RuPaul Queen Pearl talks perfume and album production ahead of ‘Queens of the Night’ performance 10/18 at the Altria
If Pearl is still sleepwalking, she is certainly living the dream.
Traveling the world performing and DJing for an album that premiered at number eleven on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart, all the while supporting a brand new perfume, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Pearl has proven that she is wide awake.
And she doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Now that she is done with Drag Race, the pressure to be constantly ‘on’ takes its toll. She wants fans to remember that she and all the other drag race superstars are only human, and their lives are not always as glamorous as they appear.
“People don’t realize that we don’t sleep and we barely have time to eat and we are lucky if we have time to take a shower before we get into drag because we just got to the hotel room from the airport and we just traveled across the globe,” she said in an interview with GayRVA. “People don’t see that stuff they just want to see us on the stage in all of our perfection.”
Her album, Pleasure, is different than the other albums her drag race predecessors have dropped in that it does not feature her vocals but was fully produced by the queen herself.
“A lot of the other girls just sort of go to the studio and lay down their vocals and then have everything put together for them,” she said. “I wanted to create something that had something different going on then the other drag race girls.”
Unarguably, she was successful in creating a sound that was unique – the EDM/dance club sound is pure Pearl. She is also the first drag race star to release a fragrance, Flazéda.
Fans will immediately recognize the name from one of Pearl’s most infamous Drag Race moments.
While she is proud of the perfume, Pearl admits she had less of hand in its creation then she does in her other projects.
“People have this picture of me in a lab coat mixing fragrances together. Look at a fragrance that like Britney did or Mariah, they weren’t in a lab wearing goggles and gloves,” she joked.
Putting Flazéda together consisted more of just saying ‘hey this smells good – this smells bad,’ but was a much more relaxed gig then her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race. It is no secret that Pearl had some tough times during the show, even getting in a heated argument with RuPaul herself, but looking back she wouldn’t trade her time on Drag Race for anything because it got her where she was.
However she readily admits that it’s a tough environment to be immersed in.
“It’s very bizarre – you eat, drink, and sleep drag race, there’s no windows anywhere, you don’t even see the sky half the time. You don’t even know what day of the week it is,” she said.
Pearl says Drag Race was an extremely humbling experience. As a hardworking and talented queen she may have been a bit cocky when first walking into Drag Race, but she thought she could scoop up the competition “with her pinky finger.”
But when she saw just how talented all the other queens were, she had to adjust. Ultimately her change in mindset paid off, leading her to be in the top three from season 7.
You can see two of those top three, Pearl and Violet Chachki, along with BenDeLaCreme, JINX MONSOON, and “Pandora Boxx” on October 18th at the Altria Theatre right here in RVA!
SPARC presents LIVE ART: BLUE where kids with abilities and disabilities alike perform on the Altria stage this Sunday
This year’s performance, titled LIVE ART: BLUE, will feature three-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’ and blues harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins.May 31, 2016
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