BEHIND THE NAME "I used to work a small store inside a strip club and Laila sounded like a pretty stripper name that none of the other girls had. And as far as McQueen, I was paying homage to one my favorite designersbut also its sorta a joke, because the brand of McQueen is so impeccable and my style is the opposite."
"I'm more inspired by films like Rocky Horror, Party Monster, Beetlejuice ( my walk-in look on RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 was inspired by him! ), Hedwig… I'm practically a fictional character myself, so I'm drawn to other weirdos in films. Ohand the '80s!"
GO-TO NUMBER TO SLAY A CROWD
"I love doing feel-good rock songs that when it comes on, you immediately want to start singing out loud. I'm all about invoking those good vibes! But my favorite to close out a show is Bon Jovi; nothing gets drunk straight girls at a drag show to scream louder and hand over money faster
than Bon Jovi."
MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT I ...
" … went to the same high school that the Lifetime movie 'The Pregnancy Pact' was based on, I'm terrified of sharks and I don't eat soup because it grosses me out."
WHEN I NEED A PICK-ME-UP, I …
"Sometimes, when I'm feeling tired, I like to scream really loud or shout weird-sounding words or scream monologues from movies in different inflections. It gets my momentum back up!"
WHERE CAN WE CATCH YOU
"Nearly every month I perform at Berlin for Drag Matinee and also Smartbar for Queen!"
Twitter: @lailamcqueen on twitter