keep in touch with Alexis and Sahara the most.

8. Tell us about Halleloo and your stand up comedy routine.

HALLELOO! I say it a lot because it’s how I live every day. It’s a word that I’ve been saying for years that just spells out positivity, humor and joy. That’s it. When something’s going your way, you say HALLELOO! That’s why I sell all the Halleloo gear over on my website. So more people can be encouraged to live their lives every day with humor and positivity! And it makes me smile =) Speaking of smiling…enter LAQUIFA! I started performing stand up comedy as a boy about three years ago and there’s never been any turning back. I love to make people laugh and I’ve got a million stories to tell, so when the opportunity came for me to create a drag stand up character, I jumped on it. Since Drag Race, I’ve added even more to my LaQuifa routine and actually just had the amazing opportunity to perform as the opening comedy act for legendary comedy diva Mo’Nique at Milwaukee PrideFest in June. There’s more to come, so I tell fans to stay with me on

9. You were a finalist at National Entertainer of the Year. Do you still want to compete in pageants and what pageant systems would you like to hold national titles?
I’m honored to hold the title as the first Miss California Entertainer of the Year and to have placed 1st runner up during my first time competing in a national pageant at National Entertainer of the Year. I love pageants. I spent a lot of time as a back up dancer for some of my favorite winning queens in Texas like Alyssa Edwards and Asia O’Hara. Yes, I want to compete again, but I have to feel inspired to do so. I’m not just chasing a national crown… my goal is to put on an unforgettable show! But you’ve gotta have the time to invest if you win, and right now my schedule’s so crazy, it wouldn’t be fair to the system if I won.

10. You wore the same outfit as Snooki and were chosen over her as wearing it best. Why did you wear it best?
That was sick’ning, right?!? Both Life & Style and InTouch magazine chose me for wearing it best, and even I was shocked because you know they like to read the drag girlz usually. So it was really cool for my Grandma to be able to go to Wal-Mart and pick up a magazine where mainstream media was supporting drag and my lil’ look.

11. How do you define SEXY?
Confidence. Humor. and a nice set of Arms….especially if they’re being featured in my new Halleloo t-shirts! t.

12. What are three things every drag queen must know to be successful?
If you’re lip syncing, know your words.
If you’re death dropping, know your wig is pinned tight.
And if you’re taking over the world, make sure you read Rupaul’s book: “Workin’ It” available on…. haha!

13. If you could play any character in any movie in drag, what would the movie be and who would the character be?
I would reprise Whoopi Goldberg’s role in Sister Act…they’d call me Sister Shangie Wadley and I’d lead of choir of other drag queens in the drag convent.

14. What were the most hurtful comments made towards you on RuPaul’s Drag Race? How did you learn from those comments?

Go re-watch Season 3! I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeves, so fans were able to see by my reactions when I was hurt or caught off guard….I wear it all over my face and in my reactions. But I’m no quitter, and I hope that someone out there has been inspired by what I endured on Drag Race and how I never allowed that to take my focus off my ultimate goal: being the best drag superstar that I knew how. And guess what?? I might not have won the Race, but I’m definitely Winning in life! Halleloo!

15. What would you be doing now if you weren’t doing drag?
Well, I don’t live every day in drag, and the cool thing is that now I get to dual-path it through life. There are tons of projects I’m working on as Shangela, and some great ones I’m doing as D.J., including stand up comedy acts, television projects and more.

16. What are three things the world could learn from drag queens to be a better place?
Cue the “Heal the World” dance mix track. Haha. Honestly, I think the main lesson the world could look to drag queens to learn is about self-confidence and courage in being whoever you want to be. It takes guts to throw on a pair of heels and pump through the streets or clubs knowing everyone is possibly judging or critiquing you. But when you love what you do, and you’re proud of how you are, it doesn’t matter…You just go turn it out!

17. Boxers, briefs, jockstraps…or nothing at all?
Four pair of hoes and a mean set of tucking panties….any more questions?

Nope…That does it! We love ya sexy lady!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3…Q & A With the Girls!!!

We have loved RuPaul’s Drag Race since it first hit the air! We have had the privilege of interviewing contestants such as Ongina and Drag Race Season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez! And each season just gets better and better. This season the prize package is even dreamier with a $75,000 cash prize, lifetime supply of Kryolan makeup and the headlining role in the LOGO/Absolut sponsored Drag Race Tour. So in preparing to dig our heels deep into another season, we thought it would be fun to contact our friends over at LOGO TV and ask the girls from this season a few questions! We also asked Jason, the gorgeous Pit Crew boy a few questions too! Now that the season is well under way and we all know these queens a little bit better, let’s find out exactly what they think is HOT!!!

1. Paris Hilton coin the phrase “that’s hot” and Christian Soriano coin the phrase “that’s fierce,” when you get famous, what would your phrase be and what would it mean?

