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6 Questions with RuPaul's Drag Race alum Jujubee

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Known for her quick wit, down to earth humour and killer style, Jujubee is one of the most unforgettable queens to appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race, having risen to drag superstardom since competing in the second season of the show and the first season of All Stars.

Leading up to her appearance at DragWorld this weekend, The National Student had the chance to chat with Jujubee about drag lingo, shade, and the rise of drag pop culture.

For people who don’t know, can you describe what ‘shade’ is?

I would describe Shade as the art of subtle insult. It takes wits and smarts to throw shade and it’s definitely not something everyone can get right the first time. 

What’s the difference between ‘shade’ and ‘T’? 

 T is the simple truth. Shade is the manner in which the T is spilled. 

What is your favourite phrase that is part of ‘drag lingo’ and least favourite?

Yasss, for both. 

What do you think about Drag Race fans adopting phrases from the show?

I think fans adopting lingo from RuPaul’s Drag Race shows how amazingly popular the competition show has become. It’s very relatable to some and an insight to the lives of people that some may never have ever met before. 

 

Did you ever plan or predict the phrases/quips that you’ve been known for or did they come about organically?

I wish I could tell you that I’m that calculating, but the phrases you’ve gotten from me were just authentic moments that were caught on camera. None of us knew what to expect while competing and we definitely didn’t know what was going to happen afterwards.

What are some of your favourite moments or memes from the last few seasons of Drag Race?

Oh my goodness, the memes are everything! I can’t even begin to choose one! Let’s just say so many of the memes are the highest forms of wit and smarts, making them shady af. 

How do you think drag is influencing popular culture?

I believe drag has influenced pop culture in many ways. Drag us such a beautiful art form. To name one, people aren’t afraid to wear makeup anymore. I remember working for a popular makeup brand and the clientele would come in saying “I don’t want you to make me look like a drag queen.” Nowadays, it’s the first request. “Beat this face, henny!” 

Head to dragworld.co.uk to buy Jujubee’s Meet and Greet tickets for the UK’s biggest drag convention, taking place at London’s Olympia on the 18th-19th of August.  

 

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