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A photo of Alyssa Edwards with Alyssa Edwards's quote: “Nobody gets a free pass in life, and that's awesomely true for a drag queen or anyone else in the LGBT community. But I like to say, 'Don't be bitter, get better.'” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragr
A photo of Alyssa Edwards with Alyssa Edwards's quote: “Nobody gets a free pass in life, and that's awesomely true for a drag queen or anyone else in the LGBT community. But I like to say, 'Don't be bitter, get better.'” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragr

64 Alyssa Edwards Quotes with Lessons from Her Life

Kudzai Allan Chidamwoyo
Jun 16, 2023
05:00 P.M.
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Alyssa Edwards has had quite an impact on the LGBTQ community, and the star performer's words clearly show why. Edwards acknowledges that she had to work extra hard to be who she is today. Here are 64 Alyssa Edwards quotes to inspire you.

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Born Justin Dwayne Lee Johnson, he adopted the stage name Alyssa Edwards on entering the entertainment world. Alyssa rose to prominence after appearing in the fifth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2012, quickly becoming as a fan favorite. Edwards is a dance enthusiast and spends much of his life doing it.

The dancer and dancing instructor is known for her candid testimonials and has always had much to say about her journey to success. Here are some famous quotes from the talented teacher and business owner.

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “It took a lot of years of me on my own, coaching myself, to look in the mirror and love the reflection.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “It took a lot of years of me on my own, coaching myself, to look in the mirror and love the reflection.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

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Alyssa Edwards Quotes Showing Her Confidence

“When I take good care of myself, it lifts my spirits, boosts my confidence, and makes me feel strong. When someone tries to throw me shade, it bounces right off. I look those haters straight in the eye, keep my chin up and shoulders back. Because I know I'm a fierce queen - and they know it, too.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I don't get cute, I get drop-dead gorgeous.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I think I'm just always myself, and I think that's what's most important to me. Just be genuine. Be authentic. Be who you are and who you were meant to be. And celebrate that. Celebrate all of that.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“It took a lot of years of me on my own, coaching myself, to look in the mirror and love the reflection.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I think that people are looking beyond the wig. I think they are saying, This isn't just a costume; there's a person behind this. If this costume, this character, this person has this kind courage? Why don't we share that?” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I knew I wanted to be the Steven Spielberg of dance.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I knew I wanted to be the Steven Spielberg of dance.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

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“Sometimes I wake up, and I'm like, 'Don't dream it. Be it. You're really living the dream. You are everything you've ever desired or set out to be. You're doing it.'” — Alyssa Edwards

“I'm just authentically, unapologetically myself. In and out of drag, in and out of the gig, in and out of the studio. My friends know. Miss Thing Over There wakes up 8 A.M. and she's on. The sun, the rain, the snow, whatever's going on outside, I'm ready.” — Alyssa Edwards

“As much as I love to travel and be on stage and perform, I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a choreographer and a director.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I knew I wanted to be the Steven Spielberg of dance.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“I am my own biggest fan.” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I've always been the rock of my family.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I've always been the rock of my family.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

“I sometimes feel like it's my world and everyone is just visiting.” — Alyssa Edwards

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Alyssa Edwards Quotes about Her Family

“I've always been the rock of my family.” — Alyssa Edwards

“My brothers and sisters started having children at a very early age, and I was just there all alone at one point, like, 'What do I do?' And I thought the only thing I can do is create mine, make my family, and I did that.” — Alyssa Edwards

“My father was very strict.” — Alyssa Edwards

“My kids stand out at competitions. They're products of me. And you can't come to Beyond Belief and have a flamboyant teacher like me and be basic.” — Alyssa Edwards

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Alyssa Edwards's quote: “Don't be anything you're not. Be yourself. And people will either celebrate that or say, 'It's not for me.'" | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “Don't be anything you're not. Be yourself. And people will either celebrate that or say, 'It's not for me.'" | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

“I think that drag, being mainstream, it's such a wonderful thing because even my sister, years ago, they thought it was so taboo and didn't understand it, or maybe they thought, 'Justin, do you want to be a woman?' and I'm like, 'No, Alyssa's my character.'” — Alyssa Edwards

