Kiara comes from The Lion King II because I’m a Leo and I love lions.
Who are your drag role models?
Of course RuPaul, the queen herself. I also love Shea Couleé. And I adore many Montreal drag queens.
What does your family think of your profession?
When I first told them I wanted to do drag, I told them step by step: “Oh, today I bought a wig,” “today I bought a dress,” or “I bought my first pair of heels.”
I am very fortunate because my mom and stepdad are the most supportive parents, and they come to my shows.
How did you become a contestant on Canada’s Drag Race?
I answered their casting call in 2019, then went through the audition process. I was very motivated and wanted to make drag my full-time job. And it has been amazing!
Is being on a show like Canada’s Drag Race a dream come true?
At first, it was a fantasy. We only had the American version for so long.
When the Canadian option presented itself, it was a dream come true in a way, though I never did drag thinking I would be on this show.
What was it like to record the show?
I loved being on the set because I studied film production at Concordia. I love being behind a camera, but I also love being in front of it. The show environment blended my two passions — film and drag.
How did your studies at Concordia shape you and your career?
I decided not to return to school last autumn because drag was taking up all of my time. But when I was at Concordia, I studied film production and one part of that was learning to pitch ideas.
During the Canada’s Drag Race audition process, what I learnt at Concordia really helped a lot — it helped me sell myself in short video after short video. I was pitching myself.
Concordia helped me think about the bigger picture and develop into the artist that I am.
Good luck on the show, Kiara!