Who Won 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 9? This Queen May Be The Future Of Drag

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Some truly powerful charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent were on display on Friday night as the top four queens competed in the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 finale. However, despite all contestants bringing their A-game during a ferocious lip-sync battle, there could only be one winner. And by the end of the show, which took place in front of a raucous audience at Los Angeles' Alex Theater, it was clear that the queen who won Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race was worthy of her crown.

Trinity Taylor, Shea Couleé, and Peppermint were all asked to sashay away following their performances, where they competed over lip-sync classics, including "Stronger" by Britney Spears and "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston. It was avant-garde drag goddess Sasha Velour who was crowned America's Next Drag Superstar, proving that mainstream drag may be entering a new phase of bold, intellectual, and experimental performance.

In a press release, RuPaul explained, "The world needs drag now more than ever," before sharing her enthusiasm for Sasha's talents. Ru said,

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Greeting the audience as the winner of Season 9, Sasha made an emotional and inspiring statement embodying the powerful and historical ethos of LGBTQ+ pride, as she said, "Let's change sh*t up. Let's get inspired by all this beauty ... Let's change the motherf*cking world."

In addition to being the only queen this season to have not found herself in the bottom two, Sasha has also been a truly original contestant. While her aesthetic has taken bold, sophisticated cues from runway couture, Sasha's personality blended performance art, horror tropes, punk rock, and even satire to create a drag act that felt fresh, new, and absolutely vital within the current political climate.

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In a statement released following her win, Sasha discussed what she believes to be the true power of drag, on both a personal level and for the broader LGBTQ+ community. She explained,

Clearly, Sasha isn't just America's Newest Drag Superstar, but she may also be the future of mainstream drag as we know it.