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Alyssa Edwards Quotes with Advice

“You can't say the word 'queen' without a little bit of 'drama' in front of it, right? It comes with the territory. Throwing shade and all that is part of the gig, but it should all kind of be in fun at the end of the day. When you start turning down that dark road where there's no light? Sometimes you put the car in park.” — Alyssa Edwards

“Don't be anything you're not. Be yourself. And people will either celebrate that or say, 'It's not for me.'” — Alyssa Edwards

“A good dancer is not necessarily defined by great technique, skill, or ability to pick up choreography but by confidence. When you feel the music, it penetrates to your soul. Everybody's a dancer. The greatest dancer is someone who is willing to dance, not afraid.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“Nobody gets a free pass in life, and that's awesomely true for a drag queen or anyone else in the LGBT community. But I like to say, 'Don't be bitter, get better.'” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “When you combine a Texas woman in a competition setting with her child, she gets very serious.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “When you combine a Texas woman in a competition setting with her child, she gets very serious.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

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“Hiking in drag is hilarious!” — Alyssa Edwards

“I hope to continue to support, to inspire, to motivate, to encourage... in the hopes that maybe the world can get a little bit more giggle.” — Alyssa Edwards

“When you combine a Texas woman in a competition setting with her child, she gets very serious.” — Alyssa Edwards

“You decide how to show up, and you'd better come correct: the way you look, what you say, how you act and react. No excuses! Get in front of the mirror and own what you see. You may have to drag your fabulousness out of hiding, but it's there.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“There's beauty in everyone's mug and body-ody-ody, but taking care of those things requires a lot of work, energy, and effort.” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I think it's inevitable to evolve if we allow ourselves.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I think it's inevitable to evolve if we allow ourselves.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

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“When you fight for something, you fight the good fight. You go for it, you never stop. You get knocked down, and you get right back up. That's what we need to be teaching these kids. For that matter, even some adults.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I think when someone is so passionate about what they do, sometimes emotions come to the top, and you just get to that boiling point where you have to let it out.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I think it's inevitable to evolve if we allow ourselves.” — Alyssa Edwards

“You don't want people to think, 'Oh, she was a person who was bitter because she didn't win.' You can't always win at everything.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“Every performer will have a bad night. It's just inevitable.” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “Go out, live your best life, encourage and share your laugh, and make other people laugh.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “Go out, live your best life, encourage and share your laugh, and make other people laugh.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

“If people don't ask you for their opinion, you don't have to share it, but if you are asked, be honest.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“It's overwhelming that so many people love what you do and appreciate and get it. It's very rewarding.” — Alyssa Edwards

“Go out, live your best life, encourage and share your laugh, and make other people laugh.” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards Quotes about Herself

“During the day, I'm a business owner. I'm a teacher and a mentor.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I have so much to be thankful for.” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I was waiting for the world to change. I'm no longer waiting; I'm part of that movement. I think our role as performers and entertainers is so much bigger.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I was waiting for the world to change. I'm no longer waiting; I'm part of that movement. I think our role as performers and entertainers is so much bigger.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

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“It is the greatest reward for me to share my story, my art, and my work. And people receiving that and being thankful and grateful, it once again resonates deep within because it reminds me that I am so much bigger than being a drag performer.” — Alyssa Edwards

“Growing up as a little, introverted boy, dance was the only way I could communicate. For me, it's the greatest language - no words. Sharing people's stories through the art of movement is magical.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I am a business owner. I'm a teacher. I think Justin's actually kind of plain, kind of nerdy. But when I morph into Alyssa, I'm like this... Well, this creature, everything that Justin couldn't be.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“I was waiting for the world to change. I'm no longer waiting; I'm part of that movement. I think our role as performers and entertainers is so much bigger.” — Alyssa Edwards

“It's like you're waiting on the world to change, but I'm actually living it, because I wonder: If there was a DragCon when I was a child or even a search engine or 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' maybe my father would have been different. Maybe our relationship now wouldn't be different.” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I'm a very real person that has overcome a lot, so I think I'm relatable.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I'm a very real person that has overcome a lot, so I think I'm relatable.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

