Well, it's official. Violet Chachki is America's Next Drag Superstar.
And of course she is. The moment she revealed that bit of sartorial bitchcraft in the first episode, this competition was all but sewed up. Her looks, her unwavering confidence and that nonexistent waist all led to a well-earned victory.
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“Violet Chachki has the biggest charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent that I've seen in a long time,“ said RuPaul, who can still manage to deliver a rimshot in a press release. “Classic style and youthful confidence speak to a new generation of fans, as well as to longtime lovers of the art of drag. I am thrilled to have her join the royal court of RuPaul's Drag Race champions!"
“No words can express how truly grateful I am for this entire experience,” said Violet Chachki. “When I started drag just, I set out to be the very best queen I could be. Being crowned ‘America's Next Drag Superstar’ not only validates my life as a drag queen but also the journey I have been on thus far. I have to thank those who have loved and supported my every move, as well as my Drag Race Family and fellow Atlantan, Mama Ru."
I ain't mad at it — though I still love the Minj. A comedy queen gets me every time, but, as per usual, Ru's right. Violet represents the past and future of drag and relates to the kids — the upcoming legendary children, like Violet, scrolling through old issues of Vogue Italia (the best of Vogues) on the interwebs and doing YouTube makeup tutorials. The future is so bright for drag you're going to need shade.
Speaking of shady queens, a personal and universal favorite Katya won the Miss Congeniality award.
She also snatched all the tens with this look, pairing three of my favorite things: a cape, a sequined pant and a bob-and-a-bang.
And in a classic RuPaul Ruse™, Mama Ru called Katya's name when announcing America's Next Drag Superstar —
Though only to give her a sip of water.
Schtick, ladies and gentlemen.
Finally, can we talk about Miley Cyrus queening out in the audience?
Les Fabian Brathwaite — born naked, the rest is Diana Ross.