India Ferrah was the cat with at least four lives on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” The Las Vegas queen survived the bottom three times before being eliminated after a disastrous Jeffree Star impersonation during Snatch Game of Love.
But she didn’t leave with a bang. It was more of a bomb(shell). Or a “BAM!”
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Now stay with me. India told Shea Couleé that Alexis Mateo was secretly trying to get India to vote Shea out a few weeks back. It was supposedly a master plan to send frontrunner Shea home early when she landed in the bottom. Shea brings it up to all the girls, Alexis denies it. None of the other queens say they were approached by Alexis. But it’s now cast doubt about Alexis’ intentions.
And honestly, if Alexis did do it, so what? This is a game, henny. You have to play to win.
India talked about the drama, returning to “Drag Race” and being more than the queen who was lifted by Mimi Imfurst.
OK, sis, who’s telling the truth? You can tell me.
I know it’s always gonna be a he said, she said. But I know deep down in my heart the truth, and that’s what I left with. That was my main goal, to not leave with a dark cloud hanging over me, and I wanted to make sure Shea was aware of who she was competing against and who was playing the game.
And you said you’d been carrying that for a few weeks?
Yes, absolutely, and it was exhausting. And then being in the bottom and witnessing Alexis kind of play fake with Shea. “I love you so much, sister” and this and that. I just finally, I couldn’t take it. I knew that I did bad in the challenge. And I knew that I was probably going home, so I did not wanna leave with anything that would cause me to be mentally messed up and to go crazy, sitting at home, knowing that those girls are still there without being aware of what happened a few weeks ago.
Were you surprised that Shea pulled your lipstick?
No, not at all. I was happy because it showed me from day one that Shea has been honest with me and that she’s been truthful. It was always if we deserve to go home, then we deserve to go home. Shea did not deserve to go home in the third episode, and they should have never put those lipsticks in the box that week.
Snatch Game of Love was the challenge that sank you. Did you have other impersonations in your pocked besides Jeffree Star?
My first choice was actually Vicki Lawrence from “Mama’s Family.” That was what I really prepared for. Sadly, due to copyright laws and all that, because she was a character on a TV show, I couldn’t do it. I had to pull out Jeffree Star. I wanted to do Mariah Carey, but I knew that Shangela just did it on “All Stars.” You wanna try to give the fans something new.
You stayed in the game despite multiple trips to the bottom. Was it tough to keep pushing?
It was exhausting. It was hard. It kinda messes with you mentally. You know this is a competition, and you wanna do your best, but I kinda got to the point where no matter what I did, I felt like I wasn’t gonna be good enough for what the competition wanted or needed. I thought I did really good in the “She-MZ” challenge. I thought I broke out of my shell, and I thought I showed good personality. Being put in the bottom, it was like, “OK, well, what else can I do?” I win the first challenge, and then it just goes downhill. I become this power bottom. Something I relate to.
What motivated you to come back after all this time?
I think my family and my fiance. My mom has Chron’s Disease, since I was nine or ten years old. I’ve always wanted to become a star and get some coins to be able to take care of her, to put into research and charity. My fiance is a drag queen as well, and he’s been my No. 1 fan. He’s been my rock. He’s the one that really pushed me and told me, “You’re ready to do this. You’ve changed. You’ve grown. You know who you are now. And the world deserves to see that.”
What did you want viewers to see this time around?
India is an actual drag queen who didn’t just get picked up (by Mimi Imfurst), you know what I’m saying? That’s all I was known for from Season 3, an iconic moment, but I wanted to show my maturity, my growth. I wanted to be able to show that India was a performer, an entertainer, a real drag queen.
The tense moments with Derrick Barry and Alexis must have been difficult.
You just have to rise above it. You have to really center yourself and know the reason why you were there. I had to keep reminding myself, “Why are you here? Is it to let other girls bring up your past to try to destroy you? Or are you gonna let the world see who India Ferrah is now?”