Canada’s Drag Race Winner Priyanka On Her Favourite Looks, Wardrobe Malfunctions and More


Photographer: Colin Gaudet. Stylist: Amber Watkins. Make-up: Caroline Levin. Hair: Kirsten Klontz. Producer: Lauren Wheeler. Vogue Assistant: Jenna Aranas.

“The explanation why I do drag is to make folks be ok with themselves, to offer them an outlet to flee and reside their finest life, and be happy with who they’re. And it additionally makes me be ok with myself.”

Shortly after Priyanka gained the primary season of Canada’s Drag Race, we acquired on the cellphone with the Toronto queen to debate her historic win.

“It feels so cool that within the homosexual historical past books to return, it’s going to say “… and Priyanka gained Season 1 of Canada’s Drag Race,” she says. “It’s simply superb to have normalized that individuals of color can win. I’m getting all these messages from folks in India and Guyana and Trinidad and everywhere in the world being like ‘this implies so much, thanks.’ I’m so proud.”

And to honour her game-changing win, we requested her to interrupt down the fabulous outfits and appears that helped convey her to victory—and offered folks with a lot pleasure.

“The explanation why I do drag is to make folks be ok with themselves, to offer them an outlet to flee and reside their finest life, and be happy with who they’re. And it additionally makes me be ok with myself.”

Click on by means of the gallery to see photos from a latest shoot unique to FASHION, and skim on for our interview with Priyanka, Canada’s first Drag Race Celebrity.

Favorite look on the present:
The beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Canadiana-extravaganza-meets-Bollywood-film lehenga robe. This look was the very best look of my complete life as a result of it represented two issues—my tradition and the way proud I’m to have grown up Hindu and Indo-Caribbean, but in addition I acquired to point out folks how proud I’m to be Canadian too. The pink and white was an homage to Canada, and likewise pink is a really basic, conventional bridal color in India. I had to purchase two bridal lehengas and lower them in half and Frankenstein them to suit my physique, as a result of I’m 6″. I acquired them from Chandan Vogue on Gerrard Avenue. It’s so cool, I stroll into Chandan they usually’re like ‘Priyanka’s right here, clear all people out.’ I’d have been scared to stroll into a really conventional Indian place that sells saris and all these sorts of issues however they’re my Number one followers.

Behind-the-scenes wardrobe malfunction:
My orange and blue look was superb. That was hand-braided by my drag mom and it actually was a kind of issues that on paper didn’t actually make lots of sense however when it was on me, I used to be like ‘oh that is the look that’s going to win a problem,’ and it did. However once I was stepping into the look on the present, I acquired into it the improper manner and thought it didn’t match. I used to be like ‘omg I’m going to lose this week, I’m going to be within the backside, I don’t know what’s going to occur.’ However we known as Queens Care, they’re just like the manufacturing assistants, and with their assist it lastly got here collectively.

Most daring or difficult look:
For one of many design challenges, Lemon, BOA and I did steel appears to be like. I needed to duct tape an umbrella to my head and it made me so nauseous to the purpose the place I needed to ask to go earlier on the runway as a result of I believed I used to be going to throw up. The strain of a bit of steel duct taped to your head shouldn’t be cute.

An outfit you thought would look superb however simply didn’t:
My denim look! Denim and denim. I wore boots and a jacket and a white denim bodysuit, it appeared so cute however once I acquired to the runway they have been like ‘meh, no matter.’ I used to be like ‘oh! okay!’ You may solely examine your self to the opposite women, and so lots of them had such superb, unimaginable denim appears to be like.

Most difficult expertise:
Everybody’s anticipating me to say this they usually’re not improper. I utterly bombed the notorious Snatch Recreation. Oopsies! And the reason being not due to my character alternative, not due to anything, however I used to be simply in my head. Proper earlier than, Brooke Lynn Hytes stated ‘Welcome to Snatch Recreation.’ I appeared over at Lemon and stated ‘omg I’m in my head.’ I simply gave up and I’m mad at myself for giving up however I made it as much as myself with ‘I Drove All Night time’ so it’s okay.


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