Kimora Blac was looked at as one of the “body” girls on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Rac” and was poised to give some of the other “fishy” gals like Trinity Taylor and Farrah Moan a true run for their money. Sadly, a princess challenge and a sidekick in the form of a monkey sidelined her race to the finish line and she was sent home. I sat down for a chat with this Las Vegas showstopper, and we talked about everything from her adoration for the business sense of one miss Kim K, what Kimora learned from her time on Drag Race and what Kimora Blac really is all about behind the makeup.
Kimora, based on your reputation and look, we thought you might be one of the ones to beat this year. Sadly, you ended up as the second elimination of the season.
Kimora Blac: I know! I won’t be checking my phone for the next five days, since America will be so upset (laughs)
Looking back, what do you think ended up leading to your early elimination?
Kimora: Honestly, I am not judging the show and I am not judging the edit, I am not here to bring anyone down. I think the show this season is about bringing a lot of personalities into the room, a lot of body girls into the room, a lot of confidence into the room, and what happens is people pick their favorites and they stick to that. I think my personality really didn’t shine because I was so focused on trying to win and trying to make it. When I am that focused, my facial expressions are crazy because people think I’m pissed because I’m making that face. The entire competition is super stressful and I really think that the stress just got to me.
You were cast on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, did the promo, premiere, and now are a nationwide celebrity. What has this whirlwind of an experience taught you?
Kimora: It has taught me to be really much more open minded with my drag, and with my craft. I walked in being in a box as “pretty” and “fantastic” and all those things, and I am definitely out of that box now. I just need to be more open minded to things. If RuPaul wants you to make monkey noises, make monkey noises. If RuPaul wants you to jump up and down, jump up and down. It’s ok, it’s just drag, it’s not that serious.
You are one of the most eye-poppingly talented ladies in Las Vegas and you are known as the “Kim K of Drag.”. Do you think that you were accurately portrayed based on your true personality and talents?
Kimora: Yes I do, and I love that you said that because a lot of people don’t know why I look up to Kim K, and it’s not because she’s rich and all that. It’s because people underestimate her. When you say her name, you get a reaction. I wanted to be that girl for the drag world. You can judge me, you can think I’m bitchy, you can think I’m mean, or into myself, but inside I am still a human and sweet, and I think that’s all that matters. A lot of my fans still think I am the Kim K of drag, so I think I did a pretty good job of that.
You guys had a very deep conversation about the Pulse nightclub shooting, with several of your cast mates being part of that community directly. Do you think you have a responsibility as a public persona and as a performer to be a leader in the community and help inspire others?
Kimora: Yes I do. I have done drag for over ten years. To this day, when you meet a guy or even another gay guy, drag is not the first thing you mention. People don’t talk about it because it’s still such a touchy subject; drag is still so looked down upon in this community. You have the guys that want masculine and straight guys, but what they don’t get is that you can still meet a guy that does drag and it’s ok, it doesn’t mean anything. That is my way and my reason as to why I do drag. Just because your man wants to put a wig on at night doesn’t mean he’s not a man. My goal is to show people that. All my little gay guys and my friends all need to know, it’s totally okay to do drag!
You were one of the more public personas that were cast this year already, but your platform is so much larger now. What do you think you want to do with this opportunity?
Kimora: I want to do so much. There are a lot of projects that my team and I are looking at. We are doing crazy planning right now. I have always really wanted to do make up; I grew up around cosmetics. I really want to create a line that is devoted to drag. I think it’s so hard for drag queens to find makeup, I mean, I think that would be it! You have makeup for real girls, and makeup for costuming. I would love to do something just for drag queens, and even for people starting out in drag who just want to find drag makeup; it’s one of my biggest goals.
Other than that, I want to keep doing drag. I want to show people that I am not giving up. I mean, just because I went home second this season doesn’t mean you give up. Having the market saturated with this many drag queens in it, some of them live and some of them die off. I want to show people that you don’t have to make it far in this completion to be a winner. If you are truly passionate about what you do, you can still win.
This season, the majority of the girls, some of them do it for the money and some of them do it for the passion. I know I do it for the passion myself, but I think some of the past winners, they aren’t doing it for the passion. Booking fees don’t matter to me; I had money before I came on the show. I just love doing drag; I mean, I spend more money on drag clothes than on boy clothes! (laughs).
If the Kimora Blac that has been eliminated second could talk to the Kimora that is just entering the workroom for the first time, what would you tell her?
Kimora: I would tell her to speak up. Don’t explain yourself, but let your personality shine through. Apparently I got the villain edit, and I don’t even think I’m a villain on the show, I mean, I didn’t even cut anyone’s hair! (laughs). I think villain is the wrong word. The confidence that I have right now is the Kimora that people see on stage; that isn’t the Kimora that I saw on the show. I think that the stress got to me and held me in a bubble, and basically told me “you are going nowhere.” I can tell you that standing on the main stage, I was so stressed out, I have so much passion for what I do, and it just was not coming through.
If you could tell people one thing about you, what would it be?
Kimora: I want people to know that I want to meet every single person possible. I am such a people person. I am not what people say I am. I am cool, I love drag, I love life, and I think I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now. I support everyone and I just want to party with you all!