RuPaul’s Drag Race: Meet the Queens – Alisa Summers

RuPaul parties!
RuPaul throws a 'Drag Race' party!
Meet Sharon Needles
RuPaul's Sharon Needles: The Socialite Life interview.
Sadly, with thirteen fierce queens all competing for the crown of America’s Next Drag Superstar, someone’s got to be the one to sashay away first – and this season, that queen was Alisa Summers. This fierce Florida queen-testant had looks to die for but couldn’t sway Ru and the judges during the lip sync for her life against Jiggly Caliente and had to pack up her sequins, wigs and breastplate and leave the competition in the first week. We were able to chat with this gorgeous glamazon at the start of the season and wanted to take this chance to re-introduce you to this Sunshine State sensation!

Socialite Life: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Alisa Summers: My name is Alex. I’m 23 and live in Tampa, FL. I perform on Friday and Saturday nights here at the Honey Pot.

SL: How did you get started in drag?
Alisa: I’ve always wanted to perform. I used to dance in front of the mirror at home and all, but I was pretty shy when it came to any of that in public. When I started going out and seeing all kinds of entertainment, I decided to try drag. I found myself a drag mother and entered a talent contest, which I won. 🙂

More from Alisa…

SL: Who are your biggest influences or inspirations?
Alisa: I draw inspiration from everywhere, really. I get to work with and meet a really diverse community of entertainers, and I like to draw a little bit of inspiration from each of them.

SL: You’re from Alexis Mateo’s “stomping grounds”, St. Pete/Tampa. Did you get any tips on surviving Drag Race from her?
Alisa: When Alexis came back, and the word came out that he was on the show, he told me all about the experience. We’d been friends since before he went to film season three, so I got a lot of advice.

SL: How would you describe your look?
Alisa: I like to be a punchy glamorous girl. I like to wear pretty things and colorful hair. I like to have fun with my look and try different things.

SL: You describe yourself as a “self-taught drag queen”. Where did you learn about how to be a queen?
Alisa: I have a drag mother, but for the most part I taught myself. I learn by watching, so I’d go to gigs with her and watch her paint her face, and sneak glances at the other girls’ techniques, then go try it out at home. Finally I just figured out what I liked on my face, but I still continue to grow and change my look. Everything with me has been more trial and error than someone telling me “this is the way to do it.”

SL: What’s the most important thing you learned as you developed as a performer?
Alisa: I learned to always make sure I worry about myself and not what others may have to say. People will always try to bring you down, you just have to love yourself and keep on moving.

SL: What do you enjoy most about performing?
Alisa: I just love being on stage. I love being able to see excited faces in the crowd and just have a good time with them. Oh, and I love being able to wear pretty things!

SL: Where is your favorite place to perform?
Alisa: Now you know I’m going to say the Honey Pot!

SL: What can people expect to see when they come see you perform?
Alisa: Expect to see lots of makeup, body, rhinestones and energy! Prepare to be entertained!

SL: Have you ever had an embarrassing moment on stage?
Alisa: I can usually keep it together when I’m on stage. I do remember once when I was first starting, I was doing a dancey number and apparently hadn’t pinned my hair in fiercely enough and she started coming loose. Rather than let it fall off, though, I yanked it off, threw it and kept on going.

SL: What do you think separates you from the other queens?
Alisa: I know exactly how I like to look, how I like to perform, and how to act. I have been very fortunate in the 5 short years that I’ve been doing drag, and I have a lot in me to give.

SL: What was it like working with RuPaul?
Alisa: Ru was amazing. Seeing him in person for the first time was surreal…but then seeing HER on the main stage was nothing short of amazing. I grew up watching Ru and it was an honor to be on her show!

SL: What was it like working with the other queens?
Alisa: The other twelve girls were great. It’s always fun to me when you have that many strong personalities in a room. While the experience was tough, it was great to experience it with people who understood each other. I have twelve new sisters!

SL: What would people be surprised to know about you?
Alisa: I eat like a cow, and rarely exercise. Drag is my exercise!

SL: You shared a surprising fact about your personal life on the first episode of the show. What was it like to have cameras in your face while you revealed so much about yourself?
Alisa: I am a very open person. I have friends who are more recently getting DUIs and I am always there if they have questions about the process. When I was going through it, I really had no one to tell me how things would go. If being on TV prevents anyone else from getting one, then my job is done. It’s a stupid decision, and results in lots of lost time, money and opportunities.

SL: What do you hope people will learn about you from the show?
Alisa: I just want people to know that I am a really laid-back person. I try to stay away from any sort of drama or problems. I like life to be as smooth as possible. Granted, in the competition setting, I had to be more aggressive, but in general, I hope you can tell that I am grounded.

SL: What song would be your dream song to “lip sync for your life”?
Alisa: Anything by TLC. Or Pink. Or, actually, some Nicki Minaj as well.

SL: What words of wisdom do you live by?
Alisa: “What others think of me is none of my business.” -RuPaul. “What goes around comes around…”

SL: Could you share one of your beauty tips with us?
Alisa: A major factor of my makeup is the liquid liner. If there is anything you should practice most, it is liquid liner. It can work miracles.

SL: What one beauty item can you not live without?
Alisa: Liquid liner/lashes…I absolutely need both!

SL: What are you hoping to gain from your experience on the show?
Alisa: I want everyone to know who Alisa Summers is. I would like for drag to be my career and I hope that RuPaul’s Drag Race can help me become the entertainer that I want to be.

SL: Any upcoming news, future projects or events you’d like to share with us?
Alisa: I am working on some stuff now. My merchandise and website should be available soon!

SL: How can your fans best stay in touch with you?
Alisa: My Facebook Fanpage is the best way!

SL: Thanks for your time, Alisa! Best of luck in all of your future endeavors!
Alisa: Thanks boo! Mwah!

We’re down to the final three – Phi Phi O’Hara, Sharon Needles and Chad Michaels…who’s got the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to take the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar? Find out tonight on the season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race at 9pm EST on Logo!