Oh my God, it’s Ra’Jah O’Hara!
The self-proclaimed villain of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 returned for the sixth season of All Stars with a whole new attitude. As she said when she first walked into the workroom, “Your salty homegirl is back, and she’s sweeter than before!”
Ra’Jah’s new outlook must have worked because she stayed consistent throughout the competition, winning two maxi challenges and eventually placing in the top four alongside Eureka, Ginger Minj, and Kylie Sonique Love. While she didn’t secure a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame, Ra’Jah did gain a whole new legion of fans who were gagged by her handmade runway looks and hilarious confessionals.
Ra’Jah spoke with NewNowNext about forming a strong bond with her Season 6 sisters, using Trinity’s Beyoncé hair for her Latoya Jackson Snatch Game, and only spending $600 on her All Stars looks.
How are you feeling that you’re in the final four of All Stars Season 6? What’s going through your mind?
I am over the moon to be in the top four of such an amazing cast. I’m so excited to be in the top four, the original top four and the final top four, okay? I’m proud of myself, and I’m just excited. I can’t complain!
What did it mean to you to have this sisterhood this season? I saw a video clip of Kylie trimming your nose hairs.
That’s when the sister got your back, okay? When she says “Come here, girl. I ain’t going to let you put on your makeup this week with all the nose hairs hanging all the way out.” That’s love, okay?
And what did that sisterhood feel like?
Well, it was amazing to actually go into this thing and knowing that I had sisters that were there like A’keria, like Silky, like Scarlet. But it was also amazing to actually go there and build new relationships with these girls and to actually build not just new relationships, but relationships that I can actually call sisterhood. You know what I’m saying? Sometimes we can call people that are coworkers friends, but they’re not our friends, they are our coworkers. And leaving All Stars 6, I can say that a lot of those girls are not only my coworkers, but they’re also my sisters and they are family and people that I have real bond and real connection with outside of the walls of RuPaul’s Drag Race. So it’s amazing to actually be able to come together independently and compete and still find friendship and sisterhood within the competition.
You are the queen of confessionals.
You think so?
You’re so good at them! When you’re filming those confessionals, do you go in thinking like, “I’m going to give them everything”? You give such good little soundbites.
Well, that’s our moment to have fun. I think a real opportunity for us to actually just say what it is that we think about. I feel like that’s my time to act crazy or act like myself. And that’s what I did. I went up and I acted like myself. And I guess I gave some good commentary. You know? And I think I just keep it real in that way. I’m real. Your homegirl is going to keep it real
All I can hear is “loosing is the new … WINNING!” Lol world wind of emotions but happiness and pride trump disappointment and hurt! Thank y’all for enjoying and rocking with the doll on this @RuPaulsDragRace #allstars6 journey More to come! pic.twitter.com/EoZt0rDKMg
— RaJahOhara (@RaJahOHara) September 3, 2021
You said that you spent less than $2,000 on your looks for the season. Is that true?
Mm-hmm. It’s actual facts.
Because you made everything?
Well, I made everything, and then I had be resourceful. I had to take a piece of this costume or a piece of that outfit and throw something with that. I had to be very resourceful first off because we were in the middle of a pandemic working with limited time and resources, but also because I didn’t actually have the connections. A lot of girls leave Drag Race and they are so beloved by the world that the world opens up and unveils themselves to these queens so that they have a lot more opportunities to be seen and recognized by designers. But me leaving Season 11 as the villain, I didn’t have that opportunity. All I got to see was my inbox flooded with snake emojis and death threats. The fact that I absolutely sew, that I know how to sew and that I’m comfortable sewing as well. So I knew that I had to use what I had and all I had at the time was $600. Because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to take out a $20,000 loan like some people do. I feel like if I can’t make it with what I got, it ain’t for me. And luckily I was able to make everything that you saw. Except for the blue tulle gown. My sister Ariel O’Hara — I have to give her flowers — she did come through. She made the blue tulle dress for me that I wore for my thrills, but everything else on the runway I made myself, specifically for the competition.
And your Latoya hair, was that really Trinity’s Beyoncé hair?
That was Trinity’s hair. Shout out to Trinity. Originally I had a different wig, but I had to do something. I had to switch it up somehow. So at least I got the hair right, okay?
You mentioned how after Season 11, you were seen as the villain. Did that impact how you came into All Stars? Did you think of it as a redemption?
Well, I was seen as a villain on Season 11 because a lot of what I gave my energy to was something negative. But I realized that coming back for All Stars, I had the ability to channel the right type of energy and give my energy to the right type of thing. So I knew that’s what my thought about coming back to All Stars was. It wasn’t about changing my personality. A lot of people said, “Oh, you changed so much. You changed so much.” I said, “No, I haven’t really changed.” I think what I’ve shown on All Stars is actually who I was on Season 11. I just wasn’t able to show up in the room with my actual energy because I was so intimidated. I was insecure. I didn’t really have my voice. I also got caught up by being one of 15. And they won, you know what I’m saying? So I had to find my place. But coming back into All Stars, I had to claim my space by just really being who I am authentically, in and out, having fun, making the most out of every challenge because that’s what Drag Race is.
It must’ve worked because here you are at the finale.
I am a firm believer in speaking things into existence. I said coming into All Stars, “Oh, girl. You going to be in the top four. You were robbed on Season 11. This time, you are coming back with the right attitude, and we going to do the damn thing.” And that’s what I did. I claimed it. I stuck my claim in it and I kept walking with that in my mind. For sure.