Jul 8, 2022 - Things to Do

Screen Time with Jaida Essence Hall

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The pandemic has nothing on Jaida Essence Hall.

  • The last time she tried to perform in Tampa, the onset of coronavirus shut her down, but soon after she was crowned the winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 12.

We wanted to know how the current All Stars 7 front-runner interacts with tech.

🤳🏻 Device of choice: iPhone 12 Pro Max.

👇 First tap of the day: Twitter. "I want to see if I missed anything crazy! I follow a lot of fashion accounts to find inspiration for new looks. And I like cake accounts too, those cakes that looks like real things."

🗞 Go-to news source: CNN, the New York Times and Queerty for all things LGBTQ.

🎧 Podcast of choice: "My podcast, 'Hall & Closet,' featuring myself and Heidi N Closet. Not the most reliable news, I'll say that right now."

  • Also: "This is the craziest thing … brown noise. Nobody's talking about it, but it's a life-changer. It's this fuzzy noise that sounds like a plane almost, like gravelly. It's very weird and very soothing."

📚 Reading list: André Leon Talley's biography "The Chiffon Trenches."

📧 Inbox zero? "Oh my god, I'm the worst! My email is mostly junk but I have 17,000 email notifications right now and like 1,000 text message notifications."


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