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posted Friday, August 12, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 32
Drag Race's glamorous Raven returns to Le Faux
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Drag Race's glamorous Raven returns to Le Faux

by Anthony Greer - SGN Staff Writer

Raven at Le Faux
August 12-13
Julia's on Broadway


Raven, the runner-up of RuPaul's Drag Race's second season, will be performing at Julia's on August 12 and 13 at 9 p.m. Earlier this week she was interviewed by SGN to talk about the advent of Raven, her experience on the show, and all of the success she's had since.

Anthony Greer: What first got you interested in drag?

Raven: I would say the makeup. Makeup was the first thing that made me get interested in drag, and then, of course, after that, the transformation and just having fun as someone else for a night.

Greer: What is your drag style? Who inspires you?

Raven: My inspiration for my drag persona & gosh, I have so many. Well, my mom would be one of them if I'm going for more of a cute and bubbly look. Also Madonna, Kelis because she's kind of out there, Katy Perry, and I also get a lot of inspiration from nature and architecture and things like that. I pull inspiration from everything.

Greer: How long have you been doing drag?

Raven: It'll be 10 years in May.

Greer: Why did you decide to audition for RuPaul's Drag Race?

Raven: I auditioned because critics and people were always like 'Aw, she's all right,' 'She's just pretty,' or 'She's not that talented' and I wanted to go and show off my style of drag, and I wanted to win!

Greer: What was Drag Race like?

Raven: Honestly, if I had to do it all over again I would do it in a heartbeat. I had such a blast. It was very routine and it was very like you need to get up and be ready to go at this time and you know they have everything laid out for you. It was a lot of fun. There were a lot of friendships that were created and there were a lot of bonds that were made closer. & For me, just because I was there for the entire time, it was four weeks of fun and pushing yourself to the limit and finding that there are certain things you can do and there are certain things you're not that great at. In all, it was a fun learning experience.

Greer: Have you kept in contact with any of the girls since the show? If so, who?

Raven: I keep in contact, of course, with Morgan. Jujubee & I get vibes off people, and when Jujubee walked in I felt like she was gonna be my new best friend, so we've remained very close. Of course I've also kept in contact with Shangela. I see Pandora, Tyra, and Jessica every now and then, but not too much anyone else.

Greer: What are some of the most memorable moments on the show for you?

Raven: Probably my most memorable moment in RuPaul's Drag Race would be dressing up as a fucking chicken. It's one of my memorable moments because I completely blew that player challenge up & but it was fun. I've never dressed up as a chicken before, so now I can say, 'Yeah, I've dressed as a chicken selling something on national TV.'

Greer: What's RuPaul like in person?

Raven: RuPaul is honestly a sweet and endearing person. He's a mentor. He likes having these queens who are striving to get on top and helping them along the way, and he has so many words of wisdom and is just very relaxed and down-to-earth and enjoys everything there is about drag. He's one of the most amazing people that I've met.

Greer: What have you done since the show?

Raven: I've done two seasons of Drag U. I've traveled the country. I've made appearances on shows and I've also had the opportunity to be in guest spots on other shows like in a commercial on Nip/Tuck, but all in all, I think something great that I've been able to do is show people the other side of me and show them that I don't mind sitting there and having a cocktail with you and talking for a second. I hug everyone, and I'm actually very nice. When I'm asked my opinion, of course I'm gonna let you have it. When you actually sit down with me you realize that I'm not a bitch, and that is one of the better things that I've been able to do - travel around the country and show people that I'm not some cold-hearted bitch.

Greer: What about you do you believe is unique?

Raven: I think one of my unique qualities is that Raven doesn't mind doing anything. I'll do comedy, I'll do dark and scary, I'll do glamour, I'll do anything, and I love playing with different looks, different hair colors, different makeup, different costumes. & I never get stuck in a rut and I never look at my drag persona as being one style or one type of thing. I also think [it's unique that] I am a boy until I use the Raven persona - I completely separate the two.

Greer: With that said, I know that you just mentioned that Raven is kind of like a jack-of-all-trades, but is there anything that you would view as your specialty?

Raven: My makeup. The reason I got so involved in drag was because of makeup. It takes me three hours to get ready, and that's because I take my time. So yes, if I'm the best at anything when it comes to drag, it would be my makeup.

Greer: What can we expect to see during your performances at Julia's?

Raven: I want to bring a little bit of everything. I want to bring some edge, I want to bring some glamour & just fun and sassiness. It'll be fun. It'll be a good time! I will be most likely be using music that I don't think anyone there has ever heard before.

Greer: If you were to go on the show again, what would you do differently?

Raven: That's a hard one! I think the only thing that I would do differently is that I wouldn't shave my head before I left to go film a TV show, and when asked my opinion, I would also try and be a little nicer about it - but you know, that's how I've always been. I don't censor myself. The only thing I filter are my cigarettes, but I would try and be a little less like a viper and a little softer with words.

Greer: Is there anything else that you'd like to say or anything that you'd like your fans to know about you?

Raven: Well, I would love to say that I love Seattle. I think it's absolutely gorgeous and that I can't wait to go there again. Honestly, I hope that every single person that I meet there knows that they can talk to me or come up to me. If anyone thinks that I'm as bitchy as I came across when I was on TV, I would want them to know that I'm actually an absolute sweetheart. I am the true America's sweetheart of Drag Race season two. & I'm also really excited to see Sister Stella Standing again and work with her, and I'm happy that she's hosting up there.

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