With the sixth season of the RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars spin-off coming to an end, we have a new reigning queen to add to the Drag Race Hall of Fame! The most recent season mixed things up a bit by being available exclusively on Paramount+ (a first for the franchise) and by introducing new twists and turns into the game.
And although the season still invited returning queens from previous seasons to compete for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame, there's another *first* to celebrate as the season comes to a close!
Condragulations to our first trans queen to be crowned a winner, Kylie Sonique Love! While she's not the first trans queen to participate on the show, she is the first to take home the crown.
Kylie Sonique Love originally competed on Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2010 where she came in 9th place. She's also appeared in an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and in the music video for Lizzo's "Juice."
After being safe for most of the season and pulling out just 1 win the queen, originally known as just Sonique in season 2, continued to prove wrong the people who underestimated her throughout the season.
In a full circle moment, Kylie secured her win during a lip sync to Lady Gaga's "Stupid Love," an artist that cost her the competition back in 2010. Not only is it a redemption story, it's also important because she was actually the first queen to come out as trans in the franchise's history.
...way back in the Season 2 reunion episode in April 2010. Since Kylie placed 9th out of 12 queens, she was part of the first interview group. And when it came time for her to talk about what she’s been up to...Kylie became unexpectedly emotional. She leaves the set and is consoled by Morgan McMichaels and RuPaul. That’s when she makes history, saying "I'm a woman."
Many people have been critical of Drag Race's lack of inclusion across each of its franchises in the past years, so Kylie's win feels like a real fresh start for fans around the world.
Now prance my queen, prance!