Priyanka Talks About Her ‘Canada’s Drag Race’ Win Being the Representation That She Didn’t Have
Though the latest RuPaul’s Drag Race spinoff, Drag Race Holland, is in full swing, fans are still celebrating the Priyanka’s win. She won the first season of Canada’s Drag Race. She talked about her win and what it means in a recent interview.
Priyanka is the first winner of ‘Canada’s Drag Race’
Priyanka didn’t have a conventional road to becoming the winner of a RuPaul’s Drag Race show. Still, it was always evident that she would most likely end up taking the crown. Before Canada’s Drag Race, Priyanka, whose real name is Mark “Suki” Suknanan, was a children’s host on Canadian television. Suki had only been doing drag for two years before landing the show and was still doing the television gig while still being on the drag circuit.
In the competition, Priyanka won two main challenges and placed high once. She had two bottom two placements. Both times she was in the bottom, Priyanka was a part of two of the season’s best lip-syncs. The first performance was against Kiara when they performed to Celine Dion’s “I Drove All Night.” Her second time in the bottom was against Ilona Verley, they performed Allie X’s “Hello.” And despite her Snatch Game performance as Miss Cleo being less than impressive, Priyanka was one of the season’s top comedy queens.
In the final challenge and lip-sync, Priyanka ended up prevailing over the other members of the top three, Rita Baga and Scarlett BoBo.
She recently spoke about her win and its impact
In an interview with AskMen, Priyanka spoke about winning the show and what it means for so many people, including young people that look just like her.
“I never had a Priyanka to look up to,’ she explained. ‘I don’t know a brown gay man that I could look up to and be like, ‘That could be me one day.’ So I was so happy to be able to be that person for a lot of people, and I still am, which is amazing, My story ain’t perfect, so it’s really, really cool, you know?”
But Priyanka didn’t just provide this representation on a huge platform, she won the entire competition! For Canada’s next drag superstar, that takes it to an entirely different level.
She explained, “It’s one thing to be the representation of the season for brown people, but it’s another thing to be real good at what you do, and take the crown, because it just shows, ‘Oh, they didn’t just cast her because she’s a brown girl, she won the whole f*****g thing. She is just as good as the white girl, and that girl, and this girl.’ That’s what people needed to see, and I think it’s f*****g cool.”
Canada’s Drag Race hasn’t officially been renewed for a season 2 but its fully expected to return .