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Canada’s Drag Race Season 1 Exit Interview: Tynomi Banks

Here’s what Tynomi Banks had to say following her elimination from the fourth episode of Canada’s Drag Race

During Thursday night’s episode of Canada’s Drag Race, Tynomi Banks and Ilona Verley were forced to lip-synch for their lives, to Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend.” Tynomi Banks – who survived lip-synch challenges in the previous two weeks – was asked to sashay away.

Here’s what Tynomi Banks had to say about her experience on the show:

You had to lip-synch for your life three weeks in a row, and came out with a winning record! You were 2-1 – do you take pride in that?
Tynomi Banks: “Has that ever happened in Drag Race history, that someone is in the bottom that many times? I got the most air time! And I definitely said some funny s— that I didn’t even remember saying. You do look back and think, ‘What could I have done differently?’ But I was actually happy being on the bottom, because I was like, ‘OK, this is what I’m known for, this is my area, I’m going to f— this b—- up, and win.’ ”

The judges and the other queens had so much respect for you and the career you’ve built, which is nice, but did it add a little bit of pressure?
Tynomi Banks: “There was definitely huge pressure, not just a little bit. I came in there with this name, so I was thinking, ‘I have to live up to the name and surpass it.’ And so when I was missing the mark on so many things, you see me, I’m emotional, breaking down. But the other girls on the show, honestly, I know we were in a competition, but I felt the girls’ support, and that’s what really helped calm me down. Because these girls were like, ‘We’re here BECAUSE of you, we’ve seen you do all these things.’ And that just reminded me. ‘Okay, good, I’m still Tynomi, it’s not lost.’ But I just wasn’t prepared for what the show was.”

What part of it was more challenging than you thought it would be?
Tynomi Banks: “The constant change of environment. You get in there and it’s a mini-challenge, and you’re like, I’m going to win this. You don’t win, f—. So you had better kill it in the main challenge. You think you got it? No, you don’t. This show is a great thing, but it was my first actual competition. The other girls know that life. I’m just listening to my fans and my friends, and they’re saying, ‘You’re going to kill this,’ and I’m like, ‘You know what? I am!’ Because to create the kind of resume I’ve created for myself, that just doesn’t happen. For me, being a person of colour, getting billboards, dancing for celebrities. Deborah Cox literally was like, ‘Hi’ – she knows me. But the schedule of the show was unfortunate for me.”

What do you mean by that?
Tynomi Banks: “They gave me two design challenges! I suck at making stuff! I’m known for my looks, so the schedule sabotaged my life. I don’t make clothes! I literally took two lessons and was hoping it would get me by. But then I see Anastarzia making this intricate cape, and I’m like, ‘Oh, s—.’”

In your final maxi-challenge, do you wish your team could have been working with a different material than paper?
Tynomi Banks: “No! Honestly, our fashion line, I thought it was so smart. I thought we told a story. Anyone can see art in different ways. We literally took paper and made it look like armour! We thought the other girls were going down. I really believed in it.”

What’s next for you now?
Tynomi Banks: “With COVID? Go away, please. But the more people who take it seriously, the faster we can live our lives. I want to use this platform to show people everything I can do. That’s why I got on the show. I always wanted to sing, but I was afraid to, and yet now with all this time, I’m actually working on music. Because of this platform, I’m really happy that so many people are reaching out and saying, ‘Do you want to do this? Do you want to do that?’ So I’m busy, which I’m thankful for, because if it weren’t for this show airing during COVID, I’m not sure what I would be doing. Performing in my living room? I’m very over it. I miss the stage. But I think it’s getting better, we just need to have patience, and be safe.”

Missed a week?: Read our Canada’s Drag Race season 1 weekly recaps right here!

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Canada’s Drag Race airs on Thursday nights only on Crave.

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