Last Friday, RuPaul’s Drag Race fans watched five of the season 14 queens battle it out one last time for the crown during the highly anticipated grand finale.
After the top 5 queens gave incredible performances of solo numbers, Willow Pill was crowned the next drag superstar while Lady Camden was named the runner-up. Both queens walked away from the competition with large cash prizes, as well as a forever home in fans’ hearts across the globe.
Shadow and Act recently talked to Willow and Lady Camden right after the grand finale about the season’s end and everything that went down.
Lady Camden opened up about what it felt like to have made it to the end of RuPaul’s Drag Race, noting that it still doesn’t feel real.
“It feels very surreal. It does. And I know I keep saying this. And it’s probably a weird answer. But it doesn’t feel super real,” she said. “Like, I’ve watched [RuPaul’s Drag Race] like every season, right? And you know, you sort of picture what it’s going to be like, and then it happens and you’re like…it feels like this is like a made-up season because the one that I’m on it doesn’t feel like a dream or something.”
Willow Pill had a similar sentiment when asked how it feels to be the newly crowned winner of the hit franchise.
“It feels amazing to me. I feel like it’s still not me. I think last night, I was watching some videos…just fan reactions, because I hadn’t really seen them yet,” she shared. “But it’s kind of settling in.”
With season 14 being a whirlwind of a season, filled with many twists, turns and jaw-dropping moments, we asked the queens what was the biggest lesson they learned while competing on the show.
For Willow Pill, the biggest take-away she gained from the show was to fake it until you make it.
“I think the biggest lesson learned is how to just fake things. You know, I don’t think any of us really know what we’re doing,” she explained. “You kind of watch the show as a fan and watch the queens do their thing. They’re also like, confident and amazing kind of these skills. And then suddenly, when you’re there, you’re doing it and you’re like, ‘I didn’t even do this before.’ And you’re just kind of coasting, like faking whatever you’re doing, just pretending that you know what you’re doing. So I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is definitely just don’t just pretend that you actually do it.”
Lady Camden, on the other hand, shared that trusting herself was the biggest lesson she learned from Drag Race.
She explained, “Obviously, the biggest thing that I learned from it was just like, to trust your instincts and to kind of just not to doubt yourself and to not second guess choices that are fun for you,” she shared. “Like, if you’re thinking of wearing a certain outfit, or even just like, as a human, not just as a drag queen..it’s like your instincts are telling of who you are. And that’s just like an expression of your personality and your taste. So that taste and that level of whatever you bring to your drive is always subjective. It’s not everyone’s favorite thing. Being successful is one thing, but being yourself is everything, you know? That’s kind of what I learned from it. It’s just to not waste time second-guessing your individual choices that make me happy.”
Throughout season 14, both Willow Pill and Lady Camden were embraced by their fellow queens. Willow says she’s been in constant contact with her season 14 sisters.
“The high point was definitely. It sounds cheesy every time I say it, but it’s just the hype is meeting the girls,” Willow expressed. “It’s insane to me that a year ago, none of us even knew each other. And now there’s like [a] call every single day. So that’s pretty insane to me.”
Now that season 14 is done, both are looking forward to the future, with Willow Pill saying she wants to use her new platform to shine a light on chronic illnesses and disabilities.
“I want to do it in more ways now than you’re able to do on the show. I wanted to do in ways that are a little bit more honest. And kind of almost a little bit more gross,” she explained. “A little bit more funny. But yeah, I just want to share some about how I think we can better the human experience for people.”