Well, if we were betting people, we should have put our money on Raja from the very beginning. In the Season 3 finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the celebrity makeup artist outdragged Florida queen Alexis Mateo and Filipino princess, Manila Luzon for the ultimate win.
In the finale, the queens appeared in RuPaul’s music video for “Champion.” Yes, that’s appropriate. Dressed as Greek goddesses, they had to learn choreography, do an intimate shoot with the scantily clad men of the Pit Crew, and generally work their ever-living Grecian butts off while looking gorgeous doing so.
Raja was an early favorite among fans and bloggers with her edgy androgynous take on drag queendom. While she showed some lack of confidence when it came to her dancing, looks, and ability to show a vulnerable side, she was always able to throw that off once she hit the stage. Some felt she had a mean streak and got some criticism for being the unofficial queen of the “Heathers,” derived from the late-eighties mean girl film of the same name. But while Raja could dish it out, sometimes she couldn’t take it.
In the end, RuPaul and the judges gave her the crown for being unique, glamorous and then basically out-performing runner-up, Manila Luzon, in the final lip-sync for your life.
Raja wins the headlining spot on Logo’s Drag Race Tour, a lifetime supply of Kryolan Professional Makeup, and a cash prize of $75,000.
Manila, a fellow “Heather,” was strong competition. Going into the finale, she was on a roll, having won the last two challenges. She had the unique gift of combining comedy and glamour. But in that final lip-sync, we could see the moment she lost the contest. The robot, Manila? America’s next drag superstar doesn’t do the robot.
Alexis Mateo was the last standing member of the “Boogers,” but despite a huge amount of criticism from the judges through out the competition and a look they found too “regional” to win the contest, she earned a lot of respect from them and her competitors. At one point, she even walked out the door out of frustration. Thankfully, she came back and third place isn’t something to be ashamed of.
So, Zappers, are you happy about Raja’s win? Or, should the crown have gone to someone else?
By the way, we’re speaking to Raja in the morning. If you have any questions for her, leave them in the comments section below!