RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner Alaska talks a new tour, drag in the mainstream & being in a Little Mix video!
When Alaska made her debut on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she made an immediate and lasting impression, but it was on the second season of All Stars that she took the crown. She’s released two albums, toured the world and was recently featured in Little Mix’s music video for the song “Power.” Now, she’s headed out on the AAA Girls Tour with fellow Drag Race alums Courtney Act and Willam.
You’re making music, you’re walking the runway for Marco Marco, you’re all over YouTube. In all of those things, what’s the biggest thing that’s changed for you since appearing on Drag Race?
Before Drag Race, I had every job you can imagine. I made coffee, I bused tables, I worked in a clothing store and a porn store. I never lasted long at any of those jobs. The main difference now is I have a job that I’ve been at for longer than one year.
You crushed the competition on All Stars 2. What was the most surprising opportunity that came your way after winning the crown?
Axe Body Spray offered me a bunch of money to make a sponsored post immediately after I was crowned. I hate Axe Body Spray, but I did it anyway. I regret nothing.
RuPaul has been quoted as saying drag will never be mainstream, yet the viewership numbers of Drag Race continue to steadily increase, the Emmys are taking note, etc. What are your thoughts about the place for drag in the mainstream entertainment/media consciousness?
Drag has always been an inspiration to the mainstream. We’ve been stolen from by major straight artists for years and years. I think it’s great that we’re receiving recognition now.
You recently were featured in Little Mix’s “Power” video. What was it like working with one of the biggest girl bands in the world and are you bringing any of that energy to your AAA tour?
Little Mix is huge everywhere but in America. I think the music industry is highly monopolized by a very small amount of young artists in the USA, but Little Mix consists of some of the most talented and exciting artists of our time. I’m honored to have been a part of their amazing video.
What sets this AAA tour apart from others you’ve been a part of?
The three of us are highly involved in the creative process for this tour. Plus we’re working with Square Division who creatively directed Katy Perry and other major artists. I’m excited to see how it looks and what happens.
What are you most looking forward to with the AAA Girls tour?
Watching The Golden Girls in the tour bus.
What are your professional goals for the next year?
I just like working. Whether it’s music or video or TV or merchandising, I’m just blessed to have a job.
What dream/goal do you still have in your sights that you haven’t reached yet?
I can’t tell you. It’s a secret.
For more on the tour, head over to http://www.aaagirls.net
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