Where are you originally from? How did you end up in New Orleans?
I was born and raised in Honduras, but I came to the U.S. when I was 10 years old. At the time, I was living with my mom in South Carolina, but was having financial struggles, so our aunt offered her a job here in New Orleans back in 2009, and I’ve been here ever since.
How long have you been doing drag?
I’ve been doing drag for 4 years now.
How did you select your drag name?
My boyfriend and I were looking for something that was not just Latina, but also sounded like a strong independent woman. For some reason Analia just came out of my mouth, and it felt right. XO just looked good next to Analia. So Analia XO was born. It’s funny, because a lot of people find it a little comedic because the first 4 letters of the name spelled A-N-A-L, so it’s a win-win! Lol.
Did you have a drag mother?
No drag family. Everything you see, I learned myself.
Do you hold any titles? If so, which ones?
No titles. Pageants or titles don’t define my drag.
What is your most embarrassing moment performing? Proudest moment performing?
Everyone can relate to this one: when you’re performing a dance number, and the wig decides to fall off. Lol. My proudest moment had to be when I was only doing drag for five months, I had the opportunity to perform at the Pride festival in Biloxi In front of over 400 people; I felt like a superstar, and knew that this was my calling.
What is your favorite venue at which to perform?
Brewskys in Hattiesburg, MS.
How does your drag persona differ from your non-drag persona?
Analia gives me the confidence that as Elmer is hard to do. But I feel like I act the same way in and out of drag. I love the Hannah Montana life though. Lol.
If you could change one thing about the drag scene in New Orleans, what would it be?
More inclusion in venues. If show directors would give opportunities to all the different types of drag there is here in the city, people will be more open and understand that drag isn’t just gowns and crowns, it’s far more beyond that. Also, let’s give more chances to our black/ POC entertainers.
What is your zodiac sign?
Aquarius till the day I die.