It’s official, the RPDR cinematic universe has added Germany to its multiverse of magic. And best of all, it includes our own Munich drag queen!
We can confirm that this queen of German production is not one of drags. The official confirmation took place in August 2022, calling out on Instagram for all the German sternchen to apply…naturally with Munich’s plethora of talent trying to snatch their game. However, this final reveal is one not many expected…
Our dear friend, and Bolivian bombshell; Barbie Q beat out the competition.
So why Barbarella? She is campy, she is sci-fi, she is a symbol of expression. Albeit a problematic figure my emphasis on Barbarella goes to the liberation part. Everything what Barbarella Q does, Boy Q never dared, until now.Barbie Q, on the choosing of her name
Our Interview With The Munich Drag Queen Barbie Q
As a personal friend, naturally we have biases, but not only when evaluating our girl’s skills. Obviously, we aren’t the only ones enjoying a little basking in her starlight.
However, for the purpose of this article, we opted to stick with some basic questions that might help paint a better picture of who she is that is closest to what we know (and adore!)
What Does Drag Mean To You?
Barbie Q: Drag is to me, the pinnacle of self discovery. That pinnacle of saying ‘its OK what I am, I can be a little feminine…and its not a problem’. I come from a society where if you are gay and show feminity you are an outcast.
Barbie Q: And drag for me is this process of thinking “fuck it, fuck what society says”. You don’t live for society, you live for you.
What Inspired You To Apply For RPDR? How Did It Feel Being Chosen For RPDR Germany As A Bolivian?
Barbie Q: I wanted to show the German people and also the world that I have something. That I can do something. Especially that my country can show itself…I think I am only the second drag queen from Bolivia that has been able to be featured in a Drag Race franchise. And with the difference being that I lived most of my life in Bolivia, I have those experiences, I know what our problems are and I know what it feels like to be a part of that world.
QIM: So you are trying to bring more representation to your country?
Barbie Q: Yes, I am
QIM: What about Germany?
Barbie Q: (laughs) – of course also Germany. Germany is also important to who I am. They have opened their arms to me in so many ways. I have a community here who help me, people that understand me and I’ve found my best friends here. And people that I could not live without. And I’m very grateful for that.
Barbie Q: Germany is also important to who I am. They have opened their arms to me in so many ways. I have a community here who help me, people that understand me and I’ve found my best friends here. And people that I could not live without. And I’m very grateful for that.
What Is The Most Unique Part About Being Involved In The German Drag Community?
Barbie Q: I think being in the German drag community is that in a place where some people and some political parties try to get foreigners like me out of the country, the drag community was just so welcoming to me. They welcomed me with open arms and they have been there since day one. They never tried to make me feel like an outcast.
Barbie Q:That was the most unique and special thing…regardless of how much drama the queer community casts – and it can have aloooot of drama mama-but always at the end we are there to support each other.
What Was Your Biggest Takeaway From Your Experience?
Barbie Q: That I could show not only Germany, but the world what my country is about, what Bolivian culture is about. I get the opportunity to show this little kid, that in his childhood didn’t believe what he felt, who he was could be real because he never saw that in media, read about it in books or any representation that looked like him. I get to be an example for this child, and that is the most important thing for me.
And Finally, Why The Lobster?
Barbie Q: When I was younger, I always saw on TV how only fancy people or ‘successful’ people had lobster. So I thought this was the marker, the making it symbol. And I decided, well, Barbie Q has it so she is going to have it.
Ready To See Our Munich Drag Queen In Action?
Drag Race Germany stars on September 5! You can watch the new episodes every week on Paramount Plus.
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