"RuPaul's Drag Race" season five favorite Alyssa Edwards took a drive with the Supermodel of The World this week as a part of RuPaul's ongoing web series -- and the former Miss Gay America had a lot to say.
The breakout queen shared quite a bit about her childhood and her experiences growing up in Texas. The pair also touched on the social perception of flamboyant boy children and the way this mentality is (hopefully) changing as time passes. Edwards also delves into her experiences on "Drag Race."
"Being a big fish in a smaller pond demographically where I'm from, what I thought was the 'it,' what I thought was the 'T,' the 'ish,' the 'gig' -- I came here and it was an eyeopener for myself," Edwards explains, "because it exposed my eyes and broadened my horizon to something so much further than I thought the definition of drag was."
Edwards came in sixth on "RuPaul's Drag Race," after three show-stopping lip-syncs throughout the course of the season.
Can't get enough of Alyssa Edwards? Check out the queen's own YouTube miniseries titled "Alyssa Edward's Secret."
RuPaul -- Wigstock 2004
Werk the fringe, Ru! The <em>legendary</em> RuPaul was on hand at Lady Bunny's Wigstock festival in NYC in 2004, performing "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous" off his "Red Hot" 2004 album. In between songs, he gave the audience his unmatched signature runway walk before singing his hit, "Supermodel," that launched him into the mainstream.
He danced like nobody was watching, he took her wig off, rolled on the floor <em>and</em> he did some voguing. This high energy, heart-racing performance will have you gagging at the sheer talent of Ms. Nina Flowers. The crowd goes absolutely berserk at the end of Nina's set.
Chad Michaels -- Cher
No one gives better Cher-realness than the "RuPaul's All-Stars Drag Race" winner Chad Michaels. The drag veteran has made a career on impersonating the gay icon. As fellow drag queen Willam said on "Drag Race," Cher goes to Chad for tips. Check out this uncanny compilation of Chad Michaels performing some of Cher's greatest hits.
Sharon Needles -- 'TV WIll Never Love You'
This lesser-known performance of Sharon Needles is in no way your typical drag show. A revealing spoken word piece that leaves Sharon raw and exposed to the audience, it explores life after "RuPaul's Drag Race" and the pressures of fame in a way that no traditional lip-sync could ever accomplish. Even the audience becomes silent about halfway through -- prepare to be even more impressed by your favorite scary queen.
Jinkx Monsoon -- GLAAD Awards
Oh, Jinkxy. A groundbreaking queen in so many ways, our "Rupaul's Drag Race" season five champion received an invitation to perform at the 2013 GLAAD awards. Not only that, everyone's favorite Seattle-based queen performed live as usual, serenading the crowd with "Ladies Who Lunch" (No lip-sync here!)
Sahara Davenport -- Whitney Houston Medley
Shortly after Whitney Houston's death, Sahara Davenport, who passed away last fall, paid tribute to his idol in New York City. He performed an upbeat dance medley of Houston's greatest hits, including "How Will I Know" and "It's Not Right But It's Okay."
Manila Luzon -- Tribute To Sahara Davenport
This lip-sync performance of Madonna's "I'll Remember" by "RuPaul's Drag Race" season three runner-up and all-star Manila Luzon was purely emotional. Luzon dedicated the performance to his <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/sahara-davenport-dead-dies-rupaul-drag-race-contestant-manila-luzon_n_1932080.html">boyfriend, Sahara Davenport,</a> who <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20635882,00.html">passed away due to heart failure</a> last fall.
Coco Montrese -- 'S & M'
If anyone knows how to put on a production, it's our Vegas queen Coco Montrese from the fifth season of "Drag Race." From the entrance, choreography (complete with half-naked boys) to the Rihanna red hair, Coco was giving us all kinds of fierce.
Shangela -- 'WERQIN' GIRL'
Halleloo!!! Shangela Laquifa Wadley (drag daughter of Alyssa Edwards) brought the comedy and the controversy to seasons two and three of "RuPaul's Drag Race." This debutante of the Deep South gives you <em>everything</em> in this new video, also featuring season three's Miss Congeniality, Yara Sofia. And who can forget the guest appearance by "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller?
RuPaul -- 'Supermodel (Of The World)'
What can one even say about RuPaul's "Supermodel (Of The World)"? Not only did this iconic video launch Ru into fame and the national spotlight--it brought drag culture into the mainstream. Today, more and more drag queens are producing music videos to build their personal brands, following the path to stardom Ru trademarked in the '90s. All we can say is: <em>You betta werk!</em>
Sharon Needles -- 'This Club Is A Haunted House'
When Sharon's album debuted at #4 on the Itunes Pop Charts in early 2013, he proved that the sky really is the limit when it comes to the trajectory of drag culture. This song, the intro of which is a genius appropriation of RuPaul's intro from "Supermodel," perfectly captures the spooktastic aesthetic of Sharon Needles. The rest of the album features cameos by Ana Matronic, Amanda Lepore, Armen Ra and Jayne County.
