When it comes to drag queen entertainers I honestly consider myself a privileged connoisseur since I’ve known some of the greats very well, seen the very best and witnessed greatness onstage. I always say that I was raised by drag queens because when I first came out at 18 they took me under their wings and to some degree, gave me mine. I found my sharp tongue, fierce competitive edge and love for everything glitz and glamour from them! And thanks to the delicious Kristofer Reynolds for the imagery and Detox’s Instagram for the image. She is paiiiyyyyntedd. Catch her at RuPaul’s Drag Con in May.
We’ve watched Logo TVs RuPaul’s Drag Race every season, every episode and I could name every drag queen that was on it. I’m cute like that. Sorryboutit. When I started my blog I knew I’d love to have privileged access to gay culture’s hottest celebrities and be able to ask them the questions no one else was asking. I’m not afraid of getting in there and asking the Tea. Well, through trust and a well-written word, gay celebrities and edgy reality stars do trust me and realize that just a few minutes of their time can create tons of traffic and attention to their brand and name. Detox is my next victim for Tea pouring and I worship her!
She was the first one to walk into the workroom on RDR and was one of the last standing. Detox turned challenges out, stood tall and proud of who she was, and impressed me and many greatly. Here she shares what RuPaul is really like, who left the show before their time and what she’d do differently. She’s outspoken, opinionated and brutally honest. She is Detox.
Steven Michael – Where and How was Detox created?
Detox – “She came about primarily to sneak in to clubs at an early age. Originally she was also called Dita but I liked to drink and fall too much so it turned into Detox!”
I LIVE! I was also in the clubs at an early age. Shady us. Biggest misconception about filming Reality TV? About RuPaul? About doing drag as a living?
“That nothing is real and what genuinely occurs will be stretched, pulled, and worked over more than my face. Ru is amazing but when the cameras are on she gets right in to that character and is in work mode. I really appreciate that. As far as drag as a living it’s different for everyone. I feel so blessed that I’m an artist who is able to fully support myself by doing art in which I love so much. It’s truly a blessing… People would kill to have that.”
Honey, they have killed before. We’ve all heard of those old school Miami queens who would put ground glass in other’s setting powder back in the day. Ouch! I love what you said about RuPaul. I’ve heard that he is all business. I can appreciate that, too. Ru is a very busy man. What did you miss most about being away cut off from the world while filming?
You poor dear. Well, we were having a drink for you here at home. No Tea. Now, about your creativity being off the charts! Your grayscale imagery at the reunion was everything and more. How long did it take to create the look and what made you decide to do that look for the evening?
“It was about 3 hours or so and I had a ton of help from my airbrush artist Nelly Recchia. As soon as I got the (untimely) boot I knew I wanted to do that look. It was a pain in the ass to make it come to life but so worth it. I may not have won the crown but goddamnit I won the reunion!”
(snaps) Bitch you sure the hell did. Did you go into Drag Race with the intent on forming a strong alliance like you and RoLaskaTox did?
“Not at all… We also never looked at it that way. I’ve been friends with Roxxxy and Alaska separately for years and we all bonded. It was just something silly. It never even dawned on us that the other girls felt that way.” (laughing)
What did you find as the hardest challenge all season of RDR?
“The hardest one to me was the Telenovela challenge. The mini-challenge opened up a ton of unhealed wounds that I couldn’t shake off for the rest of the competition.”
And speaking of the word “All,” if anyone should be in RDR: All Stars it’s thou, my sweet. Would you do anything different if you had another time around?
“I’d ask them what role they want me to play this time instead of editing the shit outta me!”
Girl, tell your tale. SHWERQ, Hunty. You auditioned for RDR before. How many times and what do you think was the deciding factor in this audition tape?
“3 times total. 1st, 3rd, and 5th seasons. I think that they have a plan and strategy for their mix of contestants. They just had to wait to find the right dynamic to fit us all in to. Plus my career has just gone up and up since auditioning first and I think it was the right time.”