2. If you were up to lip-sync for your life, what is something you would do that no other contestant has done before?

3. What is your #1 beauty tip that you would give to a real women to improve their look?


1. 2011 is the Year of the ‘Loo – Halleloo, that is! I’ve been saying this for years and it makes me super happy to see how it’s been embraced by everyone from fans of the show from Johnny Weir to even Kimora Lee Simmons! HALLELOO is an accent word that gives that extra “oomph” to a moment similar to “werq” and “okay.” It just makes me feel good to say it. “The Los Angeles Times” included it in its Top 10 Most Memorable Words from Reality TV … smack dab between “Prostitution Whore” and “GTL”!

2. I’ve been on the lip sync chopping block in the first episode of seasons 2 and 3, so some may think they’ve seen every trick that Shangela has to give, but when the stage lights dim and there’s no one but you, Ru and the judges, some of the most creative moments on stage can happen completely unplanned. So if I’m ever in the bottom two again, get ready for an unforgettable experience, baby because in that moment, you really do feel like it’s live or die.

3. I love real women. They tell me that I came out of one (shout out, Mama Deb). I think women are beautiful, naturally. So, if you can believe this coming from a drag queen, my message is less is more. My mom is a military veteran. She never wore much makeup, if any at all, and I think she’s one of the most beautiful people in the whole world. Beauty comes from inside and is measured by how much you love yourself, and how much you share that love with others.


1. I am definitely a product of my surroundings and my way of speaking and some of the things I say have often been influenced by the club circuit that I belong to. One of the phrases that really stuck was “Pay It”. It’s basically an abbreviation of “Pay it no mind”. For example, “I have a hangover from going out last night and I start work in 30 min. Oh pay it, I’m gonna call out.” You can also use it like this: “She walked right passed me and didn’t even say hi, she paid it.”

2. If I had to lip sync, I’d probably get on top of the judges table and crawl on similar to how JLo did in the “I’m Glad” video which had a “Flashdance” theme. So hot!

3. For most women, I think, it’s extremely important to really learn how to do the best eye make up for their eye shape. I’ve worked in retail cosmetics and a lot of women don’t know how to bring out their eyes. That or they only know one technique, which a lot of the times, isn’t even the right one for them. Take the time to learn about your eye shape and which technique will give you that mesmerizing gaze. You’d be surprised at how you can captivate someone by just looking into their eyes! Very powerful.


1. My phrase would be “BE A LADY” because no matter what situation we are thrown in or what struggle we are faced with, we must always remember to have class and appreciate who we are as entertainers as well as human beings.

2. I would grab a micro phone as sing the song myself. Show them what true talent is.

3. I would have to say to them to make sure that their face is BLENDED and everything is the right color for the skin tone. BLEND BLEND BLEND!


1. God, there are so many! I’m not really into any one specifically. I
could have an entire glossary of “isms”! guess you’re just going to
have to keep watching to find a favorite rajaism!

2. If I had to lip synch for my life I’d probably be the first queen to distract the other queen by using my bionic legs and do a full helicopter move above her head and land in the splits! yup! That’s what I would do for sure!

3. I think women can always use a pair of false lashes! Anything that frames the eyes can have an alluring effect including sexy birkhas.






1. MODED! The perfect response to a situation, person, place or thing that is completely the opposite of what you planned or expected especially when everyone, but you notices first.




1. “Stinky Dinky Poo.” It would mean what you are wearing (hair,outfit,perfume,makeup,etc) is not cute at all and honestly, it’s really stinky dinky poo!!!! Why’s everything got to be hot or fierce? Why can’t we say it stinks like dinky poo!

2. I would TURN THE PARTY and perform my heart out! I would never attack another queen. That is TACKY and unprofessional! I am confident in myself and don’t need to try and destroy the other girl’s chance of staying by attacking them!

3. I would say start out with an amazing base foundation. It’s just like a house. You have to have a good base to build on and if you get a really good base foundation, it can change your look completely!


1. What do you mean when I get famous? I am already famous! I’m a contestant on the international hit reality television show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” I’m at Gaga fame status. Ha! My phrase would be “Gag!,” but you got to first give a fierce snap before you say it! Try it! {snap} GAG! Didn’t that feel good?

2. I’m going to have to one-up Mimi Imfurst’s picking up India. So in my lip-sync for my life, I’m going to cook a seven-course meal on stage for the judges while lip-syncing to the song “Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic!

3. Asian genes! Don’t got none? Well, give your children a chance and reproduce with a hot Asian dude!


1. It would be “the jig is up.” I always use this when I discover something or when something is revealed to me. It is so much fun to say it and I got all my friends saying it too!

2. If I lip-sync for my life, I will actually Lip-sync. I will not do a crazy stuff like a circus person or fight or try to get the attention from a judge. I will actually lip-sync.

3. Take care of your SMILE. A beautiful smile belongs with a beautiful person. You can tell a lot form a person just looking at the smile.


