Former ‘Drag Race UK’ contestant, Crystal: Watch our exclusive interview
Drag is more than strutting your stuff down a catwalk. Now, drag queen Crystal is out here sharing stories from LGBTQ icons on her podcast, The Things That Made Me Queer. Throughout each episode, Crystal will delve into her guests’ histories and uncover the unheard, colorful, cringey, tender, and powerful stories from their early lives.
In the process, she will highlight iconic moments in queer and pop culture and leaving the listener reminiscing about their own journeys. Watch our exclusive interview with Crystal now.
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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
You may recognize Crystal from the iconic Drag Race UK. She appeared on season 1 of the show and certainly made an impact. In an interview with Radio Times, she explains her style of drag: “Crystal is a gender-bending, ‘mess with your brain’ kinda drag queen.”
“I’m not afraid to look a bit ugly, messy, and scary – it’s not about being pretty all the time. I hope I will surprise viewers and show them that drag isn’t just one thing, or isn’t just looking like a woman. Maybe drag can be about messing with gender and playing with the lines and the boundaries.”
The Canadian drag queen didn’t come to play. In our interview, she states that she wishes she was more prepared for the life of reality TV. Dealing with the competition style reality television show proved challenging and Crystal states that she wished she’d enjoy it a lot more.
The Things That Made Me Queer
The Things That Made Me Queer is brought to us by Emmy-winning media company World of Wonder. Upcoming guests for the premiere season of The Things That Made Me Queer include drag performer and RPDR S5 star, Detox; Musician JD Samson; legendary drag performer, filmmaker, and actor Peaches Christ; RPDR S9 star Shea Couleé, and more.
Crystal states, “This podcast is something I’ve had in mind for a couple of years, and I’m so excited it’s finally come together. When you see a drag performer, what you’re really seeing is a mashup of a multitude of inspirations from throughout their life – in my case Bond Femme Fatales, cartoon superheroes, and fantasy creatures.
“I wouldn’t be able to do drag without those things that made me queer. This podcast is all about hearing what those references are for other people, and how they shaped their queer identities. It’s amazing how diverse they all are, and yet how common a lot of the themes become. This podcast is a celebration of the richness of the LGBTQ+ community, and a window into what makes all us weirdos tick.”
The Things That Made Me Queer was released on January 19th, 2021 with episodes running weekly. It’s produced by World of Wonder Productions and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you like to listen.
Will you be tuning in and listening to The Things That Made Me Queer? Let us know in the comments.