Grag Queen, 'Queen of the Universe' Winner, Vows to Fight Homophobia

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday January 9, 2022
Originally published on January 4, 2022

There is a new queen of the universe and she is ready to shine the spotlight on a noble cause.

Brazilian performer Grag Queen was just crowned the winner of the debut season of "Queen of the Universe" on Paramount Plus. The show, from the creators of "RuPaul's Drag Race," puts drag queens in competition for the best looks and voice during performances. Now as queen, Grag told Variety that she wants to shed light on what it is like to be an LGBTQ person in Brazil.

"We live in a country that kills LGBTQ people more than any other, and our transgender people's [life expectancy] is only 35 years old and it's not fair," Grag shared. "I really want to use this platform to make people know that this situation is crazy and it's real."

Grag will receive a $250,000 cash prize as the winning queen of "Queen of the Universe." Such an influx of cash can make you a "millionaire" in Brazil, Grag said, but mostly she is looking forward to being able to provide for her family.

"It feels amazing! I can go to the medic," she said. "I can give my mother and father a very good living. I just want us to be protected and healthy. I don't really feel like a millionaire right now, but I get used to the good things very, very fast."

Above all, Grag said she is ready to be a role model.

"I think the show showed me that I'm ready to do that. That experience was made for me. Michelle Visage said that I am perfect and I'm a superstar," she said, explaining, "This is a blessing. Really no pressure because I think I got a very, very big heart. That's what I believe the universe is actually needing at the moment."

Read the full interview with Grag Queen at Variety.