“This is literally it. This is what I love to do. I have a bunch of passion for it. It literally gives me life. It is everything to me. It brings me so much happiness and joy,” Chachki said before beating Ginger Minj and Pearl to win the crown (and $100,000) on Monday.
We knew this was going to happen. Chachki represented an irresistible mix. She said so herself in the buildup to the finale.
“I already feel like I am America's Next Drag Superstar and I've been telling myself that for a really long time now. I've always looked up to myself. The only real validation I've ever looked for is from this show. I honestly do feel like I represent the past, the present but more than anything, the future,” Chachki said.
It's been a long ride for Chachki, to Ecuador and back. That's the ruse she used on social media last summer when she was picked and disappeared from gay Atlanta as the show started taping. Then she nailed her debut. And before we knew it, she was dissing Michelle Visage, getting hated on and winning challenge after challenge on her way to going deeper than any of the other five queens from Atlanta picked in the show's history.
How'd she do it? Stunning looks (and super cinched corsets) from gay Atlanta designer Anthony Ladd Canney, owner of at the House of Canney. He dished to the Georgia Voice about his relationship with Chachki, those runway looks and that tiny, tiny waist:
There’s no way Violet could have had the “smallest waist in Drag Race history” she sports now without her House of Canney to thank for that, along with Violet’s determination to always turn heads and whittle that waistline down inch by inch.
And about that dress Chachki wore in Monday's finale:
The initial inspiration came from Violet Chachki herself, when she returned from “her trip to Ecuador.” She came with a sketch of a fitting straight gown that had a dripping effect that created a sort of fringe [and the dress was] intended for the finale. But we had no clue how to accomplish this effect. We considered fringe beading, liquid beading, silicone caulk, liquid latex, among other things. She took the sketch with her and we continued to bounce ideas off of one another for a couple of months. What we ended up with came from my determination of wanting it to be so sheer that you could see her belly button, while still snatching her waist [cinching in a corset]. We also wanted a unique shape that would stand out on stage. I rewatched every season finale (and episode that goes along with it) of RPDR to to get more ideas and silhouettes that were too popular and to be avoided.
Chachki seems a little surprise that she now might be an inspiration for a new generation of queens.
“It’s crazy to think that I’m the Divine for a little gay boy out there,” Violet Chachki told us over the phone, referring to Drag Race‘s popularity, relevance and impact on the LGBT community and future generations. “The show not only is educating young people about queer history but it’s also creating a piece of that history.”
Late Monday, Chachki also dropped her first single, “Bettie” (video below). She's no fan of the craft and had to serve “ass, ass, ass” to save her, well, ass when she sang during a challenge this season. But hey, why not?
“I’m not really a singer but I do have very distinct taste when it comes to music,” Violet said. “It’s more sexy talking and raspy vocals, dark and fetishy.”
And Chachki loves a good, banned fetish. She'll show you on Friday when she headlines her first gay Atlanta event since winning – Hogtied at Heretic with Legendary Children, queens from Tossed Salad, and DJs Nark, Vicki Powell and King Atlas. It will get rowdy.