‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star Yvie Oddly Opens Up About Ehler-Danlos Syndrome

But a few weeks ago, during “Trump: The Rusical,” audiences first began to notice that Yvie, 24, was extra nervous when it came time for the group choreography. We watched as her knees rolled to the side while she admitted to the dance instructor and the rest of the group, “I’m just a little worried about hitting my knees because they come out of place a lot. It’s part of my disease I’ve got, girl,” Yvie explained. “All of my s–t pops out.” 

So, what’s Yvie Oddly’s condition?

“I have a connective tissue disorder where all of my joints are, while they’re flexible, all of it pops out of place if I hit the ground too hard,” Yvie revealed back in Episode 4, “so I’m going to try and be soft.” 

We are obsessed with her incredible attitude — despite the pain she endures on a daily basis and the fear of having her joints slip out of place. She’s low-key one of the most grounded contestants Ru Paul’s Drag Race has seen in years.

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Despite her condition — which the Mayo Clinic describes as “a group of inherited disorders that affect your connective tissues” — Yvie always keeps her chin high. And she’s not backing down.

Even after she twisted her ankle last week and had to wobble around with an adorable ice pack, she continued to give the competition her all. “If I have to go out on stage in a wheelchair, girl, I’ll do it,” she asserts, resiliently.

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Twisting ankles, fragile skin, and overly flexible joints seems par for the course for people who have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Mayo Clinic notes that the condition can pose a problem if a patient ever has a wound, because “the skin often isn’t strong enough” to hold stitches. 

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Likewise, the most common symptoms of Ehler-Danlos syndrome are joint hypermobility, skin hyperextensibility, and tissue fragility. In a recent interview with Out, Yvie admitted that she never wanted to bring up her disease on the show.

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We’re honestly in awe of Yvie and her attitude. We love that we’re finally getting to see her backstory, her struggles and how she still manages to persist as the baddest queen of the whole crew. “Every year,” she continued, “I lose another set of skills that came easy for me the year prior.”

“I know eventually I’m either going to have to stop doing all of my crazy exhaustive acrobatic performances or I’m going to…I just know that I’m going to have to stop,” she said. 

We’re so glad we’re getting to see her incredible moves before that day comes and will continue cheering Yvie on through the end of the season.

RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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