Part­ing Shot

Katya and Trixie

Newsweek International - - CONTENTS - —Emily Gaudette

  con­tes­tants on Ru­paul’s Drag Race. They were im­me­di­ate fan fa­vorites, and their chem­istry—ex­hib­ited (out­ra­geously, of course) on their sub­se­quent web se­ries, “Un­hhhh” — con­vinced Vice­land to give them a TV se­ries, The Katya

and Trixie Show (pre­mier­ing Novem­ber 17). It’s a half-hour of va­ri­ety-show-style high jinks in and out of drag (in the lat­ter case, they are Brian Mc­cook and Brian Firkus). Trixie, a folk mu­si­cian, is known for her Bar­bie-in­spired pas­tel aes­thetic (left, be­low). Katya’s looks range from “fishy,” a term used for re­al­is­tic fe­male im­per­son­ation, to mor­bidly funny. Per­haps that ex­plains Katya’s rather, uh, com­mit­ted fan base. “They found an old pic­ture of me, and some­one used it as their own pro­file photo on In­sta­gram,” says Katya with a vis­i­ble shud­der. “Their user­name is my ac­tual name.” Trixie nods, rolls her eyes.

The tone of the show is sim­i­lar to Ru­paul’s Drag Race: raunchy and ab­surd, but also pos­i­tive and in­sight­ful.

KATYA: Our show is filthy, but it’s not harm­ful. Filthy does not equal un­healthy. Peo­ple don’t have the right at­ti­tude or point of view about filth. I mean, I know it’s in­her­ently ab­surd for a cross-dress­ing drug ad­dict re­al­i­tytv per­son like my­self to be giv­ing any­body ad­vice about any­thing, but I do give ex­cel­lent ad­vice.

You talk about au­then­tic­ity on the show, which is not a word that gets used much with drag queens. Do you feel more au­then­tic in or out of drag?

TRIXIE: I’m al­ways my­self. Al­ways. The only dif­fer­ence is, I come off mean if I’m not in drag. KATYA: And I’m al­ways more au­then­tic than Tay­lor Swift. As long as she is pop­u­lar, there’s no ac­count­ing for taste in this coun­try. She’s like a man­u­fac­tured may­on­naise Pop­si­cle, and ev­ery­body’s just shov­ing it up their butts. It’s sci­en­tific. They’ve got chemists and en­gi­neers fig­ur­ing out how to get songs stuck in your head. She was on UPS trucks, you know? Je­sus Christ.

“I’m al­ways more au­then­tic than Tay­lor Swift!”

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