1. “GET YOUR LIFE!” Means go for it, bitch!

2. I would get the judges to form a chorus line with me!



1. How did they get picked for the pit crew?

2. What are the 2 things that set apart a drag superstar from any other drag queen?


1. My “Pit Crew” story is quite a lengthy one, but I was teaching a hip hop dance class in Hollywood and one of the students in the class was a friend of a talent producer on the show. She found me on Facebook and asked if I would be interested in auditioning for the show. I was a little puzzled when I got the call because I was familiar with the show, but I had never seen or heard of the Pit Crew before, but nonetheless, I was thrilled that she took the time to seek me out so I agreed. She put me in contact with the talent producer and I went in for the audition. The funny thing is that we had to reschedule the audition several times due to other obligations and on the last day I finally made it in. I had no idea what to expect. The audition consisted of me dancing full out in my skivvies for the camera which I had no problem doing. It was just so different from any other audition I had ever gone on. Weeks passed and I totally forgot I had even auditioned then BAM! I get a random call from the producers saying I was booked! True Story. The rest is history.

2. The difference between someone who is a drag queen and someone who is a drag superstar is an obvious one. Anyone can learn the tricks of the trade and acquire the tools to become a drag queen. But what I’ve learned from watching these talented ladies is that it takes passion , heart, sheer genius, talent and HUGE roll of duct tape to be a Drag Superstar! But seriously, a drag superstar is flawless in her reality. From the way she carries herself, to the presence she commands on stage a drag superstar is anything but average. The beauty they emanate and the jaw dropping star power they ooze effortlessly cannot be taught or learned. They just have “IT” . For a drag superstar it’s not about just playing “dress up ” it’s about living the persona and committing 200% . That’s the true difference.

Well…there you have it! Next up is our interview with world renown photographer and often special guest judge on Rupaul’s Drag Race, Mike Ruiz!

Til then, Eyes Open…We’re Watching!

Cab Fare, Lipstick and Condoms…A Night Out with the Delectable Jackie Beat!

On the official Jackie Beat website she identifies herself as a “drag superstar” and that is by no means an understatement. More like drag super-funktafied-fabulosity-b-b-b-beat-mastress-dominatrastar! And we love every inch of her! We originally saw her in the documentary “Wigstock” as she and close friend, Alexis Arquette, traipsed along the streets of Manhattan before her performance in the park. After stalking her videos on YouTube and seeing her in a recent stand-up comedy show, we had to know more about this sensational character who seemed almost too fantastic to be real. Having started her career as a female impersonator years ago, Jackie has now graced her presence in several movies, including “Flawless” with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert DeNiro and the documentary “Wigstock”, chronicling her participation in the annual, drag event in New York City hosted by the phenomenal Lady Bunny. Jackie has also had several television appearances including MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and was most recently a leading comedienne in the LOGO stand up comedy special “Dragtastic”. Along with several other creative projects, including being in the internationally famous band Dirty Sanchez, Jackie performs annually in a traveling Christmas show to sold-out crowds. Singer, writer, television and movie star…drag empress…Jackie can beat down our door any day!

1. Where was Jackie Beat born?
Hollywood of course. The man beneath Jackie was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona — a great place to grow up if you like Southwestern art, binge drinking and date rape.

2. What was early life like for Miss Jackie Beat?
Challenging. Let’s just say, “It Gets Better!”

3. Why the name “Jackie Beat’?
When I first started, I worked a Beatnik look: Black page boy wig, black leggings, black skirt, black turtleneck, black beret, etc. I essentially did stand-up comedy in the guise of Beat poetry. I thought the name “Jackie Beat” sounded very 1960’s. And I am not a big fan of those play-on-words names like Anita Cocktail. That sounds like a drag queen who might wait tables, it doesn’t sound like a star to me.

4. You are considered a drag star style icon. Where do you find inspiration for you style?
Well, I am a naturally creative and artistic person with a good eye. I don’t think style is something you can really learn. But most of my looks are rather ironic.

5. What are three things that make a successful female impersonator?
Personally, I would have to say a fully-developed character, a sense of humor, a good singing voice and PROFESSIONALISM. I picked four, because I’m an over-achiever!

6. Who are currently the three most entertaining drag queens in the US?
Myself, of course! And Sherry Vine and Lady Bunny.

7. What was your experience like being on MTV’s Made?
I was on “My Super Sweet 16” and it was great because I got paid VERY well by that filthy rich family!

8. We loved Wigstock. Does Wigstock still happen every year and are you still a part of this event?
No, sadly it does not happen anymore. But Lady Bunny does the occasional Wigstock-related special event.

9. Are you still friends with Alexis Arquette and if so, how is she doing?
Yes and she is doing great! She is one of the most creative people I know.

