Pride 2013 Nightlife

Pride Party Headliner: Manila Luzon

Manila Luzon was runner-up in RuPaul’s Drag Race season three and made a splash as a competitive contestant in the All Stars season. Her cross-eyed beauty and signature sense of humor are complimented by her couture fashion sense.

She’ll be the featured performer at Metro Bar on June 1 for a special Pride weekend celebration. We caught up with her to give her a chance to dish all the ‘T’ about her inspiration and motivation. 

You’re beautiful, hilarious and damn creative. Where do you find inspiration? 

Honey, I’m a very visual person, so anything in my line of sight is subject to be turned into drag. I love drawing on nostalgic things, that’s why I am always dressed like a cartoon from my childhood.

I absolutely loved you in both the regular season and the All Stars. After fans got to know you on screen is there anything you’d correct? Anything about you that you’d want your fans to know that wasn’t shown?

Well, maybe a few tweaks here and there, but nothing that’s too noteworthy. Probably just edit out a couple shots that caught me in bad lighting or at a bad angle. What’s done is done. I could spend a lifetime regretting shit I’ve done, but ain’t nobody got time for that! But something that the fans didn’t get to see was all the fun we’d have when the cameras were off, and the drama was put on hold until the next day. I actually sneaked footage from behind the scenes at the hotel and put it up on my YouTube channel.

Although you didn’t take home the crown, you’re one of the most popular queens in the history of the show. Do you think the victory process is accurate and is a good representation of drag talent?

Drag Race is a show before it’s a competition. I beat out many queens with more beauty and with a hell of a lot more talent, but the key to a show like this is to be able to give what will make the most fun TV to watch, while still being true to who you are. That’s why I’m not mad I got the chop so early from All Stars. It was a big upset and created a lot of drama in the season. Besides, I didn’t win $100,000 but in sales from Latrice and my song ‘The Chop,’ I’m getting pretty close to earning it on my own! GAG!

What was the most difficult challenge you had to face while on Race

The challenges are all hard because you are always limited on time and supplies, and you have to do it better than all the other bitches! But harder than any challenge was when I had to see my fellow contestants go home whom I had become so close. Everything is recorded, but not everything gets aired, and you share these very unique experiences with this small group of people, some I became lifelong friends with, and it was the most difficult to see them go and be unable to go along the journey with them to the end.

You’ll be performing at a club in Salt Lake City during Pride. What can we expect to see at your show? 

Child, I have no idea! But you can expect that I’ll have big hair, sparkly shoes and my eyes will be crossed so hard! I never have expectations when I show up to a new city, that way I’m always pleasantly surprised.

If you had to pick one motto to live by, what would it be and why?

‘Happy are those who smile.’ It’s so easy to do, and you can really trick yourself into feeling happy and people like people who are smiling, and so they are happy, too.

Boxers or briefs? 

Briefs; although, sometimes I need to let that tuck fly free and I’ll wear a pair of boxers.

If you were invisible, where would you go first?

I’d probably go fuck with someone and haunt them. Let’s see how Sharon Needles reacts when I actually start moving around her Ouji board.

What is your biggest fantasy?

I’m living it right now!

Any last words for ‘QSaltLake’ readers? 

Come see me at Pride. Bring your six wives and tips!

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