"France does not have a trans figure identifiable by the public", deplores La Briochée

“France does not have a trans figure identifiable by the public”, deplores La Briochée

“How dare you deprive the people of the best loaves of France? ! It was by provoking a burst of laughter that La Briochée bowed out at the end of episode 3 of Drag Race France aired on Saturday on France 2. The drag queen distinguished herself on the show with her sense of humor and her words full of wisdom and inspiration on transidentity, homophobia and grossophobia. The artist agreed to come back on his career with 20 minutes.

As soon as you leave, you say that you are happy. You took things philosophically…

Because it’s a privilege to have this platform no matter what. I had the chance to be part of it and I am aware of it. It is not nothing to be on France 2 and to have been chosen among hundreds of candidates, in a country where oppressive voices are rising more and more. In my eyes, I did not lose: I won.

You thanked the show for giving you a platform. Do you feel like your voice has been heard?

I feel so, from all the messages of encouragement, thanks and support sent to me. I get hundreds every day, it’s pretty crazy. I think my voice and my speech resonated with a lot of people, so I’m super happy.

You also taught the general public that being a drag queen is not just for men…

Yes, I’ve had quite a few messages to that effect, from people who said to themselves: “In fact, being drag is open to everyone”. I’m very happy to be able to represent that. This is something that has not yet entered people’s minds. I want to convey the fact that people who want to do drag don’t have to ask themselves whether they are legitimate to do it or not. I would like it to enter into the collective consciousness vis-à-vis this art. I think we’ve taken a step forward and I’m happy about it.

You are one of the few, if not the only, trans woman to have had visibility in a mainstream program in France. What does this remind you of?

It’s true that I work a lot, apart from drag, in the representation of transidentity in the French audiovisual and cinematographic landscape and that I can say, from experience, that we are very late in France compared to other countries. We still do not, at this time, have an openly trans figure identifiable by the general public. Our neighbors have or have had these figures. I am thinking of Veneno in Spain, Annie Wallace in Great Britain – this trans actress plays in a soap opera [Hollyoaks] for six years… We don’t have that. I don’t know if I will become that figure, but I hope I have opened a door for another openly trans personality. Otherwise, I will feel like I have the shoulders to take on this role and I am already delighted to have offered this first visibility.

What is your best memory of the show?

It can be a mess, but it’s the sisterhood that reigned between us and that continues to carry us. We share incredible moments together. I didn’t expect this, to feel so connected with such incredible artists. It’s really a gift, a significant bonus in an adventure like this.

The “Snatch Game” test will be on the menu for the next episode. What personality did you plan to embody?

Even if I would have complied with the game for the show, I am not someone who does the resemblance. It’s not an immediate pleasure for me. I was thinking of doing Maïté, but I know I wasn’t the only one. When Lova and I learned on set that we had the same idea, we were like, “We’ll see if we reach the snatch game both “. But the matter has been resolved in the meantime (laughs). In plan B, I would have liked to do Joseph Gorgoni in his emblematic character of Marie-Thérese Porchet. I know his show very well. Not having done this snatch game emblematic will remain a small disappointment.

Where will the public be able to applaud you in the coming weeks?

This summer, I’ll be having a viewing party with Lolita Banana at Who’s Bar in Paris. I will do another one in Lille, on July 28, with Stargirl, at the Grand Scène. On July 15, I will be at the Bitch Party at Faust in Paris. After the tour drag race at the start of the school year, I will be at the Madame Arthur cabaret again in November.

A word to add? A message to convey?

I would just address people by saying that you only have one life, that you really have to make sure that you do everything possible to do what you want. When you give it your all, it always ends up paying off, I’m in a good position to say so.

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