The season 14 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race is just days away, but it’s already making history. For the first time ever, there are two out trans women in the running for the $100,000 cash prize and title of America’s next drag superstar: Kerri Colby and Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté. And they promise that this season is going to be, well, “transtastic.”
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Kerri explained how exciting it was to share the impact that trans women have had on drag. “There’s so much of drag that has been influenced by trans women over the years, especially trans women of colour,” she said. “I’m so glad that we have that opportunity to showcase it, but not just like be a trendsetter but also open that door so we can just keep it going. This is how it’s supposed to be.”
It wasn’t only the audience that Kerri has impacted, but her cast mate and fellow trans woman, Kornbread, as well. She told EW that not only was Kerri one of the first people to learn she was transitioning, but that it became the foundation of the bond the two share. “When I got to Drag Race, it was definitely me starting everything, and she walked me through a lot of it,” she explained. “She’s dealt with every last one of my mood swings; she’s dealt with every last one of my body dysmorphia moments.”
Kornbread didn’t hold back when she talked about how much Kerri’s support meant to her. “She’s literally walked me through so much of my transition that no one understands how much she’s done for me personally. She’s not my drag mom, but I tell her she’s definitely partly my trans mom,” she said.
“Honey, it’s definitely a journey to be seen,” Kerri promised, adding, “this season – I’mma just say it now – is a very tran-tastic season, period.”
Watch the full video here. RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 premieres January 7 on VH1.