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Vinegar Strokes on Reuniting With Michelle Visage: “It’s Very Scary!”

The former West End co-stars met again on the "Drag Race U.K." main stage.

Vinegar Strokes was a known fixture on the London drag scene before even stepping her heel into the workroom on RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Three episodes in, Vinegar was sent packing.

NewNowNext caught up with Vinegar after she left the competition to ask her about reuniting with Michelle Visage, her co-star in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on the West End, and embracing “hodgepodge” drag.

What was it like reuniting with Michelle Visage?

It was so great seeing Michelle again. It was scary to be suddenly judged and critiqued by her, but anything Michelle says is to help you become a better version of yourself and your drag, so I welcomed her comments with open arms and ears. But still it’s very scary!

Have you embraced your “hodgepodge” drag?

Hodgepodge is the new black! I love it. I think many would see it as a read, and it kind of is. [Laughs] But why can’t hodgepodge be the new craze and become my version of drag? If hodgepodge can be elevated, then it’s fabulous.

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What was going through your head while you were constructing your costume in the workroom? Seemed like you were stressed!

OMG! Full stress because I just couldn’t settle on an idea and I kept talking myself out of ideas I had. I still wonder what would have happened if I just stuck to my original toothbrush-inspired idea. But no, what happened happened, and I can always walk away and say “I sewed something!” I mean, it was shit, but I sewed something.

What was the hardest part about the filming process?

Time management was definitely the hardest part!
 

What is the best piece of advice you would give a queen who wants to audition for Drag Race?

Go in knowing what you know right now. My drag has evolved so much since filming, but I wouldn’t be doing I’m doing now without embracing how hodgepodge I was and growing from that place. But most importantly, go in being you because that is enough.

Now that you have a whole new set of fans over here in the U.S., what’s next for you?

So much in the pipeline. I want to tour a solo show and also do some presenting and radio as well as lots more acting projects in and out of drag. I have new music coming, too—my debut single, “Camp!,” is available to stream and download from iTunes and Spotify, and more songs are on the way. And I will definitely be coming to the U.S. to teach everyone how to be total slags!

RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. is available on WOW Presents Plus and Fridays at 8/7c on Logo.

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