RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4 star Willam Belli delves into his past in this 2012 interview with The Stylish.
The Drag Race alum even shows us cringe-worthy images from his teen years and his first few times in drag.
‘When I was 13, I was nobody’s prom queen,’ he says, discussing his issues with weight. It was only after becoming a vegetarian that he began to lose weight.
Willam was 11 when he first started wearing women’s clothing, claiming that the Florida heat made his thighs chaif so women’s clothing was more comfortable to wear.
Willam graduated high school at 16 after taking night courses to leave school early. After that, he moved away from home – to Los Angeles – and started pursuing drag as a career. From there, Willam tried acting and singing, even appearing on the popular show Nip/Tuck.
‘My motto is: if you’ve got a check, I’ve got a talent. I will do anything for money,’ Willam states.
‘What I love most about being a drag queen is the free stuff,’ he says, giving us a tour of his drag closet.
‘My style as a drag queen is mistress. I always look like the other woman,’ he says.
‘Drag queens are sloppy people,’ Willam says, showing the mess that is his makeup table.
But if you thought Willam was self-involved, you’ll be happy to know that he volunteers at LGBTI centers and even donates profits from his merch sales to charity. Additionally, Willam and his band became ‘accidental activists’ after American fast food chain Chick-fil-A doubled down on their anti-LGBTI rhetoric. The group, made up of three drag queens, made a music video filled with Chick-fil-A sandwich wrappers.
‘I don’t consider myself famous, I consider myself a novelty,’ he says with a smile.
Learn more about Willam’s life in the video below: