RuPaul’s Drag Race :: Jinkx Monsoon - Season 5 Winner!
As Season 5 of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" came to an end, there were 3 queens still standing: Roxxxy Andews, Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska Thunderf*ck.
Although Alaska came on strong at the end, she stayed too far under the radar for the first 5 or 6 episodes to win. It was Roxxxy and Jinkx who were solid from the beginning. As it came closer to the finale, it became clear that the winner was going to be Jinkx; and rightly so. She had the perfect mix of ingenuity, creativity, intelligence and a strong sense of who she is.
In addition to all this, we know Drag Race loves a slogan and "Water off a Duck’s Back" is one of the best. I am sure the t-shirts and mugs are already printed...LOL! It was a pleasure to sit down with Jinkx, just days after she took the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar!
At what age did drag become an interest?
7 years old when I saw the movie "Death Becomes Her." I wanted to grow up to be Meryl Strep. I actually started doing drag at 14.
How did you pick your name?
Jinkx was my nickname at an outreach center for gay youth in Portland, and that name felt natural when I started doing drag. Monsoon came from Adina Monsoon from "Absolutely Fabulous."
How many times did you apply to be on "RPDR," and how did it feel when you found out you got chosen?
I applied once; just this year. I had thought about it almost every year but talked myself out of it. This year I had a gut feeling that I had to go for it. When I got on it was confirmation that this was absolutely what I was supposed to do.
Tell me about your "RuPaul’s Drag Race" experience?
It changed every aspect of my life as you are in isolation when you are not on camera and it allows for a lot of self inspection. I feel like I am a more fully realized person and entertainer.
What was your favorite challenge on "Drag Race" and why?
It’s really a toss-up between 3. Snatch Game is what I went on "Drag Race" to do and I think it was my most stand out moment on the show. I also loved the roast and also the make-over challenges, because of what I learned by making over my vet Dave. It was amazing to hear his life story.
Where did "Water off a Duck’s Back" come from?
My drag sister in Seattle, Roby Tuner, taught me to say it me when I faced criticism from fellow drag performers. She reminded me they have no say in my future. The cool thing about a duck is they always stay dry.