Portland Native Crowned America's Next Drag Superstar
Jinkx Monsoon, the first contestant from the Pacific Northwest to land a spot on RuPaul's Drag Race, won the whole damn show.
WW interviewed Jinkx, a.k.a. Jerick Hoffer, who grew up in Ladd's Addition but now lives in Seattle, before this season of the show began. Dubbed the "Sleeper from Seattle" because of her chronic narcolepsy, Jinkx more than once dozed off on camera.
But Jinkx was more known for being a self described "comedy queen." Her quirky antics and commitment to character made her a fan favorite, her breakout moment being her impersonation of Grey Garden's Little Edie. But Jinkx drew ire from fellow contestants, including finalist Roxxxy Andrews, a "pageant queen" who had it out for Jinkx for not taking drag "seriously." Jinkx's runway looks were often a little lackluster, to be fair.
In the end, Jinkx took home the crown, beating out Roxxxy and fellow comedy queen Alaska Thunderfuck. When asked what winning the crown would mean to her, Jinkx was the only one to give a political answer:
"I would love to be given the chance to use this as a platform to be an advocate for social change," she said. "I'm lucky enough to live in Washington where gay marriage is legal, and I don't want to rest until that's the truth for all of America."
For more of Jinkx, watch part of this surprisingly well-made docu-series, Drag Becomes Him, in which she performs for a room full of children and ponders "What's a G-rated way to say blowjob?"