Naysha Lopez, the queen who was eliminated in the first episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, was brought back to “RuCo’s Empire.” Unfortunately after just two weeks in the challenge, she was sent home again.
Lopez was part of Team Dragometry in “New Wave Queens” challenge in the previous episode, but failed to impress the judges with their musical talent. Although her neon runway look impressed Raja and Raven during their weekly Fashion Photo RuView, it failed to have the same impact on the judges.
Lopez told International Business Times India her side of the story in the weekly Queen that Sashayed Away:
International Business Times: How shocking was it to learn that you will have to battle for your spot in “Drag Race” yet again?
Naysha Lopez: My Face cracked!!! LOL – I didn’t think I deserved to be in the bottom two but hey, I had to work it out as best as I could and unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough and that’s OK. I was just happy to be back, even if it was just for two more episodes.
IBT: Do you think if ChiChi was more cooperative in the team challenge, Dragometry would have not fallen to the bottom?
Lopez: ChiChi’s mind was somewhere else. She had no runway costume so I get why she was not “in it,” but the other groups took a comedic route and the judges really liked that more, so I don’t think at this point it would have made a difference.
IBT: What did you learn from your second tenure in the “Drag Race?”
Lopez: I was reminded about sisterhood and I was reminded to treat others as I want to be treated. Some people are less fortunate than others and have things going on in their lives that we might not know about, and due to their pride might not ask for help. As sisters it’s up to us to be aware and really take initiative and help a sister out. Really live that sisterhood and be there as much as we can for each other. It really doesn’t have to be SHADE 24/7!
IBT: Do you think the pressure was more when you went back to the competition?
Lopez: OF COURSE! It was a second chance and I didn’t want to disappoint anyone.
IBT: Which of the three original songs from “New Wave Queens” was the catchiest according to you?
Lopez: Street Meat was actually catchier than the chicken wing one (laughs)
IBT: Whose Nylon realness runway look impressed you the most?
Lopez: Although a little repetitive and everything was starting to look the same, Acid Betty had a cool neon look.
IBT: What was going on in your mind when the wig fell off during the lip-sync battle?
Lopez: “Naysha don’t stop” and really just get through it.
IBT: Your emphatic fans have been showering you with love on social media. What would you like to say to them?
Lopez: I’m so humbled, flattered and overwhelmed with joy and happiness with all the kindness that I have received from everyone. They make me want to be better and I am so grateful by all the kind words. Thank you, thank you, thank you and I love you all!
IBT: What is next for Naysha Lopez?
Lopez: Lots of work ahead of me. I’ll be going on more auditions now and really getting out there and working! But what I really look forward to is travelling the world and meeting new people. I love meeting new people and making new friends.