“I’m here to show the world that I’m not just some dirty alt girl from Seattle, I am that racy alternative girl from Seattle.”
In the weeks following that iconic launch, Bosco – Seattle’s very own deliciously spooky drag queen – battled 13 other queens to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar in Season 14 RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The fight ends tonight. After intense lip sync challenges, fiery roasts, a futuristic ’80s-inspired runway look, and narrowly saving the compliments of a lucky golden RuPaul candy bar (think the fabulous version of a Get Out of Jail card) congratulations are just around the corner. The season concludes tonight with the finale, televised live from Las Vegas and available on VH1.
Ahead of the final solo numbers tonight, we caught up with our hometown queen, who’s already back in the Emerald City after a full season of filming.
How did you end up in Seattle?
I was an Air Force brat who grew up moving around a lot, but I grew up mostly in Montana. About six years ago I got tired of being cold all the time, so I moved here to be wet all the time.
What should a Bosco Virgo expect when she first sees her perform?
Near frontal nudity and flexibility.
I have an atmosphere that registers very strongly as Seattle. I’ve always been someone who fits into that kind of scene. I think the Seattle scene has a bit of DIY, a little bit of punk, a little bit of edge. And I’m glad that’s going through with my drag. Drag is like a heightened version of me. I don’t really go for a fully developed character study when I’m in drag.
My drag is mostly influenced by rogue hot women. I love a combination of camp and sensuality. There’s a Washington-born 1940s Mexican showgirl, Tongolele, and she’s known for having black and white hair and doing skeletal burlesque belly dancing. She was just creepy and sexy at the same time. Skanky, sensual horror is something I like to operate in.
Take us on set – what was it like filming? RuPaul this season?
It’s an incredibly disheartening, painful, and wild experience.
Traditionally, drag is a four-hour sport that takes place while you’re drunk at night. So doing 16-hour days of shooting – sober – is, um, Interesting. It’s very, very difficult and very, very painful. When we shot the finale, I was in an incredibly tight corset for about nine hours and my back was still covered in scabs. So a very painful but rewarding way to do drag. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Let’s strut the runway of memory lane. What was your favorite look this season?
I really liked my tutu look – my “freaky ballerina”. That was one of my favorite things I brought with me. I tend to mix a lot of horror elements into my drag.
We have been warned. The gory tutu runway look, which went awry after a woodworking project, was also a favorite with the judges and earned Bosco a Challenge win.
Any sneak peeks for the finals?
It’s everything you loved about the season, but now we’ve got cash.
With those dollar signs fading from your eyes, what’s next for you after the finals?
The short term plan is to tour and see the world. I will be working on some fully produced numbers with set pieces and backup dancers and extravagant costumes with the Werq the World Tour. My medium term goal is to write a one woman show and work on my solo career.
What else should we know about you off the stage?
I have a son. More specifically, I am the stepmother of a horse. Sunday was his twelfth birthday and he was very sweet. We gave him this fruit and vegetable medley as a birthday cake of sorts. He may not be part of the upcoming solo project but I would like to do a nude photo shoot with him. Very Godiva-esque. Imagine Cher topless on a horse, but I want that to be me.
What’s your favorite place to perform live in Seattle?
Queer/Bar is always my home bar. That’s where I really started to get a foothold in Seattle, and the community and love I feel there is incredible. And there’s a huge mural of my face on the wall.
Any underground shopping in Seattle?
No offense, but Seattle isn’t really known for its clothing scene. (none taken; so we hoped to get some fresh ideas.) I have to have a lot of things made to measure for me now. Seattle doesn’t have many natural resources when it comes to clothing. We are very functional and warm-hearted and sporty people.
Outside of drag, I like Crossroads because you can find fun stuff there. Oh, and Red Light Vintage up in the U district actually has some really fun stuff, just not always great for drag.
As Taylor Gerlach said. Transcript edited for length and clarity.