Self-described "Anglophile" Michelle Visage sat down with British LGBTQ+ publication Gay Times and was as prim and polite as you'd expect. Eh, we're just taking the piss — she was Jersey as hell!
The RuPaul's Drag Race judge was promoting her numerous projects, from RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. to its two spin-off BBC shows — the advice/makeover series Get Off Your Ass and the COVID-inspired How's Your Head, Hun? — and the planned Werq the World Tour, which may or may not happen thanks to Ms. Rona.
Visage, who began as a pop singer for the '80s/'90s girl group Seduction before seguing to radio DJ and now TV personality, is currently making coin. But as she told Gay Times, when she started out on Drag Race, she was so broke she couldn't pay for her kids' track-and-field fees. Her destitution prompted a return to gay bars, where she happily hosted parties and drag competitions in the early years of Drag Race.
"The gay bars have always been there for me so I will always be there for them. It’s amazing to see it come from that… to playing these arenas," Visage said of the planned Werq the World tour.
The Get Off Your Ass show — also featuring Drag Race U.K. winner The Vivienne — will highlight the hustling ethos that has paid Visage's bills for 35 years. In the interview, the Jersey girl tooks partial credit for bringing Drag Race to the U.K., admitting she only took part in the British edition of Celebrity Big Brother so she could lay the groundwork for an across-the-pond Race.
Visage also spent a good portion of the interview gushing over another ambitious woman and listing her as her first choice for dream celebrity guest.
"[Madonna's] on a pedestal, and I always talk about her being a judge on Drag Race but I think I’d be shitting my pants the whole time," Visage said. "I’d have a nappy on."
Other dream guest judges include Cher, Liza Minnelli, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton. Visage explained that lately it hasn't been hard to get stars on the show, admitting it's usually scheduling conflicts that prevent the supernovas from appearing.
The last huge pop star to appear, Nicki Minaj, gets high praise from Visage, who called her "genuine, honest, and herself." Visage quickly contrasted Minaj's pleasantries with the rapper's former "Bang Bang" collaborator.
"You don’t know if [stars are] going to be standoffish, not nice, a total cold person like Jessie J was to us when we did the tour in Australia," Visage said. "She wasn’t nice. I was so excited and then I was like, ‘Boo!’ Let me tell you, there’s few voices that could hold up to hers. That bitch can sang, oh my god. It made me sad, which is why I don’t want to meet Madonna. I don’t want to be let down!" Same.