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Self-Isolation Diary: A Day in the Life of Brooke Lynn Hytes

"I always remind myself that this too will pass and that staying home is a luxury that not everyone in the world can do."

As people around the country wind down their fourth week of self-isolation, FASHION is reaching out to some of our favourite Canadians to get a peek into how they’re living their lives in lockdown (remember: #StayHomeSaveLives). Each week, keep an eye out for new self-isolation diaries from actors, designers, athletes and artists who are riding this uncertain time out with us.

Brooke Lynn Hytes, drag queen and judge on Canada’s Drag Race

I currently live in Nashville and am here with my two beautiful cats, Henry and Apollo, who are keeping me company. Honestly, my cats have been everything. I am such an animal person, and they bring me peace. I began self-isolating in early to mid March. It was hard for the first couple of weeks, not really understanding what was happening. I feel like I’ve settled into quarantine now and am happy to do my part to flatten the curve. 

The toughest thing about self-isolation is to not be working. I love to work and be busy. I always remind myself that this too will pass and that staying home is a luxury that not everyone in the world can do. It’s easy and the least we can all do to support everyone on the frontlines of this.

On the bright side, my manager and I have been working remotely on lots of exciting new things to come online, and in person once this is all over. I also have had some great catch-ups with friends and family that I otherwise wouldn’t have had time for, so that is nice too. 

I’m watching lots of Netflix shows—Call the Midwife, Tiger King—and I love a good episode of Trixie [Mattel] and Katya [Zamolodchikova]’s web series UNHhhh.

I’m also reorganizing all of my drag. I have been on tour for a full year and this is giving me a moment to get everything together so I can come back stronger than ever! My team and I have been working on new merch, my website Brookelynnhytes.com, and my YouTube channel that will have exciting things coming soon!

And ICYMI, we photographed Brooke Lynn Hytes for our March 2020 issue. Go behind the scenes of the shoot here.