The glamazon bitch was finally ready for the runway and she walked it all the way down to the final two.
Kennedy Davenport made the most of her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season three. The Dancing Diva of Texas won a challenge in spectacular fashion, showed off her tremendous drag on the main stage, and successfully earned the most votes from her fellow queens to finish in the final two in the finale. She’s walking away with her head held high, and plenty of new fans.
The morning after the finale, Kennedy called INTO to talk about the show, her friendship with Kennedy Davenport, and seeing the likes of Adam Rippon and Reese Witherspoon quote her infamous Untucked monologue.
INTO: Near the end of the season, you honed in on one specific point: that you don’t receive the same recognition as some of your sisters, and came on All Stars season three to help rectify that. What were your experiences with the Drag Race fan base like after season seven?
Kennedy Davenport (KD): It was mainly because of the run I had on the season. And I don’t even wanna say it was a bad run. It was just that the challenges weren’t geared toward my talent. Being on season seven, coming in, you don’t know anybody. So I was probably a little dry people still probably think I’m dry with my country ass. I was accused of being bitter, and jumping on the younger girls, all that kind of stuff. It was all a big confusion in season seven, and I just really wanted, in All Stars season three, to show them something different. Yeah, I said those things. Yeah, things went this way. Whatever. There are other sides of me. I stand by everything I said and did, but how everything put together and stuff All Stars just gave me a chance to do things differently.
You absolutely killed the Q session, earning the most votes to proceed into the final two. To what do you credit doing so well in that portion?
KD: When you are truthful, and when you are real, and when you have done everything you could possibly have done, there’s no question too hard.
You also got a nice moment with Chi Chi DeVayne during the questioning, in which she said she was so proud of you. That relationship was, to me, one of the most endearing parts of the season. What is y’all’s relationship like off the show?
KD: We rarely see each other in personal time. I only really see her when we’re booked. I met her through a mutual friend of ours at Central Station, her hometown bar in Shreveport. We just clicked from there. It was shortly after season seven. We just went from there, and we got a lot closer once she got on the show.
Season seven got a lot of flack when it first aired, but every member of that top six has now made it to the finale of one season you and Trixie Mattel now, Katya in All Stars season two, Pearl, Violet Chachki, and Ginger Minj in season seven. Do you think season seven got an unfair rap?
KD: I really do. It really feels like our season was rushed. There’s no other way to say it. But I think it’s very underrated. It was a good season, but it’s not a lot of people’s favorite.
Looking back on your All Stars performance, is there any one episode or moment that stands out most to you?
KD: That would be the episode that I won. Because that was the most fun. It was improv, and I was able to just let go and do the thing. But honestly, after the Divas challenge, every challenge I liked. All the episodes, I flew right through them. I didn’t have any problems.
To all those who tweet at me saying that they “hope I fail”, I have failed many times many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 13, 2018
Adam Rippon famously quoted you in a viral tweet, one that has no less than Reese Witherspoon speaking your words on national TV. But you noted on Twitter that you’re also not really getting credit for it. Is that frustrating for you to see happen?
KD: No! That comment was not made out of frustration. It was an actual joke. It’s amazing. That’s why I was like, ‘Can y’all say where it came from, so I can get some recognition?’ It was more on that level.
You are now a top two queen, an upgrade from just missing the finale in season seven. What does that upgrade mean to you?
KD: I don’t know. Only thing I can do is keep living and see where this position takes me.
What’s next for Kennedy Davenport? You have a new single out today.
KD: I do! And I’m very, very proud of it. It’s called “Moving Up,” and I’m so excited about it. I hope the world takes a love to it. Outside of that, just working. Working, being booked I’m about to go back on tour with the Werq the World Tour, with Voss and Voss Events. That’s going to be 19 shows in the UK. But I’m definitely open to venturing out! I can sing, I can dance. Broadway, hit me up, okay? The sky is the limit. I don’t put any limitations on God, baby.
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