QLife caught up with Farrah Moan before the season started for an interview about her experience with the show,
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Farrah: Hi, QLife!
QLife: Hello, Miss Farrah Moan! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us!
Farrah: Oh, of course! Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.
QLife: Give us a little picture of what life is like for you right now and how excited you are about this season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Condragulation on making it onto the show!
Farrah: Well, thank you guys so much for taking time out of your day to talk to lil' ol' me…[Chuckles]. I mean honestly it’s a lot to take in. It’s so insanely amazing, and the fans have just been so overwhelmingly supportive. I'm getting fan art all the time now. It’s just a special surreal experience. I don't think it's even hit me yet that it's “The beginning of the rest of your life” [Singing part of Rupaul’s “The Beginnin'”].
QLife: What would you say have been some of the experiences that the show has put you through that have impacted your professional and/or personal life?
Farrah: Being on a show like RuPaul's Drag Race is like going to summer camp for drag. They tell you to do all these challenges. You get to do things as your drag persona that you probably never would have done, and that was really fun and exciting and stimulating for my creative mind. I really learned exactly what I was capable of. You get put in time crunches. Before the show, I used to spend around 4 hours getting ready, and now I spend an hour and a half—maybe two hours total—getting ready, from makeup to putting on my outfit. I definitely learned what I was truly capable of achieving as my drag persona Farrah Moan, which is amazing and like super cool.
QLife (Russ): I was doing a little research before we got on the call. You grew up in Texas.
Farrah: Yeah, born and raised in Houston, Texas.
QLife (Russ): I was born and raised in Corpus Christi which is the home of Farrah Fawcett.
Farrah: That's true. She lived in Houston too!
QLife (Garrett): Why was Farrah your inspiration, and how did she become the reason behind your drag name?
Farrah: My favorite thing about Farrah Fawcett was that she was such a beautiful person. Not just the obvious outer appearance. If you ever get the chance to talk to someone that had the chance to work with her, you would soon realize that there's not a single person in the world ever had anything bad to say about her. The true inner beauty and light that she had were always things that I wanted to emulate. I think that’s what I admire most about her.
QLife (Russ): Did you have one of the Farrah Fawcett Glamour Heads growing up? Wait, you're probably too young to know what those are.
Farrah: Glamour Heads? I'm not sure I know what those are. I mean, I have an iconic poster in my room…
QLIfe (Russ): No, These were these were full-size heads that let you style her hair.
Farrah: Oh my god, I’ll order one.
QLife (Russ): I’ll have to find one on eBay for you.
QLife (Garrett): Speaking of age, are you the youngest one on the show?
Farrah: I'm not, but I think I am one of the younger ones. Probably the second youngest after Raja.
QLife: Being a young queen means that you probably have older queens in your life as role models. Is there any queen from this season or past seasons that you've looked up to, that gives you guidance? Do you have a "drag mom" figure?
Farrah: When I walked into the work room and saw Peppermint, I was completely “cracked” because I've been a huge fan of hers for like ten years or something crazy like that because she's always been doing YouTube videos and music videos and other things like that. I used to watch her YouTube videos in high school, and now I'm competing with her. Oh my god, how cool but it’s like crazy. I can't believe that I have been such a huge fan of Peppermint for so long, and now to be close friends with her now is really, really cool.
QLife: What's the one thing that you learned the most out of this experience that you're going to carry forward for the rest of your career?
Farrah: I think the thing I learned the most is that I need to listen to my gut. It's usually almost always right when I have a gut feeling about something. I need to listen to my intuition. You know that little voice in your head telling you to do something, like when you're taking a test and your little soul is telling you to pick “C” but then you put your answer to “A”. What I have learned from this experience is to trust myself.
QLife: Do you have a catch phrase yet?
Farrah: My catch phrase has been on my Instagram for almost four years now, and it's a rhyme with my name. It’s “Farrah Moan - one look and your mind is blown!” I came up with that because when people would meet me, they would go back and look at (pictures) around 2014, she was like a “real girl” with blonde hair, brown roots, booty shorts and a crop-top. People really thought she was a real girl when they would meet her and say things like “Whoa my mind is blown” and I thought if it's blowing that many people’s minds then I figured I would put it out there. I’m not sure if I ever even say that on the show though. We've shot for hours and hours and hours every day, so it's hard to remember.
QLife: Yeah, sometimes you won’t realize your catch phrase until after the show airs, and then editors pick up stuff that you said over and over not even realizing that you said it so much.
Farrah: You’re probably right. I am probably going to find that I have a bunch of catch phrases that I don't even realize. It’s not like I am one of those queens who has been brainstorming in my room trying to find one catch phrase to shove down everyone's throats for my entire career.
QLife: When did you move to Las Vegas?
Farrah: I moved to Las Vegas on January 1st, 2016. Since I was so new to Vegas, I guess I was only there for like six or seven months when I got the call and found out that I made it on Drag Race. One of my big questions to the show was what should I say when they ask where I’m from… should I say Vegas or Texas? They said I should say the city where I'm living. I obviously talk a lot about living Texas on the show, but I mean Vegas is my city now.
QLife: We’re happy to have you here in Las Vegas. Do you know your travel schedule?
Farrah: Oh my gosh, it's crazy! I tweet out screenshots of it as more dates get added. I will have to do that until I figure out my website situation-comedy. Someone bought my domain when I went missing. So, as of right now if you want to find out where I'm going to be, just go to my Twitter @farrahized. If anyone is curious about how the heck that even got started, I started my Instagram as my drag persona, and at that time I was doing a lot of freelance makeup work, so I would work on clients and transformed them—I would “Farrahize” them. That’s my username for everything now.
QLife: Who are some of the other RPDR queens that you look up to?
Farrah: Miss Fame obviously. I also love Violet Chachki, Courtney Act, Adore Delano, Jinkx Monsoon…. Honestly, I'm such a hard core Drag Race fan that by the time I get to the end of this list, I'd name all 112 of them. No one is a bigger fan of the show than I am.
QLife: Is there anything that you would want your fans or our readers to know about you that we haven’t talked about?
Farrah: I want everyone to know that I just appreciate their support so much and I love all the fan art. My favorite thing to do is look at all the fan art that people send me on my Instagram and Twitter.
QLife: Well, thank you so much for letting us get to know you better. We are rooting for you and sending all of our love and good energy your way.