If you’re a fan of reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race (which airs on VH1), then you’ve likely heard of Brooke Lynn Hytes. For those not in the know, this Season 11 contestant started gaining momentum even before the season launch for being it’s first Canadian competitor.
Toronto native Brooke Lynn Hytes (a.k.a. Brock Hayhoe) is making Drag Race herstory as the self-proclaimed #QueenoftheNorth, so we decided to ask her seven questions about their advice for future queens, a potential Swiss Chalet sponsorship and how it feels to represent for an entire country.
Edit Seven: You’ve been shouted out by Canada’s official Twitter account, run by Global Affairs Canada, which ended up pissing off Maxime Bernier. What’s it like to get all this political attention online?
Brooke Lynn Hytes: It’s really funny! I never thought as a drag queen I would get a shout out from my country. It was surprising but also not surprising because if any country would that, it would be Canada! (laughs)
Edit Seven: Okay, so what does it feel like to be the first Canadian queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Brooke Lynn Hytes: It feels amazing and incredible to be able to represent my country. I am so proud of myself and that everyone gets to see Canadian drag. I really hope I make everyone proud.
Edit Seven: There can be a lot of debate online about who can participate in drag: what is your advice to someone just starting out and what do you want people to know about the drag community?
Brooke Lynn Hytes: My advice is that drag is for anyone and anyone can do drag! Drag is an art form for anyone no matter what anyone else says. Remember to stay true to yourself. Go out to shows and watch people you admire and people you don’t admire. Learn from them and find ways to make what you’re doing uniquely your own. Drag is a legitimate art form and I want people to know that the drag community is full of artists, and we should be treated as such.
Edit Seven: How did winning a competition like Miss Continental prepare you for Drag Race?
Brooke Lynn Hytes: It teaches you to be polished, professional, punctual, and fierce.
Edit Seven: You’ve done a few call-out’s during Canadian stops for Swiss Chalet–do you think they’ll end up sponsoring you?
Brooke Lynn Hytes: Absolutely! (laughs) It would be a dream come true!
Edit Seven: The fandom can seem pretty intense at times–how do you manage?
Brooke Lynn Hytes: I don’t read the comments. (laughs)
Edit Seven: What’s next after Drag Race?
Brooke Lynn Hytes: Who knows! The sky’s the limit.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Ama Scriver)