There’s a “bold, in-your-face” aspect to Monet X Change’s drag that keeps her on the map as one of New York City’s rising queens.
“I know I work it,” Monet, 27, says. “I like looking very urban chic and giving you that New York City vibe, and I’m still holding onto a big part of me, which is my blackness and I love it.”
The Bronx queen, who says she can often be found pairing dreads or braids with an African print, is one of three New York City contestants left in the running of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10.
“I don’t see any of those hoes as a threat. I am fierce. I am from New York, and I got something to say and I’m gonna slay the rest of them,” the queen boasts.
On a Tuesday afternoon, Monet X Change shows face in a blinged powder blue dress and blonde Marilyn Monroe-inspired wig. “Something like this takes me about 45 minutes to an hour,” she says.
The queen’s evolving look is deeply influenced by the city which has several “factions” of drag, she says. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Monet moved to the Bronx two years ago, which isn’t exactly ideal for a working queen.
If you’re unaware, Bronx and Staten Island are the two boroughs the scene hasn’t yet expanded to. “My drag in the Bronx is me coming home from the gig at 4 a.m. in dress and a onesie walking into the bodega,” she says.
Still, Monet makes it work booking gigs in Manhattan’s hottest clubs like Industry and Hardware Bar.
We sat down with the queen to find out more about the city’s ever-evolving drag scene.