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Yvie Oddly criticises Drag Race All Stars 7 edit, calls experience ‘gruesome’

“TBH my experience was pretty gruesome from the start,” she admits.

By Emily Maskell

Words: Emily Maskell; Image: Wow Presents

As RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7 comes to a close, contestant Yvie Oddly has spoken out to take issue with how the season has been edited. 

Oddly, who won the eleventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2019, had been a fan favourite throughout (particularly for her runway looks, see below) All Stars as she competed to win ‘Legendary Legend’ badges to be crowned the Queen of all Queens.

With All Stars 7 wrapping up (spoiler incoming!!!) after Jinkx Monsoon was crowned the winner, Yvie has pulled back the curtain on the “real journey” of the queens featured on the show.

“I truly wish you could’ve seen even a quarter of the REAL journey we experienced together (instead of all the strategy bs),” Oddly wrote in an Instagram Story. “But I guess that’s what I get for participating in a ‘celebratory’ season of a global reality television franchise.”

She added: “In the end I’m happy you all enjoyed our hard work and harder play.”

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However, Oddly wasn’t done. She followed up on the points she made in a longer post that explained her thoughts on appearing in the show.

“TBH my experience was pretty gruesome from the start,” she admits.

“And while you can be assured that ‘none of that will make the edit’ it doesn’t change anything in the moment,” she adds. “Going back I learned a lot about myself, as I was forced to question whether or not I fit into this specific world (even as a winner).”

Yvie went on to spotlight what she felt was poor editing: “But instead of showing ANY of that struggle (or really any reason for me to be there) I’ve been lobotomized and presented as some goofy big-dicked mascot, bravely laughing through my chronic illness, happy to be along for the ride.”

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Oddly has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a hereditary disorder of connective tissue which impacts the joints and skin, she has previously spoken out about living with EDS and coping with the intense “struggle” competing because of it.

Oddly concluded her statement on All Stars 7 with a sweet comment about her love for her fellow queens: “The only part of my truth that was shown was how the girls were my rock in this competition, and how happy it’s made me to share any more of my art with you…so for that I’m truly thankful.”

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