Yvie Oddly is a Denver native who grew up playing with her mother’s makeup kit and wearing her sister’s dresses. She always had a natural curiosity for gender roles and transformation. Her first exposure to drag came when she attended East High School. One of her classmates dressed up as a sex worker for Halloween, and the concept intrigued her. The following year she came to Halloween in a similar outfit, reveling in the shock and admiration she received from her peers. Oddly briefly did gymnastics before transitioning to musical theatre, attending the Denver School of the Arts at the Auraria Campus.
Her career as a drag queen began in 2012 when she went to a campus workshop hosted by Venus D’Lite from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” It was here she adopted the name Yvie Oddly as a play on the words “even odder than everyone else.” Her early performances took place at Denver’s gay bar called Tracks and it was here that she built a reputation for outlandish, unorthodox looks on stage. By 2018, Oddly was an accomplished drag queen in Denver and wanted to turn it into a full-time job.
She auditioned for season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in January 2019 and got accepted as a contestant, becoming the second queen on the show from Denver after Nina Flowers. Her eccentric style and candid personality made her a fan favorite, and her rivalry with contestant Silky Nutmeg Ganache kept the audience entertained throughout the series. On May 30, 2019, Oddly won the show and walked away with the $100,000 prize. She set a record of having the fewest challenge wins of any winner in the history of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” As of April 2022, Oddly is one of the eight contestants that will appear on the seventh season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars,” a spin-off series where all the contestants are winners of previous shows.
Oddly places first in the ‘Ultimate Queen of Denver’ pageant.
Oddly earns the title ‘America’s Next Drag Superstar.’
She releases her debut album “Drag Trap.”
Oddly is announced as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.”
Why We Love Yvie Oddly
She pushes boundaries
While drag queens are known for being ‘extra,’ Oddly pushes boundaries in more ways than stage performance. She’s also challenged classism and racism within the LGBTQ and drag communities.
She puts her fans first
Contorting her body in performances puts her in great pain, but Oddly does it all for the fans. She doesn’t let her medical condition hold her back.
She’s constantly reinventing herself
Oddly’s creative dynamic is her calling card. She’s constantly pushing herself to be unique and to carry the torch how she sees fit.
Why We Love
She has a rare skin condition
Oddly has a rare condition called type three Hypermobile Ehlers-Danos Syndrome, which prevents her from producing enough collagen.
She loves being thrifty
Oddly shuns the rich, high-life, designer clothes craze despite being wealthy.
She was once a gymnast
Oddly practiced gymnastics until the age of 15.
Her grandfather was a Black Panther
Oddly is Lauren Watson's grandchild, the Denver Black Panther’s leader.
She auditioned three times
Oddly auditioned for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” three times before getting accepted as a contestant.
Yvie Oddly FAQs
What is Yvie Oddly’s condition?
Oddly has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 3.
Why is Yvie Oddly’s head wrinkly?
Oddly’s skin condition prevents her from producing enough collagen, resulting in excess skin on the top of her head.
Is Willow Pill Yvie Oddly’s drag daughter?
Yes, Oddly mentored Willow Pill.
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