Already a fan favorite from a run on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 and All Stars 6, Silky Nutmeg Ganache’s came into Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. The World as a Drag Race legend. Revered by both fans and her fellow competitors alike, Ganache went all the way to the final (with Season 11 sister Ra’Jah O’Hara). I sat down to chat with Silky on her continuing evolution as a competitor and a person, her “showmance” with Victoria Scone, and what her next chapter might look like.
Michael Cook: Silky, you & Victoria Scone were essentially the beloved showmance of Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. The World this season. What do you love the most about Victoria?
Silky Nutmeg Ganache: I love Victoria because she is breaking barriers. She is doing it on her own terms and that is one great thing about someone like her that is so profound. And she acts half that time, like she doesn’t even know that she’s breaking barriers. From her run on the show, three wins in a row, it was just so amazing.
For me, that is what drag is all about. I have competed against many sisters like Brooke Lynn (Hytes), Ra’Ja (O’Hara) and Akeria (Chanel Davenport). It has never about “I’m gonna take you down”, it has been about “when you win, I win. When you lose, we lose together and we are going to figure it out together and be better next week”. I think that is what Drag Race is about. I am very fortunate to have met and competed with Victoria, because she is now a lifelong friend.
MC: Silky, this is your third run on Drag Race, and this time you were being judged by Brooke Lynn Hytes, who you have competed against in the past. Was it difficult being judged by someone who you had gone to the final with in Season 11?
SNG: No not at all. At the end of the day, she has a job to do and I have a job to do. It’s about supporting sisters and making sure Brooke Lynn gets more seasons of being good television and a great drag queen. I mentally prepared myself for that, for getting critiques from her. It’s no different than any other day, because she is going to critique me on or off camera, she is going to read me on or off camera; so what’s the difference (laughs)?
MC: Do you think a world exists where we may see you on another Drag Race franchise competing? The Global All Stars was just announced…
SNG: Considering that I have competed every year since I have been on, I am okay for now. I am taking a break and I am going to work on some projects that I have this year to move my career into a different direction.
MC: Silky, what do you think your rose and thorn are from your Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs.The World experience?
SNG: I think the rose is honestly that this is the first time you have all seen me on television be vulnerable or show my real self. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen on Season 11, it just wasn’t shown. I think that is one of my greatest takeaways from the show. You got to see me be very, very human. One of the thorns is the wigs, I don’t typically wear lace fronts and all of my wigs were lace. I didn’t get a proper way to glue them down before I went. That is one thing I have learned since leaving Canada’s Drag Race, that is how to properly lay down a lace front wig.
MC: What would winning Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. The World have meant to you?
SNG: Honestly, to win would’ve given me the opportunity to all the people that have gotten me here. I celebrate my ten year anniversary in drag this year and it is a great milestone to say thank you to the people that have taught me and embraced me. The people that have taught me, my idols, before I entered RuPaul’s Drag Race and being a contestant, through to me being who I am today. The hard work that I put in for my community, it would be a thank you to everyone and to represent them and make them proud.
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