The winner of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' says her victory was 'for the people'

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RuPaul's Drag Race has found America's Next Drag Superstar, and that superstar is…

…Bob the Drag Queen. The mouthy Manhattanite was declared the winner of Logo's drag queen competition series over fellow finalists Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls during the season eight finale Monday night.

Bob The Drag Queen (C) onstage being crowned winner of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 8 by Shangela Laquifa Wadley and Violet Chachki during the Finale Party at Stage 48 on May 16, 2016, in New York City.
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The victory should have come as no surprise to even the most casual straight-man-who-was-looped-into-watching-Drag-Race-because-he-supports-his-girlfriend's-interests-even-if-he-doesn't-know-what-contouring-is-goddammit viewer. I mean, Bob won a buttload of challenges throughout the season and was just plain funnier, smarter, and more entertaining than her competitors. It really was a no-brainer.

Less certain, however, is what Bob (Ms. The Drag Queen if yr nasty) will do with the national platform she's just been given—other than walking into clubs purse first from sea to shining sea.

When reached for comment, the entertainer said that she plans on being the "queen for the people" she promised to be during the mock political ad she made for a challenge on Drag Race.


"My objective is to give back to the community and make people laugh," Bob said in an email to Fusion. "Check out my documentary coming out, Queen for the People, where I will fulfill both of those roles at once."

Bob the Drag Queen attends the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 8 Finale Party at Stage 48 on May 16, 2016, in New York City.

As for her victory, Bob agreed that "it felt right."

"My goal was to win, and I did what I set out to do," she continued. "I feel like the win wasn't for me, it was for us. It was for the people."


Bob's win was also a major win for representation and diversity on RuPaul's Drag Race. She was the first black contestant to even make it to the top three, much less win, since Tyra Sanchez won season two back in 2010. Considering how heavily Drag Race draws on language and other forms of culture created in black queer and trans communities, the increasing whiteness of Logo's flagship series was becoming a problem.

(L-R) Finalists Kim Chi, Bob the Drag Queen, and Naomi Smalls pose onstage during the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 8 Finale Party at Stage 48 on May 16, 2016, in New York City.

In closing, the no-longer-local queen offered up some advice for drag queens who might be nervous about trying out for Drag Race.

"Audition," she said plainly. "What do you have to lose? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. And as cheesy as it sounds, dreams really do come true."


You should probably trust her on that one.

Bad at filling out bios seeks same.

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