10. We interviewed Ongina Ryan, from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and we know she was the hostess of the LOGO feature Dragtastic of which you were part of? What is Ongina like in person?
Three feet tall, bald and annoying. She’s also Asian. Just kidding! She’s a delight.

11. If you could only listen to three CD’s for the rest of your life and they couldn’t be mixed CD’s what or who would they be?
Soundtrack from HAIR, The Best of The Smiths and Ace Frehley’s solo album.

12. What is the best song and CD to have sex to?
Anything by early Prince — like “Head,” “Dirty Mind” or “Erotic City.”

13. What are three essentials a drag queen must have access to within 10 minutes or always carry in her purse?
Cab fare, lipstick and condoms.

14. What is the sexiest city in the world? Hotel? Club? Drag Queen? Movie Star? Porn Star? Place to Kiss?
Barcelona, Hotel Night in NYC, any club by Mario Diaz, me, Tom Hardy, Aybars and “on the mouth!”

15. the boys of raannt are getting married next August 25th in Vegas. If you were officiating our wedding, what advice would you give us in the ceremony?
Do things separately. The reason you were attracted to this person in the first place is because they had their own life and their own friends. That’s sexy. Totally losing yourself in or to a relationship is never a good thing.

16. Were you ever bullied? What advice would you give a 15 year old who was being bullied for being gay?
Yes and I would just say that these bullies never amount to anything, while the ones who are bullied go on to make the world a much more interesting and beautiful place.

17. If you lived in a tree house, where would it be and what would it look like inside?
I would live with the Keebler elves in their tree house — free cookies 24/7!

18. Do you believe in love and are you in love? When was the last time you were in love?
I feel bad for anyone who doesn’t believe in love. That’s like not believing in the sky! I am in love with life, my friends, my house and my dogs! Love comes in many forms — let it all in!

19. What’s next for the lovely and delicious Miss Jackie Beat?
My holiday tour in LA, SF, San Diego, Seattle, Portland and NYC.

20. Boxers, briefs, jockstraps…or nothing at all?
Boxers are the sexiest.

We’re getting into our sexiest boxers now…just for you Jackie!!!

Eye’s Open…We’re Watching!

*All photographs by Austin Young and Peter Palladino with permission by Jackie Beat.

Maria Roman…The Sexy Ambassador of the Transgendered World!

We fell in love with her the moment she came onto the screen in Trantasia. There was just something about her smile, her honesty, her absolute sensuality that lit up every corner of the film. And now she is starring in a new film, Remember Me in Red as well as her own reality television show Wild Things. After listening to her discuss more about herself in the film, we fell in love with her even more. Because not only is she a pretty face…an amazingly gorgeous face, and a curvaceous body…she’s your wife, your mother, your sister, your friend. She’s all woman!

1. When and where did the transformation of Maria Roman begin?
I began living my life as a woman at the age of 19 in good old Reno Nevada. Well honey let me tell ya it was not peaches and crème. Since I was a little boy I always knew something was different about me. I must admit that as a little boy, I prayed for years that I could be like my brother and his friends. However, everyday I was reminded of how weird and different I was. Taunting and name-calling were a constant echo that will harm any child’s spirit. Of course as I knew no better as a child. I was guided by my instincts which always got me in trouble because there was behavior that was not acceptable for boys. After years of struggling with a deep disconnect from my true sense of self and the body I had been born with, I had no choice but to begin living life in a manner that was true to my self and to all around me. So the journey, and I mean journey, to self discovery and womanhood began. I must admit I continue to evolve so I don’t think that process will ever be complete. However, after years of struggling with issues, many of which my community today continue to face, ranging from sex work for survival, homelessness, discrimination, hopelessness…I truly have arrived. It’s interesting how we create this image of the type of woman we envision our self being and the lengths we will go to achieve it.

I continue to make wrong choices from time to time and on many occasions I scrape my knees really bad. But I get up, dust my weave, adjust my dress and begin smiling because after all I have been blessed with another day and the opportunity to start all over again. And that is a beautiful reason to smile….

2. What was your experience like in Trantasia?
Trantasia was a once in a lifetime experience that came to me from left field. At that time I was the Program Manager at Transgender Unidos for Bienestar Human Services; one of the largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention programs targeting the Latina transgendered community in Los Angeles county. While working at a local transgender club, handing out safe sex kits, I was approached by Shana Steel herself, who asked if I would be interested in competing in the worlds most beautiful transsexual pageant in Las Vegas Nevada. I mean, hell the title of the pageant alone was over the top and this icon asked if I would enter. Well I was so flattered I said “really you think I should compete”? I truly felt it was an opportunity to speak about my work on HIV/AIDS and promote the program. Never did I dream that it would become one of the most life changing events in my life.

