In Episode 4 of Season 13, the groups finally got to meet, and the “b” group found out that Eliott with two T’s was still in the competition. Now that they were all in the workroom together, they were told that this week someone would be eliminated. The mini-challenge involved starring in cheesy holiday movies for the new “RuPaulmark” channel. Ru randomly assigned teams to mix up the groups. The teams were:
Denali, Elliot with two T’s., Kahmora, and Olivia: Valentine’s Day tearjerker called “Misery Loves Company.”
Rosé, Lala Ri, Symone, and Utica: flag day romantic adventure called “God Loves Flags.”
Gottmik, Joey, Kandy Tamisha, and Tina: RomCom that celebrated April Fools Day, which was called “April Fools Rush In.”
On the main stage joining Ru, Michelle and Ross was special guest Loni Love with the runway category set as “Trains for Days.”
The top three were Rose, Symone, and Kandi with Symone taking home the cash prize of $5,000. The bottom two were Denali and Kahmora. In my opinion, this was the clearest Lip-Sync ever in the history of “Drag Race” with Denali staying and Kahmora sashaying away. It was so clear even Ru said that she feels bad for any of the girls that have to lip-sync against Denali in the future. Denali was 100% Pure Love (pun intended).
It was a pleasure to sit down with Kahmora to dish on her “Drag Race” experience and what’s next.
Q: At what age did drag become an interest for you and how did you pick your name?
KH: Drag became an interest when I was a freshman in college, like 18. I remember seeing Tajma Hall perform and the seed was planted. Tajma eventually became my drag mother.
My first name came from Kimora Lee Simmons, who was very popular at that time. I changed the spelling because I wanted to be unique. My last name came from my drag mom.
Q: How excited were you when you got the call that you were cast and what was the first thing you did?
KH: Right before I got the call, I took an edible and I got the call when it hit. I couldn’t handle it, and I was feeling excited, surprised and shocked. All I could do was jump up and down. I was so paranoid I asked the person for his name and I googled him to make sure it wasn’t a prank call.
How hard was it to keep the secret that you were on “Drag Race”?
KH: We are not allowed to tell anybody; therefore, it was very hard to keep the secret. I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone a few months later.
Tell us about your “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 13 experience?
KH: Going in you feel like you are at your best and you know your drag persona. But honestly, on the show, I learned so much about myself and learned to believe in myself. There is a reason RuPaul chose me!
Is there something you wish you had done differently?
KH: I wish I learned how to paint a lot faster, and I wish I had a lot more fun. My inner saboteur jumped out quick. I am now building my self-confidence.
Do you think there was more pressure on you since Jaida (your sister) won last season?
KH: Yes and no. I knew that being in the house of “Hall” there would be a lot of eyes on me from the judges and other contestants. I was also constantly feeling that I needed to be perfect. But on the other hand, I had to remind myself that I was there for me and I had to build my own legacy. It was my moment to shine.
Without revealing anything you may know, who do you want to win and why?
KH: Honestly, I would love any of my Pork Chop girls to make it to the end as we went through this traumatic experience together. But if I had to choose one, it would be my Chicago sister Denali. I am so proud of her.
What’s your marital status?
KH: I am in a relationship and incredibly happy.
Has your boyfriend become better with your drag?
KH: Seeing me in the competition and how passionate I am with drag made him a lot more accepting. Things are now great!
What’s ahead for Kahmora?
KH: As the “look queen,” please be on the watch for more fashion and makeup collaborations. Underneath all this glamour I am a gamer nerd, so please stay tuned to my YouTube channel. Also, when Covid passes, I want to tour and show people that I really am a good performer!