Sonique hasn't stepped foot within the Werk Room since season two of RuPaul's Drag Race, however that doesn't imply anybody ought to sleep on the bombshell magnificence. As a returning contestant for the upcoming RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular, Sonique is able to sleigh the competitors and change into America's first ever Christmas Queen.
Since her days on season two, the famous person drag artist has come into her personal as a transgender girl, and he or she's excited to share her story with America. From her private expertise through the vacation particular filming, to who she's rooting for to take the crown in All Stars four, Sonique spills all of the tea.
RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular is ready to air this Friday, Dec. 7 at eight pm on VH1. Check out our Q&A with Sonique under.
It’s been a few years because you’ve been within the Werk Room and the primary stage. What was that like?
When I bought the decision to be part of the RuPaul's Drag Race Christmas episode, I used to be actually stoked. And I feel it simply got here at an ideal time, not just for me, however for the neighborhood too. It was simply enjoyable and I had all of those inventive concepts that got here to me instantly once they informed me the totally different challenges to organize for.
I used to be actually excited as a result of going residence so quickly on my season actually made me doubt myself as a performer after Drag Race. It's so onerous to have the ability to reintroduce your self when an enormous platform like Drag Race principally gave their interpretation of who you’re primarily based on how you probably did. I discovered a lot from all of the years of watching Drag Race. I used to be so new as a performer on season two, however in my thoughts I felt like I used to be simply actually assured in myself.
This time I'm actually positive of who I’m, and I really feel like I'm a extra well-rounded entertainer. I do know who I’m as an entertainer, as a substitute of being impressed by so many alternative issues. Now I simply sort of collected every little thing that I actually love and I packaged all of it into one. That’s principally who you're going to get on this Christmas episode. I'm tremendous enthusiastic about it.
What can we count on from this particular?
We filmed just a few months in the past. I'm not an enormous Christmas individual, by any means. I'm at all times working and I stay on the opposite aspect of my coast from my household, so I hardly get to spend any holidays with them. Holidays are simply one other set of days for me. So to movie a Christmas episode in the summertime, you may’t actually go scramble round purchasing for Christmas issues — you need to make them up out of nothing.
As quickly as I bought the letter with every little thing in it, I had all of those concepts in my head that got here to my immediately. I designed every little thing that I'm put on throughout this particular, aside from one outfit. The gingerbread outfit was utterly my design. I'm impressed by Jeremy Scott, and I really like him. I used to be positively eager about him after I was creating the look.
My entrance look was the Ice Princess from Batman Returns. Lots of people will acknowledge that look from that film. I used to be born in '83, so I’m drawn to something that got here out within the '90s. But getting ready for this was very straightforward as a result of I bought to tug out loads of references that perhaps lots of people won’t have contemporary of their reminiscence. I can convey that again, that nostalgic aesthetic.
What was your most memorable expertise on set throughout filming? Who have been you stunned to have made a reference to?
Coming in and filming, I wasn’t positive who I used to be going to be working with. It was a small, however good group. There was Trixie and Kim Chi, who I hadn't set to work with an entire lot earlier than. Latrice is somebody I've recognized since her season of Drag Race and we labored loads of gigs collectively. Shangela and I’ve been girlfriends since season two. Jasmine is one in every of my finest associates. And Eureka, I didn't actually know her. I met her as soon as and I believed she was nice on the present. I really discovered so much from her after I was there. She has a lot power to her, and he or she's able to work and he or she's at all times on it.
I do know she's annoying to so much folks, however she needs to be a star, and he or she needs to be in entrance of the digital camera. I feel that was one thing I used to be missing on my season. I actually didn't know methods to act in entrance of a digital camera, or play towards it. I simply discovered so much from her being there. And I bought alongside nicely with everybody on the set. I feel I made some new associates from it too.
