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From the moment she hit the workroom on this season
of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Violet Chachki was a force to be
reckoned with. From strutting down the runway with
accessories like an oxygen tank (complete with face mask) to
having the smallest waist seen on that runway, it's no surprise
to anyone that she snatched this season's title of "America's
Next Drag Superstar."
Violet sat down with SFGN the day after the crowning to
chat about what it feels like to have come out on top, what
the whole "Drag Race" experience has taught her, and her
immense love for burlesque queen Dita Von Teese.
Violet, congratulations on your huge win!
Thank you so much! It honestly hasn't hit me yet, I think
it will hit when I see my Mom and Dad and they're proud of
me. It really feels like a dream that I'm going to wake up from
When you heard RuPaul announce your
name, what was your initial reaction?
Complete shock. I was sitting between Pearl and Ginger
(Minj) and I looked at both of them. There are literally no
words. My friends were sobbing and it's completely surreal.
I don't think I said anything, but I just remember looking
around at everyone.
Did you think you would snag the crown at
I definitely wanted to win. I told myself "you got this,
you're doing great" the whole time we were filming. I think
this was the closest it has ever been though. All three of us
were so deserving and it was really split and could have gone
to any one of us. During filming, I really wanted to win, and
watching it back you really have no idea who's going to win.
The whole tag line this year was "You Have No Idea" and it
could not have been more appropriate
Now that your "Drag
Race” journey is ﬁnally
over, are there any
misconceptions that your
entire experience cleared
up for you?
I went into it saying I was going
to go there, be fierce, do my art,
pack my outfits and just do it. You
get there though, and it's so much
more than that. There are so many
pieces that fit into the puzzle
of creating a reality TV show.
It's literally the most physically,
emotionally and creatively
exhausting experience I have ever gone through in my life.
You don't realize going into it, you think you are going to
start your "glamorous life" but I was miserable for the better
portion of it. You're doing this for fourteen hours a day and
the majority of that is filming, and it's not as glamourous
as it looks. It's the most trying experience I have ever been
People could say that you were a bit "bitchy"
and can come across as harsh. Do you think
your edit was fair this season?
Oh definitely. I actually think I got one of the more fair
edits of the girls from my season. There are a couple instances
where I think things were a little bit heightened, but what
they do is they take an experience that was a little dramatic
and they make it more dramatic. If it was bitchy, they make it
bitchier. If it was funny, they make it even funnier. They just
amp it up to a point where it's almost offensive, you know?
So you're famous "I Hate Michelle Visage"
line was slightly enhanced?
No, I didn't even hate her that day and I was over it the next
What kind of growth do you think Violet has
gone through as a result of this experience?
I definitely am aware of how I communicate. I'm a very
particular person with how I work and how things are going.
There is so much growth with me internally, how I feel
about life, things in general, my perception. I now see how
show business works, professionalism, creative inspirations,
everything. I have gone through a ton of changes.
You now have a whole year to take this
platform as "America's Next Drag Superstar"
and really make something of it. What are your
I really would absolutely love to design a collection.
I actually dropped out of fashion school to do drag full
time. That's where my character comes from. I just started
collecting beautiful clothing. That's what I want to bring it
back to and really bring it full circle. I also have an EP coming
out that's also going to be amazing. It's really rewarding to be
able to create content and have it fully realized, RuPaul has
all this content that she has produced, and it's fully realized. I
definitely want that for myself as well.
“Bettie” is the ﬁrst track off of the EP. The
video is a big juxtaposition and has a great
darkness to it.
I love that video! That contrast is exactly what I was going
for. It was designed to show that contrast of presentation vs.
reality, which has a lot to do with drag if you think about it.
The video was along the lines of if Dita Von
Teese and Marilyn Manson had a child during
their marriage, it would have been you.
I wish they would have had a child! Dita actually tweeted
me today and right after the win. She's one of my biggest role
models, I actually look up to Dita Von Teese so much. She
started off doing her own hair and makeup styling and I really
respect that. I feel that she is one of the only real celebrities
left, she never had a team of people behind her trying to
push her to do something. She is a self made woman and a
self made celebrity, and I feel that's what drag queens are. We
birthed this child and we nurture it and try to give it success.
I really respect her. It was amazing to have her acknowledge
me and she is so inspirational to me. I hope she knows that.
The season has been an amazing and life
changing experience for you. If you had to sum
it up in one word, what do you think it would
I think it would be drive. I'm a fast learner and I've only
been doing drag professionally for three years and it is the
most rewarding experience I've ever gone through. I actually
started watching the show during Season Three, and then
went back and watched the first two seasons. The show has
gotten to a point where queens like Sasha Belle grew up on
the show. "Drag Race" has been on the air longer than I've
been doing drag, and
here I am winning
the competition! It
definitely feels like it
was meant to be.
A New Queen is Crowned
Violet Chachki wins RuPaul's Drag Race
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