Well there was not much time to prepare. In two weeks time it would take place. In no time I gathered my best friend Bamby and we did a little remix of a Gloria Estefan song. I went downtown and got some orange fabric, a couple of rhinestones appliqués , through it all together and two weeks later I was in the Riviera casino competing against the most talented performers from all over the United States. I mean these women meant business! The hair and the gowns were amazing. To be honest, I was joking around the whole time having a cocktail and a few cigarettes. Hell I figured, “what are my chances”? I mean, when Mimi Marks was upside-down “I said hell no she didn’t”. Just fabulous! Honey, when I made top 8 I almost peed in my orange jersey dress! I could not believe it. That moment redirected my life in a different direction that I had never envisioned. It gave me a new platform to continue to advocate for women like me. All the women that competed were all amazing. We all had fun and it was a beautiful experience. There was no cattiness. I met some wonderful friends that today are very close to me and dear to my heart.

3. Tell us about your role in Remember Me in Red and how you prepared for that role?
Well, I was contacted by the director, the fabulous Herctor Ceballos. He said he had a script he wanted me to read. He said I would be perfect for the role of Alma Flora. I read the script and I knew I had to be Alma Flora. It was like it had been specifically written for me. I went to several auditions and finally was confirmed as the actress to play Alma. I play the role of a transgender activist who, after her death, her family comes from Mexico and despite the community resistance disregard Alma Aloras life and attempt to bury her as a man. Any trace of the woman she was is erased in an instant. It was so challenging for me to be dressed as a man and to be in a coffin. I had to peel away everything about myself to become her. Aside from being nude in the movie, which was not that challenging really, it is my first acting role and I am very prod that I was able to transform my self to be Alma Flora after death. The film is currently premiering in many national film festivals and has won several audience favorite awards.

4. You have a reality show, Wild Things, coming out in the fall. How was that experience?
As I mentioned before Trantasia was the catalyst for so many beautiful experiences. I was fortunate to meet the wonderful Jeremy Stanford, the director of the documentary Trantasia and the reality TV series Wild Things. He, as well as Chris and Ted Smith, producers of both projects, has taken me on one of the most beautiful, and at times, challenging experiences of my life. Jeremy has always made it a priority to highlight the beauty, uniqueness and personality of each one of us while ensuring we are depicted in a way that is truthful yet respectful. Through his artistry in combining humor and drama he makes sure that the audience gets a sense of who we truly are as women and as human being. Since Trantasia we have remained very close friends and have had many hit and misses developing a show. However the fish out of water journey to change perceptions while showing the humanity of love for someone in need has been the winner. I must say all three of us, the Wild Girls, have grown as women since the filming of Wild Things. We are so different yet the same. Cassandra and I had our challenges and honey when I say challenges I mean “CHALLENGES”! However we have become closer. And Tiara, well she is my dog “ you know like my homie ” (Randy Jackson lingo) love them both! Filming 12 hours a day in 120 degrees under the sun, smelling cow shit, wearing polyester security guard uniforms in high hells with all that darn hair and trying to be cute and funny…its not easy honey. This was gorilla type shit doing our makeup on the mirror of our fabulous Winnebago. So I give it to us and the crew cause the lord knows we were bitchy. Jeremy will tell you its not easy traveling with three tranny’s in a compact car. Oh he’s got some stories! In a nutshell, it was fabulous!

5. Is your family supportive of you being a transgendered woman?
I must admit at the beginning of my transition we had challenges. I went from being a popular, football jock with a beautiful cheerleader girlfriend in high school to a 6 foot awkward looking woman for years. So there was some resistance. My belief is that my family was afraid that I would not be successful as a woman, however today my brother is my biggest cheerleader. He walked me down the aisle when I was married and my mother threw me the best reception any bride could ask for. My mother is my best friend and I can talk to her about anything without judgment. People have fallen in love with my brother Joe. How could you not? He is one of the kindest human beings and I am so blessed to have him as a big brother. I truly thank god every day for so many beautiful blessings, especially a loving family that loves me just as I am.

6. In the documentary Trantasia, you share that you are married. Are you still married and how are your relationships affected by you being transgendered?
Relationships change as much as we change as individuals. The love is always there. I was fortunate to have met someone who took me and loved me with all my flaws. “God knows there are many”. I am not easy to love as I bring a lot of baggage along with a hot temper and much passion. I have experienced love in a beautiful form. I am not the person he married anymore and our relationship has changed but the love is there and will always be there. We still live together. We are a family. He will always be one of the most beautiful experiences of of my life. I will leave it at that.

7. What do you think is the biggest political issue facing transgendered people in the United States?
The small representation of transgendered individuals involved in the process of creating or amending current laws affects us tremendously in the political arena. One great example is how, not too long ago, we were excluded from the original version of ENDA “the employment non discrimination act” by so-called LGBT organizations. In all honesty discrimination against Transgendered individuals, Gays and Lesbians will not stop because of a law, however it will give us a recourse to fight back.

The priority must be to ensure the protection under the law of our right to provide for ourselves the basic needs of any human being; food, shelter and medical care.

