Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams not only had a whole lotta twerk-ability, but even more heart. In her short, but memorable tenure on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, Williams had the audience falling in love with her New Mexico drag style and her complete adoration for her fellow sisters. I caught up with this southwestern stunner to talk about her two gag-worthy lip sync’s, why she could be one of the biggest thirst traps of the season (trust me-google her out of drag) and why sisterhood may mean more to her than some of the other ladies.
Kalorie, I must say, while Kameron Michaels is being called the “thirst trap of Season 10” you have definitely made your own waves online!
Aww thank you! I guess I can also be the trade of Season 10!
How are you feeling post-elimination? You showed a great deal of emotion which was admirable, as many girls want to go out holding their head high without showing too much sometimes.
Well, I do tend to wear my heart on my sleeve; if anything, that is one of my downfalls. I am feeling really good now though. After waking up this morning and seeing all of the love and emotion that I was getting online, if anything, it made me feel more emotional. Even after just two episodes, I touched so many peoples lives that they are reaching out to me to see if I am doing okay. It is truly humbling.
Every area of the country has a drag scene but New Mexico is a scene that not many of us are familiar with. So tell me, what is the scene in New Mexico like for drag?
The style of drag in New Mexico is kind of a take on Texas drag, but its own style really. We pull from the Texas scene a lot with heavy makeup and big hair, things like that. It’s not really high fashion girls, but it’s definitely more camp mixed with Texas drag.
Speaking of New Mexico, it was very important for you to make your hometown happy and see that your home state was proud of you. Is it safe to say that they are proud of you now?
Oh yes, especially now; that was truly my biggest concern really. You have all of these emotions, you’re not sleeping a lot, and I was really just beating myself up and thinking that New Mexico would think I was a failure. That was really just me though getting totally into my head and feeling super defeated.
From a viewer perspective, it read slightly that you felt you were judged slightly harsher for your “money” look than the other girls were for their own looks during the first challenge. Do you think that’s a fair assessment?
I am kind of a yes and a no to that, I like to see both perspectives. For me, I was more concerned with just getting something done. Where I thought I went wrong was exactly what the judges said; this look was done in previous seasons, so how could I do it differently, but the same? Even if it was paying homage to the original look, just different. I think they were a little harsh and it did come from a negative mindset, but I did see the point.
So many people come onto the show and are surprised at so many things, from the hours that you have to stand on the runway to the huge bay of cameras in front of you the minute you walk into the workroom. What about the whole experience really surprised you?
Exactly all of that! I like to compare it to when you order a Coke, and then they bring you a Diet Coke. You’re like “hey wait a minute this is not what I ordered”! (laughs). I think one thing that sticks out is when we speak to RuPaul, it’s actually RuPaul; we do get to actually interact with him!
There are so many challenges that we unfortunately won’t see you do; what character were you going to grace us with?
Well, it’s obviously a given. I was going to give you a thick, plus-sized Kim Kardashian who is only concerned with food.
You are one of the girls who spoke deeply about the sisterhood and how important that was to you during this journey. I would suspect that your feelings are partly due to the fact that you don’t have a strong sisterhood in New Mexico, as the drag scene and community is much smaller. How accurate is that?
I’m about to get emotional again…(pauses). Back home, our drag scene can be very “cliquish” and I don’t feel that I have a strong family of drag sisters. It could be my fault, I don’t actively seek out these relationships, that could be some of it. It was amazing though, coming into this experience with girls that were these powerhouses who were already so well known and accepting me with open arms. Conversely, girls back home that I have known for four or five years, it is still difficult to bond with them. It was just really special to me; I am a person who loves having connections with people and I felt that these girls were really willing to have connections with me.
The most important question of all; what is your favorite Karb?
My favorite karb, of course, potatoes! (laughs)
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Thursday night on VH1 (check local listings).