Monet x Change may have strutted into the Drag Race workroom on Season 10, broom in hand ready to sweep up the competition, but it was during this past season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars that the fans really got to see what our favorite Sponge Queen could do.
Elaborate costumes and talent to match took her to the first co-crowning, as she and Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor both snagged the All Stars 4 crown and prize package.
I sat down to chat with Monet post-crowning, and this newly anointed queen chatted with me about everything from her new EP, her quick progression to right the wrongs she felt she made on Season 10, and whether or not the shade in the workroom was real or not.
Congratulations on your amazing and truly groundbreaking victory. Not only are you the first co-winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but you are the first queen of color to get into the All Stars Hall Of Fame! You had such a great showing on Season 10; what made you want to turn right back around and essentially do it all over again?
Well you know, I think in Season 10 I did not represent myself to the best of my abilities. I know that everyone thinks they’re the fiercest queen in the world, but I really do think that about myself. To see that my runways really held me back, I mean I know that that is something I really do know how to do, but for some reason I went with the bare minimum and it kind of bit me in the butt. So for me, that is something that I can fix quickly. I can get better clothes, I can do that overnight. I wanted to go back to show everyone, make no mistake-this is who I am.
When you came into the workroom who were you surprised not to see as part of your cast?
I was surprised that I didn’t see Ongina from Season 1. She had been having a big presence on social media, so not seeing her was kind of surprising. I had some really good reads for her too! (laughs).
Everyone goes into All Stars wanting a Ru-demption in one way or another. Do you think you accomplished that for yourself?
I did. I am so proud of my performance on All Stars 4, I think I did great. Except for the singing challenge, which is really ironic since that’s what I have a degree in. I think I showed really well on All Stars, I came in and did my best. There is nothing that I would change and I don’t regret anything. I really don’t think I could have done better at anything, and I gave my all and 150 perfect every time; sometimes it was good enough, sometimes it wasn’t. That’s just the facts. I also believe that everything happens for a reason. Had I won a challenge that I did not win, maybe I would have sent someone home and then I could have sent me home. My All Stars path has gotten me to the Top 2 and I am happy about it.
You definitely had a strong opinion when someone showed their lipstick after an elimination and your name was on it. In particular when Manila Luzon showed her lipstick with your name on it after Latrice Royale’s first elimination. Do you think the way you felt about a fellow competitor intending to send you home was represented fairly?
I was really honest. I tried to skim around the truth and all that, but I just can’t but be an honest person and express how I feel. I felt really shaded because I had been doing better than Latrice and we had all been talking about report card. The fact that she chose me really gagged me.
Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is upon us and your drag mother Honey Davenport is part of the cast. What do you think Honey is going to bring to the cast this season?
I think Honey Davenport is gonna bring really fierce performer. Honey is a great performer. God forbid she ever ends up in the bottom two they’re gonna have a tough time sending her home, she’s fierce.
Your podcast with Bob the Drag Queen (and The Only Productions) Sibling Rivalry has become one of the most buzzed about podcasts around nowadays, especially with the Drag Race fandom. So popular that you now have the Sibling Rivalry LIVE tour!
Sibling Rivalry is really fun. Like we tell everyone at the live show, Bob and I talk on the phone almost everyday for hours on end, and it normally ends up with us arguing about silly mundane things, and sometimes we talk about really important stuff. We thought, why not share this with the world? I told Bob, I am normally right all the time and I want other people to tell you that; that’s how the podcast came out. I love Bob a lot and regardless of whether there is a microphone there or not, we would still talk everyday. Why not let the world in on a little bit of our conversation so they can share them and enlighten someone maybe .
Your new EP has dropped, aptly titled “Unapologetically.” Tell me about it.
I have been working on "Unapologetically” for a while now, and I am super excited about it. "Soak It Up" was co-written with a woman that I met Eritza Laues. She has really great credits behind her name, she has worked with literally almost everyone in the industry and she has written some of the biggest songs you have heard on the radio. She is a drag fan and she fell in love with me and we wrote songs together. After "Soak It Up" I really wanted to release music that sounds like what I listen to, like SZA and Beyonce and all that stuff. That was the premise of the album. I also have a classical piece that I am singing, Ave Maria, it shows a different side of who both Monet and Kevin are.
As a New York City girl, you can look at Pride and Stonewall with a different set of eyes. As the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall is fast approaching us, what is giving you the most pride as a performer and as a person today?
What gives me the most pride is celebrating the black experience in the type of music and lip sync that I do. Up until my early twenties, I was not proud of being black. Through the lens of drag and a little more maturity, drag has really opened my mind up as to how beautiful being black is. I love celebrating that experience every moment that I can, in my drag and in my life. On top of that, being a black queer person of color, we are so essential in the gay experience that many people are not aware of. Being a black person of color and being gay, girl-icing on the motherfucking cake.
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