When Yvie Oddly walked into RuPaul’s DragRace Werk Room for the first time she uttered words that turned out to be a prophecy,
“Move over, ladies.
This race just took an odd turn.”
And, as they say, the rest is HerStory.
Them talked to freshly crowned drag Superstar to get all the T (with just a splash of shade…)
“I think it’s honestly less about what I bring and more about what I represent. I represent a return to drag as something that’s created by the people and for the people. As Drag Race goes on and the bar continues to be raised, people start to expect more and more from drag queens. They expect you to look more expensive. They expect you to have more skills. I want to remind everyone that drag comes from a bunch of gritty, human performers who probably have day jobs and who maybe can’t afford everything. I’m used to people not necessarily vibing with my opinions or vibing with my perspective, so I was fine with the fact that these queens didn’t get me and my drag. But what ended up actually biting me in the ass was when I realized halfway through the competition that I was literally all alone.
I feel like after Sasha Velour’s rose petal reveal, people started getting into this mindset of who can do the biggest trick and who can pop off the biggest surprise… so, performance-wise, I just planned to get through the finale without relying too heavily on any of my acrobatics or any of the numerous reveals we’ve seen that are now a trend for queens to do.
As far as the look goes, I just wanted something that would help elevate that. I wanted something that would continue my story and show people that I’ve grown — that I can look quote-unquote “more expensive.” But I also wanted something that was going to shock them and literally show a different side of me. At the end of the day, I knew I could pull a flip in a gown and that would be pretty cool.
…I’m hyper self-aware and I’ve been logging my growth everywhere I go. I’ve learned to blend better! [laughs] But that’s the thing. I can’t even say that I’ve ‘learned’ when my words are going to hurt people because I knew when my words were going to hurt people. I just did it anyway — and I still probably will in real life. I think the biggest thing I learned is that I do have a tendency to push people out and make myself an outsider before anyone else even says anything. But I learned that I can’t do that!
My biggest advice is to scare yourself. Do something that pushes you out of your comfort zone consistently because that’s the only way you’re going to learn and grow and discover what it truly means to be yourself.
You can’t find yourself by saying you can’t or won’t do things. You find yourself in the places where you didn’t know you had skills, where you didn’t know you could hit a certain level — where you didn’t you know you could rap!
Check out Yvie’s new rap Dolla Store.
(Photo, VH1; via Them)