As one of only two co-crown bearers in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor has come full circle. After coming close to snatching the crown during Season 9, for All Stars 4 she came back with the intention of proving any naysayers wrong, and she made good on that promise.
Putting all of her concentration into the season’s challenges and letting her body of work speak for itself, it was no surprise to anyone that in the end it came down to Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor and Monét X Change at the finale’s end.
Hornet caught up with Trinity following the All Stars 4 finale to chat about her path to the crown, her upcoming new album Plastic and what she believes constitutes the perfect tuck!
Here is our recent sit-down with All Stars 4 winner Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor:
Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor, congratulations on being a winner of Drag Race All Stars! After a stellar Season 9, which also brought you to the finale, what was it like going back and this time taking it all the way?
Everything happens for a reason. Season 9 wasn’t my season. I felt phenomenal with where my placement was, but I knew once we got to the end, Shea Couleé had the most wins. The best track record wins, and I knew she was gonna win. There was no way that I thought Trinity was gonna win; I just thought I’d had a great run. The twist for Season 9 was a shock for everyone!
For All Stars, I felt good. This is something I worked really hard for and that I have wanted for so long. And I did it. I proved to myself that I could do it.
When you walked into the workroom, who were you surprised not to see as part of the cast?
Absolutely Ongina. I had pinpointed her to be on the season since All Stars 2, and I just knew that she would be on. I hope she is on a future All Stars season; I think she is so amazing. I was surprised not to see her, but the girls that we got were phenomenal and I was so happy with them.
You went back on the show somewhat soon after your amazing showing on Season 9.
Girl, I am not getting any younger, and I have been doing drag for 16 years. To say that it was a quick turnaround was irrelevant to me; I have been doing drag for so long, and I’m old as hell! [Laughs] The experience is there. I had some unfinished business to take care of, and this is something that I have wanted for a long time. It was time.
It’s safe to say then that you’ve gotten the ru-dempton you wanted.
Yes. I could not have possibly done better than what I did. I did everything I possibly could do. I have the best track record, I had the most wins on lip syncs, I was in the bottom the least, I had great confessionals, the fan base was behind me.
I don’t know what else I could have done than what I already did. I’m very proud of how everything has turned out for myself, and I am happy.
There’s something only you can tell us: what constitutes the perfect tuck?
First things first, you can’t have a proper tuck without duct tape — obviously. Second thing is a very small penis. [Laughs] The perfect tuck can also be seen on my YouTube channel where I did a video on how to create the perfect tuck (below). Bitch, it’s origami under there. [Laughs]
And you have new music out post-All Stars 4. Tell me about it.
It’s a new song called “I Call Shade,” featuring Peppermint, and a great music video (below) with Phi Phi O’Hara, Thorgy Thor, Yuhua Hamasaki, Blair St. Clair and a ton more. It’s hilarious, and I cannot wait for everyone to see it.
I don’t claim to be a vocalist, but I am doing this purely because it’s fun and it’s entertaining for myself. Hopefully everyone else agrees. My album, Plastic, is available for pre-sale now, and you get the first track immediately. A good description of it is a dance-comedy album, and there are some other people featured on the album, like Aja on one track and Alaska on another. I’m so excited about it.
All Stars 4 is done, and Plastic is forthcoming. Where does the journey for Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor go now?
My journey is ever-evolving. I’m going to constantly push the boundaries of where entertainment can take me. I would love to break into more acting. I would love to be a host for an awards show or for a red carpet, on a network like E!
There are so many possibilities that I think I could do that I am just exploring and am going to see where it takes me. There are so many opportunities now with the show and doors opening for me. I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen.
The 50th anniversary of Stonewall is approaching. You have a special connection as a performer who performed regularly at Pulse nightclub. What gives you the most pride?
There is so much talk right now about the Drag Race fandom being so negative about some of the other queens. Aside from that amount of negativity, I see so much love and positivity being sent to all of us. It makes me smile — and you know I don’t smile that much because of the Botox. Internally I am smiling because it’s just amazing to see that a show like Drag Race reaches millions of people, no matter how they identify. No matter what, it reached them and speaks to them on some level, and it’s amazing.
I think our community is constantly going forward in the right direction, and being positive is all going to be better for us all. I believe in the universe, and I believe that what you put out, you get back. Being positive will only bring positive things your way.
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