Stunning beauty Honey Mahogany dishes on her favorite challenges, her music career, staying true to herself, and the pressure she feels from being the show’s first San Francisco drag queen in our interview from the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 premiere party at XL nightclub.
Honey Mahogany is a classic beauty. Her makeup is natural and her preferred style of clothing is far from the stereotypical outlandish drag queen outfits that the gay community, and increasingly the mainstream community, has come to expect. “Drag is really about affecting some sort of character,” she remarks. “I try to stay true to myself as much as possible with everything I do including my drag.”
Like many reality stars, she’s working on a music career, but unlike the Kim Zolciak’s and Melissa Gorga’s of reality stars turned “singers,” she’s been working on her music long before Drag Race. “I’d already been working on an album that should be coming out in the next couple of months. I have a single that I released in December that’s called ‘It’s Honey’ and it’s a funky theme song I wrote for myself,” she said. Her style of music matches her taste in fashion, shying away from current, bright, and bubble-gum pop trends. “A lot of my music is very soul-influenced, a lot of funk, very old school, it’s kind of different I guess from other drag music because drag music tends to be very pop and contemporary and my music tends to be a little bit more retro, but it’s fun.”
Further setting her apart from the usual crop of stars on the reality television landscape is that she proudly holds a day job as a social worker, serving as the youth program director at her place of work.
“It’s a lot of pressure, isn’t it?” she says about now being catapulted onto the huge platform that is RuPaul’s Drag Race. “Especially being the first queen from San Francisco,” she notes. “It’s a lot of pressure to be like you better represent!”
See Honey Mahogany on the season 5 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race Monday, January 28th at 9 PM ET/PT. Honey’s single “It’s Honey” is available for download here.
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Additional reporting provided by Stephen Autar. Image credit to Fiona Mahon.