RuPaul’s Drag Race standout Yvie Oddly has rocked the season 11 runway with otherworldly designs that buck fashion standards, but the 25-year-old Denver native tones down her approach to a hardcore choreography challenge in EW’s exclusive sneak peek at tonight’s episode.
As a dance instructor teaches the remaining queens a series of complex steps for their live production of the political satire Trump: The Rusical, Yvie reveals that she’s living with a disease that might affect her ability to drop to the ground for a particularly challenging move.
“I’m just a little worried about hitting my knees because they come out of place a lot,” Yvie tells the group. “It’s part of my disease I’ve got, girl. All of my s—t just pops out!”
She then explains that a connective tissue disorder causes all of her joints to be hyper-flexible and therefore prone to dislocation in physically demanding situations.
“I have a disease called Ehlers–Danlos syndrome type 3,” she later says in a confessional, pulling at her face and scrunching the top of her head with her fingers. “I don’t produce a whole lot of collagen, so I have extra skin everywhere…. but it’s not going to hold me back in this competition!”
According to the Ehlers-Danlos Society, the incurable disease is classified into 13 subtypes — each with different clinical criteria. The organization indicates joint pain, easily bruised skin, and poor wound healing are often symptoms of the disorder. More information on EDS — and the research being done on finding a cure — is available on the non-profit’s website here.
See how Yvie’s choreography stacks up against her season 11 sisters when RuPaul’s Drag Race returns tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on VH1. Watch EW’s exclusive clip from the upcoming episode above.
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