Sasha Colby – #30Voices30Days

by | Jun 1, 2024

Sasha Colby‘s journey reflects the intricate tapestry of identity, authenticity, and resilience. Born amidst the lush landscapes of Waimanalo, Hawaii, Sasha navigated the complexities of identity within the confines of a conservative Jehovah’s Witness household. Yet, within the sanctuary of secrecy, Sasha found solace and expression through the art of drag, a transformative journey that ultimately led to the dazzling lights of fame and recognition. In 2012, she won the Miss Continental competition. In 2023, she were crowned the winner of Season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Yet the true essence of Sasha Colby transcends the glittering facade of stage performances and accolades. Beneath the layers of glamour lies a flawed yet profoundly human soul, bravely treading the path of healing and self-discovery. Sasha’s authenticity radiates in moments of solitude, where masks dissolve, and vulnerabilities intertwine with strength. Passion ignites Sasha’s spirit, with a fiery quest for knowledge and understanding. This thirst for enlightenment mirrors Sasha’s relentless pursuit of self-awareness and personal growth.

Onstage, amidst the dazzle of lights and thunderous applause, Sasha finds another realm of authenticity. Here, the physical unmasking mirrors an internal liberation, a testament to Sasha’s unwavering commitment to self-expression and vulnerability. Through her performances, Sasha becomes a mirror for her audience, reflecting back the raw essence of humanity and the beauty of authenticity.

The importance of Sasha’s voice echoes beyond the confines of the stage. It resonates with the collective yearning for inclusivity and recognition, particularly for marginalized voices. In a world plagued by discord and injustice, Sasha’s voice emerges as a beacon of hope, a reminder that every story deserves to be heard, every voice deserves to be amplified. As Gurus Magazine launches her #30voices30days campaign for Pride, Sasha shares how her legacy transcends the boundaries of fame.

Who is the true you?

“The true Sasha Colby behind all of the glitz and glamour, drag,  and all the fun things that come along with being Sasha Colby is actually just, a flawed healing human that is going through the same experience as anyone else. I really try to strive every day to be the best version of myself that I can be.”

What is your passion?

“I am a very passionate person in general. But my true passion is knowledge, to be quite honest. I have a thirst for understanding the human condition. I really love history and ancient civilizations. Like how we as humans have grown and come to this point that we are now in this time in history. I find it so fascinating.”

When do you feel the most authentic?

“I think I feel the most authentic when I’m alone – I get to be neurotic – I get to be playful. I get to be lazy or energetic, but I really get to unwind and unmask. That’s really when I’m the most authentic. At the same time, believe it or not, I am authentically myself on stage. It’s a duality, the physical unmasking when I’m alone and then the unmasking of my transition. Self-consciously or my spirit source energy has always strived to be  stubbornly authentic. To be a transformation you have to be pretty set in your authenticity to want to even like physical transition. Yet still, I have insecurities and feelings that we all get from our traumas or triggers that have maybe slowed down the process at times, but I think it’s refined my authenticity and I love that.”

Why is it important for your voice to be heard?

I think it’s really important for my voice to be heard because it’s uniquely my own voice. Equally, I think it’s important that everyone be heard. Everyone has a story that has an origin so I feel it is important for people to feel inspired. But my voice in particular is a voice that doesn’t necessarily get to be heard. Even if it’s the same thing that has never been said before. There’s only one Sasha Colby.

We’re so emotionally charged right now with the voting season and political landscape, many voices are screaming a lot of hate and injustice. I think the more voices that are being silenced should come together so we find strength amongst each other to take a stance in the dark.

And that brings resilience and power right #30Voices30Days for pride and our allies, which is absolutely wonderful inspiration.

 

In the realm of political discourse, Sasha’s voice carries immense significance, offering a counterbalance to the cacophony of hatred and injustice. By amplifying silenced voices and fostering unity amidst diversity, Sasha embodies the transformative power of authentic self-expression. With #30voices30days for June Pride, Sasha Colby stands at the forefront, a trailblazer for authenticity, identity, and the enduring power of the human spirit. Through her journey, Sasha inspires us to embrace our flaws, celebrate our uniqueness, and raise our voices in solidarity with the marginalized and the oppressed.

 

Photo Credits: Preston Meneses

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