The new queen of Canadian drag queens, Gisèle Lullaby, has been popular since winning the third season of Canada’s Drag Race ! In addition to appearing with Mayor Valérie Plante at the Orchester symphonique de Montréal ball, the Quebecer announces that she will be touring Australia in October.
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For the past few days, the multitalented artist has been enjoying her title of Queen of the North. “It’s like the Oscar for best drag queen or the Golden Ticket that allows me to do whatever I want everywhere. I also received offers [pour des performances] from California, Texas and New York! »
Above all, she dreamed of bringing the title home. “At one point, I wasn’t even doing it for myself, but for Quebec,” said the winner. I felt a lot of love from Quebecers, especially from the Quebec LGBTQ+ community, which is huge and encouraged me a lot. »
Although she had watched every season of the American franchise and the many international versions, nothing prepared her for the isolation surrounding filming. “We are cut off from our loved ones, our family and our landmarks for a month and a half. It knocked me down! admits Gisèle Lullaby. People don’t realize how fast and demanding shoots are. »
The context requires great mental strength from the participants.
It’s so hard to be constantly criticized by the elite of your environment and to be compared to competitors you admire.
Fortunately, among them was her friend Lady Boom Boom. “I went to the lion’s den with my boyfriend, conceived ! We have the same vision of drag. We stimulate each other on stage. It’s the best positive competition there is. »
Rita Baga advisor
She could also bet on the advice of Rita Baga, finalist of the first season. “Rita told me that it would be a game of patience for me, because I’m hyperactive,” says Gisèle Lullaby, whose real name is Simon Gosselin. It’s hard for me to do nothing. »
It must be said that the most famous drag queen in Quebec is her best friend. “We’ve known each other since I was six years old. They `re my best friend. We lived it all together. When I gave up dancing, I went to dance for him at the cabaret and my drag career began. »
Looking back, she realizes that she was born for drag, even though she first dreamed of doing theatre.
As a child, I thought that to be an actor, I needed makeup, so I learned from my mother, who was an Avon salesperson. She also taught me to sew and I always drew well.
“I have practiced all my life. I used to do makeovers on my girlfriends all through high school before doing makeup for prom, she adds. I learned to prepare my wigs, to think of a design before making it, to draw my patterns and to practice my lipsync in front of the mirror for hours. »
The sum of her talents is obvious and her refreshing personality, her touch of madness have seduced more than one, in addition to protecting her. “I give myself complete freedom to be myself. As a homosexual, we have traumas and my sense of humor comes from there. Not as a defense mechanism, but to make me happy. »
The judges of Canada’s Drag Race have often praised his ability to go for it. “I have a 13-year career, so I’ve seen others,” she says. There is nothing that scares me anymore. I am passionate about drag and every challenge excited me. »
The new queen notably stood out for her refusal to let certain competitors behave inappropriately. “People have written to me that I was overreacting to the behaviors of [la concurrente] Miss Fiercalicious, but I would tell them, “You haven’t seen everything she’s done, otherwise you’d be undoing her career.” The producers cut several gruesome scenes to protect her. »
Preferring benevolence and generosity to endless bitches, she will share part of the $100,000 won with her family. “I’m taking my mom to Disney. Our family has always been poor, so that’s where it’s at! »
Gisèle Lullaby also plans to release a music video and go on a cross-Canada tour. “As long as you go from queen of Boucherville to queen of Canada, you might as well see the country and share the culture of Quebec!” »