The finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 aired Thursday (June 28) featuring a lip sync smackdown for the crown between the top 4 queens—Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka and Kameron Michaels.
After a technical malfunction and double save shook anyone’s expectations, an explosive final three-way lip sync unfolded between Aquaria, Eureka and Kameron to “Bang Bang” by another showstopping trio (Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj). Between fireworks, dress reveals, and confetti cannons, the queens gave it their all — but the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar was ultimately given to “the bitch from New York City,” Aquaria.
We caught up the morning after the finale with Eureka to talk about her takeaways from two seasons on the show, the body-positive message behind her new song “The Big Girl,” booking drag shows at elephant sanctuaries across the globe and more.
From the first day of filming, it been fairly close to a year since the beginning of this whole production process. How has that been for you?
It’s definitely a long process. Mine’s been double that of every other girl on season 10, you know. It’s interesting. It’s been very long. It’s been extensive. It’s been difficult and hard on my life and my family, and I’m happy to move forward.
Last night, following the finale, you tweeted, “I didn’t win this competition but I won strength and knowledge from this experience.” Could you talk a bit more about that?
Yeah, I’ve learned to be strong in terms of not listening to other people’s opinions and their harsh judgments towards me and their stereotypes built on me. And I’m also learning what those stereotypes are and not just for me but in our whole society. I’m also learning how to be more politically correct and how to speak more politically correct from this experience. I’ve also learned how to be happy with what I have and what I’ve received from this experience, whether it be the exposure, the fandom, [or] my ability to inspire.
Where does this optimism come from?
I think the best way to fight negativity is with positivity and my entire life I’ve been told that I’m not good enough and that I don’t belong and I’m not worthy, either by society or peers or someone in my life that was abusive. As I’ve grown up and come into my own, I’ve realized that everyone who’s said that is wrong and we all have a place. We are all worthy. That’s really where it comes from, forcing the confidence from deep inside to the outside.
Yesterday (June 28) you released “The Big Girl” and the music video. What was your vision behind the song?
I wanted the “The Big Girl” to be funny obviously, to a certain extent, going in the comedy direction of my career, but I also wanted it to be fierce. I wanted to just release something that was big and fierce like I am. There are many aspects of Eureka but it’s mostly just big and fierce. [laughs] I wanted to give him a whole big girl anthem to bop around to. I’m sure I’ll be performing it. I’m excited to do it. It’s very well-produced. I’m so excited about it actually.
In addition to this track, what other projects are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a one-woman show P.H.A.T. (Pretty Hot And Tasty) which will be a comedic but emotional journey on how I have found body positivity in my life as the big girl in season 9 and 10. Also, we working on a collab with elephant sanctuaries around the world where we might just be doing a mini-series performing at different sanctuaries so that’s exciting. In addition, my goal is to be on Saturday Night Live one day, honey. So, Lorne Michaels, give me a call.
You have become very vocal about representing people of larger body types. Do you find that taking on this representation is sometimes difficult at all?
No, because I always have, right? It gives me a place where I feel like I belong. At the end of the day, what keeps us going are the people, who may deal with body dysmorphia, message me and let me know that I’ve helped them through that—it gives me a purpose. It sets me on fire. It actually makes things less hard.
How do you hope to impact the queer community and society at large going forward?
I want to help prove that you can do it really. You can come from nothing to something more than people ever imagined. I also want to change the face of entertainment and show that there’s a place for different faces and shapes that look beautiful and sexy. Also, [I want to] bring strength to the broader community.