By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
If there’s some small possibility you haven’t seen the YouTube sensations “Chow Down at Chick-Fil-A,” “That Boy is a Bottom,” or “Silicone,” I’m officially revoking your queer card, right here, right now. Since Willam Belli made his big “Drag Race” splash and Detox Icunt showed the world she’s far more than a contender, they, along with comedienne and singer extraordinaire, Vicky Vox, have been on a big gay tear, making viral videos, touring clubs, performing in the four corners of the world.
There’s more than just a little bit of magic when the three of them get together — like a very gay Wilson Phillips or Destiny’s Child, only they’re much prettier. (Sorry, B.) They descend upon our fair city Aug. 18 for Dickslap, a party at Branx thrown by Seattle’s exquisite deejay Nark, who’s making the music alongside our hometown jewel Roy G Biv and Seattle’s Futurewife. (We’ve got all the details in our calendar.)
I had the chance to chat with Vicky on the eve of her Portland premiere. (The interview was edited for space and clarity.)
PQ Monthly: I saw that “Subculture” video you did with Raja. I needed some tissues. What’s your drag inspiration? Like, what drew you to the craft in the first place — and what inspires your looks from day to day?
Vicky Vox: I was drawn to the “craft” because it was a paid gig. I’ve been a singer all my life — and my looks are inspired by whatever is the brightest clothing in the store that fits (in my purse) and/or whatever is at the top of the pile on my floor.
PQ: While your videos are clear cult sensations, you haven’t yet had the national spotlight the same way Detox and Willam have. Are you going to push for a spot on “Drag Race?” If you got on, what would set you apart from the others? What do you think the viewing audience would see?
VV: I dream of the success of queens like Jackie Beat, RuPaul, and Lady Bunny. They march to the beat of a different drum. But I don’t know what the real question is here? They won’t let me on their game show for shenaniganery reasons. I have a daily competition between delivery or making my roommate run to pick food up — and the bitter rivalry between my laziness and my bank account.
PQ: Do you think a big girl will ever win “Drag Race?”
VV: What’s dick size got to do with it? And another thing: This question implies a preconceived prejudice where size is concerned instead of focusing on whether or not someone with an individual talent and skill set should win. It also implies I give a damn. I have had it.
PQ: How did your trio come to be? Did you grow up in the L.A. club scene together?
VV: Grow up? Have you seen us? Crazy finds crazy, boo. When it’s right, it’s right. We’re working queens that just keep working on random projects together because Willam keeps banging down my door and making me do stuff. We fart and magic happens.
PQ: The last time I was in L.A., we happened upon Mary’s and saw you and Detox. Your performances are downright joyful. Aside from L.A., which cities have been standouts for you?
VV: It’s hard to pick any one city. I am blown away by the overwhelmingly positive response we get wherever we go. Sometimes I forget the words because the crowds are singing along so loudly.
PQ: Ever been to Portland? What do you expect to find up here?
VV: One of my good friends and favorite human beings is from Portland. She is a free spirit with a strong will and creative heart. That’s how I see Portland in my head. I can’t wait to take it all in.
PQ: Any beaus? How’s the love life of a queen-on-the-go in L.A.?
VV: Ain’t nobody got time for that. (Call me.)
Interviews with Willam and Detox were not complete by press time. Stay with us on our blog; we’ll have more online before the show.