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07 Jun

More with Pollo Del Mar (@TheGlamazonPDM)

In our next segment on the gloriously fabulous and unbelievably kind Pollo Del Mar, we talked about her experience with RuPaul’s Drag Race.  She told us she’s auditioned every year prior to season 7 and “they don’t want me.”  The closest she came to being on the show was when she was in the top 10 fan favorites for season 2.  Jessica Wild went on to star on the show, but she said the experience definitely changed her.  She met some of the future seasons’ stars like Mimi ImfurstPandora Boxx and Jujubee, who remembered Pollo as being “on that website against each other.”

She admits she knows why she wasn’t cast when looking back on her audition videos and is grateful that she wasn’t cast due to the dramatic change in her overall look.  She’s glad she didn’t go down in Drag Race Herstory with her former look.

As for this season, the requirements were just more than this busy lady has time to complete.  Being a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Blog, hosting The GlamaZONE at The Café in San Francisco, creating “educational” YouTube videos on her very popular channel and being the proud parent of two beautiful pups doesn’t leave much time for a 40 hour project, which is what it would have taken to create and submit the video for this season. She also said she’d have to get in and out of drag about 30 times!

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She also said she really didn’t feel it was the right choice for her anymore.  She really has built up her fan base and has catered her performance to her audience.  She felt it might not be a good idea to have her whole life put out there.  Despite the financial advantages being on TV provides.  “It’s scary, the idea of having somebody turn my life into reality TV.”

We asked her about the statement made by Honey Mahogany during Season 5 that San Francisco was “not about the look.” She said the statement is true, but out of context.  She explained that San Francisco drag is very eclectic and as a result, San Francisco doesn’t judge your drag on a specific look like pageant or camp.

Honey’s statement alone explains Pollo’s point, you never know what the editors will show and what will last in the audience’s mind.  Although, if the world got to know Ms. Pollo Del Mar as we have, they’d be in love.  She’s really a compassionate person who admits, if in a competition, she’d do what she had to and the nice side would probably go out the window.  “There’s $100,000 on the line” explains it all.

In our next segment we’ll cover the fan questions, so stay tuned! Oh and we’ll have more news on what’s next for Pollo and some additional pictures of the beautiful queen.

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07 Jun

Getting to know Pollo Del Mar (@TheGlamazonPDM)

We had the great privilege of speaking with one of San Francisco’s most famous drag queens, Miss Pollo Del Mar. We asked her for 20 minutes and took three times that.  We’d like to apologize, but speaking with her was so much fun any apology would just come off as fake.  We had so much to talk about that we need to break up the interview into a few parts.

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Our first segment will help you get to know Pollo Del Mar a little better.  She’s a drag queen who has been doing drag since 2006.  She carefully calculates all her career moves, has taken the time to get to know her fans, her audience and craft.

We thought it especially cute to hear about her drag family.

DQG: Do you have a drag family, drag mother, drag daughter(s)?

PDM: Oh yes, I am part of a House called the House of Glitter and my drag mother is Landa Lakes. We have a humongous family, we have a huge drag family. And surprisingly tight nit despite how huge we are.  In fact every week on Mondays we gather for a public dinner together. Not everyone can attend every week, you know it’s a rotating cast. We love it. It’s a great opportunity for us to spend time together outside of performing together and all of those wonderful things that we always do. I have tons and tons of kids and staying very true to my white trash roots, I have tons and tons of children and don’t know who any of the fathers are.

We were very surprised that the House of Glitter was so close, we can’t even say we have weekly meals with our real family members.  What a great sense of family in the drag world.

We asked her who she admired most or looked up to.  She couldn’t put her finger on one in particular but she does want to have similar success to Heklinaand Peaches Christ.  Heklina is a San Francisco based queen who runs a show called “Trannyshack” which stars queens of all forms.  Peaches Christ is also a San Francisco based queen whose events are held in the Castro Theatre and include Apollonia coming in July.

She also recognizes the legendary Lady Bunny (which drag queen couldn’t) and Jimmy James an “iconic 80’s and 90’s Marilyn Monroe impersonator” who made Pollo feel like “a little gay kid who was living in a surreal dream,” when she had dinner with the two of them.  But she is also inspired by the queens who are fresh on the scene and hungry to make a name for themselves.

When we agreed with her that her empire was coming soon she had the following to say:

“Well it’s really weird as an entertainer, and a performer or personality to look back on nearly 10 years of your career and to think about each step of the way you don’t really think about how’s it’s going to build up to be a body of work.  But when I look back at what has happened for me and all these amazing experiences that I’ve been able to have as a result of performing and doing drag and being in the public eye, it blows me away.  Ideally someday somebody will look at what I’ve done and be like, “that was a cool performer, she was a cool queen.”

Pollo Del Mar is definitely a cool queen.  We had so much fun and we’re so happy to tell everyone, there’s more of this interview to come, so stay tuned.  Also, she’s kind of a control freak, so we definitely won’t let anything get out of control.

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