The cast of All Stars 7 consists of past RuPaul’s Drag Race winners, so most of them made a pretty penny from their previous appearances in the series. Now, they will all get a chance to win a record-breaking $200,000 during this “all-winners” season.
During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, each of the All Stars 7 queens discussed what they did with the grand prize they received after winning Drag Race. Unfortunately, some of them earned much less than $100,000 – which became the standard prize money for seasons four through 13, as well as all of the All Stars in between. For instance, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK doesn’t have prize money, which means that The Vivienne didn’t get anything (monetarily) out of winning season one.
Alas, find out what the Drag Race winners who were awarded a grand prize did with the money they earned.
Raja only received $75,000 for winning the third season of Drag Race as far back as 11 years ago. With that said, Raja’s greatest memory of using that money was purchasing a Louis Vuitton duffel bag that she still has to this day. Otherwise, the season three winner spent that money with less sentimental things.
After winning $100,000 on Drag Race season five, Jinkx Monsoon “took a handful of friends out to Cheesecake Factory and we all just went wild.” In turn, Monsoon also purchased a home for herself in Portland, Oregon, which was a great investment. All things considered, Monsoon has no plans of ever leaving Portland.
Monét X Change spent the $100,000 she won from All Stars 4 wisely, but she also used a bit of coin to purchase some fun things. On one hand, X Change used the grand prize to pay off her student loans, claiming that she was “severely in the hole with the government” at the time. On the other hand, she also bought a Theragun for $20 at a Marshalls, which she certainly regrets.
After tying with X Change on All Stars 4, Trinity The Tuck was also able to take home $100,000 for winning Drag Race. Trinity used the money to buy a house – she had never owned a property before – and take a few vacations. Nonetheless, she also used a lot of the grand prize earnings to re-invest in her drag, which she says was “the dumbest thing.”
As Denver’s self-proclaimed “commodity of drag oddity,” Yvie Oddly spent some of her prize money purchasing even more drag. In the meantime, though, Oddly also deposited most of her earnings into an investment account, which is now helping her purchase a home. The season 11 winner thinks that she’ll be able to buy a home in 2022.
Winning the $100,000 grand prize certainly came in handy for Jaida Essence Hall given that Drag Race season 12 aired right at the beginning of the pandemic. Besides surviving through those turbulent times without any live bookings or tours, Hall bought herself a $400 teddy bear called Gian E. Hall. She also purchased a few gifts for her relatives, including matching pairs of shoes for the entire family to have.
To the disappointment of many fans, Shea Couleé lost season nine of Drag Race after Sasha Velour pulled out her earth-shattering rose petal reveal during their lip sync for the crown. In any case, Couleé came back stronger than ever for All Stars 5 – steamrolling the competition and going on to win the $100,000 at the end. Coulee bought a house with her grand prize earnings, noting that she’s “not in the business of wasting money.” She also took a trip with a group of 12 friends to Puerto Vallarta.