Canada’s Drag Race Season 1 Exit Interview: Anastarzia Anaquway
Here’s what Anastarzia Anaquway had to say following her elimination from the third episode of Canada’s Drag Race…
During Thursday night’s episode of Canada’s Drag Race, Anastarzia Anaquway and Tynomi Banks battled it out in a Lip Sync For Your Life to Deborah Cox’s hit “Absolutely Not.” The lip sync was epic… but, ultimately Anastarzia Anaquway was asked to sashay away.
Here’s what Anastarzia Anaquway had to say about her experience on the show:
Regarding the rapping, you said, “This isn’t what I do, baby.” And regarding the dancing, you said, “Oh hell no, this isn’t Dancing With The Stars.” So, coming from the pageant world, these tasks just didn’t match your skill set?
Anastarzia Anaquway: “The singing, the rapping, it’s legit not my thing. I’ve never had to do it outside of singing in the church choir growing up. And the spin on it was, we weren’t singing, we were rapping. I’ve never rapped a day in my life! It took me so far out of my comfort zone. And even though I have a very, very brief background in dance, I’ve never danced in heels before. It definitely took me for a spin. But it was fun. When we got on the stage and brought it all to life, we had a good time.”
Looking back would you have done anything differently with your runway look?
Anastarzia Anaquway: “Yes, I definitely would change so much about it. One, I would invest more time in my Cousin Itt look. And the front look was originally not supposed to be Chun Li from Mortal Kombat. It was supposed to be Morticia Addams. So the entire look was supposed to be from The Addams Family. Chun Li was something I came up with literally at the last minute, because Morticia Adams was incomplete to my liking.”
So ultimately, you kind of ran out of time.
Anastarzia Anaquway: “You know, the thing about Drag Race is, EVERYTHING is about timing. In many instances, I think a lot of people run out of time.”
You shared a very personal moment in last week’s episode, talking about the time you were shot. Were you surprised at yourself for talking about that?
Anastarzia Anaquway: “That is something that just came out of the conversation in the werkroom. I think it was Kiara who turned to me, and I was like, ‘Girl, why are you asking me that?’ But you don’t want to come across as rude on the show. So you just start answering it. You start talking because this is what werkroom banter is really about, and sometimes emotional things come out. We expose ourselves. The thing I hate most in life is being vulnerable. I absolutely hate it. So I would not have intentionally opened myself up to the world. It totally came out of left field. But that’s the great thing about this show. Yeah, everybody wants to laugh, we all want to be entertained, we all want to be funny. But there are some raw, unedited, authentic moments, and that’s what makes the show so great.”
As you exited, you said, “I may not have won, but I conquered.” Can you elaborate?
Anastarzia Anaquway: “The thing with that statement is, Drag Race provides this huge platform. Out of an entire country, 12 of us were chosen. No matter where we fall in placement, we’ve all won. There are so many opportunities that already have started coming in. I can imagine that once the entire season airs, the opportunities are going to blow our minds. And I am truly grateful that I got to walk this journey with these 11 queens, because we formed a sisterhood like none other. I absolutely adore that.”
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