Malaysia Babydoll Foxx Knew the World Wanted to See Her Lip-Sync Against Mistress Isabelle Brooks

"I just thought it would've been iconic. That definitely would've been one for the books."

Malaysia Babydoll Foxx said she was there to "Foxx things up" and she certainly did.

The Florida phenom was the first Miami queen to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race, and she did her city proud by bringing it every week on the runway. While she never won a mini or maxi challenge, Malaysia was never in the bottom — until the most recent episode which tasked the queens with having to host their own newsmagazine show and live their Beyoncé fantasy in the "Night of 1000 Beyoncés" runway challenge.

Malaysia had to interview guest Frankie Grande during a chaotic cooking segment, and even though she brought it with her Global Citizens Festival Beyoncé look, it was not enough to save her, and she found herself in the bottom two with Salina. After Salina slayed the "Single Ladies" Lip Sync For Your Life with the song's choreography, RuPaul asked Malaysia to sashay away.

Logo spoke with Malaysia about her time on Drag Race, including her Snatch Game alternatives, her heated argument with Marcia Marcia Marcia, what it's like being Spice's drag mother, and why she thinks the world was robbed of a lip-sync between her and Mistress Isabelle Brooks.

Hi Malaysia, I'm actually surprised to talk to you today. Were you surprised when you were asked to sashay away after this challenge?

No. No, I'm just kidding. Of course, you want to stay and make it to the end and you want to win. Of course. I'm very disappointed in myself.

Because this was your first time in the bottom, right? 

Yes, my first time in the bottom, period. I've been doing so well. So yeah, it's very disappointing and disheartening to have my first time in the bottom. I couldn't even save myself.

That's why I was surprised. So let's talk about this episode, that cooking segment with Frankie Grande. You didn't seem too comfortable in the kitchen. What was going on there? Was he just a big personality overtaking the conversation?

I think you can I say that. I think Frankie definitely has a big personality and also some of the questions that I had planned, I think Frankie had pretty much answered all of them when I would ask one question. So that's what was happening. And I was just mentally trying to think of other things to talk about because I think he had covered most of the ground of what was going on. And then sausage was involved and I was intimidated, so yeah.

Yeah, I've been there with trying to come up with questions on the spot. And then going on to the "Night of 1,000 Beyoncés" look, I loved the Global Citizen Festival look you did. I'm just curious, were there any other Beyoncé looks that you almost went with?

Actually, I was going to do this other Beyoncé look. It was from the Grammys when she was pregnant with the halo on with the gold dress. But I found a fabric that was good for us. So I went with something else, which was what I wore, the Global Citizen look, which I'm happy I did go with because I love the look.

Yeah, it looked really great.

Also, I've been wearing gowns all season, so I wanted to change up the silhouette.

And then with the Lip Sync For Your Life, back in the workroom, Mistress [Isabelle Brooks] really thought that she was going to be the one lip-syncing against you. So were you surprised when it was Salina and not Mistress?

Yeah, I was surprised because I knew the world wanted to see Mistress versus Malaysia, so... I felt like, "Why? This would be a great opportunity to do that." And I mean, I think we equally all thought that Mistress did work with Salina in the challenge, but I mean, hey. The drag gods saved her, huh?

How do you think a lip-sync against Mistress would've gone?

I don't doubt anybody, so I'm not going to say I was going to win or lose, but also I just thought it would've been iconic. That definitely would've been one for the books. The frenemies lip-syncing against each other. But I mean, I didn't mind Salina sending me back in, but I would've loved for Mistress to send me back in as well.

And then did you notice during the lip-sync that Salina was pulling out the "Single Ladies" choreo? Were you worried when she started doing that or did you not even notice?

Honestly, I stayed in the front and I knew that Salina knew the choreo already because all the girls were saying they were practicing the choreo. I mean, I'm not a dancer or anything. I perform and I do what I do. I like to emote. I like to emote what the song is talking about. So that was more of my strategy, but I guess choreography won.

If you could have picked the Beyoncé song, is there a song that you would've rather lip-synced to?

I love to do ballads, so I would've loved to do "Dangerously in Love."

I really loved that moment between you and TS in the workroom on Untucked. Do you remember what was going through your mind when TS was talking to you and giving you that pep talk? I thought it was really sweet.

