RuPaul's Drag Race Winner Bianca Del Rio on Traveling the Country: "Three Drinks, We're All the Same"
Some cities are gayer than others, and South Beach is pulling a serious three or four on the Kinsey scale. The influence the gay community has had on our development through the decades is no secret, and why would we ever want it to be? Miami is out and proud, and we celebrate our heritage any chance we get.
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One such chance is right around the corner, coming June 23, as Glitter Box Mondays basks in its own milestone of four great years bringing drag to the masses at SoBe's Kill Your Idol. To make the evening really unforgettable, they drafted this season's winner of everyone's favorite fishy show, RuPaul's Drag Race, to host the party, Bianca del Rio.
Yes, that beautiful, bossy bitch is on her way to South Beach, and we got the chance to catch up with her in advance.
New Times: First of all, congratulations on your win, Bianca. It was stiff competition.
Bianca Del Rio: It's been an amazing journey. I have no complaints, it's quite lovely.
How long ago was it that you actually won? It's filmed, and then you have to watch how everyone reacts when it's aired, right?
When it aired, we filmed it the week before, but they filmed all of us winning, so it's not like any of us knew. They filmed all three of us winning in front of a live audience, and then they aired that night who won, so I was not privy to any information prior to it. Just imagine, 1,600 people in an audience, you can't trust them, so they filmed all three of us and aired it later that night, so none of us knew until the moment.
It's the right way to go, let's be honest, we live in a world of social media, 1,600 people tweeting and posting and conversating. It's crazy to assume you're in front of a group of people and you can trust them.
How has life been since the win?
It's good, I'm based out of NY, and I'm home for a day and then I'm leaving tomorrow. The amazing thing about all of it is getting to travel to all these different cities, soon countries because I'll be going to London. It's amazing, the opportunity, and I love work, and the great thing is to get to work and travel. That's the best part about it, you get to meet all these people that tweet or give facebook comments, which wouldn't have happened without the show.
In someone's personal life, traveling can open their minds and their horizons and change them as a person. Do your travels have any effect on Bianca as a character?
No. I think what's funny is that as you go around, and no matter where you are or what you think the city's going to be, it' still the same people. You still have a pocket of people that you get and you understand. Everyone likes to think they're so different, like 'oh New York is this, Chicago is that.' Trust me, three drinks, we're all the same. So when you're in that environment, it's not so black and white. I think what's funny is that, you know, an audience is an audience, and the great thing about it is they all want to see you and see what you have to offer. The've been amazing, and I'm enjoyed traveling, but it's not so taxing as you'd think. You get these moments. I mean, how often have you tweeted someone and you have the chance to meet them? It's rare that it happens for me. I didn't have twitter prior to the show.
So your life has definitely changed in that regard.
Oh my god, definitely! I'm 38, and 38 is different. I have a Twitter page. I didn't have a Facebook fan page. I didn't have an Instagram page before the show. It's actually pretty amazing.
Social media is incredible in that way. I think Twitter is one of the best ways of interacting with people.
It's been very rewarding for me. I've had Neil Patrick Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Margeret Cho tweet me. Allan Cumming. It's pretty genius. These people that you didn't realize were watching the show, and they've been my biggest cheerleaders. When does that happen? It doesn't happen but on social media, and that's pretty genius.