And just like that, another chapter of RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory has come to a close. Chad Michaels, Alaska, Trixie Mattel, Monét X Change, Trinity the Tuck, and Shea Couleé better scoot over because they have a new neighbor in the Drag Race All Stars Hall of Fame.
After a sickening season full of stunning lewks, killer lip-sync assassins, and a game within a game, Eureka, Ginger Minj, Kylie Sonique Love, and Rajah O’Hara were the final four queens to sashay into the grand finale. The gag-worthy episode featured a guest appearance from country music’s original wild child, Tanya Tucker, who — along with RuPaul — tasked the queens to write a verse for RuPaul’s new country single, “This Is Our Country.”
After a Drag Race Hall of Fame Eleganza Extravaganza runway challenge and a sit-down interview with Michelle Visage and Ru, each of the four contestants had to do a solo lip-sync to Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love.” But in the end, there can only be one, and Kylie Sonique Love was crowned the winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Kylie has officially made Drag Race herstory by becoming the first trans winner of the U.S. version of the competition series.
She’s a winner, baby!
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) September 3, 2021
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for 11 motherfucking years,” Kylie said in her confessional after she was crowned. “This means everything to me. I found myself through drag. Drag has been my life, it has been my saving grace. It’s given me a place to express myself and winning this title is just reassurance that I followed the right path.”
When Ru asked Kylie what she had to say to her millions of fans, Kylie said, “Live life in your truth, and love always wins.”
Kylie actually sashayed away on Drag Race Season 2 after impersonating Lady Gaga for the first Snatch Game, so her lip-syncing to Gaga on the grand finale of All Stars Season 6 is a true full-circle moment. Condragulations to our newest inductee to the Drag Race Hall of Fame, and thank you for a truly sickening season!