RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars reveal how to turn a knockback into something positive

Jayne Cherrington-Cook
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Watch: Baga, Blu and Vinegar talk about turning a negative into a positive

If there’s one person that can dish out advice on confidence, it has to be Vinegar Strokes, star of the West End and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

As a musical star, she’s had her fair share of knock-backs – and none were so public as when RuPaul declared her fashion sense to be a little confused on Drag Race UK.

“The world saw RuPaul come around and say, 'You know what? Your fashion is kind of, um…hodge podge!'”, recalled Vinegar.

“Now, honestly, as a drag queen the last thing you want to be called is hodge podge. I think that's probably the worst things that someone could ever call you.”

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However, Vinegar made a huge negative into a positive and it’s something she recommends we all do.

“I was like, ‘Call it Hodge Podge Couture,’’ she recalled about the incident.

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“I think that's been my survival mechanism throughout life… That when someone says, 'It's a bit s***’ you can either sit and cry about it or go, 'OK, let me turn this into a massive, positive and learn from it.'

She continued: “That's definitely what I did with Hodge Podge because it's made me very, very rich, so that's good!”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Vinegar Strokes attends RuPaul's DragCon 2019 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
Vinegar Strokes attends RuPaul's DragCon 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

Fellow agony queen Blu Hydrangea’s advice on dealing with naysayers is to understand that it’s all down to personal opinion.

“Art is so subjective as well,” said the look queen, who has become a huge Instagram star due to her amazing makeup creations.

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“So, someone's opinion saying, 'Oh, this isn't good enough’ that's just their opinion too. You've put passion, effort, love into what you're doing. If it's not good enough for that person, forget them.”

All three drag stars have a huge social media following and they all agreed that social media – especially negative comments – can affect your confidence. Vinegar said that you can have 99 people telling you you’re amazing, but you’ll only focus on that one person saying something horrible.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Baga Chipz performs onstage at RuPaul's DragCon UK presented by World Of Wonder at Olympia London on January 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for World Of Wonder Productions)
Baga Chipz performs onstage at RuPaul's DragCon UK (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for World Of Wonder Productions)

“It's really interesting how that kind of mindset that we put ourselves in,” she said.

Blu agreed, saying that social media often made it worse.

She said: “Being on social media all the time you actually really do get that because there could be a hundred comments, but there's the one that you just read over and over.”

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As usual, Baga Chipz was there to dish out her no-nonsense advice to anyone else struggling to deal with negative comments or trolls on social media.

“There's a lovely thing called the block button and you just block them,” she laughed.

“And then they just miss out on future stuff that you're doing. They're just missing out on all the fun and missing out on all of this!”

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