RuPaul’s Drag Race: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alaska
But even with a lot Alaska content material out there on the market, there are nonetheless fairly a number of issues that almost all Drag Race followers could not understand in regards to the queen of snakes. There are a number of curious tidbits that definitely inform who the character of Alaska is, and even coincidences that followers could have by no means seen earlier than.
10 ALASKA IS A MIXTURE OF BRITNEY SPEARS AND DIVINE
It could also be exhausting for RuPaul’s Drag Race followers to explain Alaska to the typical passerby, however the queen definitely has no drawback explaining who her visible references are.
During an interview with the Philadelphia Magazine, Alaska revealed that she has all the time seen her herself as “a mixture of Britney Spears and Divine.” Divine is, after all, the drag queen who reached mainstream fame for her work with author and director John Waters. Most notably, the pair labored collectively in 1972’s Pink Flamingos, which went on to turned a cult hit.
9 SHE HAS BEEN ATTACHED TO SEVERAL GROUPS
Over the years, Alaska has demonstrated that she likes being in group settings quite a bit. Before RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alaska based Haus of Haunt alongside Cherri Baum and then-boyfriend Sharon Needles. According to the queen, this was “a Pittsburgh-based collective of artists, freaks, drag performers, and all-around weirdos.” Then, whereas on Drag Race, Alaska began the group Ro-Laska-Tox with fellow season 5 contestants Roxxxy Andrews and Detox.
After profitable All Stars 2 – the place Ro-Laska-Tox was reunited – Alaska went on to kind the AAA Girls with former Drag Race contestants Willam (season 4) and Courtney Act (season 6). Together, the AAA Girls headlined nationwide excursions and launched fairly a number of singles. But if you happen to assume that Alaska was performed with partnering up, you might be very unsuitable. As latest as 2018, this queen formed the duo Alaska & Jeremy, which launched the people album “Amethyst Journey.”
8 ALASKA’S AUDITIONING HISTORY ON DRAG RACE
When serious about Alaska’s trajectory earlier than, throughout, and after Drag Race, it’s exhausting to think about another queen – aside from RuPaul himself – that has had a deeper reference to this franchise.
According to Alaska, she despatched an audition tape to be on Drag Race each single yr till season 5, when she lastly made it on the present. However, Alaska was already featured within the season Four finale resulting from the truth that her boyfriend, Sharon Needles, was competing for the crown. According to RuPaul during an episode of his What’s The Tee podcast with Michelle Visage, the explanation that it took so lengthy for Alaska to be on the present is as a result of the queen was “too smart, too high-brow, and too intellectual” for audiences throughout the early Drag Race seasons.
After showing on season 5, Alaska launched the “Ru Girl” single that eternalized this label for Drag Race contestants, was the first-ever drag queen to be interviewed by RuPaul on his What’s the Tee podcast, and entered the franchise’s Hall of Fame for profitable All Stars 2.
7 SHARON NEEDLES AND ALASKA ARE VERY GOOD FRIENDS
The romantic relationship between Sharon Needles and Alaska turned very public when the previous queen competed on season Four of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Not solely did Sharon point out Alaska by identify fairly a number of occasions whereas on the present, however Justin (out-of-drag Alaska) was additionally current and proven throughout the season Four finale that topped Sharon because the winner. However, after Alaska’s time on season 5 of Drag Race, the couple’s relationship went bitter, and so they finally broke up.
With that mentioned, it’s a widespread false impression that Alaska and Sharon Needles are in unhealthy phrases. Actually, the 2 turned the best of friends over time, usually posting photos that includes each other and sharing inside jokes at any time when they occur to be seen collectively in public.
6 ALASKA’S DRAG FAMILY TREE
The ins and outs of sure drag households may be fairly difficult for Drag Race followers to grasp. However, that’s not totally the case for Alaska, who has a reasonably simple lineage in drag. Plain and easy, Alaska is the drag daughter of Jer Ber Jones, who started the “tranimal” artwork motion in Los Angeles within the 2000s.
