Warning: This post contains major spoilers regarding the most recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11. Read at your own risk!
Oh, honey. Girl. Honey. Hoooney. Giiiirl. Honey! Unfortunately, it’s time to crash, as the Shuga rush of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 has worn off.
Though she brought an infectious brand of genuine kindness to season 11’s crop of cutthroat queens, New York City’s Shuga Cain met her untimely end on Thursday’s episode after landing in the bottom two for her three-part caftan-reveal runway (in what world are THREE caftans a bad thing?).
Following her elimination, EW caught up with the dearly departed Shuga to reflect on her penchant for saying the words “honey” and “girl” at the end of every sentence, how she feels about the public’s (unexpectedly harsh) reaction to her Donald Trump-dinging runway look from episode 4, what she plans to do with her troll outfit (even she hates it, America!), and how she maintained her sweet, sugary disposition throughout a season of bitter bickering and savory tension.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hello, Miss Shuga! How are you holding up after reliving this perplexing elimination last night?
SHUGA CAIN: It’s a hard pill to swallow. I went for a good, long run today to let it go. I’m holding up all right!
You said in the episode that it makes absolutely no sense. Has it become more understandable for you after a few months have passed, or do you still think it makes no sense?
After watching it, to be frank, it still kind of doesn’t make sense to me. Watching it back and seeing how I did, compared to everyone else, obviously there were things I needed to improve, but I was diverse, confident, and I worked really hard. For the longest time, I beat myself up for how I thought I performed and how I thought my outfits looked. Then, watching it last night, I was like, “No! I actually did do well!” It made it worse! I just have to take my time to work through it and keep going! It’s a small moment in a large lifetime.