It was so long ago. But yeah, I just know that she's from Miami originally, so I felt like I could relate to her in ways and I'm just really happy that I had that chance to have that connection and that bond with her. I'm happy about that.

Then there was another moment in the workroom on another episode between when you and Marcia Marcia Marcia when things got a little heated. What was it like watching that episode?

When I watched it back, I mean, my feelings were valid. I also was very much rooting for myself as if it wasn't me, because I would want to see somebody stand up for themselves when they feel like they're being cut off or shut down. 

But also at the same time, I can understand Marcia's perspective and point of view in that moment because when I watch Drag Race, I watch as a fan. I don't look at Drag Race as if I was there in the experience. So I also look at it as if I was watching it as a fan, this is how we react to it. So I can understand both sides, but I'm very much Team Malaysia and I'm happy she stood up for herself.

In one of your confessionals, you said that you felt like you were being overlooked in the competition. Do you still feel that way after watching the season?

After watching the season? Yeah, when it came to picking and choosing for challenges, I felt overlooked. I mean, other people probably won't see it that way, but for me, I've experienced things outside of the show prior to being there where it was very triggering for me when it came to certain situations. So I just got in defense mode a lot when it came to things. And I'm a person that's always willing to prove myself, so when people tell me "No," I'm going to make you say "Yeah" at the end of the day. And yeah, that's how I see it.

Was there one thing that just really surprised you about being on Drag Race? Was there maybe a challenge that was a lot harder than you thought it would be? Or was there a particular moment that was a lot more emotional than you thought? How was the whole experience for you?

Oh, it's a couple of things, but one of the main ones that was really awkward to me was definitely Snatch Game. It wasn't what I expected, but I was happy to be saved to live another day. But now that I know what I know, I definitely would go in with a different mindset of what to do in the Snatch Game.

Also just being isolated from the world and being in a situation where you have to get to know other people. I never imagined my emotions to be so high or me to be such super sensitive when it came to even having conversations about things that happened in my life, especially after we did the Afterlife Challenge and the talk about religion and everything. That was such a real, real, real moment because I never had to sit with those thoughts. I wasn't expecting it, but I'm happy it happened because a lot of people related to that moment and they felt connected with me. And I'm happy I could be that person that people could see themselves in. Especially when it comes to wanting to be accepted by your family and still wanting to still be a religious person and still loving God and not feeling ashamed about it.

I love that answer. You brought up Snatch Game, and you did Saucy Santana. Were there any alternatives that you almost went with?

Yes, there were a few. I don't know if I want to tell... I did want to do Nicole Byer for Snatch Game as well. I'm saving my other option just in case I'm making it on All Stars. I don't want to give away all my secrets.

You're the first Miami queen on Drag Race. Is there another queen from Miami that you think should compete on the series?

There's a list of queens from Miami I think should be on Drag Race. Listen, I don't want to say any names because I don't want to ruin anybody's chances, but just be on the lookout because I'm sure after the impact that I brought to this season, there will be some more 305 girls on the scene.

So you're Spice's drag mom, how is that? Do you give her advice? Do you text her? What's your relationship with Spice like?

We literally talk every single day, probably two or three times a day. And if we're not talking, we're texting. If we're not texting, we're sending something on Instagram. So yeah, and it's not even just Spice, it's Sugar as well. I'm super close to the twins. I love them. When I'm in L.A., I stay with them. And Sugar came to Miami and she visited me and we went out to eat and have a good time. Our relationship has really flourished and grown, and they are some of the people from the cast that I'm closest with, that I've grown to love, and they are truly family. Really family.

And then my last question, I don't want to get too political, but you're from Florida. What's going on down there with the "Don't Say Gay" bill and trying to censor LGBTQ content? Do you have any thoughts on that?

I just think it's so crazy that we are living in a time where we have to deal with these types of things. It's so weird and it's so crazy, but I continue to say we have to lead with love and I love what I do and I know that what I do. I have no malicious intent and the type of drag that I do is always to spread love and tell a story and emote it and express whatever it is that I'm feeling. So I feel like we need to have more open-minded people to understand and not just look at it and judge it, but to experience it and understand that the end goal is to enjoy, spread love, and just be kind. At the end of the day, we're not hurting or harming anybody. We're just regular humans doing our job just like they're humans doing their job, whatever their job may be.

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