Over time, Alaska went on to have two drag daughters: Nebraska and Nevada. RuPaul’s Drag Race followers will do not forget that Nebraska first got here to be throughout the season 5 makeover problem, the place Alaska made up Mackenzie Claude right into a drag queen. After the present, Nebraska saved on doing drag, and likewise entered a trouple relationship with Derrick Barry (season Eight contestant) and visible artist Nick San Pedro.
5 SHE IS ONE OF THE FEW DRAG QUEENS TURNED INTO A FUNKO POP
For followers of mainstream franchises reminiscent of Harry Potter, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the DC Extended Universe, amassing Pop! Vinyl collectible figurines has grow to be second nature. However, that was not all the time the case for RuPaul’s Drag Race followers, who solely noticed a few of their favourite queens grow to be collectible gadgets as recently as 2018.
The three very first Drag Race-themed Pop! Vinyl collectible figurines launched by Funko have been RuPaul himself, Trixie Mattel, and Alaska. Meaning, these have been the three queens that – in accordance with the corporate – followers had the very best demand for. Later, different queens have been added to the gathering, reminiscent of Jinkx, Sharon Needles, and Katya.
4 ALASKA HAS ONE OF THE BEST NUMBERS IN DRAG RACE HISTORY
Alaska has probably the most spectacular numbers within the historical past of the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise. Between season 5 and All Stars 2, the queen gained six Maxi Challenges and solely landed within the Bottom Two as soon as. Tied with Alaska is Angele Anang, who gained six Maxi Challenges throughout the second season of Drag Race Thailand.
Then, we now have BenDeLaCreme, Manila Luzon, and Trinity the Tuck within the lead, all of whom have gained seven Maxi Challenges between their authentic seasons and their time on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.
3 LIL’ POUNDCAKE WAS AVAILABLE FOR SALE
During the Mini Challenge on the third episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5, the queens have been requested to create a life-sized doll that encapsulated their personalities. Alaska, who was teamed up with fellow contestant Lineysha Sparx, created a doll referred to as Lil’ Poundcake (actual identify Gertrude Poundcakenstein). After the episode aired, the doll went on to grow to be a viral success amongst Drag Race followers, and Alaska – the advertising and marketing mastermind that she’s all the time been – determined to capitalize on the doll’s success.
In 2017, the Lil’ Poundcake doll went on sale on Alaska’s official web site. The doll, which was 13.5 inches tall and retailed for $50, was featured throughout an episode of All Stars 2 and impressed the title of Alaska’s second studio album, “Poundcake.”
2 HER “HIEEEE” WAS COINED BY OTHER DRAG QUEENS
Alaska has a number of well-liked sayings which have grow to be a part of the RuPaul’s Drag Race vernacular, however it’s exhausting to compete with the queen’s high-pitched greeting, “hieee,” that even RuPaul himself repeats every so often.
Well, because the story goes, Alaska’s “hieee” was truly coined by two drag queens within the United Kingdom. While some declare that Alaska stole it from them, these queens are literally pleasant. Moreover, at any time when she was given the change, Alaska has referenced the 2 queens because the originators of the greeting.
We’re not Roxxxy Andrews, however we’re right here to make it clear. According to Alaska, the long-lasting “hieee” was created by U.Ok. drag queens Coco Ferocha and Isis Mirage.
1 MICHELLE VISAGE AND ALASKA DEVELOPED A GREAT FRIENDSHIP
Many Drag Race followers and former contestants confer with Michelle Visage as a decide who is commonly imply and demanding of sure queens. However, it’s secure to say that this has not been Alaska’s expertise with the decide.
After showing on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alaska and Michelle Visage went on to star in a stage manufacturing of The Rocky Horror Show in San Antonio, Texas. In it, Michelle performed Magenta and Alaska portrayed Dr. Frank-N-Furter. But because the story goes, the friendship between Alaska and Michelle solely grew off the stage as nicely.
As a matter of truth, throughout the manufacturing of The Rocky Horror Show, Michelle Visage and Alaska lived collectively in San Antonio, TX. According to Alaska, Michelle was instrumental in main her to sobriety and even served as a liaison between Sharon Needles and Alaska for the queens to have the ability to course of their breakup.