I do believe everything has its time. Hard to see that sometimes, though. Ever dive into the pageant world? Why or why not?
“When I first started, yes. I also competed in California EOY. I love the pageant world… I’m just not able to really see myself conforming to fit in certain boxes.”
Yes, I was there that night at House of Blues. Damn that was a long night. I can appreciate all the work you’ve had done creating the image of Detox. You look amaze. Ever contemplate becoming transsexual?
“I used to tinker with the tought of ‘maybe I’m transsexual.’ But I really feel more comfortable with being this outspoken genderfuck. I have so many friends in all aspects of the Trans community and I figured it’d be a slap in their faces just for me to transition in order to throw my tits around.” (laughs)
BE YOU! For reals. I tried for years to figure out where my place was and became wise enough to know it’s exactly where I am at any given moment. I’m me and the mold that made me was quite unique. Even though you and I haven’t met officially I feel we have a kindred spirt like that. Tell us your special gem of living in l.A. Where’s the one place you couldn’t live without or hotspot that is a must-do for anyone? I loved living there!
“I love everything about L.A. For visitors, make sure you peep the Getty Museums and the Griffith Park Observatory. For cross dressing needs, go see Miss Ellen at Hollywood Wigs, Wasteland, and Namie’s Cosmetics!”
Julie the Cruise Director, back. I worship! Girls, grab your lipliners and take that down! Inspirations… Which Person and What Place inspires you?
“Madonna, Amanda Lepore, and Thierry Mugler. My sister is prolly my biggest inspiration! I always get inspired in NYC.”
I have fierce stories about two of them I could tell you over an ‘ole cocktail sometime. Raincheck, sister. Trust. You lived on Florida, no? What brought you to the West Coast?
“After ending a relationship I decided to venture west to help my sister take care of her daughter while she finished law school. I had planned on not doing drag but I did 2 shows and blew up. After years of trying to make it in drag in Florida it was amazing to literally land in L.A .and take off in such a huge way.”
You better live your Hollywood dream. Can you share some of the doors that have opened for you since the show has aired? It really was the best season so far. Strongest competitors, overall.
“It’s hard to say really. The doors that have been open to me for a while as far as mainstream outlets have been incredible but it’s the back doors throughout the rest of the country that have opened I love. Meaning that even though I was ‘something’ before Drag Race, I’m now ‘something’ to those who weren’t followers or aware of the drag community. I love being able to meet all of my supporters.”
Nice! I love saying “Officially.” Of course, courtesy of you. Does it amaze you the way fans and viewers pick up on things and run w it? We loved Alaska’s “Hiiigheee.” Latrice’s “Eat it.”
“Well Alaska’s is originally from Coco and Isis in England who make the best recap vids! It cracks me up. Loosky always teases me and says “I’ve had it. EFFICIENTLY!” (laughs)
I’ll have to check them out. The queens that do the Barbie Doll ones are a riot. I squeal. How was it watching yourself on television? Anything you wished you hadn’t done or said?
“Not at all. There are things I wish would have been shown in a truer light… But I don’t get to sit in on the editing process nor call them out on their shit.” (*Side Eye*)
“Completely. I thought it was quite contrived and was even more irritated that producers played in to the gimmick.”
They sure did. Down. Who surprised you from meeting in the beginning toward the end? Anyone change your perception of them?
Anyone you think left the competition before their time was actually up?
“I’d say Lineysha (even though I sent her home) or Ivy. But most definitely Penny. She got the shit-end of the stick.”
How and when did the Willam/Vicky Vox/Detox trio form and begin?
“With Vicky, we were in a band together prior to doing our own thing. Willam and I met practically when I first moved to Cali and then I kidnapped Vicky after she auditioned for a spot in my show.”
And finally, (very Barbra Walters of me) Who is Detox?
“A fan of foreskin and a fashionista. A foreskinista!”
Best way for people to reach you and come give you money?
“Good Lord… I barely know where I am these days. Check www.facebook.com/theonlydetox for tour dates.”