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Drag Race’s newest superstar Yvie Oddly leads Attitude’s August issue

The season 11 winner is bringing the realness.

By Will Stroude

Words: Will Stroude

Frank. Freaky. Fierce. And now an Attitude cover girl.

Just weeks after blowing away the competition in the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11, America’s latest drag superstar Yvie Oddly leads Attitude’s brand new August issue, available to download and to order globally now.

Inside, the queen of quirk exclusively spills the tea about her memorable fights on the show, coming to terms with her sexuality, her relationship with Ru, and her freak flag-flying future.

As one of season 11’s fiestiest figures, 25-year-old Yvie – real name Jovan Bridges – was involved in some of the series’ most memorable bust-ups, but the Denver-based queen says she has no regrets about how she came across on the VH1 competition.

Photography: Brian Jamie

“I feel that if a queen isn’t happy with their edit, it’s because they’re not happy with their performance,” Yvie tells us.

“The editors, while they take some liberties here and there, do the work to show the over-arching story of what you are doing and how you fit into the competition at any given point.

Photography: Brian Jamie

Yvie, who solo show The Pretty Weird Tour arrives in the UK next month”, goes on: “I’m very pleased with my edit because they didn’t do anything weird with me.

“They didn’t make me anything I’m not — even my more sour moments were authentically me.”

Also in Attitude’s new August issue, we bring you the inspiring stories of the everyday LGBTQ heroes and allies honoured at the Attitude Pride Awards 2019, in associate with United Airlines and Sleepeezee.

The Attitude Pride Awards winners 2019, shot by Leon Csernolavek exclusively for Attitude’s August issue

From Andrew Moffat, the pioneering teacher whose diversity programme ‘No Outsiders’ sparked a national backlash from homophobes about LGBTQ-inclusive schooling, to Kenneth Macharia, the gay man fighting deportation to Kenya – where homosexualiy is illegal – with the help of his gay rugby teammates, you’ll hear from those among us who are overcoming adversity and challening prejudice to lift up our entire community.

You can hear more from this year’s winner’s here.

Elsewhere, Ira Mendela Siobhan, star of the West End revival of Equus, horses around for our latest Active shoot, and performance artist Nathaniel Hall reveals the heartbreaking personal story that put him on a life-long mission to tackle HIV stigma.

Equus star Ira Mendela Siobhan, shot by Markus Bidaux exclusively for Attitude’s August issue

Meanwhile, risiing star Arun talks singing and queer south Asian representation, Peter Tatchell reflects on his history with the LGBTQ right movement, and Brighton drag star Alfie Ordinary is this month’s Big In a Wig.

We also also meet The ViewUpStairs star Andy Mientus and writer Max Vernon, as the acclaimed 2017 musical based on the tragic 1973 arson attack on New Orleans gay bar UpStairs, which killed 32 people, heads to London’s West End.

Star of ‘The View UpStairs’ Andy Mientus (left) and writer Max Vernon, shot by Emilio Madrid-Kuser

That’s alongside all your usual news, reviews, fashion and travel, of course…

Attitude’s August issue is available to download and to order globally now.

Buy now and take advantage of our best-ever subscription offers: three issues for £3 in print, 13 issues for £19.99 to download to any device.