Working Girls :: Mimi, India & Delta go for Drag Race’s gold
We have now entered the second week of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 3 on LOGO, and it looks as if it is also the most catty group of queens thus far. The popularity of Drag Race’s search for the next drag superstar is such that every drag queen longs to become a contestant on RuPaul’s alternative beauty queen show. I caught up with three of this season’s contestants representing the East, Midwest, and West regions of the nation. Mimi Imfurst, New York, India Ferrah, Ohio, and Delta Work, California have all made it into week two, but how much further they go? Time will tell. In the meantime -- Ladies, start your engines!
A new level
BB: Were you always interested in being a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race since the beginning of the show on LOGO or did you slowly develop interest?
Mimi: In the drag world there are only a few platforms that celebrate us as performers. When RuPaul’s Drag Race came along, Ru created something that anyone who takes this art form seriously as a business should want to be on. I am the hardest working bitch in the business. I am addicted to working, and I knew from day one that RuPaul’s Drag Race would help elevate my career to a new level.
India: As soon as I heard about RuPaul’s Drag Race, I became obsessed with it! I knew it was for me and I wasn’t giving up until I was given the chance to compete. I auditioned for all three seasons and I guess what they say is true: "Three times a charm."
Delta:: I was game from the jump off. The second I tuned into the show I knew I would have to be apart of it.
BB: What has been your inspiration to do drag?
Mimi: Drag has always been a tool for all mediums of art. It has existed in TV, film, theatre, music, dance and even fine art. It amazes me that it has endured so long in so many genres of art. For me, I am mostly interested in it as a tool to explore theater. If you can make the audience believe you are a woman, and that you’re playing a character, then you can probably get them to believe anything. It’s magical.
India: My family has been there for me since day one. My brother who is also gay really helped me out a lot when I was younger and starting out. It was really great having him to look up to and having a mom and dad that loved me for who I was! They always told me to be myself and not what others want me to be. My friends and fans have always pushed me to that next level. Whenever I’m down or have troubles they always push me to go further and further and I’m not stopping anytime soon! Other queens who are inspirations and idol’s of mine, I could lists hundreds! At the young age of 12 I started doing research on queens and started following several. The first big name queen I saw was Sable Chanel, Miss Gay USofA 1991, and in my eyes she was the definition of drag: hair, costumes, gowns, jewelry, makeup, shoes, mixes, and glamorous!
Delta:: I love the power of femininity. I am inspired by femme fatales and coquettes.
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