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Akashia is the stage name of Eric Flint, a drag queen from Cleveland, Ohio. Akashia was a contestant on the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Drag Origin

Eric believes that drag allows him to be an actor and get away with things more than he could as Eric. Performing as Akashia, her goal is to entertain. She always aims to please the audience, prove her capabilities, and leave them wanting more.

In her introduction video for "Drag Race", she described herself as "crazy, real and honest", and it was known for her looks, beauty, shadiness, and for wearing very little clothing.

Akashia's drag name comes from the vampire "Akasha" from the movie "Queen of the Damned", based on the novel by Anne Rice and played by Aaliyah in the movie. She likes vampires and has previously dressed up as Akasha for Halloween.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Akashia
Season Competed Season 1
Ranking: 7th Place
Mini-Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 2)
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 2)
Times Placed High 0
Main Challenges Won: 0
Times Placed Low 0
Times in Bottom: 3 (Eps. 1, 2, 3)
Episode Eliminated Episode 3

Season 1

Akashia was eliminated on the third episode of Drag Race. The queens had to channel their "Inner Oprah": Their first task was to read off a teleprompter to the camera about current events, the second one was to pitch a chosen product as Oprah does on her "My Favorite Things" specials, and their final task was to interview celebrity guest judges Tori Spelling and Dean McDermond.

The causes of her elimination first reflected in the main challenge, Akashia messed up reading the teleprompter and froze during her product pitching. Akashia refused good manners by not standing up to greet Tori and Dean as they arrived on the set, and she didn't say goodbye to them as they left. Besides, during her runway presentation, she slipped and fell.

The episode of Akashia's elimination was her third time in a row in the bottom. She was outshined by Shannel in her elimination, but eliminated Tammie Brown and Victoria Parker in the previous episodes.

Memorable Quotes

  • "If I was a girl, I'd be a stripper, or a slut pregnant with a whole bunch of children."
  • "I love the attention, I do. I love it, crave it..."
  • "Jade is very cute, um I might be a lesbian with him."
  • "Maybe the makeup is just afraid to stay on your face!" (to Victoria Parker as her makeup was running off).
  • "Every competition needs a bitch, and that bitch is ME and I'm happy with that. I tell it how it is and I'm fierce!"
  • "I can't believe I'm crying! I haven't cried in like, 4 years!"

Trivia

  • Eric was kicked out of his house at the age of 17 for being gay and has not really talked to his family prior to his season's airing.
  • Akashia's purpose for wearing the bronze dress on her final episode was to prove to the judges that there is more to her than wearing skimpy outfits, but she regretted this decision after her elimination.
  • Akashia is the first queen...
    • ...from Ohio.
    • ...to survive a lip-sync, as well as the first queen to lipsync twice and thrice, thus making her the first "lip-sync assassin".
    • ...to lip-sync in every episode she competed in.
      • She is also the only contestant to accomplish this that survived at least 2 lip-syncs.
  • When Season 1 aired as "The Lost Season" in 2013, they mistakenly showed a fan twitter account (@DragAkashia) as if it were hers. She does not have an active Twitter.
  • She lip-synced alongside The Vixen during the Season 10 finale.
  • She has said she would for sure return for an All Stars season if asked.

Gallery

Season 1 Looks

Videos

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2009RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 1 Herself
2014RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 4 HerselfEpisode: "RuPocalypse Now!" (Zombie)
2018RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10 HerselfEpisode: "Grand Finale"

Web Series

Year Title Role
2009 Under The Hood Herself

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