Kita Mean wins RuPaul’s Drag Race: Down Under
Kiwi drag queen beats three Aussies for the title of Stan contest.
Kiwi drag queen Kita Mean has won RuPaul’s Drag Race: Down Under.
She wins make-up supplies, a crown & tiara and $30,000 cash.
Kita Mean won the title over three Aussie finalists Art Simone, Karen from Finance and Scarlet Adams.
The final episode features video appearances by Olivia Newton-John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi. The final lip-sync was also a rendition of Physical.
But it was Kita Mean’s outfits, speech and performance that won over host RuPaul, bringing the season produced in NZ by Warner Bros. Australia to a close.
The season was not without some feedback on social media around suggestions the set looked below international standards, commentary around the use of language and a discussion around black face performed by Scarlet Adams earlier in her career. RuPaul spoke to the offence but also acknowledged the lessons learned from Scarlet’s apology.
But there were also more personal moments as the queens spoke about the difficulties of growing up queer in Australia and New Zealand and how drag had proven life affirming for them.
Stan is yet to announce a second season, which no doubt will also be dependent on RuPaul’s availability and interest.