Amethyst, the “resident meme queen and popstar” of Connecticut, is content with her run on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The self-described “Disney hoe” was one of 16 contestants on the current season of the Emmy-winning series – the largest number in the franchise’s herstory.
Following five episodes – including Snatch Game – and three stints in the bottom two – lip-sync assassin, hello? – Amethyst finally heard the dreaded “sashay away” after Salina Estitties worked the stage to Janelle Monáe’s Q.U.E.E.N.
Amethyst tells GAY TIMES that “the more time that passes, the easier it is” for her to rewatch the series.
“I’ve had plenty of time to process my run on the show, and although I wish it was longer, I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish. I tried my best and that’s what’s most important to me,” she says.
Amethyst’s time on the series came to an end with a design challenge, which saw the contestant turn home decor into haute couture in three different houses: Visage, Kressley and Matthews.
Her gold and leopard print ensemble, in honour of New Jersey alum and Eastenders superfan Michelle Visage, was heavily critiqued by the judging panel – including Janelle Monáe – although some fans don’t think she deserved her place in the bottom.
“I don’t think Amethyst should’ve been in the bottom this week. Nor the advertisement week. Nor the variety show. She was just done so fucking dirty this season girl I’m sorry,” said one viewer.
Another tweeted: “In my personal opinion. Amethyst shouldn’t have even been in the bottom. I said what I said.”
While Amethyst is “super thankful for those fans” and their support, she adds: “I would implore them to get their eyes checked.
“There were other weeks where my placements were a little questionable in my honest opinion, but the week of my elimination was not one of them. I think what I put together was pretty great for someone who doesn’t sew. But compared to the other talented seamstresses in the room, I didn’t stand a chance.”
One skillset she is “super confident” in, however, is her ability to lip-sync, which was reflected in her performances against Irene Dubois to 7 rings by Ariana Grande and Poppy to Diana Ross’ classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
Fun fact incoming: Amethyst is only the second contestant in Drag Race herstory, after season one’s Akashia, to be in the bottom for the first two challenges and survive. She says: “Let’s be for-real here, nobody wants to be in the bottom three out of the five episodes you’re in so I’m just happy something was accomplished!”
Amethyst also made herstory this season, alongside Loosey LaDuca and Robin Fierce, as the first contestants to represent the state of Connecticut. She describes her sisters as “CT icons in their own respect,” and that she’s “looked up to both of them years before beginning my own career in drag, it’s wild receiving this opportunity alongside them.”
During her time on the series, Amethyst revealed that she and Robin were once an item and the end of their relationship was a “mutual decision”. Robin, however, suggested that the split was, in fact, one-sided.
As a result of their past, it was assumed that Drag Race would provide viewers with an Amethyst vs Robin lip-sync smackdown.
When we ask Amethyst who would’ve reigned supreme, she tells us: “I would like to think it depends on what song we’re doing but let’s keep something in mind…Robin is a dancing diva and I am simply a girl that moves her body.
“I might stand a chance if it’s a campy lip-sync. Emphasis on might.”
New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15, along with Untucked, air weekly and exclusively on the streamer of all things drag, WOW Presents Plus, in the UK and internationally on Saturdays at 2:00am.