In Bed With The Minj
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In bed with the Minj, an idea only my father would be proud about. Following one of the fastest paced, biting seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I catch up with finalist and resident “glamour toad”, Ginger Minj. In a hotel room bruised with empty champagne bottles and the scent of “thank god I have an overdraft”, we cuddle up in bed to discuss life pre, post and during Drag Race. “If you get in bed with Pearl, the bitch is gonna be asleep”, Ginger mocks before our tea-spilling commences. For those unaware, RuPaul’s Drag Race is a reality TV show looking for America’s next drag superstar. The show has just concluded its seventh season, with seasons now reaching TV screens in the UK. The show is widely enjoyed by members of the LGBT and drag community. See it as the gay America’s Next Top Model. Ginger tells me about the crowning in New York last week, explaining how three different endings were shown, with herself and the other finalists, Violet Chachki and Pearl, all winning in one of the versions. “It’s the most awkward thing I’ve ever done in my life, especially for me,” she tells me with a sense of hangover in her voice. “I was the first to be “crowned” and there’s all this pomp and circumstance and there’s thousands of people screaming and cheering at you with your scepter but in the midst of it the producers shout cut and everyone stops cheering and RuPaul rips the scepter out of your hand and says “line it up for Pearl”. It was the most awkward but cool thing ever.” Two weeks later when the finale was shown to the public on TV, Ging tells me how they were all in a dressing room in New York with nothing but a camera two feet in front of them. “We found out when the rest of the world found out, but the TV cut out just as RuPaul says “America’s next drag superstar is…” and it came back as Violet was walking the runway.” There’s a pleasant non-bitter nature to Ginger, explaining that even though she thought she had a good chance of winning, she completely understands as to why Violet won. “If you look at the line of winners, it’s a progression and it’s different each year,” she begins. “If you look at the last two years, we had Jinkx Monsoon and Bianca Del Rio and I feel like I’m a culmination of both their styles. Kinda like a Broadway queen with a biting sense of humour that not everyone sometimes gets.” “While I think I showed more variety, Violet slayed it on the runway every time. It’s been a very fashion forward season so I can see why she won. Not winning was a disappointment but it was still a very happy moment and it felt like I had just had the biggest baby of my life after a year long process.” Our time snuggled up together in some fancy London hotel comes following a week with a huge step forwards for trans-visibility; Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover. Duh. “I think first of all she looks amazing, not just aesthetically but she’s glowing and in every interview, she looks amazing,” Ginger radiates.
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