Turning looks, stunting pretty, she’s one of the youngest winners in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” herstory.
New York City queen Aquaria was crowned the next drag superstar at just 22 years old on Thursday night ― in a finale that closed perhaps the most hotly contested season ever.
There wasn’t a runway Aquaria didn’t slay all season ― gagging on her eleganza doesn’t even begin to cover it. She brought unrivaled fashion sensibilities to the competition week after week. But it was her spark, figuratively and literally (we’ll get to that later), that pushed her past competitors Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels and Eureka O’Hara in a series of back-to-back lip-syncs.
After a butterfly effect of a different sort ― Asia O’Hara’s plan to release their fluttering magic on stage went so, so wrong ― the final three faced off in a gravity-defying showdown to “Bang Bang” that proved Aquaria can not only turn a look but shut down a room.
The morning after her victory, HuffPost caught up with Aquaria about her plans as the reigning queen, what exactly went down during that lip-sync and how she grew up during the competition. To borrow a phrase, you winning the crown made me ~so emotional~ last night. What was going through your mind when Ru announced your name, especially with your mom in attendance?
I’m so blessed to have family that’s so supportive of my choices … trademark! Just to be able to accept the crown in New York City ― I couldn’t imagine it anywhere else and I couldn’t be more grateful about making my city proud.
Throughout the competition, your age was something that made you stand out, but it was also something people perceived as a weakness. Now that you’re one of the youngest winners ever, do you think it was an asset on the show?
A lot of my good moments came from my ability to be flexible, understanding, and a grower, not a shower. I knew that during the competition my age would be put to the test, but I knew that as a young dog you can teach me new tricks. I’m very receptive to direction, to change and to developing myself as an artist and human. I definitely have not necessarily an edge, but at least the benefit of my youth. I had an understanding of that and was very open to the positive things that came out of it.