The reign of the monsters is just beginning.
Sasha Velor's time on the RuPaul's Drag Race throne ended when she crowned Aquaria last night's Season 10, but her "Alien Eve" coronation look proves that she's the World's has much more to show.
Season 9 winner designed for her style director Nancy The Girl and designer Diego Montoya, whose "beautiful ornaments" brought her vision to life.
"I wanted to embody the fantasy of a more than human alien goddess, a kind of Queer Fantasia for a new world of imaginative queer performers beyond humanity," says Velor PEOPLE of her final look. "So we came up with an idea of Alien, and then we gave her an Eve, or maybe even Lilith, that someone has experienced and acquired knowledge and really turned it into self-empowerment."
"I wanted to do something That had pants, I looked at all the returning queens and thought about the classic drag queen step-down look and it's traditionally a dress," she adds.
Velor had high expectations for her return to the RPDR platform The now iconic "So Emotional" lip-synching that helped her grab the title of Season 9, but the star says it's her " own crazy demands "that really make them into innovations.
"I always want to go to the next level with something, so it's dangerous, now my body is full of crystals and stones, I'm a perfect alien goddess, wrapped in a snake and holding a giant apple I do not know what could come next, probably minimalism, "she jokes.
The ethereal look matches a queen who traveled the globe the past year, cultivating her inner strength.
"Obviously, my life has changed tremendously," says Velor about her year's claims. "The practical aspects are different and bigger and Sasha had to become a very powerful and smart and smart person, I am grateful that I had this character because the need for her to pretend that I am that person really makes me that That's the magic of resistance. "
With their Brooklyn Theater Show, Nightgowns a short film series One Dollar Drags and the launch of their own Towing Magazine Velor The star has been working overtime to provide meaningful, illuminating entertainment since she took the crown home.
"Anyone who passes drag race and especially the people who can have really great careers after the show, has a responsibility to the queer community to do a good job, queer people on to represent the whole line, to be friendly and loving, "she said. "We're brought into the world to entertain people and especially to make queer people feel that entertainment is created for us, with our standard of beauty and joy and truthfulness and gender-bending. I've really tried that in
This responsibility has only intensified as RPDR reaches a wider – and ever more passionate – audience.
"I think step VH1 has really had a big impact on the community," says Velor. "It's definitely postponing and expanding the audience of the show that our stories and experiences as queer people can be shared with people who might not have access to these stories."
"The audience of Drag Race and the fans of Drag Queens are often very surprising," she adds. "The other day at the airport, I meant a middle-aged couple who knew me from the tow and wanted to take a picture, so it's so nice that Drag is able to talk to so many different people."
But more Eyes on the competition to become America's next drag superstar mean greater potential for problematic behavior within the community. Especially during season 10 current and former participants have dealt with the confusing treatment of queens of color through the fandom.
Bob The Drag Queen, RPDR & # 39; s Season 10 winner, made attention on Twitter. "Sometimes Drag Race makes me aware of other things about the world, not all, but many of the most popular queens fall into the thin white category, and NO black queens except @RuPaul have over a million followers." It's not the show Fandom " he wrote earlier this month .
Velor has set itself the task of using its own platforms and a passionate fan base to make a wide range of performers visible announce a major cultural change.
"Racism is a problem everywhere, especially in this country, but all over the world and especially in queer space," she says. "I think it's best to switch to the amazing POC entertainers that are very visible in the world, and then many who have not even given people the time they deserve, one of my own The goal is always to share some spotlight that is given to me, I love that my show Nightgowns is a place where you can meet many different drag actors. "
" And it is no secret that drag without black drag-performers without trans is no pulling, without immigration, and to see us all as a community, as we should be, feels very political at a time when this vision of beauty And I hope that the drag community is working harder – I have to work for myself – and I hope everyone will be involved in this process, so that by shifting the world of dragging, we are slowly gaining influence the world as a whole.  As she spreads her influence in the drag world and beyond, Velor says that returning to work for a possible All Stars season is an adventure she does not want to pursue "I do not think [I’d consider going back]," she says, "The resistance that I am now delving into is not competition. It's about celebrating and uplifting the amazing people around you and being part of a conversation instead of slowly eliminating other queens until you're the only one who stands. I just do not like that. "