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Monet X Change on Being a Black Drag Race Queen: 'You Have to Work Twice as Hard to Get Half as Much'


The makeover challenge of RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 gave us a handful of surprises. After posing for a perfume line in the mini-challenge, the top 6 were tasked to drag up social media stars Tyler Oakley, Raymond Braun, Chester See, Kingsley, Anthony Padilla, and Frankie Grande. 

Expectations for Aquaria, the self-proclaimed look queen, were high, but her sister Capriciacorn's debut was underwhelming to say the least. Asia and America's charm gagged the judges and Eureka and Eufreaka's sibling saunter gave us life (even though the look was eerily similar to her Feathers runway in episode 3). In an unexpected turn, fan favorite Miz Cracker, who seemed to be coasting for much of the competition, finally showed up and snatched her first win with an unrecognizable transformation of YouTuber Chester See into the gorgeous Miz Cookie. 

Unfortunely, someone has to go home and Aquaria, Kameron Michaels, and Monet X Change sank to the bottom of the heap. With her third lipsync and no wins, Monet X Change ended up sashaying away.

The Advocate spoke to the hilarious New York queen after her elimination. 

The Advocate: The contestants made over social media stars this week. What was your favorite moment working with Tyler Oakley?
Monet X Change: He was so open to the process and willing to have a good time. Every time you are making someone over, that's what you want. Someone who is willing to dive in and have a good time. 

What was your favorite moment of the season?
Episode one, the sponge dress! You want to have an iconic moment and the sponge dress gave me that. I had a blast making the sponge dress too. Yuhua, Aquaria, and I were making our dresses together and had a great time doing it. It was a great bonding moment.  

You were very good at mediating conflicts throughout the season, like the clash between Asia and Aquaria in the beginning of this episode. Where did that skill come from?
I think that's a gift I was given by mom. I am able to look at the entire situation and quickly assess the good and the negative things. People get caught up in emotions and when you are able to take emotion out of the situation you are better able to help mediate conflicts.  

The Vixen called attention to the challenges black queens face that white queens may not have to deal with. Do you agree? What are they?
We definitely do. The beginning of the season the black queens won everything from the mini-challenges to the maxi challenges, but we're the least followed on social media. If you are a black person in any business, you have to work twice as hard to get half as much.  

Which of your three lip syncs was your favorite?
"Pound the Alarm." 

Many people online are saying Aquaria should’ve been in the bottom two instead of you. 
I would agree because I didn't want to go home, but I have nothing but love for my New York sister.  

You were read for your pussycat wigs but when you obliged and wore big hair, you were sent home. What gives?
I really appreciate RuPaul's guidance and helping me outside of my comfort zone with my looks, however, I do think that short hair is beautiful and I love that my pussycat wigs help portray that.  

If you could turn back time, what would you do differently to avoid elimination?
I guess I would have done like Eureka and made the exact same garment. Apparently, we are supposed to be twins!  

Any regrets? 
No, I honestly don't have any regrets. I felt like I did a fierce job and went out with a bang. If you have to go at least it's with a bang. 

Describe your new single "Soak It Up" in three words.
It. Is. Major.  

Thanks, Monet! RuPaul's Drag Race returns Thursday, June 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern on VH1.

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