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09 Jun

Fan Segment with Pollo Del Mar (@TheGlamazonPDM)

photo 2In our final fan segment of our interview with Pollo Del Mar we share with you a side of her you’ve asked about and she wants you to know.  We asked her what her fans might not know but should.  We were surprised to learn that she’s really shy.  Whether it’s “a male or female, or online or in person” if they’re flirtatious with her, “it completely catches me off guard and I kinda go into a shell, it’s very contradictory.” We have found that very true with some of the other queens we’ve met and mentioned as such. She commented, “Doing drag makes me a super hero, Wonder Woman isn’t just an icon, Wonder Woman is how I feel.” She admits to accidentally slipping into “Pollo” personality without makeup with her boyfriend and has to pull it back.

It takes her an hour to an hour and a half to get prepared, this includes her mental preparation to take on the different personality that is Pollo Del Mar.  “When I walk out the door as PDM. PDM does not give a sh!t, she does not care what my neighbors think she does not care what people out there think.  But the person that’s behind the makeup suffers from a lot more insecurities and a lot more humanity.”
She feels drag performers become people they aren’t necessarily able to be 100% of the time through the character they create versus who they are behind the scenes.

Fan Question from Candace Kraus: “What’s it like to be a sober queen in the industry?” Her response was surprising to us, “the entire time I’ve been performing, I’ve never used drugs or alcohol ever. In my personal life I don’t participate in that.  And I celebrated 10 years of sobriety in April.” Congratulations Pollo! She performs for the crowd so the adrenaline and passion for what she does gives her that extra energy.  She’s fortunate that the area of San Francisco she live in does support her sober lifestyle.  Not necessarily as true when she travels, but she’s Wonder Woman, so she can’t be defeated! She added, it allows her the advantage to pay attention to what’s happening and ensuring everyone’s have a great experience at her show.  Which was not the case when her “fun became more important” when involved with “extra-curricular” activities.  She can also pay attention to those who have a little too much and prevents any harm from happening when she can.

 Fan Question number 1 from Jessica: “Queens have a variety of followers, why do you think straight females are drawn to you and other queens?” She knew immediately which Jessica was asking and has so many kind things to say about her. “I love Jess,” she said and included “she’s such a lovely person.” But as far as women and their connection to queens, it’s a non-threatening and complimentary relationship.  “There’s always been that lifelong attraction between certain women and their gay best friend,” she adds when you crank it up by adding drag to it, “you don’t have to worry about being that sexualized object”

We followed up with the inquiry into why lesbians like drag queens so much and she said, “she has a more significant lesbian following than most” she’s comparing to her show to others she’s been to.  She reads people in the crowd and feels like she pays attention to the women in the crowd not just playing to the men.

Fan Question number 2 from Jessica: “There are a lot of catty queens, how do you keep yourself so grounded?” Pollo said she is not grounded and is as catty and bitchy as the next person.  But she did say, “Anything I tweet should be something I say to a person’s face.”

Fan Question from JenDoof: “Will you adopt a black bae?” She laughed about the question because it was a play on the fact that Pollo admittedly loves dating black men.  She said, “at some point in my life I think I would love to be a parent.” She said her mom would be so happy, but she needs to have the stability in a partnership and relationship to ensure her child is raised with the best chances.

She talked with us about her name and if it was related to Jessica Simpson.  She admitted she was a fan of Jessica, but her name did not come from Jessica Simpson, even though the timing was within a year of the “Chicken of the Sea” incident.  Her name actually came from an item on a menu and evolved through time.

Her advice to anyone coming up in drag, “If you’re not having fun, nobody else can have fun.” She also added she’s always had a plan and makes sure she pdm.600x900checks herself every six months or so. She talked about her preparation for TrannyShack Star Search and the Miss TrannyShack Pageant. She added one additional piece of advice, “Do not trade off your identity behind the makeup for your identity in the makeup.” She said she went through quite an experience with a close friend of hers when she learned that lesson the hard way.

Her next big project is Silicon Valley Pride, which is happening on Sunday, August 17th, 2014.  She’s been hired on to re-brand and give new birth to the event.  She’s happy Silicon Valley Pride can provide that sense of community for those who don’t have that safety in their own neighborhoods.

We had a great time learning about Pollo Del Mar and we hope you had the same fun.  We’ll put the entire interview on our website for permanence since we’ve enjoyed getting to know her so much.  We thank her for taking the time to speak with us and enjoy what’s to come from her.

07 Jun

Drag Queens in Person

We all pay attention to our favorite queens on Social Media, watch for them on TV and sometimes we’re even lucky enough to meet them at their shows.  We had the opportunity and blew it.

We met Bianca Del Rio and couldn’t manage to get anything we’d planned on saying to her out of our mouths.  Heck, I was lucky I got my name right, she asked me a couple times.  We were nervous, this whole time we told each other, we could totally be friends with her.  We get a chance to be memorable and we just ended up gagging on her eleganza.

And why shouldn’t we? She’s the newest member of the Royal Family of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  She’s making money by making fun of people.  No, literally, if you donate to Hurricane Bianca there’s a chance she’ll “Hate You” which is a good thing.  People beg her to “Read” them and she does it well.

This got us thinking, what do you say to someone you feel like you know,  who is kind of a celebrity, but apparently not enough for Twitter to verify them? (don’t get us started on that one, why are there so many RuPauls?)  We made her gifts and those brought out that signature laugh, so it wasn’t a total loss. But we write about these queens and see their shows, but talking to them can be so hard.

We really do admire all the forms of drag and all the queens who we’ve met, seen on TV or even just follow us on Twitter.  Just don’t ask us to be witty in person.   Apparently that’s reserved for the keys on our laptop.  We introduce ourselves to every queen we meet just because we are huge fans.

We did get to hang out in Las Vegas with some really great queens like India Ferrah and April Carrion who were the sweetest queens. But we were probably a lot more comfortable with the numerous alcoholic refreshments we’d imbibed (PSA: Drink Responsibly).

Did we mention you should donate to Hurricane Bianca so you can get an “Insult Video” dedicated to you! We there’s the shameless plug.  We’ll be riding that for a while, so be sure to tell your friends hunties!