Another week, another queen! Sasha Belle has sashayed away from RuPaul's Drag Race, after a high-flying episode that tasked the contestants to perform an airline musical.
The Advocate spoke to Belle about the up-in-the-air striptease that "crashed and burned," what it's like to be blown by the Pit Crew (with a leaf blower), and the experience of lipsyncing for one's life in front of Olivia Newton-John.
The Advocate: How did you prepare for RuPaul's Drag Race?
Sasha Belle: I worked hard every year to get better. I tried to learn from my mistakes. I learned how to sew, and my seamstress and I came up with some sickening runways -- except for the jetset eleganza. That was a last-minute switch because of a zipper malfunction.
What did it feel like to be blown by the Pit Crew?
Oh my God, check please! I absolutely love Miles, so it was great to have some alone time... with tools.
What was the most difficult part of this week's main challenge?
Having such a small part. I don't blame Ginger, she obviously made the right decision because Kasha killed that scat. But I was so worried about not standing out, I tried to do a striptease that crashed and burned. But I really loved this challenge, and had a great time.
If you had gotten the part you wanted, do you think it would have made a difference?
Oh, I don't know. I probably would have found some other way to sabotage myself. [laughs] I was overthinking everything.
What is your preferred airline?
Supermodel Airlines. They don't keep their wigs in the overhead storage.
Looking back on the episode, would you have done anything differently to avoid elimination?
I would have relaxed and just played my part, instead of trying to upstage anyone. And I would have brought a backup "jetset eleganza" look.
What was it like lipsyncing an Olivia Newton-John song, in front of Olivia Newton-John?
Awesome! She was so sweet, so I wasn't that nervous about her. I was more nervous about Michelle. I look up to her so much, and I didn't want to let her down by doing something stupid, like letting my titty pop out.
Which Grease character do you most identify with?
I'm more of a Grease 2 fan. I need a coo-oo-oo-ool rider.
Has your experience on the improved your drag, or impacted how you perform?
Yes! I have always made a point to not take myself too seriously. But watching yourself lose a TV show is a master class in humble pie. It was a great lesson. Too bad not everyone on the season is going to learn it.
Is there an aspect of your drag or yourself that you felt you didn't have time to convey, since you were eliminated in the second episode?
I wanted to act! That's my thing, and I couldn't wait to do the Long Island Medium for Snatch Game. I also feel like all the goofy times I had with my new friends were left on the editing floor. I actually had a lot of fun.
Who is your favorite among the remaining queens this season?
Ginger. I think she has everything it takes to win. She is so funny.
What first attracted you to drag?
I think how ridiculous it is. We are spoofing gender, and it was so refreshing after an entire childhood of trying to fit into society's idea of what boys should act like.
What inspired your drag name?
My first name was Frisbee Jenkins. But I switched it to Sasha because of Beyonce, a.k.a Sasha Fierce. And Belle is from my drag mother Pretty Belle.
What should a drag queen always keep in her purse?
Singles, so you can tip your fellow queens and bartenders.
What's next after RuPaul?
Hopefully, RuPaul. I'll Shangela Season 8 if I can fit in the box.
Why did the drag queen cross the road?
Never! She would have a minion do it for her.
Thanks, Sasha! Watch Belle give "Drunk Makeover" tips below.