Christopher Turner sits down with season 10 Drag Race winner Aquaria…
 
Turning looks, stunting pretty, she’s the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 winner from New York City. Aquaria dominated the last season of Drag Race and now she’s conquering the world… one high profile gig at a time. She’s travelled the world, walked The Blonds runway in New York, starred in the ad campaign for the Moschino x H&M capsule collection, and become a voice for the LGBTQ community.
 
Her next big performance will have her back in Canada taking over the stage at the elegant Arcadian Court in Toronto when she headlines the SNAP 2.0 after party with DJ Hector Fonseca. IN’s Christopher Turner caught up with the reigning royal ahead of her headlining performance later this month and they chatted about everything from Ru’s season 11 girls, to role models to Drag Race fandom. Read on for some highlights from their conversation.
 
It’s almost been a year since we last talked to you… How has the last year been for you?
Crazy busy, like I can’t remember the last time I was in one place for a solid week.
 
You’ve done so much in the last year… What are you most proud of from your reign as America’s Next Drag Superstar?
I think walking in New York Fashion Week was pretty major. It was truly a dream come true.
 

Going forward how do you think you can continue to spark change and use your platform in the year(s) ahead?
I think the world of drag is ever evolving so I plan to continue with everything I’m doing. Also, new LGBTQ babies are being born everyday so there are always new beautiful people to educate and help grow.
 
Obvious question. Season 11 just kicked off… Is there anyone in particular you are rooting for?
It’s still an even playing field for now. So keep that as a stay tuned for more answer, I guess. That said, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that all my NYC sisters hold a special spot in my heart.
 
Any words of advice for the aspiring drag queens out there?
Stay true to you. I know that sounds cliché but it’s so true. Drag is an art but being a drag star is a business. So many people are going to be trying to change you to fit the mould they think you should be. Don’t let them.
 
Who do you look up to?
There are so many people/queens I consider as role models: Shequida, Bianca, my drag mom, Sharon Needles, of course.
 
Looking back on season 10, what was your proudest moment from the season? And, the hardest moment for you to watch back?
My proudest moment had to be winning Snatch Games. I’m still glowing from that win.
 
And, the hardest moment for you to watch back?
I think the hardest moment to watch was, just well everything else. Being on TV is hard. I find myself over-analyzing and critiquing myself.
 

There’s been a lot of discussion around the Drag Race fandom, especially in recent months. What would you like to see change and how can we bring together the community of fans?
Gay people need to be a hell of a lot nicer. We are all on the same team, dammit.
 
Anything else you’d like to get off your chest?
No but I would love to put something on it.
 
Can you give us a preview of what to expect during your performance at the SNAP 2019 gala?
There will be a few tricks up my sleeve but I’m not saying yet. Come see for yourself!
 
Only if you help me plan the perfect reveal. LOL! After SNAP… What’s next for Aquaria?
I am about to start the Werq The World tour, which I’m soooo excited about. I’ll be spending most of spring in Europe and that’s simply beautiful.
 

 
ACT’s annual Photographic Auctions & Gala will be held on Thursday, March 21 at the Arcadian Court, located on the 8th floor of the Simpson Tower in downtown Toronto.For tickets to see Aquaria perform visit: ow.ly/NARV30nXFmt. IN readers can get a $25 dollar discount on their SNAP 2.0 tickets when they use code “SNAP25″.
 
For more information visit www.SNAP-Toronto.com.
 
(photos of Aquaria by Marco Ovando)
 

Published by Christopher Turner

CHRISTOPHER TURNER acted as guest editor for this issue of IN magazine. He is a Toronto-based writer, editor and lifelong fashionisto with a passion for pop culture and sneakers. Follow him on social media at @Turnstylin.

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