It's Monsoon Season
Posted 5/9/2013 1:30:00 PM

As any drag aficionado knows, this past Monday night, Jinkx Monsoon—Seattle’s Premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen—was anointed "America's Next Drag Superstar" and received a crown placed on her head by the immaculately manicured hands of RuPaul herself. (Of course, she didn’t actually find out that she had won until a week after the coronation, as is RuPaul’s way.)

And since her victory over fierce competitors Roxxxy Andrews and Alaska, Jinkx has been taking a well-deserved victory lap, giving interviews to the likes of  Zap2it, Out and, most entertainingly, Us magazine, where Ms. Monsoon waxes philosophical about Gwyneth Paltrow (“She always looks like she's about to cry, I wish someone would kick her and get it over with."), how she plans to spend her $100,000 winnings ("I want a computer that's bigger than my TV at home!") and her Little Eddie-inflected rendition of Anne Hathaway's tearful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream."

Watching that video and seeing all the passion and talent that Jinkx brings to the table, it’s easy to forget that the early days of the competition were dominated by the Alyssa/Coco controversy and the general dominion of Ro-Laska-Tox—a prescription drug for gagging—and Jinkx’s primary claim to fame was the constant disappointment she engendered in Michelle Visage. But as the season wound on, Jinkx pulled ahead. Her comedy was consistently hilarious, her looks began to improve dramatically and she showed herself time and again to have a large and compassionate heart to match her ample talent and shrewd, competitive mind.

But the real moment I fell for Ms. Monsoon was the night my boyfriend discovered and shared with me a short documentary series about Jerick Hoffer—Jinkx Monsoon’s alter-ego—his struggles, his dreams and his relationship to his drag charater-creation. If you aren’t already on #TeamJinkx, these videos might just push you over the edge.

You can find the rest of the videos on Jinkx Monsoon’s website. And while you are at it, follow her on Facebook.

It’s Monsoon season, ladies and gentlemen.

Long live the Queen.

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