You won the online vote to be on RuPaul season 2. What was your strategy?
Well, I didn’t have strategies at that point in my life; I just wanted to be a part of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I decided to do the online voting, but my friend, Esmeralda, she was the one doing everything to make people vote for me. She did a great job because the complete island was voting for me, and I had the support of people both in and out of Puerto Rico. She is the one I owe all of the support to.Was it just lots of social media: Facebook, Instagram...?
Those years it was MySpace! Remember this was 11 years ago. Esmeralda was pushing me a lot because I was lazy with social media—I’m still kind of lazy on that—but Esmeralda was my manager, and that’s why I won. She pushed everybody.
Alright, thanks, Esmeralda!
Do you think you had an edge going into the season because you were already a fan favorite?
No, when they announced me, I actually felt like I had more pressure because the other girls, nobody knew until the show came on TV, but everybody already knew me. The casting site results came out six months before the show, so for six months people were asking me what happened inside the competition.
How long had you been doing drag prior to RuPaul? How did you start doing drag?
I have been doing drag for 19 years. I started in 1998. I’m a dancer, I’m a makeup artist, I’m an actor, and, with Jessica, I’m everything. Before RuPaul, I did drag just for fun and just to express my art. I didn’t know, at that time, it was going to be my passion, and it was going to be my career, so when Drag Race came to my life, it changed everything because I realized this is my business, this is my job, and I’m very proud of myself.