RuPaulʻs Drag Race fans, start your engines! With the anticipated Season 9 premiere debuting March 24 on VH1, Vegas Seven got on the horn with the stunning Kimora Blac, who is one of two queens representing Las Vegas this year. The 28-year-old untucked her drag past, offered some Season 9 sneak peeks and served some fierce Sin City realness.
I love your exotic look! I’m curious, what’s your ethnicity?
That’s not the first time someone has asked me that. I am full Vietnamese and my cheekbones are Vietnamese.
What’s the story behind your drag name?
I’m obsessed with Kimora Lee Simmons because she looks like a true rich diva, and I look up to her so much because she’s a businesswoman, she loves fashion, and she loves shoes. She’s like the female version of me. I’m also obsessed with Kim Kardashian, so I needed a name that represented powerful, confident, fun, spoiled women. I was like “OMG, let’s do Kimora,” because no one had it and itʻs a standout name that people [would] remember. I picked “Blac” because black is my favorite color. It’s always been my color; it represents me. I took the “K” out because it added a twist.
Who or what inspired your drag aesthetic?
Iʻm obsessed with Kim K and Paris Hilton. … I try to represent them as much as I can because I feel like [my look is] a fun, not-serious twist to the drag world—you donʻt have to be so professional all the time or you donʻt have to be a dancing queen. You can just love to party and have fun and love fashion.
Who is your favorite former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant?
I love Raja! I feel like Raja and I are secretly boyfriends because everything she likes, I love. She’s so spiritual and I’m spiritual. She loves fashion and I love fashion. We clicked very well. That [season] was my [first time seeing] the show, so when I saw Raja, I [became] obsessed with drag queens.
If you had to ditch one thing—lashes, wig, heels or lipstick—which one would it be?
OMG! Aww, no! I need my lashes because my eyes look different without them. I need my hair because I have no hair. I need my heels because Iʻd feel so bare. Iʻll [go with] no lipstick; I’m OK with the nude look.
What are some makeup brands or products you’re currently loving?
The Kryolan paint stick. I would never cheat on [Kryolan].
Where can we most likely find you on a Friday night in Las Vegas?
Friday mornings I’m at a brunch show. But Friday night, Iʻm in bed with my husband. I have shows here and there, but I’m such a homey girl.
Describe that moment you knew drag was your career.
I [moved] to Las Vegas with one dream: to do drag instead of retail. As soon as I got my first booking in Las Vegas, I felt like a star, because … this is the international city of entertainment. Just getting that booking, [I knew] that this was exactly what I wanted to do.
What was the best part about being on RuPaul’s Drag Race?
The best part was just being a part of [its] legacy—not where I ended [up] or what I did on the show, but to say that I was a part of a legacy and movement for drag queens and gays. To be viewed on VH1 is a blessing.
What advice do you have for aspiring drag queens?
Make sure you love drag—whether you are androgynous, beauty or pageant. It’s not about the money or the fame or where you get to travel, it’s about willing to wake up every single day, get into drag [to] perform onstage [and] actually [love] it.
Any new projects you’re currently working on?
Right now I’m a makeup queen, so maybe a new [product] line. I grew up around makeup my whole life; I love makeup. Maybe a line for drag queens, because for us, it’s so hard to find good makeup. You girls have it so easy!
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 9 Premiere
March 24, 8 p.m., VH1