Just a few years ago she started her professional drag career but after winning the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Violet Chachki is a force to be reckoned with. With outfits to die for, an amazingly small waistline and the title of ‘Next Drag Superstar’ it’s impossible to ignore this talented queen. On the fifth and sixth of April Chachki will perform in Amsterdam during the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons’ show. Time for us to catch up with her!
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Violet, where are you at the moment?
The girls and I are preparing for the show tonight in Birmingham. I just met the fans during our meet and greet session and they were so sweet and amazing! It feels like an incredible audience so I’m excited!
Even though it’s already been a year since you won the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, we’d still like to congratulate you! What kind of feeling did you experience when RuPaul announced your name as the winner?
I was shocked! It was a really fierce top 3 with Ginger Minj and Pearl. The whole experience has been really crazy.
Did you expect to win?
You know, I didn’t really expect anything. Just hearing RuPaul say your name at all is usually pretty shocking so when he announced me as the winner it was pretty amazing!
”Just hearing RuPaul say your name is usually pretty shocking!”
On social media you have a lot of fans but there are also people that claim RuPaul chose the wrong winner…
Everyone gets criticized; it’s a part of it. I hate to think that I signed up for criticism when I signed up for RuPaul’s Drag Race but I did. Everyone has got an opinion. If Ginger or Pearl would’ve won there would have provably been people who said they shouldn’t have won. It is what it is…
But do you read all the online comments?
I try not to read everything. I go through periods where I’ll read stuff and it’ll upset me so I stop reading it. It kind of comes and goes in waves. Everyone has got an opinion but it doesn’t make their opinion valid.
True, and what are we actually talking about: you won and that’s what it is! Let’s talk about the amazing creations you wore during Drag Race. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspiration from everywhere. I really love glamour so any kind of outfit that has a glamorous touch to it I draw lots of inspiration from. For example Thierry Mugler or Galliano for Dior.
Never had the feeling that you wanted to steal the wardrobe from any of the other drag queens?
Not from one of the queens that have been on Drag Race… But there are some drag’s I follow on Instagram who I think are really fierce and have an amazing wardrobe. I’m thinking about some queens in Spain and Paris. They have an amazing access to designers, wardrobe and stylists. They are really inspiring.
When we look at you, we also see a little hint of Dita von Teese. Isn’t she one of your inspirations?
Yes, I love Dita! She’s such a sweetheart and a real glamour icon. She’s really selfmade and I respect her for that. I love getting compared to her and people understanding the reference.
But you haven’t been doing drag for that long, right?
I started working as a professional drag queen about three years ago. So I’m still really young as far as drag years are concerned.
And did that make it harder for you to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Yeah, being young and being a little bit less experienced does make it harder to be on Drag Race because people kind of look at you as being ‘less’ than them. But on the other hand: being a young drag queen is also a lot more refreshing and fun. That is something some of the ‘older’ queens don’t have.
Speaking of ‘refreshing’ and ‘fun’: you also launched an EP called ‘Gagged’. Tell us something about that!
I love drag because you get the opportunity to have a full creative experience. Creating your own music to go with your own visuals is part of that. It’s kind of what RuPaul has done: she created her own music as a way to be a full package. For me that was the intention of what creating music was about… To be really well rounded.
Does that mean we can expect new music from you?
I always keep a log on my phone of inspiration for potential lyrics. Maybe I’ll do something with it in the future but nothing is in the works right now.
And on the fifth and sixth of April you will be on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons’ in Amsterdam. What can the audience expect from you?
I’ve got a brand new Burlesque routine to perform with really exciting aerial hoops. I can’t wait to get to Amsterdam!
Have you ever been to Amsterdam?
No, I haven’t! I’m so excited to get to go out and see and experience the culture. I’ve heard amazing things about the city. I believe the girls and I will have a really great experience in Amsterdam.
Did you have experiences that were less great? Experiences that were bizarre or weird…?
I had such a weird experience during a ferry ride. I think it was to Dublin. I had gotten a massage on the ferry but they didn’t take creditcards and they didn’t have an ATM so I couldn’t pay. So the masseuse made me pay in alcohol.
”On a ferry ride a masseuse made me pay in alcohol”
Yeah! She made me go to the store and buy her a bunch of alcohol. I think she was a real Irish girl. It was the weirdest experience… There are weirder experiences but they get pretty X-rated.
X-rated?! You can always tell us your X-rated stories…
I can’t, I can’t… And I actually think tonight’s show is almost starting!
Okay, one last question! If you could give an advice to starting drag queens, what would that be?
Just do it! Quit waiting… If you really want to do drag and you really are a drag queen then it should come kind of natural to you. There was a person in the meet and greet line that wanted my advice on starting drag and he was so scared to start. I said: ‘A drag queen isn’t particularly scared, they don’t hesitate’’. There is no way to start and look pretty! Just put on your own make-up, look trashy and go out. You’ll have to evolve from there.
Well, thank you so much for your time and good luck at tonight’s show!
Thanks! And I can’t wait to see all the fans in Amsterdam.
Want to see Violet Chachki in real life during ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons’ in Amsterdam? You’re lucky! The first show on the fifth of April is completely sold out but you can still get some tickets for the second show on the sixth of April. Click here!