In a nail-biting season finale showdown between Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka, and Kameron Michaels, Aquaria was crowned the season 10 winner of VH1’s Emmy Award-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” earning the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and a cash prize of $100,000. In a world full of nines, Aquaria was a 10 in a season filled with stunning looks, sickening lip-syncs, topical conversations and an elimination that left viewers screaming “Vanjie.” Filmed in front of a packed house at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, season nine winner Sasha Velour was on-hand during the finale to pass on the title to her successor.
“This season will go down as one of the most competitive in ‘Drag Race’ herstory. And still, Aquaria’s many talents distinguished her from the field of amazing queens,” said executive producer and Emmy Award-winning host RuPaul. “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquaria. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
It was a pleasure to sit down with Aquaria for this exclusive Hotspots interview, less than a day after she was crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar.
At what age did drag become an interest & how did you pick your name?
I first got interest in drag after watching season one of Drag Race. I wish I had a better story on how I picked my name, but I am an Aquarius, so I simply picked Aquaria.
How many times did you apply to be on RPDR and how did it feel when you found out you got chosen?
I applied once and it felt crazy. I started losing my mind when I got the call, and then I kicked everything into overdrive.
Do you think there is more pressure on the queens now that Drag Race has been on so long?
Absolutely, as we see every year the bar gets raised higher and higher. In addition, the fans expect more and more, so you have to come as close as possible to perfecting every aspect of your drag.
Tell us about your Drag Race experience?
It was the most wonderful experience of my life. It was so fulfilling, and was a challenge every day. It tested me as an entertainer and a human being, but I love a good challenge.
You have a keen eye for fashion and are very fashion forward. Where did this come from, and how would you describe your fashion sense?
For me I grew up online from style blogs and online publication. I explored the internet, and I think that was the key to grow my fashion sense… I would describe my fashion sense as diverse, colorful, and exciting and never the same!
From the finale we see you seem to have a very special relationship with your parents, was it always like this?
Yes! They have always been very supportive and helpful in my life and career. As long as I love what I am doing and do it well they are in my corner 100%!
Going into the finals, if you knew you couldn’t win who would you have wanted to win and why?
Any of the three would have been fantastic options, but Asia O’Hara is one of the greatest people I have ever met in my life and an amazing example for drag and our community.
What are you going to do with the $100,000?
I’m going to invest it back into my drag. My purpose for doing Drag Race was to take my drag to the next level. I want to be in control of my drag and elevate it to the highest level.
What’s ahead for Aquaria?
I just released my first song, “Burn Rubber,” which is now available on iTunes, so please buy it. In addition, I will be doing lots of touring, as I have a pretty packed calendar. To find out where I will be or for any information check out my website at: Ageofaquaria.com.