From the moment the spitfire that is Farrah Moan slinked into the RuPaul’s Drag Race workroom, we knew that she would be causing a stir. This Las Vegas showgirl stormed the runway in authentic Lady Gaga Judas realness, and showed some real heart in challenges that truly had her going out of her comfort zone. I sat down to chat with Farrah about what she’s learned from her fellow contestants, what she thinks her responsibility is with the platform she now has, and what she wants everyone to know about Farrah Moan.
How do you feel about where you placed in the competition?
Farrah: I made it pretty far and ultimately, I’m happy with how I did. Of course, looking back there are changes here and there I would make, but I don’t regret a moment of it! I had so much fun.
You got some mentoring by some of the girls and judges, despite being super polished when you walked in the door. What are some of the biggest lessons you took from your fellow contestants?
Farrah: Whenever I get overwhelmed and my anxiety takes over, my mind blanks out. Eureka taught me that when I’m in that funk to just push through it and just get it done. It was a simple lesson but an essential one. I have so many issues with my anxiety and often times it’s quite crippling, but she taught me ways to push through it and I love her for it.
You have a worldwide platform now, thanks to the show. What do you want to do with the platform you have now?
Farrah: Since the show, there’s been an incredible outpouring of support from fans who I want to continue to inspire. Performing is what I do and it’s amazing to know that I’m able to touch people with my drag. I’d love to get into more modeling stuff, social media influencing, music, TV, YouTube; the sky is the limit for me, and I’ll be doing it all!
Who are some of your favorite girls to take it all the way this season?
Farrah: That is so impossible to answer. The remaining queens all have what takes to snatch the crown. Honestly each and every one of those girls are deserving of that crown, so I’ll just be sippin’ my drink watching with the fans till the crowning!
You had one of your Vegas sisters Kimora on this season. What other girls from Sin City do you think would rock it on Drag Race?
Farrah: AHHH hands down Kahanna Montrese. She is so insanely talented and has such a good spirit.
In this political climate, how much of a responsibility to you think you have to be a leader in the community?
We can’t take anything for granted nowadays. Just looking at what’s happening across the globe with LGBT people, it makes me want to fight that much harder to show everyone that we are not second-class citizens. I think drag is such a beautiful form of entertainment where people get to go to their safe place, a gay bar, and be dazzled and dizzied by sparkles and big hair, and even if its just for a moment, your troubles and stresses melt away as in this moment its all about taking in the show.
How hard was it to actually be funny during a roast? You must have a renewed respect for stand-up comedians?
It’s really hard! When I practiced my lines prior to going on stage, I feel like I delivered them a lot differently than when they were right in front of me. It was already so hard to read or roast these celebrities, but then to have to literally stand there to their face and do it! I just don’t have the confidence to do that; in my eyes I’m still this little hometown Texas kid who counted change to buy chips from the store because that’s all I could afford to eat. It’s hard going from that, to having to play that ‘I’m the one’ role that some of the challenges on Drag Race require of you. I know there are lots queens that have made their careers on insult comedy. Much respect to them, I definitely don’t think its for me though!
What do you want everyone to know about Farrah Moan?
I want everyone to know how much their support means to me. I really have come so far in my life and I have to pinch myself daily that people actually follow me, or care about me, or what I’m doing. This experience has changed my life in such a beautiful and amazing way. I have learned so much about myself, what I’m capable of, and really got vulnerable on national TV and it’s so special that there are people that relate with me. I love you guys!