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Violet Chachki

RuPaul’s Drag Race has just finished airing its seventh season. An impressive feat. Having gained intense popularity, this year’s queens were tweeted, gif’d and talked about like never before. Our winner? Violet Chachki. A burlesque beauty and corseted queen with a cinched-in waist and couture looks to die for. Plus, she made it through the competition without having to lip sync for her life once... We speak with Violet in the wake of her crowning, and ahead of her brilliant new single Bettie – with music impressively written by Tommy Lee – to get to know America’s next drag superstar a little bit better


“The single’s really representative of the album, actually,” she says. “It’s really dark. It’s really dancey, it’s super sexy and it’s fun. I kinda wanted to create a soundtrack to the visual work that I do on stage or in videos. I really look up to RuPaul. She has everything you could think of. All of her merchandise, her character and soundtrack to all of it. I want that for myself. To present a total package to people.”

And the title of her album? Gagged. But when did Violet last find herself gagged by something? “Well I definitely field-tested my jawbreaker gags.” A product available in her online shop. “I field-test those quite often actually, because I have them laying around my house. That was definitely the last time I was physically gagged. The last time I was emotionally, mentally and verbally gagged was seeing Caitlyn Jenner’s cover. I was literally gagged. I was gagging. I was GAG-GING – and that’s the best way to describe it. It’s kinda brilliant that’s what my EP is called. When I won Drag Race, for the better half of the day, I just couldn’t shut up about Caitlyn Jenner. I was gagging.”

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It's summer again and that means you need SHADE! Celebrate our first birthday with an exclusive new cover interview with Jinkx Monsoon, chats with all 12 queens from Season Eight of RuPaul's Drag Race, as well as winners Bianca Del Rio and Violet Chachki. Plus we meet the cast and crew of Kinky Boots, and the UK's first out Muslim drag queen, Asifa Lahore.