This brings me to another topic. Sex work. Many trans and non trans individuals are disgusted by the usual depiction of hopeless tranny sex workers in the media, stating that this is shameful and not an accurate depiction of trans women. But the reality is that the tranny sex worker really does represent a huge segment of trans women all over the world, many whom are women of color. Some will argue that this is by choice, however that statement does not reflect the lack of variety in choices, especially for transgendered youth. Many sell their bodies for just enough to eat and might not have a place to rest their head.

In all honesty, it is disappointing to witness this lack of empathy from own community. We are one community; from the beautiful to the unattractive, passable to the trucker driver looking girl. And, of course, lets not forget the glamorized but also stereotypical twirling girl making it rain dollar bills, while lip singing to our popular songs.

We need to stop looking towards each other as those people and get involved to ensure that educational access and resources are available for all trans women so that we can move towards a future with women with higher education, degrees and skills levels that will translate to successful carriers. This also needs to be supported by laws that protect us against discrimination in the work place because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

8. Do you believe Latina transgendered people are treated different than white or African-American transgendered people?
Culture and where we come from always plays a role in how we are perceived and sometimes treated. I believe that the issues that affect the transgendered community crosses ethnicities and truly doesn’t differentiate because of race or ethnicity. However, language barriers can be a huge disadvantage for many recent immigrants from Latin America. This will also be an added factor to issues dealing with treatment and discrimination of Latina Transgendered people.

I do see a difference among women of color and white women when it comes to decisions regarding time of transition. Women of color tend to transition at a very young age with out many resources, while many white women transition later in life once they have established themselves financially as men. I am yet to come to an understanding of why this is so prevalent but I can only assume that culture and environment are major influences in this decision process.

9. Can you tell us about your work in the HIV community?
I began doing HIV/AIDS prevention work because I had seen how the virus had devastated my community and friends. The community was being infected and affected by the virus, however there was a lack of representation of women who were transgendered. Funding has always been a huge concern and one of the main issues when it comes to HIV prevention and the lack of programs that were in existence for transgendered women. A study in early 2000 reflected a 22% rate of infection among transgendered women in Los Angeles County. This was alarming. As a community we had to make sure that we were at the table when funding decisions were being made. I am fortunate to be part of a generation that is not just sitting back but getting involved in ensuring that our health and well being are part of the discussion. I care about my community. I care about their health. The reality is that HIV/AIDS continues to devastate lives and its preventable, so the fight continues.

10. If you could send any message out to our younger gay community regarding STD’s and HIV, what would you say?
I can’t emphasize enough that HIV/AIDS is preventable. There are resources and tools in place to assist us in making informed decisions and take care of our sexual health. Utilize them. Attend support groups. Be informed about your bodies and how important it is to use protection when engaging in any type of sexual activity. It only takes one time. Do not use your instincts as a guide to gauge who is safe or not. You cant tell if someone has HIV because of how they dress or how they look. Get tested and always use a condom. Its your life. Protect it!

11. What message would you send out to our younger transgendered or questioning community regarding transgender transformation?
I would say that you hold the key to what kind of man or woman you want to be. The beauty of our lives is that we define our selves by a true sense of self. Even though the journey will not be easy, the reward of living life as your true self is endless. Many women and men have fought tooth and nail to ensure that we, as a community, are recognized and that change happens that will include equality and acceptance for transgendered individuals. Be proud. Get involved. There are so many resources and programs in place. Utilize them. And congratulations for being true to your self!

12. How important do you believe therapy is in the process of gender discovery?
I must admit even though I could use some therapy I never followed the Harry Benjamin Standards of care which were established as a resource for transitioning and really emphasize the need for therapy among other steps that are helpful in transitioning.
I come from a generation when we had no internet and Juanita the neighbor, usually a transgendered women in her 40, was giving hormones shots for 5 bucks next store (perlutal). And your therapy was the transgendered that had pump silicone parties at her house while she told you what your body would look like after 5 sessions.
The resources are there and individuals considering transition should use them and take advantage of them. (For more information on therapy during or after the process of transitioning, contact Peter Monn at Thoughts From the Couch to find contact information)

13. Who do you think are the three most influential or beautiful transgendered women alive today?
Valerie Spencer, an African American woman that gives me chills when she speaks is a true leader in the transgendered movement. She is a woman proud to be transgendered. Her beauty radiates from within. She is one of the women I look up to and aspire to be like, a true blazer for all of us trans women and men. Candis Cane. This woman does it all. She sings, acts and does it all while looking ravishing. Her role in Dirty Sexy Money still has people talking. Her one woman show at the Abbey in Los Angeles is without a doubt an act not to miss. I believe we will be seeing much bigger things from Miss Cane. I just love her.