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“I always wanted to teach dance. I didn't know I'd have a TV career.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I've changed as a person because of the art of drag.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I'm a very real person that has overcome a lot, so I think I'm relatable.” — Alyssa Edwards

“The greatest gift I've ever received is being a teacher.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I remember when I started performing, I thought, 'Why is this something that we do after hours, underground?' I was waiting on the world to change and the idea of this art to become mainstream, and I think that's what 'RuPaul's Drag Race' has really accomplished in such an eloquent way.” — Alyssa Edwards

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Alyssa Edwards's quote: “You don't have to win 'Drag Race' to really win. And I am living proof of that, thank you Mary J. Blige!” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “You don't have to win 'Drag Race' to really win. And I am living proof of that, thank you Mary J. Blige!” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

“I remember going to the first ever DragCon, and I know this sounds crazy, but I've never experienced a ComicCon or anything like that of this nature. So it was a full carnival of extravaganza. I was a little bit more prepared the second year because I was excited to see everything.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“I started doing drag because I needed a creative outlet for myself.” — Alyssa Edwards

“You don't have to win 'Drag Race' to really win. And I am living proof of that, thank you Mary J. Blige!” — Alyssa Edwards

“If I put on a T-shirt that says 'YAAAS,' I want to mean it.” — Alyssa Edwards

“Drag was like 'Alice in Wonderland,' where she fell into the hole and her world changed. I fell into a gay bar, and my entire world changed.” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I used to focus so much on winning. I used to be such a perfectionist.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I used to focus so much on winning. I used to be such a perfectionist.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

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“I have such respect for RuPaul.” — Alyssa Edwards

“Violet Chachki - I'm a huge fan of her work.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I used to focus so much on winning. I used to be such a perfectionist.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I remember going on stage for the very first time as a solo act, I was probably, like, nine or 10 years old. And being backstage, I started having anxiety... I was literally getting sick.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I had to find the courage to share not only myself but my art with the world. I faced fear, and I went for it. I wasn't a failure, and I'm very proud of myself.” — Alyssa Edwards

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Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I think what happened is I learned my strengths, but more importantly, I learned to embrace my weaknesses.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I think what happened is I learned my strengths, but more importantly, I learned to embrace my weaknesses.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

“I'm kind of living a Bruce Wayne life and then morphing into Batman, but I'm glad now Batman comes out during the day. That's kind of like how drag was: we were called upon at night to make people smile and laugh and clap.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“I can't tell you at DragCon how many families that waited in line to see me. Some of them waited up to five hours, and they had their family there. That's the beauty of this. I remember being that little gay boy in Mesquite that was so afraid of the world, like, 'Am I living right? Am I living wrong?'” — Alyssa Edwards

“I think what happened is I learned my strengths, but more importantly, I learned to embrace my weaknesses.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I'm gonna be the best version of me. If there's something I don't know, I'm not afraid to ask.” — Alyssa Edwards

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Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I always had to fight for the chance to get people to hear me.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I always had to fight for the chance to get people to hear me.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

“People know I like to laugh and have a good time. Even when I'm sassy, it's still kind of stupid-silly.” — Alyssa Edwards

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“I was a hyper little kid.” — Alyssa Edwards

“I always had to fight for the chance to get people to hear me.” — Alyssa Edwards

“'Drag Race' is a movement. I'll be forever grateful that I left my legacy.” — Alyssa Edwards

“Huge fan of Lady Gaga - huge, mega, superfan.” — Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I hope to continue to support, to inspire, to motivate, to encourage... in the hopes that maybe the world can get a little bit more giggle.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Alyssa Edwards's quote: “I hope to continue to support, to inspire, to motivate, to encourage... in the hopes that maybe the world can get a little bit more giggle.” | Source: youtube.com/rupaulsdragrace

Edwards proves that hard work pays, even when various challenges come along the way. He also credits RuPaul for putting him on the map and equates himself to Batman in one of her quotes.

Lovers of dance can look at these 49 ballet quotes that help keep up poise and persistence.

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