Catching Up With Jinkx Monsoon, Season 5 Winner of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
Another season of having his girls lip-synch for their lives on has come and gone, and with that, RuPaul has anointed a new queen as the future of drag.
Jinkx Monsoon, the comedic (and, at times, narcoleptic) sleeper from Seattle won the crown over fellow laughster Alaska and pageant queen Roxxxy Andrews. It was an unlikely "RuPaul's Drag Race" win, as viewers wouldn't have guessed Monsoon to be a front-runner early on in the season, thanks to her sometimes loosely thrown-together runway outfits. But with each challenge, she grew stronger, drawing upon her quick wit to ultimately snatch her title. "Get ready, bitches, because it's Monsoon Season," she declared upon her coronation.
Yahoo! TV caught up with Monsoon after she learned about her big win in New York City to ask about everything from her "feud" with Andrews to her plans for the future. Oh, and you're not going to believe who she thought her biggest competition was this season!
Congrats! What was your reaction when you found out you won?
Well, thank you very much. I hope I'm doing [Seattle] proud. It was surreal, I had to double-check that she had said my name. If you had told me 10 years ago that this was my future, I would've slapped you across the face and told you that I don't believe you for one minute. But now that this has come true, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
See Monsoon's coronation:
It actually is monsoon season, sort of; the official start of hurricane season, according to NOAA, is June 1. Coincidence, or something more?
It has to be a coincidence, because I didn't even know that until you told me. I love puns and plays on words, which is why I love RuPaul so much. She always has something prepared for every queen. Even though it's so tense, she still comes up with the funniest stuff ever. Like when she said to [Season 4 contestant] Kenya Michaels, "Beyoncé is not your destiny, child," I lost it. For me, when I realized I could make a joke with "Monsoon Season," which is also the name of my Web show, I was like, I'm just gonna go with it. For me, "Monsoon Season" means a new era -- let's refocus and make celebrities out of people who actually do something. I personally am sick of seeing celebrities who are famous [for all the wrong reasons]. Why do we elevate some of these people? What happened to celebrities who were actually talented? Marilyn Monroe did everything ... why aren't we focusing on people like that anymore? Nowadays, it's all about who's the tannest, bitchiest, richest person, you know?
Heading into the season, did you feel confident that you had a good shot of winning?
My goal was to make it to Snatch Game and then to perform Little Edie on national TV -- that was my dream heading into it. And then after Snatch Game, I just wanted to make it to the singing challenge, and then to the comedy challenge, and I just sort of set those little goals along the way.
But when I made it to the top 5 and talked with my veteran, Dave, he lit a new fire underneath me. He told me not only that I had a chance at winning but that I was the kind of person that he would want to see win. That was a real turning point for me. He had been fighting for gay rights and equal rights since before the movement even started.