“I feel old!” the 35-year-old queen admits to ET. “Oh my god! I have become that old gay at the club who's like, 'Well, you know, in 1979 we were getting arrested...' I've become that person! And I'm like, when did that happen?”
“So, to now see me in this role, and I'm the one that I would be rolling my eyes at 10 years ago?” she continues. “It's kind of, I feel old. I feel decrepit. I feel like a grandma. I'm dressed like a grandma today! It's just, everything is not how I planned.”
Still, Asia says she also had flashbacks to being a young queen while competing on the VH1 series, noting that it completely challenged some things she thought to be true about her own drag.
“It's been a very humbling experience that I expected, but not to the magnitude that it's happened,” she shares. “I went into it with this omnipotent idea about myself and about my drag, and to see, like, no, girl, that's not the case at all. That's, like, the most surprising thing.”
Asia is coming off of a not-so-stellar performance as Beyonce Knowles in the fan-favorite “Snatch Game” challenge, riding the roller coaster that is Drag Race. In previous weeks, she’s been a standout queen, delivering stunning look after look on the runway, including a head-turning headpiece that had fans asking, “Is that from IKEA?”
“Absolutely, yes!” Asia answers, confessing that her dandelion look was, in fact, crafted out of the parts used to make the dandelion-inspired IKEA lamp.
“I saw that years ago and I was like, oh my god, it's a dandelion,” she recalls. “Then flash-forward to getting onto Drag Race and, you know, we had to bring a hat look and I was like, OK. What can I do that's really gonna be over the top and out of the box? And I was like, oh my god. I should do that dandelion, but I was like, how am I gonna get it there? What am I gonna do? I went and bought it and I opened the box and I was like, I can't put this together and take it. So, I'm just gonna put it in the box and take it and hopefully it works out.”
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“I put it together the day of the challenge,” she continues. “I was helped a great deal by Aquaria and Blair [St. Clair] and it was kind of exactly what I wanted, because it was a hat. I was a little afraid they were gonna say, 'Girl, it's a headpiece not a hat,' but it worked!”
The Dallas-based queen jokes you’ll find the lamp now hanging in her home, where she also hopes to display a crown and scepter from Mama Ru. Her eye is very much on the Drag Race grand prize, but she says three queens stand in her way: Monet X Change, Mix Cracker and The Vixen.
Fans will have to tune into VH1 every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to see if Asia can beat them to the top on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She promises the rest of the season will be “magic.”