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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 winner Aquaria ends Pride Month in the best possible way: with a tall glass of sparkling sparkling water. The brand recently partnered with Pride Media for its bubbly Out at Night campaign, recruiting staples from the New York scene – including Aquaria – to advocate for the return of LGBTQ nightlife, which has sadly seen a huge loss of life. queer safe spaces due to financial hardship. caused by the pandemic.
Aquaria, the drag girl of Drag race Season 4 winner Sharon Needles always knew she was destined for stardom. Her strong work ethic, her deep dedication to her profession and her desire to make people laugh has taken her to the top. In a conversation with Yahoo Life, she shares how she got here, what she learned, how she handles criticism, and the importance for businesses of supporting the LGBTQ community long after June.
When did you realize that drag was going to be your career?
I think I’ve always seen drag as a full-fledged career option. I’m sure it might sound very open-minded or even very privileged, but it’s true. I feel like I’m young enough (and optimistic enough) to have grown up seeing dating in different types of media where it was seen as a worthy and serious profession. Dragging has always felt normalized in my brain and it’s something that comes so naturally to me, that I sort of think I’ve always seen it as something someone could commit to for their life. . This obviously completely obscures the financial aspect of the drag and the whole “having to pay rent every month” issue, but I don’t think those were stressful priorities when I was a kid.
How do you deal with criticism?
Not good! Just kidding – sort of? I really appreciate any criticism, whether it’s constructive, negative, or somewhere in the middle. There is always something you can take away through constructive criticism, of course. When it comes to negative reviews, even when I get nasty messages or read wrong or judged things about myself, I try to sit down and figure out what kind of process this opinion or what comment can come from and how I can get something out of it not to believe the false reviews because I understand my talents, my skills and my character.
What lessons have you learned as a young drag queen and still apply?
There are certainly so many lessons I have learned in my acting, dancing and dragging life to really name something specific, but I have always tried to make an effort to be kind, flexible, and caring. whenever I’m backstage at work. Many promoters, queens, etc. told me they really appreciate how polite and friendly I try to be whenever I’m in new cities. There are a lot of difficult artists to work with, so if I can be a little breath of fresh air for others, that makes me happy. I feel that I am sometimes very poorly represented and misunderstood because of the aura I give off or the way I present myself. In all honesty, these misconceptions are hardly ever correct portrayals of me because I believe that being a humble, dedicated and caring person is what has led me to such a big place in my career.
Where do you think the drag is going?
I think drag transcends itself. Dating changes lives. Drag saves lives. Drag creates new life. Dragging has never had any limits and society is just starting to embrace it.
What are the things that bring you joy?
I love spending an evening at the club with my friends with crazy looks. This is how I got started in the nightlife scene, and it will always be a source of joy for me. I also like to travel and eat. I know these are definitely two separate things, but they go together whenever I get the chance to see new parts of the world. I would say it was guilty pleasure, but I’m very open with it, but I’m so obsessed with Pokémon and almost everything and everything about the franchise brings me guaranteed joy.
What are the things that stress you the most and in what ways do you de-stress yourself?
Despite how blessed my life is, of course there are a lot of things that torture my mind all the time. I try to avoid stress as much as possible by always trying to have a back-up plan in any given situation. My parents always pointed out to me that accidents would always happen, but the important thing is always to try to avoid them and do your best to fix them whenever they happen. Stress comes out of nowhere and at the end of the day you just have to roll with the punches because you are the only person who will really care. For me, I have the impression that the de-stressing is done more with time than with a particular method.
How important is it for companies, like bubly, to be visible and show off to the LGBTQ community?
When I see brands frequently working with friends of mine in the community or queer people online that I’m a fan of, I can’t help but think about the brand at least a little more. Visibility will always be so important to gay people, so any opportunity that we have to see ourselves potentially thrive in the media is very empowering. So many brands claim to show their support for the LGBTQ + community during Pride Month, but we don’t see a substantial ally for the rest of the year. Brands like bubly, however, continually use their platform to amplify queer voices and provide resources year round.
It’s a really exciting time for New York, and it was a pleasure working with bubly to give New Yorkers a new way to celebrate! There is a lot of debate to be had about all kinds of marketing and advertising, but when I see a company like bubly going out of their way to support and employ queer artists in so many of their projects outside of pride month, it definitely seems to say something about their commitment to not just talking, but also walking.
Do you have a philosophy that you live by?
I’m not sure I have a specific philosophy that comes to mind. I try to do good in the world. I try to be kind and considerate. I try to bring joy and be the excitement that I wanted to see in the world. I try to be the best like no one has ever been. I try to find peace wherever I find myself.
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