By Jennie Orton
CALGARY — The ultimate in competitions for regal iconic fierceness, RuPaul’s Drag Race, is taking its fabulous legs on the road and will be hitting Flames Central this February for the RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Tour, which will feature past contestants from Seasons 1 through 6. We caught up with Ginger Minj, fresh off of shooting Season 7, to get her thoughts on everything Queen.
BeatRoute: When preparing the audition for the show, what was your plan?
Ginger Minj: TO GET CAST! Seriously, I always said to myself, “I’m going to be on that show, but I’m not going to audition until my personal life is together.” After six years of watching my friends go on this incredible journey, I realized that my home, husband, and career were all in a good place and it was finally the right time to throw my wig in the ring.
BR: What goes into nurturing the development of a drag queen?
GM: Drag is the ultimate in entertainment. You’ve got to transcend man, woman, actor, singer, dancer, model, fashionista, barista, etc. and become living, breathing art. Art is not only subjective, it is ever-changing, so it’s important to always push yourself a little further, take a few chances, and not worry about reaching your full potential.
BR: How far do you think Khloé Kardashian would make it on the show if she were a contestant?
GM: Oh, I think she’d make it to the top! She’s beautiful, rubenesque, has a great fashion sense, isn’t afraid to act a fool, and can you imagine how beautifully evil her confessionals would be?! I’d most definitely be #TeamKhloe.
BR: How far would Divine make it on the show?
GM: Before RuPaul there was Divine. She broke down so many walls, brought drag into the mainstream with movies like Polyester and Hairspray, and gave little fat boys like me the inspiration to do what we wanted to do and be what we wanted to be, no matter what the rest of the world thought. Don’t get me wrong, Mother Ru is the ultimate, but I’d like to think that if Divine were still with us, she would be sitting next to Ru at the judges’ table. Could you imagine the history and star power in that duo!?
BR: Who has been your largest influence?
GM: As an entertainer? It’s a toss up for me between Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, two groundbreaking, funny redheads that weren’t afraid to put on a beaded gown and act like a clown. As a drag queen? My drag mother, Rusti Fawcett, who was never afraid to be herself when the world around her was changing. She’s enjoyed a 35-year career because she is exactly who, where, and what she wants to be. As a human being? My mother. She has not only survived divorce after 25 years, a near-fatal auto accident, and cancer (twice!), she has come out swinging. She showed me what it means to be a fighter, and that is the best lesson a mother could teach their child.
BR: What can viewers look forward to in Season 7?
GM: A wild ride! As cliché as it sounds, I can personally assure you that this season is unlike anything you’ve seen so far. It’s bigger, crazier, and you never know what twists and turns are around every corner!
BR: What has been the best thing about being involved with this show?
GM: I’m getting to live out all of my childhood dreams! Some little boys want to be Tom Cruise, some want to be Brad Pitt or even John Wayne… But I always wanted to be Ethel Merman or Lucille Ball. And now I get to do it all over the world!
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