Canada’s Drag Race is definitely the weekly sensation we are all obsessed with. Every week YASS brings you an exclusive interview of the queen who sashayed away last and got closer to becoming Canada’s next Drag Superstar. In the last episode we saw the queens compete for the crown and Eve 6000 was the one who had to leave fifth.
For those who don’t know, Eve 6000 apart from being glamourous, campy and fashion, is a renowned illustrator who has worked on merch for Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Monét X Change and currently holds the title of Miss Angel City Continental Plus 2021.
What does Eve 6000 stand for and why did you choose this drag name?
My drag name comes from a glue that we all use to put rhinestones all over our outfits. And it’s called E6000. But the Eve before the 6000 came later and it’s just funny, it’s something that every drag queen understands. Also, don’t forget that the glue is toxic, just like me! I’m the fun kind of toxic like Britney on the aeroplane!
How was the experience in Drag Race Canada?
It was a really interesting experience. It was surprising in some ways and very challenging, too, for reasons that I wouldn’t have even thought of.
Challenging in what terms?
It was more mentally and emotionally challenging than anything else. It was difficult to have my talents shine through everything that I was dealing with. Mentally challenging, as well. Because you don’t have people there to talk to, it’s very difficult in that way.
You reacted negatively to some of your fellow contestants when they tried to speak to you and give you advice. Do you think you took their words wrongly? Did you feel you were attacked
I don’t feel that I was attacked. I think that in all those situations they were trying to be helpful. But, I think what would have been more helpful for me would be if they had just allowed me to vent and then said “Yeah, that’s fine”. And then if they were tired of me talking about it, they could have just told me to shut up, instead of trying to tell me how to feel. I talked to some of them afterwards and they said they felt I was tired of them talking to me about it. But then they were tired of me always talking about it. If they had just told me that and just been like “Shut the fuck up, you’re being annoying”, that would have been easier for me to let it go. I can handle somebody telling me to shut up. I just don’t like when they tell me I shouldn’t think that way or I shouldn’t react to that way.
How is your relationship with the other contestants after the show?
Well, I’m very close with Pythia. The Macedonia and Greece relations are good!
I am Greek by the way.
Yes, I can tell by the name. But yeah, I am very close with her, and I got very close with Cynthia and Stephanie. I’m close with a lot of the girls, so I’m very grateful for all those relationships and I love them all.
Do you regret something from the show?
Yeah, it’s difficult to say because I do like the competition. I regret the way that I approached the challenge in the musical episode. But, seeing how it went and seeing all the memes that came from it, I think maybe it’s good that I did it the way that I did.
You are a renowned illustrator who has worked on merch for Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Monét X Change. Tell me about it.
Oh, yeah! I have worked with a lot of the Drag Race girls from all over the world, including Holland and the UK, Canada and America. And I’m very proud of the career that I built. I’ve spent five or six years doing that and that was my main source of income before Drag Race. I’ve worked with Bob and Monet, with Alexis Matteo, Farrah Moan, Eureka and with tonnes and tonnes and tonnes of them so I couldn’t even like pheromone.
Is designing your merchandising more difficult? Are you pickier when it comes to your stuff?
Yeah, it’s difficult because when I look at someone else, I don’t see as many flaws as when I look at myself. I’m very self-critical. So for me, putting out merch that I’ve designed myself is a lot harder, because I’m like “Ok, what’s the part of myself that people liked the most”? Whereas if I’m doing it for someone else, I see so many amazing qualities in all of them that I don’t worry about it so much. Regarding my own merch, I always send it to people and ask them what they think of it. I actually prefer to have someone else do my merch, because I think it’s a lot easier for me to just accept someone else’s view than to project my own.
What are your future plans?
I plan to use the drag race platform to exceed in my career and amplify my message of activism. And there’s a lot of world issues and political issues that I care very deeply about.
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