Geneva Karr Opens Up On 'Drag Race,' DACA, & That Doll Challenge

Photo via Geneva Karr, Instagram.

Geneva Karr got to experience every aspect of the “RuPaul's Drag Race” experience during her run, and whether she was soaking up a win or battling it out in a lip sync on the main stage, Karr was doing it all with gusto.

This Texas diva delivered killer looks, a now-beloved personality, and even a very personal conversation on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) with a fellow competitor. I sat down with this dynamic doll to dish about her “Drag Race” experience, being the first Mexican-born queen on “RuPaul's Drag Race,” and breaking some truly amazing glass ceilings.

Michael Cook: The Geneva Convention is in full effect and the fans have fallen in love with you and truly got to watch you shine, especially with your lip sync prowess! What was your “RuPaul's Drag Race” experience like all the way around?

Geneva Karr: After experiencing a roller coaster of emotions filming “Drag Race,” now watching it back I get to tell myself, "You went and did the thing" and that was the goal that I set for myself to achieve a couple of years ago. To me, the dream is feeling more real. I went to film and it felt like I was like I was there, but I wasn't. Now seeing myself on TV and seeing the love that I am receiving from people and from people back home, it is just a dream come true, honestly. I am just so happy and I am having the best time of my life. I am riding the wave to the next stop, wherever that may be.

MC: I think your wig business is most likely about to be booming!

GK: (Laughs) Thankfully there is someone that can take care of it while I'm performing!

MC: It's wonderful seeing queens break the glass ceiling on “RuPaul's Drag Race,” whatever that may be for them. You are the first Mexican-born queen to be cast on “RuPaul's Drag Race” correct?

GK: Yes, that is correct. I was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico and I came to the US around the age of 7. I am the first Mexican-born queen on the show.

MC: What does it feel like to be the first Mexican-born queen and to be serving as an inspiration to so many?

GK: It feels amazing. Of course, there are a lot of other people born in Mexico and other parts of the world that wanted to be on the show, the US version which is the original “RuPaul's Drag Race.” People were congratulating me and telling me that they feel that there is hope for them to get on the show soon, that means a lot. I am happy that people are supporting and rooting for me.

MC: Your run was definitely filled with high highs, as well as a few lows. Was that by design?

GK: I am a person that likes to take a lot of risks and that is why I had a roller coaster of an experience. I was the top, in the bottom, a win, and the elimination. I was like, let's go really hard, I don't believe in being just "safe;" you're in the top or you're in the bottom. Now I sort of feel like I could have been safe and not gone that wild, but it is what it is. People were wondering if I would send everyone home, if I would win, if I would be eliminated, they just didn't know what they were going to get with me. That is what I wanted the audience to experience.

MC: It's safe to say that you could be considered one of the lip sync assassins of the season, do you think that's fair to say?

GK: Oh my God, I mean … yeah (laughs)! Lip-syncing is what I do back home, I worked three nights a week before “Drag Race” at my local bar and in other areas. Lip-syncing is what I do and it was my main income the past year before I got on the show. I'm not afraid of a lip sync and I will definitely do my homework. Even if I don't know or have never heard the song, I would learn it, I am a good learner. RuPaul asked, "How is memorizing vegetables and fruit going to help you"? … Well, through the lip sync!

MC: Based on the last challenge, doll making will most likely not be a venture you take on in the future, don't you think it's fair to say?

GK: Listen, even though I raised my hand about playing with dolls, growing up I never really go to really make doll outfits. I don't have little doll patterns, I have a pattern for myself (laughs)! I was panicking and I was more focused on making sure the doll looked great, I kind of forgot a little bit about me. The doll looked sickening though (laughs)!

MC: Do you think you can see yourself wearing those much maligned white shoes again?

GK: Listen, those white shoes are going to walk me to my next gig to collect the check, thank you! I am keeping them, I am actually like my shoes.

MC: The critiques that you received were very much talked about, especially the ones from Law Roach. What did you think about the critiques you received?

GK: It's like I say all the time, judges are there for a reason. Everyone is going to have a different opinion and a different take, everyone is going to want something different. You just have to put out there what you think is going to be your best and what you want to showcase. They either like it or they don't. I don't take anything personal, I know that they are there to help us and make us grow; they're just doing their job. At the end of the day, I respect their opinions but if I don't want to throw the shoes out, I’m not going to throw the shoes out (laughs)!

MC: The conversation you had with Xunami Muse about being the first DACA recipients on “RuPaul's Drag Race” was one of the most important conversations we have seen in the workroom in recent memory. Was there any hesitation at all in discussing that and what kind of response have you received?

GK: When I found out that I was going to be on the show, of course that was something that I wanted to bring up somehow and talk about it. I feel like as time has gone by, it is something that has not really been talked about. There are thousands of us on the DACA/Dreamers program and it is very important to get out there and vote for some of us that aren't able to. So that we can continue to exist here legally, work and be protected in a way, from being deported. When Xunami brought it up and asked me "Are you on DACA?” I felt like for someone to ask me that, it had to be someone that was either on DACA or knew someone that was on the program.

In that time, I felt like everything stopped, everybody was gone and it just me and her. At that moment, I felt so comfortable to bring it up and talk about it. I felt like, this is the moment, and I felt like it happened naturally without me having me to figure out a way to do it, it just happened on its own. Everything happens for a reason, and I think that was the reason to talk about it.

MC: Now you have the world at your feet and a global platform, what do you think you want to do now?

GK: For sure I want to do more social media. I was doing TikTok with the leg hair and everything, but I want to do something more relating to drag, like videos. I would love to hopefully do a series, maybe Netflix and maybe some music. I want to do so many things and I really think that the things will fall into place, if that makes sense. That is what happened with “Drag Race,” it happened when it had to happen.

MC: There are little children all over the globe now watching you and they may live in a culture where being a drag performer is something that is considered very unacceptable. You are opening a world of possibility up to them when they see you on “Drag Race.” What do you say to those children?

GK: If you really want to do something-go for it. Don't give up. Just because you hear that no one is going to pick someone from this small town or being from this area or because you look like this or that, if you really want something, go for it. Work hard. Everything is possible that you set your mind to. Be authentically yourself; love who you are. The moment the you do all of those things is when the magic really happens.

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