Rupaul. I know many will disagree with me because of a small detail. Rupaul is a Drag Queen, but hell, I am one too, most of the time. I think when it comes to main stream media she has been one of the most influential gender variant individuals I have seen. Her reinvention with her successful Logo series Rupaul’s Drag Race is fabulous! And regardless whether she identifies as trans or not, mainstream America will look at her and at me and categorize us the same. Furthermore I just love her so there. She is fabulous!

14. How difficult do you think it is for transgendered women who are not physically attractive and struggle looking what we would consider typically feminine?
Well honey let me tell you with beauty comes power! I have been the unattractive fat girl that was always told, “oh you have such a pretty face” to what I am today (somewhat cuter), haha! Beauty is something we all seek. We are influenced by the media and everything around us. The more attractive and feminine I have become the easier my day to day life has become. However I have spent thousands of dollars to look this cheap, haha! Not a luxury many have. I look at myself and, not to say I am Gods gift to the world, but I can appreciate the blessing I have been given to be able to mold my self from an unhappy young man to the type of woman I always wanted to be…slutty! Haha! Just kidding people. But we as individualls need to define what is beautiful to us. And regardless of how beautiful you are on your exterior, it might sound cliché, but inner beauty is something that cannot be purchased. I am a firm believer that if you cant grow it honey, then sew it…“yeah its weave”! Haha!

15. Since one half of the boys of raannt are Latino, Alex is from Venezuela, can you give a strong message out to our gay and transgendered Latino community in Spanish?
Si se puede. I think we are a strong community with a beautiful diversity and colorful culture to be proud of! Take care of your health and make sure that as a Latino you’re involved in ensuring that the issues that affect your community don’t fall through the cracks. y que los quiero mucho y les mando un beso higante xoxoxox….

16. What are five things you always carry with you in your purse?
Well I should be honest right, here we go… makeup specially eye lash glue, a knife. Haha, just kidding. Perfume. Wallet. Gum “bad breath such turn off”. And lube…Don’t ask, you never know! Haha!

17. What do you think it means to be a woman?
Well as transgendered woman we have to redefine what womanhood is for us. For years as a young transgendered woman I thought that the day I got my breast implants I would be a woman. Well after surgery there was no epiphany. I was treated the same, I felt the same, just with bigger boobs…that I must say are fabulous! Haha. I then realized that my womanhood was not only physical, it always came from within. To be a woman and all it encompasses; self assured, complex, intriguing and full of mystique and allure…takes years. Womanhood is something both genetically born females and transgendered woman develop into. I wasn’t born female but today I can assure you I have grown into my womanhood.

18. What is the biggest incident of cruelty or discrimination you have ever faced?
I must say that a few years back, while in Miami at a popular club space, I was the victim of a brutal attack fueled by hate towards what I represented. After my assault, I was further victimized by the officials that were supposed to protect me. I was incarcerated and molested and paraded naked in front of many of the officers in the detention center. It reminded me of how we are all targets of hate. I never thought something like that could happen to me, however we must not be silent. I contacted Amnesty International and every organization I knew. You can still find information about the incident by just typing my name. One of the saddest days of my life. I will never forget that feeling of hopelessness and anger. Today that experience continues to be my fuel to give myself and women like me a voice because we are here and we are not going anywhere honey!

19. What would you say to a gay or transgendered youth who is thinking about running away because their family is not supportive of their life?
I was homeless at the age of 18. I remember being in a strange town sleeping under a park bench and the fear I felt. Those are experiences that have left an imprint on my life because of that one decision. Things turned out ok for me but it’s not the case for many youth that leave at such a young age. Seek help. There are resources and support groups that both you and your family can utilize Running away is not always the answer and it sometimes takes us on paths we never thought possible Exhaust every other option before putting yourself at risk without shelter or resources to take care of yourself.

20. If you could only listen to three CD’s or musicians for the rest of your life, and they couldn’t be mixed, what or who would they be?
Lady Gaga, Madonna, Sade…so gay of me huh?

21. You have lost a lot of weight since Trantasia. What inspired this weight loss and how did you do it?
Seen my big ass as on a huge screen at the Out Fest Film Festival wearing a bright yellow swimsuit was a moment I made the decision. “Oh I have to do something about that ass”. So I began trying to lose weight. It’s been years of struggling with weight and about two months before shooting began for the TV series Wild Things my director, Jeremy Stanford said to me, “Well you know Cassandra Cass is training like an athlete”, and laughed so hard. Haha. I said, “Oh hell no!” I had already lost some weight, but I cranked up the process. I wanted to make sure that I did not look out of sync with the other two skinny bitches, haha! In reality, I have made the decision to eat better. It’s not easy, but I feel better at this size. I follow a low carb diet and did work out for a few months. However, I have slowed down on the work outs.

22. What are your comments about hormone therapy?
Hormones are the fountain of youth and beauty. Use them with caution but they are the only thing that will help you in going from a frog to a princess, along with some cosmetic adjustment if needed. But honey, in some cases, drastic looks need drastic measures and to soften a rock throw some estrogen at it and it will do the trick. I am living proof of the power of estrogen. Seeking medical advice and supervision is my strong suggestion.

