“RuPaul’s Drag Race” All Star season 4 winner Monét X Change covers the March 2019 issue of Gay Times Magazine.
On her All Stars win: “I honestly had no idea that that was even in the cards. It’s all so nutty! It’s like, where the fuck did RuPaul get an additional $100,000 from? The whole time? THE WHOLE TIME? Thank you VH1.”
“This win for me is a victory for so many reasons. It’s the first time a Miss Congeniality has also won a crown, and it’s the first time we’ve had an All Star queen of colour. I can’t express to you how proud that makes me feel.
“I think that for a while, especially pertaining to the All Stars franchise, people have wanted to see a more melanated representation. There are many different queens, there are black queens, white queens, purple queens, grey queens, every colour that you can imagine! So, the chance to add a little chocolate representation to that Hall of Fame girl, and to show that All Stars is as diverse as the regular seasons is amazing to me. I’m just so over the moon about it.”
On racist Drag Race fans: “Trinity and I both posted pictures from yesterday with our crown and sceptre. If you just scroll through the comments of each of our pictures, they are vastly different. Trinity is being so loved and celebrated, and everyone is paying their respects to her. 98% of her comments are ‘Beautiful, you did a great job.’ You go to my posts, and I am being called the ‘n’ word, I’m called cheap. Yeah it does offend me, but it doesn’t hurt my spirit because I know what I came into this competition to do, and what I achieved. I do have people who support me and love the work I did on Drag Race, so I’m not gonna let those segment of people cloud my victory and cloud this huge victory for queens of colour on All Stars. I’m not gonna let it affect me… but it is overwhelmingly different when you look at these responses.”
“I am a queen of colour, I came and I worked hard this season, and I shared my talents with the world. You can be as rude, nasty and racist as you want, but that is not gonna change the fact that queens of colour are extremely talented and add just as much as anyone else to the drag community.”
On catapulting drag further into the mainstream: “A lot of drag queens are talented artists. Why can’t we be nominated for Grammys? Why can’t we be at the AMAs? Why can’t we be at the Billboard Music Awards?”
“Why can’t drag queens be at the Oscars? We sell out concerts and theatre halls around the world, and we have fanbases just like other public figures, so why should we not be included?”
“I know that we’re often scared of the mainstream of drag, because so many negative things come with that, but I think the positives outweigh the negatives, because drag is such a powerful thing and I honestly think drag can change the world. Mainstreaming can help a lot of change, and I think it’s worth it.”
On being proud of her heritage: “I love being as black as I can be. Growing up, I was never really proud of the colour of my skin, until my early 20s when I started to look in the mirror and thought, ‘This is great. This is beautiful. This is amazing.’ So I take every chance in my life and in my drag to celebrate that and to express it in the most beautiful way possible.”
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