Alien and fierce Queen Alaska Thunderfuck is everything, but you already knew that. She has already claimed the title of Supreme Queen after winning “Drag All-Stars” Season 2. She dropped a second album, Poundcake in 2016, and has starred in Todrick Hall’s musical “Straight Outta OZ.” We catch up with Alaska to see what else this Queen has up her skirt besides a dick.
How has your life changed now that you’re America’s Next Drag Superstar?
Not much as changed. I’m busy, and I’m working a lot, which I’m grateful for. I also have a shiny new hat which is really pretty. Right now though, like many people, I’m feeling the angst and depression and confusion concerning the recent election. This election has confirmed that we are surrounded by people in this country who wish to see us eradicated; who don’t see us as equal citizens of Earth. Whether it’s because we are members of the LGBTQIA community, or because we are women, or because we are black, or Muslim. Our Facebook feeds and our Twitters are just an echo chamber where we can block anyone who doesn’t agree with us. However, this election is a wake up call to the fact that we are surrounded by enemies and we must remain vigilant and not back down without a fight.
Any advice for queens who are trying to make it into “Drag Race?”
Be yourself-- even if you think that’s not what they’re looking for. Keep trying. What they’re looking for is something they’ve never seen before. So take the parts of yourself that are weird or ugly, and bring them to the forefront because you could be that thing.
I’d love to learn a bit more about your home, Glamtron. What was it like growing up there?
Glamtron is not a place, physically. It exists on a different energetic vibrational level. It cannot be seen or touched the way our dimension can. Glamtron is not a place. It is an idea.
How has your new life here in LA been treating you? Anything you miss about your home planet?
Los Angeles has lots of car traffic but I find it soothing. The freeways are elegant. I live in Hollywood. And it is not a fancy, upscale place. I love the seedy filth of Hollywood, the neighborhood, juxtaposed with the old fashioned glamour of stars in the sidewalk and giant dilapidated letters on a hill proclaiming HOLLYWOOD.
As a foreigner to our world, what would you say to us humans who want to become more fabulous?
Any tips to becoming a fierce intergalactic queen? Shh. Let’s all just... Shh. For a moment. At least. Also, some girls have dicks and some dudes have pussies. Let’s get into that. The more we celebrate this, the sooner we can be at peace.
I love your new album, “Poundcake.” Who would you say are some of your musical influences?
When making ‘Poundcake’ I was actually inspired by NWA and the 90’s rap movement. They made music t about community, and for their community, it was both raw and real and didn’t conform to the mainstream. I think in many ways drag parallels that. We’re this underground culture and the mainstream is slowly catching up to the fact that we exist and we’re stunning. I wanted to make an album where I wasn’t worried about how many swear words I was using, or if it could be played on Kiss FM or not, or if everyone would understand what the fuck I was talking about. It’s for drag, by drag, and about drag.
You continually bring sickening looks to the runway and in your live performances. What designers would you say have inspired some of your iconic looks?
I love my talented friends. Dallas Coulter of San Francisco makes many of my clothes. If you’ve seen me in a gown, she’s probably made it. She designs clothes for a lot of queens because she understands their bodies and what makes them look the best. Also, Nevada Thunderstorm 500 makes my nail gloves, which have saved my cuticles and also look stunning. I never take them off.
When you’re not in drag, what would you say your style is?
I still dress exactly like I did in high school. I wear children’s clothes that are too tight and too small for me. Also I love wearing drag shirts. I have a cabinet full of them that is overflowing and may erupt.
Do you have a secret obsession / something you dork out about?
Well, RuPaul’s Drag Race. But that’s not a secret. It’s also not much of a secret, but I love “The Golden Girls.” They are a religion for me. I study them daily. And so any time someone wants to buy a gift for me, “Golden Girls” things are always a safe bet.
What are you currently working on? What can we expect to see from Alaska?
I have some secret projects in the fire. So stay tuned. But right now I’m enjoying singing the new music with the children of the world. Go to alaskathunderfuck.com to find out when I’m coming to a city near you. xoxo
Keep up with Alaska on Instagram @theonlyalaska5000 and Twitter @alaska5000.
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