Nina was very thoughtful when discussing the show and had a lot of insightful comments on how the teams challenges worked for and against participants. And she also gave us a glimpse of what's to come for Nina Flowers now that reality TV is over.
An excerpt from our conversation is below:
What is your reaction to being eliminated? Did the Teams aspect play a role in that?
"It definitely had something to do with it more than if we would have had to compete as individuals. Competing in teams is definitely tougher. It's not just about your performance, it's also about your team partner. We did the best we could as a team and it is what it is. I'm sad that I wasn't able to take it all the way to the end like I did on season one, but I'm OK with it. It was definitely a fulfilling experience and I feel happy I was a part of All Stars."
Yesterday I got the exciting opportunity to speak to Manila Luzon. As everybody knows I am an enormous fan of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race. Manilla was funny, candid, and his larger-than-life, exuberant persona came through over the phone!
"I love talking about myself," Manila exclaimed when I thanked him for speaking with Reality Tea. And that about sums it up.
Why did you decide to return for All Stars Drag Race?
"The money, kinda! I didn't win my season and I heard they were giving away a lot more money on the all stars season. So, I was like 'Well I did pretty well last time so let me take my chances again.' You can kinda like go through a list of all the girls that had been there and be like, 'Well I think I could take her and I think I could take her too. You know I sent her home before, let's do this!' And I decided to go back on TV for my fans so they could see me."
In an interview with People Magazine, Karl Westerberg (stage name Manila) speaks out about the passing of his boyfriend and discusses how this tragic loss has impacted his life.
"I'm left cherishing his memories and carrying out his legacy," Karl shared. "I was lucky enough to have time with him." The pair met years ago at a bar in their neighborhood and were together ever since.
Sharon Needles was the undisputed winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The razor sharp Miss Needles kicked off Barefoot Wines NYC Pride Celebration this past weekend. The event benefited NYC Heritage of Pride.
Sharon did a high-larious turn on Peggy Bundy and Cruella de Vil. Looking good, Sharon! When is she going to collaborate with Chris March?! (*ahem…Bravo – get on that!). A video of Sharon from the event is below!
Alright, RuPaul’s Drag Race Fans (me included) this one’s for you and I’m serving up some gossip realness. Sharon Needles, our beloved freaky queen broke Drag Race tradition and was the first non-fishy lady crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. Now the lady of the night speaks out about working with RuPaul and beating arch nemesis Phi Phi O’Hara!
Also, can we please talk about why Phi Phi made it to the final three anyway? Ugh. First of all the always humble Sharon confesses – she wasn’t at all surprised by her win! “I wasn’t really surprised at all. Being a drag queen is all about pulling out the stops and freaking them out,” she tells Entertainment Weekly.
“In all honesty, though, Chad Michaels and I were expecting a tie between me and her and that we would crack that crown in half, which would have been almost more of a pleasure and it would make more sense than to just have one of us beat Phi Phi,” Sharon snarks. Adding, “We figured possibly that RuPaul would keep the crown for herself.”
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