Friday, February 13, 2015

Q & A With Rachel Cutrone


Rachel Cutrone is Fresno's premier anti-social drag queen. After time-traveling to the present from the early 1960's, she often finds it hard to adjust to life in the future, and enjoys the company of her small circle of friends. Approximately four people.

How long have you lived in the Central Valley?

Almost 20 miserable years. Ever spend a summer in the Central Valley? HMM?!

Married or single?

Why does everyone insist on reminding me that I'm chronically single?

When did you come out to the first person in your life, or are you a straight ally?

I came out to my cousin Jeannine when I was just 13 years old, and she just LOVES to tell the story at family functions.

Something you like about yourself?

I like my sense of humor. It's a nice blend of pop culture references from every decade since the 1920's and bitchy remarks; it works for me.

Something you dislike about yourself?

My complete and utter lack of allure.

Character trait in others that you most admire?

Honesty. Even if it hurts, sometimes you still gotta hear it.

Character trait in others that you most dislike?

Inauthenticity. Be your true self, regardless of what other may think.

What is your biggest regret?

As Edith Piaf would say, "Non, je ne regrette rien."

What are you most passionate about?

The transparence and vapidity of the fashion industry. It's a rotten industry, but I love it!

Favorite thing to do in your free time?

I love to lay in bed and watch hours and hours of videos on YouTube. Usually of my performances, but you didn't hear that from me...

What aggravates you the most?

Stupid people. Vague, I know, but blatant stupidity is at the top of my list.

What makes you the happiest?

Watching classic films alone. No matter how sad the movie is, being temporarily transported back into the world of Bette Davis always makes me happy.

What are you, quite frankly, over?

Gay men with a masculinity complex. If the first words out of your mouth (or your fingertips for that matter) are, "No fats, no fems", you have bigger problems.

What is your biggest challenge?

Self-motivation. I am a self-proclaimed professional procrastinator.

What was your favorite decade so far?

The 60's. You know, aside from the racism, homophobia and woman-hating. Wait, that sounds an awful lot like this decade....

Who is your favorite person to talk to?

Myself. No one understand me like I do. 

Name a person you know personally who has had the biggest impact on you?

My best, best, best friend Amanda. She introduced me to Barbra Joan Streisand and Funny Girl and we've been soulmates ever since.

The most important lesson you’ve learned so far?

To not care what others think. If you practice good morals and don't go out of your way to be an awful person, who are you hurting?

Besides a phone, what piece of technology can you not live without?

The DSLR camera. How else would I document my beauty now that oil portraiture has gone out of style?

What superpower would you most like to have?

Telekinesis. Ever seen Carrie?

Who would you like to play you in a movie about your life?

Meryl Streep. She can do anything.

What is the best part of your day?

Around 3 a.m. No one is bothering me, no dogs are barking and I can concentrate on important issues like where to get my next pair of shoes.

What is your proudest moment?

Still working on this one..

Who did you overlook in your past?

I won't figure this one out until I have my midlife crisis. Ask me again then.

What have you overcome?

The need of approval, which I gave up before I entered puberty.

Where your ideal place to live?

Manhattan. I'm a fashion person and that's where American fashion lives, breathes and dies.

What words do you live by?

Freedom, Beauty, Truth and Love.

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