DiDa Ritz -- 'Look Back At It'
If you want a lip-sync for your <em>life</em>, look no further than the fierce DiDa Ritz, standout contestant of "Drag Race" season four. Check out her performing "Look Back At It," where the Chicago queen proves why he's called "the legs of Halsted."
Fade-Dra Phey -- 'Party In the USA'
One of the few performances included in this slideshow from a non-RuPaul girl, Fade-Dra was an influental figure in the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tranimal" target="_blank">Tranimal</a> movement in the early 2000s. At first, this performance seems like a campy and innocent portrayal of a Miley Cyrus song. However, it soon progresses into a highly politicized and radical message about bigotry, hatred and homophobia in America. Make sure you watch the whole thing--you won't regret it.
Manila Luzon -- 'Hot Couture'
Manila's most successful video yet, "Hot Couture," provides an important and heartwarming message about acceptance of gender-variance in children at a young age. It's also just a sickeningly fierce video. Check out Jiggly serving up (eating up?) wedding cake-realness at 2:02.
Willam, Detox And Vicky Vox -- 'Chow Down (At Chick-fil-A)'
Before "Boy is a Bottom," this trio released this video during the uproar surrounding Chick-fil-A's anti-gay rhetoric. It is an important reminder that drag can be extremely political and witty at the same time, and that the mediums through which this political action takes place are rapidly changing. Also, this was before Detox was on "Drag Race." Look how far our queen has come!
Carmen Carrera -- 'I Am The Body Beautiful'
We included this video not quite as much for the performance, but the significance of this moment for our girl, Carmen. The first contestant from "RuPaul's Drag Race" to come out as a transgender woman and seek medical intervention, this is one of Carmen's first major performances post-surgery.
Tyra Sanchez -- 'Spiritualized'
Season Two winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Tyra Sanchez did little to push the boundaries of drag while on appearing the show. However, in this 2012 music video for "Hey Jane" by Spiritualized, this queen surprised us all. Playing a transgender prostitute and mother of two children (one of which is her real-life son) this video will <em>literally</em> have you in tears by the end (...and maybe bring some minimal validation for Raven's loss... very minimal)
Latrice Royale -- 'Think It Over'
He is large and in charge, chunky yet funky. The bold and beautiful, He is Latr<em>iiiiii</em>ce Royale! Utilizing every part of his body, season four Miss Congeniality is all over the place in the best way possible. Check the split at 3:50.
Sharon Needles & Phi Phi O'Hara -- 'It's Raining Men'
You know we HAD to include just one performance from "RuPaul's Drag Race!" This epic battle between season four bitter enemies Sharon and Phi Phi was one of the most intense of the season. How could the rivalry end this early?? What conflict would drive the season now?? The answer came immediately after, when Willam faced disqualification and vomited everywhere. Oh, gurl....
Jinkx Monsoon -- 'Thank God I'm Pretty'
We all know how intelligent our little Jinkx is, particularly when this queen utilizes drag to explore different forms of social commentary. Centered around rape culture and the victim-blaming society attempts to project, Jinkx uses the performance to show the audience that this is one issue where "water off a duck's back" is not an appropriate mentality.
Tandi Iman Dupree -- 'Holding Out For A Hero'
The late Tandi Iman Dupree achieves possibly the most <em>sickening</em> entrance to a drag performance ever in this video... You have to see it to believe it.
RuPaul -- 'Cover Girl'
An important aspect of "RuPaul's Drag Race" that helped turn the show into a institution, this is the first music video Ru produced with his final three girls. Though a bit low-budget (...like most of the first season, let's be honest), the video is an important landmark for today's trend of drag queens producing music videos. Also, what queen doesn't love this song?
Pandora Boxx -- 'Nice Car! (Shame About Your Penis)'
Everyone's favorite early-season comedy queen is a genius when it comes to her music videos. His addicting lyrics are always intelligently hilarious and will have you <em>gagging!</em> Also, check out Pandora's blog page for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pandora-boxx/" target="_blank">HuffPost Gay Voices</a>
Sharon Needles -- Human Centipede Set
Leave it to the queen of spook, Sharon Needles, to come up with a whole set around the disturbing "Human Centipede." In this Los Angeles performance, the season four winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" opened the number by playing the infamous scene where Dr. Heiter sadistically explains the human centipede process to his victims. Sharon then appears on stage to lip-sync to Britney Spears's "3." And of course, Sharon had his own human centipede on stage to play with...
William, Detox and Vicky Vox -- "Boy Is A Bottom"
Over 10 million views and counting... The hilarious (and exceptionally well-produced) "Boy is a Bottom," a parody of Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire," has received more views than any other video produced by a "RuPual's Drag Race" queen. After the success of this and "Chow Down at Chic-Fil-A," these three seem to be unstoppable.