Texas drag superstar Alyssa Edwards tours the UK
- Arusa Qureshi
- 7 February 2018
The 'People's Queen' of RuPaul's Drag Race with one woman show Secret is Out
Sure, it may be tough to make it all the way through the challenges, runways and lip syncs of an entire season of RuPaul's Drag Race to eventually snatch that crown but do you know what's harder? Nabbing the unofficial yet highly coveted title of 'People's Queen'. With her two separate appearances on the show, first on season five in 2013 and then in the second All Stars in 2016, Texas drag superstar Alyssa Edwards has done just that, becoming a firm favourite among fans of the reality competition/cultural behemoth.
Edwards' return to the Drag Race set for All Stars was chock-full of drama as she earned her way back into the competition after an early elimination, only to be knocked out once again by eventual runner-up Detox. But despite the premature exit, Edwards certainly came out on top, walking away as a winner in the eyes of many, as the subsequent torrent of love and support ultimately showed.
Edwards, whose real name is Justin Johnson, is known within the drag community for being a fierce and fabulous pageant queen, having won various titles over the years including Miss Gay America 2010. But when he's not serving sickening looks and dropping unintentionally hilarious catchphrases as Alyssa Edwards, Johnson also owns, operates and teaches at the award-winning studio, Beyond Belief Dance Company, in Mesquite, Texas.
The upcoming Secret is Out tour sees Edwards in a one-woman show that promises plenty of laughs and over-the-top pizzazz in typical Alyssa fashion. So get ready for the return of the infamous facial expressions, tongue pops and death drops as Alyssa Edwards sashays her way to a city near you.
O2 ABC, Glasgow, Fri 9 Mar; The Forum, Aberdeen, Sat 10 Mar; Church, Dundee, Sun 11 Mar.