Kahanna Montrese Talks Backflips, Advice From Her Drag Mother & More After ‘Drag Race’ Exit


On Thursday evening, RuPaul’s Drag Race requested the newest crop of queens to faucet into their thespian sides. In an performing problem, the 14 remaining queens have been examined on their performing talents in two parody movies of Get Out and Black Panther, respectively.

Once the movies light to black, one queen needed to go. After an exciting lip sync battle to Britney Spears’ basic membership banger “Work Bitch” that included wig reveals, splits and one significantly insane backflip, Vegas queen Kahanna Montrese discovered herself leaving the competitors, whereas Mercedes Iman Diamond managed to keep up her place.

Kahanna chatted with Billboard the day after her elimination about her unbelievable acrobatics, what it’s like being referred to as “commerce,” and the recommendation her drag mom, Coco Montrese, bestowed upon her earlier than the competitors.

How are you feeling after watching your elimination?

I’m on prime of the world, I’m feeling so good, I’ve gotten a lot love. It was wonderful watching it, simply because, I used to be so stressed all through the entire course of, however I’m so joyful now. I did the most effective that I might, and now I can see that I used to be combating so exhausting, and that’s completely clear.

You did combat exhausting, and that was a lip sync, woman! You landed a roundoff tuck carrying heels! It was wonderful!

[Laughs] You know what, that was truthfully the primary time that I had ever completed that! Yes, I’m not kidding! I imply, I used to tumble, so backflips and stunts are form of my factor. But in that second, I used to be similar to, "Ok woman, I’ve acquired to do one thing that’s going to maintain me within the recreation and that individuals will keep in mind." That actually got here out of my ass, and I can't consider it labored.

Fans haven’t solely been gagged by your lip syncs, however by your boyish beauty — many have deemed you the "commerce" of the season. How does that really feel to be checked out that method?

That's a whole lot of strain, I really feel [laughs]. But you understand what, I'll take it. That's candy! For me, my drag and who I’m outdoors of it’s a steadiness, so the truth that folks can perceive meaning loads. Because I do take delight in caring for myself out and in of drag.

So earlier than you left for the competitors, did you get any sage recommendation out of your drag mom, Coco Montrese?

Yeah, we talked briefly as a result of Coco is busy, she's booked out right here. But she gave me just a little pep speak earlier than I left, saying "Ok, that is the way it's going to be, it's very intense, that is the toughest factor you can do." She was telling me, in the end, to simply be myself and have enjoyable, that was her common message for me. That ended up serving to me out whereas I used to be on the present.

Right, however while you walked in, Vanjie actually clocked you as "Coco's daughter." Did that relationship with Coco put any undue strain on you throughout your time on the present?

Oh, you haven’t any concept! All of the time! Because, it's not like she's only a Drag Race alumna, woman. This is a drag legend, Coco has labored so exhausting on this trade and created such a reputation for herself, that individuals respect simply listening to the final identify Montrese. For me to be her daughter, I did really feel like there was an obligation behind that, but additionally like … you understand, we're completely different. So it wasn't simply me selecting up the place she left off, but it surely was additionally me making an attempt to indicate that I’m not Coco. I'm gonna make errors [laughs].

On your method out, you mentioned "one thing's coming." Sure sufficient, you've acquired a brand new tune out and a video on the way in which for "Scores." You labored with so many nice queens, like Sharon Needles, Trinity the Tuck and Peppermint for the video — what was the message you wished to get throughout by means of this observe?

For me, it's simply to let folks know, like, don’t ever try on me. Yes, I went dwelling second, however I’m nonetheless that woman. In the video, it's nearly being unbiased and robust, and going all the way in which. You'll see within the video, I’m very a lot doing that. I’m a pacesetter, and I don't let issues that I've struggled with take over. I’m undoubtedly a fighter, so that is about being that woman. She's a captain, she's a head of the varsity squad!