23. Because we always ask…boxers, briefs, jockstraps…or nothing at all?
Boxers are my favorite. They are sexy. Especially the snug kind…if you know
what I mean…

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Erica Andrews…Global Beauty!!!

You would have to see her to believe her. She is simply…amazing. Gorgeous, contained, calm and professional. One part Miss Universe, one part 1940’s screen gem and one part, well…unbelievable! One of the most incredible entertainers of our time. We’ve watched her from afar for so long and recently we got a chance to get up close and personal with the one and only Erica Andrews!

1. How was Erica Andrews born?
Erica became Erica Andrews when Tandi Andrews made her daughter.

2. What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
In my personal life, my family’s support. In my professional life, a consistent career in doing what I love most; pageants, drag and being an entertainer.

3. Who are three celebrities that inspire you?
There are lots in so many ways but the first three that come to mind are Cher, Penelope Cruz AND Ellen Degeneres.

4. What are all of the titles you have won and which one meant the most?
All of them. (National Entertainer of the Year, Universal Show Queen, Miss International Queen in Thailand, Miss Continental and Miss USofA…to name a few!)

5. During your interview for National Entertainer of the Year, which was priceless, you mentioned eloquently, the importance of professionalism.
How important is professionalism in the entertainment industry and what advice would you give people just starting?
Being professional in any business is key. In some businesses you have the opportunity to slack, but not in this business. You snooze you lose! There is always a girl waiting to get in your pumps, so stay focused and don’t slack!!! Be on time!!

6. What inspired your winning talent for National Entertainer of the Year?
Joan Crawford has always been a star that has amazed me by her dedication and her blunt approach, so I mixed some of Faye’s work in Mommie Dearest with a little drama from another fav(Shirley Bassey) AND Waa Laa!!

7. Do you consider yourself a “drag queen” and if so at what point did this change?
I consider myself an entertainer.

8. Who are the three greatest female illusionists of all time?
Tandi Andrews, Naomi Sims And Michael Andrews, Just to name a few.

9. Who are the three greatest current female illusionists?
Please don’t ask me that…

10. What is something we wouldn’t know by looking at you?
I play volleyball and I garden.

11. If you could only listen to one CD for the rest of your life, and it couldn’t be mixed, what would it be?
Louis Armstrong-What a Wonderful World.

12. You win $300 Million in the lottery tomorrow and have to donate half to a charity. Which charity and why?
Homeless children in America. I ran away from home and struggled. I was never homeless but I got to see what it could have been. I feel that we need to take care of our own problems in our own country first.

13. We think you might be one of the most beautiful women to have ever graced this Earth. What is beneath the beauty that most people don’t see?
Thank you. I’m humble and very respectful. When I’m home I like to relax, no make-up, heels or fancy clothes. I just like to be as simple as possible.

14. Tell us about your family’s support or lack thereof regarding your being transgendered?
My sister has always been my best friend. She always supports me and loves me unconditionally. My mother was never that shocked by my decision to be happy, she just needed to learn about it. My brothers are closer to me now more than ever. It’s all good.

15. What do you think the biggest political or social issue related to transgendered people is today?
They don’t know where to put us!

16. What is the sexiest city in the world? Sexiest club? Sexiest hotel? Sexiest beach?
Paris! TAO BAR in New York. And I find the W Hotel exotic! Cancun beaches for sure!

17. If you had $200,000 to spend on only one designer, who would you choose?
Valentino Garavani.

18. What are your top five favorite movies of all time?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, All About Eve, Mommie Dearest, Pretty Woman AND Amores Perros(or any movie by Pedro Almodovar).

19. What are any three musicians, movies or actresses that inspire the illusion of Erica Andrews?
Raquel Welch, Sofia Loren, Uruala Andress and more recently Ninel Conde and Sofia Vergara.

20. What differences would your fans find interesting about the differences about Erica on stage and Erica at home?
Day and Night!

21. You have been in several movies, Ticked Off Trannies with Knives and Trantasia. Tell us about those experiences.
TOTWKwas so much fun because I knew all of the girls and I could relate to my character(Emma Grashen). In TRANTASIA I got to meet some of the most beautiful transsexual ladies and I got to share a little of my day to day life on film. It was a great experience!

22. Are you in a relationship and if not, what would it take for someone to be your Prince Charming?
I’m waiting to get butterflies in my belly…that’s how I’ll know!

23. Since we ask everyone…boxers, briefs, jockstraps…or nothing at all?
I don’t discriminate!

Thanks Erica…All our best in the future…
Like always…
Eyes Open, We’re Watching!

(All pictures with permission of Erica Andrews and most by Kristofer Reynold’s Photography per Erica Andrews)