Native Hawaiian Sasha Colby wins RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15
Your favourite drag queen's favourite drag queen Sasha Kekauoha aka Sasha Colby was crowned the winner of Ru Paul's Drag Race on Friday.
The native Hawaiian from Waimanalo, Hawai'i was already considered a drag and pageant legend having won the Miss Continental drag queen pageantry title in 2012 & when she made the final two in Drag Race, she ultimately came out on top once again after one of the fiercest lip sync battles in the franchise's recent history.
She's now ready and prepared for the next 20 years of uplifting the queer community.
“Sasha Colby is the kind of talent that comes around once in a generation,” said RuPaul. “She embodies all the qualities of America’s Next Drag Superstar and so much more."
Watch her final lip sync battle -
In an interview with Vogue magazine she shares about finding her queerness while growing up a Jehovah’s Witness, developing her artistry, and the many fashion references that have informed her looks. (Hint: Richard Avedon and John Galliano’s Dior make the list.)
When she was asked what it means for her to win the crown she replied -
"It means that the 20 years of my hard work are not just being rewarded but recognized. I don’t even know what it means to me personally, but I know what it means to the world for someone like me to win. It’s also less scary when this personal goal of mine, that my whole chosen family stopped their lives for, comes with a bigger purpose. Just to see me succeed and see me come into my purpose would mean so much for all the queer Polynesian kids that are stuck in really hard situations.
There’s people on Instagram who tell me that they’re also former Jehovah’s Witnesses. So many people connect to the things we are so afraid of and vulnerable about. Once you know that your vulnerability is actually your strength, that’s the key to letting all of that stuff go. I think that’s why people resonate with me so much—I’m not afraid to make friends with my trauma, smoke a joint with them, and then tell them to go."
Read the full interview with Vogue here
And watch her go wig shopping at Hair Queen in LA here