Mayhem and I’ve recognized one another since 2010, and I used to be simply so blissful to see her on the present. Although we have been shut earlier than, I simply really feel like we turned even nearer associates. We have been each on the identical boat. We each went residence early, and we all know we had so much to present. So coming again to this Christmas episode with Mayhem, we each had the identical feeling, that this could be our solely probability to come back within the Werk Room once more. You by no means know who you’re gonna give All Stars to yearly. Mayhem and I might positively like to be part of that, so I really feel like we each introduced it. It was so thrilling to prepare together with her.
Since season two, you’ve opened up so much about being trans. Did which have any affect on the way you wished to current your self on the present while you returned?
The final time folks noticed me on Drag Race, I had recognized as being transgender. I at all times felt like that, even earlier than I walked within the Werk Room on day one. The casting and everybody else knew that I recognized as trans, however I wasn’t bodily residing that approach. I talked about it all through the season, however it didn’t get aired. They did let me discuss it on the reunion which was actually nice and I’m glad it occurred.
At that point, there weren't as many assets, and I didn’t absolutely perceive how I felt. I used to be from Georgia, and there's such a unique mentality there, so i believe as soon as I moved to California I discovered much more about being a trans individual. But popping out as a trans on Drag Race was very controversial on the time, however I by no means stopped seeing myself as a drag performer. Once I began bodily residing my life as a lady, my drag suffered slightly bit as a result of I used to be nonetheless making an attempt to come back in to my womanhood. Drag positively helped me be extra snug with who I’m outdoors of drag, which was actually good.
I don't speak an excessive amount of about being trans now, solely as a result of there are sufficient folks that wish to be acknowledged for being trans. I'm very proud to be a trans girl, however I don’t suppose it's probably the most attention-grabbing factor about me. I like to simply present up and be fierce and let that talk for itself. So coming again as a trans competitor, it actually felt no totally different from me doing the work that I do all week lengthy and journey round doing. I work with all totally different sorts of drag performers. Drag kings, comedy queens, bio queens, and queens from ballroom dance scene. There's so many alternative sorts of drag and I feel it’s simply nice as a result of there's one thing for everyone in the case of drag.
Having somebody like me signify a vital a part of the drag scene actually means so much to me, and it’ll imply so much to viewers who’re already followers of the present. Even for people who find themselves simply now simply coming into it and studying about these things. I simply actually really feel like seeing slightly little bit of all people goes to open up peoples hearts and minds slightly extra.
I simply can’t wait till this isn’t a subject of dialogue on a regular basis, about what you're doing along with your physique and the way you wish to categorical your self. I wish to normalize being trans. I would like my drag to talk for itself. That was my purpose coming into this. So many individuals make being trans a significant defining attribute, which is nice — and a few individuals are actually good at that. I don’t suppose that I'm actually good at that, I'm simply good at being me, and I simply so occur to be a trans individual.
Who are you rooting for this upcoming All Stars season?
I'm so enthusiastic about All Stars four! Based on promos and my data of those queens, I must say I'm actually rooting for Trinity Taylor. Her and I are a part of the identical drag household. Her drag mom is my drag sister, so we got here from the identical kind of education. We began drag across the identical time. She was in Birmingham and I used to be in Atlanta. But my drag mom would drive me over there the place we'd do exhibits along with Trinity. She already proved that she's fierce and humorous, and simply seeing so many alternative sides of Trinity goes to be enjoyable to look at. I feel individuals are going to fall in love together with her much more. and see how fierce she to actually is.
Another queen I'm additionally rooting for is Monét X Change. I really like her. Just who she is, out and in of drag. I nonetheless really feel good after I see her on TV. I feel she's humorous, and I'm excited to see her. I’m excited to see Gia. She's come into her womanhood as a trans girl and I really like seeing a trans individual compete on Drag Race to see how they do it. Jasmine is a very good pal of mine and I'd like to see her do nicely.
Honestly loads of these women are nice. I'm actually shut with so many of those women, so it's onerous to select who would win. But if I needed to decide one, I'm going to place my cash on Trinity Taylor.