Canada’s Drag Race is back and twelve fierce and fiery Canadian queens are competing to become Canada’s next Drag Superstar. In the second episode we saw the queens compete for the crown and demonstrating their musical performance skills.
YASS Magazine met the queen who sashayed away second, who is none other than Océane Aqua-BlackBeth. YASS met Ocean and we found out everything you wanted to know.
First of all, how was your experiencing in Drag Race Canada?
Oh my god! That was so great, I have so many good memories and I had the time of my life. It’s crazy! You can see it as competition but you can also see it as an opportunity to connect and to learn and I loved that.
What does drug mean to you?
Drag for me is that you can be anyone and anything. I think for me drag is liberation. Drag helps me express myself and show my creativity. I get to making a statement every time that I’m in drag, and that is really important to me. It also helps me connect with people and maybe help some people along the way. What I like the most about drag is that we can have an impact on someone’s life; it’s not just about getting up on stage and singing a song. You can do so much more than that.
Drag also helps me express my emotions. In every performance, when I choose my song, I always choose it based on how I feel. Sometimes it can be a summer song or a love song, but other times I just want to make a statement.
If you could do something different in the show, what would that be?
I would chose my character more carefully. What I realised after several weeks, is that I should have been more strategic. I was having such a great time, but I was not strategic. I was comfortable with everything that I did and I don’t regret anything, as I had the time of my life. The only problem was my knee injury that affected my runways and my performance. They really took good care of me behind the scenes and I have no complaints at all, and I was like, you know, in such an adrenaline rush, because everything happens really fast. But I realised during the musical challenge that there were certain things that I couldn’t do. tThings could have gone another way for mw had it not been for this injury.
You’re known to be a lip sync assassin and you have been crowned Best LipSyncer of the Year in Québec City, plus you pride yourself on being able to lip-sync in English, French, Spanish, German, and Korean. How difficult is to is to be good at lip synching?
It depends how much passion you have. Lip synching is not like actual singing. I really do a lot of research before choosing any song to lipsync, especially when I’m doing a song in a foreign language. I want it to be as close as I can to the real language because I have to look natural even though I might not speak the language. I want ,y lipsync performance to be flawless.
How has your life changed since drag entered your life? And how has drug helped you embrace love from people around you?
Before drag I was also doing theatres, and I also did a lot of dancing. So, I’ve always been an artist. When I discovered drag, I said I can do anything. Now my life is complete. I do what I love the most, and, there’s nothing, there’s actually nothing I would change. I would have loved to stay more in the competition and win the $100,000, but I’m happy with what I did, I’m proud of it.
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