Hollis Hollywood: Hey Coco and Isis! Thanks so much for talking to me from your home in Brighton, UK! Your video recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race are becoming more popular every week, and I am a big fan of your hilarious show. From your Tumblr and Twitter comments, I know that RuPaul follows your work, several RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants are big fans, and the U.S. drag scene in general is loving your sick’ning reviews and entertaining commentary. I want to know more about you beautiful performers! I know lots of people do. So tell me, what is the drag scene like where you live in England, in your hometown of Brighton in particular?
Isis Mirage: Thank you! We haven’t come across many drag queens here, which I feel is quite unusual because Brighton is pretty much known as the gay capital of Britain. As for the ones I have come across, they haven’t ever paid either one of us much attention and I’m yet to find a queen out here closer to our age group who I feel I can relate to and vice versa.
Coco Ferocha: Yeah, I feel like drag over here is totally different to what you get over in the US, and even though we haven’t explored the drag scene here to its fullest, it’s what I hear from a lot of other people too. Drag over here is very theatre/comedy oriented, and although there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s not what we personally like to do. I’m not sure if people here would fully appreciate our drag aesthetic and what we can bring to the table the way I feel American audiences could.
Isis: I have a lot of respect for any drag queen no matter what style/aesthetic; however, I feel like there is a mold to be broken over here. My biggest concern is figuring out how to break into a scene in a place where everyone seems so used to one thing. For example, there was a show over here about a kid at sixteen who wanted to be a drag queen and I just honestly felt like the queens around her were trying to make her into their idea of what drag is. It makes me feel like there’s not much understanding of wanting to be your own character with your own style in terms of music, performance and appearance.
HH: What’s a day in the life of Coco and Isis like?
Coco: At the moment we are trying to find jobs. We both completed a hairdressing course last year and are therefore qualified hairdressers, but we’re both not exactly sure that’s what we want to do in life. Obviously the dream is to both work as full-time drag queens, but as we just explained we’re not sure if that’s entirely possible over here. So right now we’re just trying to find a job in retail or something just to earn some coins while we continue with our videos, because honey, drag is expensive!
Isis: It’s tough times for a queen out there! Along with our RuPaul’s Drag Race video reviews, we both run various blogs on Tumblr. Although running blogs most definitely does not make any money for me, what I get from talking to people from around the world is a lot more valuable . It’s opened my eyes to the fact that there’s a whole world out there and that there are people who genuinely appreciate the things about me that have, for the most part, hindered me in the past.
Coco: Most definitely. Coming from a small town it’s hard to find people who can understand who you are and who you want to be, so being able to connect with so many supportive people who you wouldn’t necessarily meet on a daily basis is amazing! That’s also why we decided to make these reviews. We don’t have many people we can talk to about the show in person, so we figured that there must be loads of other people out there that don’t have that either. So many people have reached out to us saying that they feel like by watching us and commenting on our videos, etc., it’s like sitting at home talking with their girlfriends, and I love that.
Isis: As you can see, most of our free time is spent watching or talking about RuPaul’s Drag Race or drag queens in general. Mostly because, in my opinion, it’s something we could never really talk about with anyone before moving out here. But, putting drag aside for a moment, I also enjoy playing video games. I know that may come across as boring to some people, but honestly I just love being able to escape into a different world sometimes. Much like drag! I’m a big fan of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts and love any games that can provide me with a fierce, ass-kicking diva. Oh, and Tekken is my shit. Ling Xiaoyu is my home gurl.
Coco: Hahaha! We both also LOVE messing around with Photoshop, whether it’s making our own gif’s for our blog’s, or just editing the shit out of some pictures, we live for it.
HH: What is your next step? Where do you want to take your drag?
Isis: Like we said, we would love to find a club that would support us in what we want to do, but so far, no luck! But I’m definitely going to keep faith that I’ll be able to do what I truly love some day and I’m willing to werk hard for it!
Coco: Before making the reviews we didn’t even too much know that people were going to enjoy us just talking or care about our opinions, so the response has really been overwhelming! People have always told us we have great chemistry together, and we both love making people laugh, so I’m really happy that has translated on camera, and it gives me hope that if we’re ever on Drag Race, people would eat it up!
You have no shortage of strong opinions about every episode of Drag Race, but I enjoy how you judge each show without seeming to have major preconceived opinions. Who are your favorite contestants? Do you have any predictions about which girls will wind up in the top two or three spots?
Isis: One of the things that was most important to us when we decided to start these reviews was that we always wanted to come from a loving place. You’ll never see us sitting there clocking someone for the way they look (as a person, not as a drag queen), and nothing annoys me more than people who move away from the show to talk about the queens as the people they are rather than their talent or what they can bring as a performer. Also, we’re always willing to give anyone the 10′s they deserve for what they do, regardless if they are our favorite contestant or our least favorite. If the bitch did a good job, they did a good job and we’re always going to acknowledge that!
