Q&A with Pabllo Vittar
Pabllo Vittar is much more than a super famous Brazilian Drag Queen, singer and songwriter. She’s a presence, a force, and a total star. We were lucky enough to catch her during her show at Toronto Pride 2019 - along with thousands of gorgeous Brazilian and Portuguese mega-fans - and witnessed her power.
You might remember her from Major Lazor’s “Sua Cara” video, or he verse on Charlie XCX’s "I Got It" … but don’t worry, if this is your intro to the magic of Vittar then sit back and enjoy your new Queen.
Miss Moço: Can you take us back and tell us how Pabllo Vittar came to be?
Pabllo Vittar has always been inside of me. She was ready to come to life. I always had a strong relationship with the arts and singing, so when I turn into drag I am giving myself space to access this, and I feel 100% whole, 100% me. I am a free femme gay, owner of my choices.
Pabllo Vittar sempre esteve dentro de mim, pronta para vir à tona. Sempre tive uma relação com a arte e o canto muito forte e quando me transformo em drag, cedo espaço para isso e me sinto 100% inteira, 100% eu. Sou um gay afeminado, livre, dono das minhas escolhas.
How was your early experience living in Brazil and performing in drag?
It was a beautiful learning experience. But I also faced a lot of prejudice. It hurt me so much, so many people judging me, looking down on me, and too much intolerance. However, I never let it bring me down. I always resisted holding my head up high. I am what I am, and people need to accept it.
Foi uma experiência linda e cheia de aprendizado. Mas, também passei por muito preconceito, que doeu demais, muito olhar torto, muita intolerância. Porém, nunca deixei me abalar, sempre resisti de cabeça erguida. Sou o que sou, as pessoas precisam aceitar.
What does Pride mean to you?
It means a lot. Pride and resistance from our entire community.
Significa muito. Orgulho e resistência de toda nossa comunidade.
What advice do you have for young LGBTQ+ persons living in Brazil (and around the world)?
Do not ever give up on your dreams. Dreams are the most important things we can have in life. We are together in this fight. We cannot give up and accept any kind of prejudice.
Que não desistam nunca dos seus sonhos, pois eles são as coisas mais importantes que possuímos na vida. Estamos juntos na mesma luta, não podemos ceder e abaixar a cabeça para nenhum tipo de preconceito.
What do you see for the future of the LGBTQ+ community?
At this very moment, I still feel unsure, and I notice only few effective changes to our community, unfortunately. But I can foresee a better future with more love.
Nesse momento, ainda sinto incertezas e vejo poucas mudanças efetivas para nossa comunidade, infelizmente. Mas consigo enxergar um futuro diferente, com mais amor.
You have been traveling all around the world – what are some highlights you’ve experienced?
Trying a bunch of local foods, and visiting so many tourist attractions in the cities. Also the love that I receive when people recognize me, this makes me so happy.
Diversas comidas locais, além de conhecer muitos pontos turísticos das cidades. Encontrei o carinho de algumas pessoas que me reconheceram e fiquei muito feliz.
Who is your biggest inspiration or someone that influences you?
Beyoncé because of her artistic work and what she stands for.
Beyoncé pelo trabalho artístico e o que ela representa.
Where is your favourite place to be in the world?
My home, there is no better place for me in the world!
Minha casa, não há lugar melhor no mundo para mim!
What do you think defines your personal style/helps you stand out in the world of mainstream drag?
I am very truthful, transparent and sincere.
Sou muito verdadeira sempre, transparente e sincera.
What are 3 things in your makeup bag you can’t live without?
Lipstick, eye lashes and a gorgeous base!
Battom, cílios e uma base maravilhosa!
Do you have any makeup hacks you use when you’re in a pinch?
I always carry all my kit, I never go anywhere without it!
Sempre levo todo meu kit, jamais ando sem!
Who are your top 3 favourite Ru girls?
Sharon Needles, Valentina and Alaska Thunderfuck.
Sharon Needles, Valentina e Alaska Thunderfuck
What about favourite local Brazilian queens?
Aretuza, Gloria Groove, Lia Clark, Kika Boom and ALL my sista from the drag community. They are beautiful!
Aretuza, Gloria Groove, Lia Clark, Kika Boom e TODAS as minhas manas da comunidade drag. Elas são lindas!
What can we expect next from Pabllo Vittar?
Joy, dance and excitement. Let's make together an awesome Pride full of love.
Muita alegria, dança e animação. Vamos juntos fazer uma Pride linda e cheia de amor.