Episode 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 started with Ru telling the girls that the Mini Challenge would be a screen test for a provocative new RuPaul chocolate bar campaign. They then had 20 minutes to get into quick drag and sell it to the camera. The winners were Blair, Monet and Monique, who then became the captains for the Maxi Challenge, which was to market a new and emerging App. The Apps were: End of Days (Blair), Fibstr (Monique) and Madame Buttrface (Monet). They had to use their acting and writing skills to come up with a commercial for the App. The runway look was “Feather.” Although they competed as teams, they were judged individually, and the top three were Blair, Eureka and Asia, with Asia taking the win (and snatching a $2,000 Casper gift card and a $3,000 Catherine D’lish gift card). The bottom two were Mayhem and Yuhua, with Yuhua sashaying away.
Q: At what age did drag become an interest, and how did you pick your name?
I used to be scared of drag queens. My Asian culture taught me that drag queens were mentally ill. When I finally experienced drag, I fell in love with it.
The name Yuhua is my given name, and I really admire the Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, so I took her last name.
Q: How many times did you apply to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race? How did it feel when you found out you had been chosen?
I auditioned three times, and it felt amazing when I was chosen since thousands of girls try out to be on the show.
Q: Is there additional pressure now that RuPaul’s Drag Race has been on for nine seasons plus three season of All Stars?
Yes, because every year the competition gets stronger and tougher. You always want to do better than the girls before you.
Q: Tell us about your Drag Race experience?
It was a lot of hard work, but I am very grateful for the opportunity. It’s been very rewarding.
Q: What’s your marital status? If single, what are you looking for in a man?
I am very single, and I am looking for someone funny and that I can relate to.
Q: Who do you want to win and why?
I want a New York City girl to win, as they are my sisters. Then the crown will stay in NYC.
Q: Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.
I am not a real woman either.
Q: What’s ahead for Yuhua?
Prostitution, since I lost RuPaul’s Drag Race – and the $100,000. Also, please buy my single,. “The Ankh Song” on iTunes.
For more on Yuhua Hamasaki, follow her at Instagram.com/yuhuahamasaki.