Coco: Definitely. It’s something that really irks us when we see people just being hateful just for the sake of it, when it has no bearing at all to the show or drag in general. But that doesn’t mean we’re gonna keep quiet about something if we feel a certain way about it and if we feel its important. For example, when Jiggly said that she thought two drag queens in a relationship was disgusting, we felt personally offended by that and we were pissed off, and we let that be known in our video review that week. But the difference is that the next week, if Jiggly does something we think is sick’ning, regardless of what happened, we’ll most definitely give credit where credit is due.
Isis: As for our favourites, we were definitely rooting for Kenya! Coco discovered her through Jessica Wild’s Facebook before there was any word of her being on Drag Race and we both fell in love with her. So when we found out she was going to be on the show we just couldn’t believe it! Small world! Especially since Coco had made a comment to her not too long before about wanting to see her there! How crazy is that? But all in all, we love all the queens. Personally, I feel that they were all brought there for a reason and regardless of any comments made, I have love and respect for all of them and that even includes Alisa Summers who was, unfortunately, as we all know, the first to go! The competition this year is definitely one to watch and l really can’t figure out who the top three will be. I have my suspicions that Latrice Royale and Chad Michaels will be up there and Sharon Needles is a big fan favorite, but we’re just going to have to wait to find out! I can’t wait.
Coco: As for me, like Isis said, we were team Kenya and we were absolutely heartbroken to see her go this week!! But apart from that, I think that the queens to watch out for are Latrice, Chad, Sharon & definitely Willam! Those are my thoughts anyways, but I know that Phi Phi & Milan are also going to go far, and Dida is proving to be a dark horse this season, keep an eye out for her, darling!
Isis: I definitely agree! As for Willam and Milan, those were the two I wasn’t really sure about when we made our first video (the cast review), but they have totally changed my opinion as the season has gone on and are two of my favorites this year! I have so much love for any queen who can totally flip my opinion like that!
I know you have gotten lots of positive response from the US drag community and have even heard from Drag Race contestants who are enjoying your online show. What has been the most exciting response so far?
Coco: Well first and foremost I want to say that every single positive response we receive from anyone about our videos is exciting and we LOVE it! But the first contestant who reached out to us and commented on our video was Willam, and we literally hit the roof when that happened because we totally didn’t expect it and it just blew us away that someone from a show we absolutely love had reached out to us!! We didn’t even have Twitter at that point, so we weren’t used to celebrity interaction like that — hahaha — so it was totally amazing!! Just to let you know, Willam to this day comments on every single one of our videos and he recently reached out to us and is going to send us some merch, so at this point i’d like to think we’re BFFs — hahahah.
Isis: LOL — we’re just kidding, but maybe someday! It means a lot to both of us that any of the queens have reached out to us, let alone so many of them! Chad Michaels, who we all know is a living legend, took the time in an interview to give us a shout out! Bitch even called us flawless! I will replay that moment for the rest of my life. I even have the clip saved. It’s the first thing I’d run to save if, god forbid, there was ever a fire! haha. But honestly, watching Drag Race gave me so much confidence in a time when I was living in a small town without anyone to truly relate to and to be where we are now, doing drag and hearing back from the people that inspired it all in the first place just makes me feel like we’ve come full circle. It means more than I could ever put into words. Sharon Needles was searching for us on Twitter and Milan gave me a heads up about it. I’m just like, “What did I do to deserve this?” So amazing! These are the people we watch every week and aspire to be like, so to hear one of them tell us they watch us just like we watch them, or to call us “sis” is just mind blowing and gives us hope in the times when we doubt ourselves.
Where can your fans go to see more of Coco Ferocha and Isis Mirage online? Do you have any future plans your fans should be looking forward to?
Coco: Obviously you can catch us on our YouTube channel which is http://www.youtube.com/user/THROWINSHADE! As far as me personally, you can find me on Tumblr at:http://throwinshade.tumblr.com , on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/throwinshade & on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CocoFerocha :)
Isis: You can find my personal Tumblr blog here http://pussypoplikecolacoca.tumblr.com/. I also respond to comments on YouTube on my own channel! My username is pussypoplikecolacoca but I just use it to respond/I don’t upload videos there! You can also follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/IsisMirage or like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IsisMirage
Also, get all the latest RuPaul’s Drag Race photos and gifs on my Drag Race blog which is very popular and RuPaul herself checks it out! GAG! http://fuckyeahrupaulsdragrace.tumblr.com/
Also, Coco and I are big fans of Puerto Rican drag queens! The drag out there is beyond amazing! We run a blog dedicated to the flawlessness that is PR Queens with our friend stjulian so go get you some here http://fuckyeahpuertoricanqueens.tumblr.com/
A big thank you to for this interview, Hollis! We had so much fun responding to these questions and want to send you the best wishes with everything you do! You have full support from us locas out here in the UK! xoxo