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NOT MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE GUTS TO TURN DOWN THE CHANCE TO APPEAR ON RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE. BUT THAT’S JUST WHAT PEPPERMINT DID EIGHT YEARS AGO. SHE ALSO HAD THE COURAGE, HAVING BEEN SELECTED AS A CONTESTANT THIS YEAR, TO COME OUT AS A TRANS WOMAN ON THE SHOW BEFORE ALMOST WINNING

RuPaul’s Drag Race has become the holy grail for drag queens, offering unparalleled exposure, a forum in which to perfect the craft of drag, and the chance to win cold hard cash. But back in 2009, when the first season of the show aired on Logo in America, Peppermint turned down the chance to compete.

“It was easy for me to say no to some of the early producers of Drag Race,” she tells me without a hint of regret. “I was already the first drag artist to have a music video on Logo, it felt like such an accomplishment. Why would I then be on a reality show?”

It would take eight years for Peppermint, now 37, to finally make her entrance into the workroom, a period during which both she and the show went on their own journeys.

I’m early to meet Peppermint in a small coffee shop in Upper Manhattan, the part of town she has called home for two decades.

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On the cover: WORLD EXCLUSIVE Sam Smith interviewed by Elton John. Plus, Kele Okereke on being a gay dad, Drag Race's Peppermint, Tori Amos on fighting Trump, Beach Rats star Harris Dickinson, and is Hep C - the new gay stigma?