Boxxa Vine: I'm going to have to start this with I'm a huge fan and I'm really keeping all my fingers crossed for you--but let's dive right in: how did you come up with your drag name?
Heidi Glüm: My drag name used to be Hate Moss--but in all the loud NYC clubs, really chic people thought I was saying Kate Moss and that was such a faux pas! How unoriginal!! I had to change it immediately. Alaska said I should call myself Paint Moss….but I didn't know what the hell I was doing back then…and I didn't want to be that girl. We all know her…we all have read her. Well she could never be me! I was going through other top model names and got to Heidi Klum. The first thing I rhymed with her last name was gloom and it was perfect! I’m dark-sided! I added the umlaut to give it a Motley Crüe vibe and so that idiots would know how to pronounce it. But these are idiots we're talking about…they're always getting it wrong!
B: How long have you been doing drag?
H: I’ve only been doing drags for five years. I used to wear heels as a boy and run around DC before I moved to NYC and became a 'club kid.' I started performing in major NYC parties shortly thereafter.
B: What are your home bars and/or venues?
H: I travel too often to have a 'home bar,' I don't stay in one place for too long. Plus we don't really have that fantasy here. At least not as I'm concerned…it's all business for me. I don't go out to drink, I don't hang out at any of the bars here…I'd never get booked if I did! I'm a monster. I'm a staple at Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan, I host DC's Best Drag Show #BingBangBingo with my co-host, Pussy Noir, every second Wednesday of the month. I can also be seen at the Black Cat every month for Gay Bash. There are other events like Crack and WTF?! that happen at Town Danceboutique that I can be seen at sometimes. This jaded old hag of a queen likes to run her mouth and spill lies about me…so to avoid the drama, it’s very rare to ever see me at Town on a night she'd be there!
B: How frequently do you perform?
H: I preform as often as I can. I'm lucky to live a lifestyle that allows me to not have a day job. I travel to NYC, Pittsburgh, Virginia…anywhere I can get by a bus for gigs. That’s hellacious, so I really enjoy my time off. I love lazy days with my dogs, but to be honest I'm always fucking with drag things! Creating something, stoning something, sewing something, working on hair! Those things you really hate to do but are totally necessary in order to be successful as a drag queen.
B: How does your drag personality differ from your out of drag self?
H: Out of drag I’m very introverted. I’m reserved and very picky about who I choose to let in. I surround myself with only people I aspire to be like, and people who will take me higher. If I wanted a bunch of fake boogers around me I'd go to a Mister Meaner show. Whereas in drag I say all the terrible things I’m thinking about you all day. Heidi can get away with it. It’s very interesting to me that I'm able to tap into another part of myself and come out of my shell…I mean I fucking hate it…humans! Yuck! But it's all show. Smoke, mirrors, slap on that personality and go make them coins! It’s draining, too…which is why I do love my days off. I'm not just putting on heels and makeup…it’s a whole different personality. I am quite literally…two faced! Although infinite faced is more like it.
B: Who are your drag influences?
H: My drag influences are Barbie and Dita Von Teese. Barbie has it all, Barbie has been it all, and Barbie can do it all! That’s a good role model for a queen…if some plastic bitch can be a cop, doctor, and pregnant all in one lifetime why can't you? And Dita Von Teese is another great inspiration for drag queens. She believes her beauty is created. Hair, makeup - its all an illusion. I do that every night I'm in drag. And so do the other talented queens. DITA VON TEESE IS A DRAG QUEEN. Haus of Teese!
B: What is your favorite song to lip sync too?
H: I don't really have a favorite song to lip-sync. I hate wearing the same thing twice…so its not like I have 3 numbers and just recycle them. Every time I perform I'm doing something new or I’ve at least changed the look from the last time I did the number!
B: Lets get into some more RDR influenced questions now, the question I have to start with is of course: Can you sew?
H: Of course I can sew. I've been sewing since I was very young. My grandmother taught me everything I know. I’m not Zac Posen! But no one really wants to be him anyways…..that hair!!! Yuck.
B: What past challenge could you see yourself excelling in?
H: I’m super jealous of the Season 5 photo shoot with Mike Ruiz. I’ve always wanted to do an underwater shoot! Hair moves so pretty underwater! Hello ultimate mermaid fantasy!
B: Snatch game time, who are you impersonating?
H: As far as snatch game is concerned….my lips are sealed! I don't want no broke ass hoes taking my ideas! But I will say I did a few celebrity impersonations for auditions. I'll have to cross Rachel Zoe off my list, Laganja did her this season…there’s always a chance she's going to butcher it and I could swoop in and give the Rachel Zoe performance the world deserves….but then again, I don't want Laganja’s left overs.
B: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me! I’m in your corner when it comes to casting time! Keeping my fingers, toes, and eyelashes crossed for you!
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