Raja Named America's Next Drag Superstar

Entertainment Apr. 26, 2011 AT 7:16PM
Raja Named America's Next Drag Superstar Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty

All hail the queen!

Raja (real name: Sutan Amrull) earned the title of America's Next Drag Superstar when she was named the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race on Monday night.

Beating out fellow contestants Manila Luzon and Alexis Mateo, the 36-year-old California native told Us Weekly that earning the title was a dream come true.

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"It means there's an actual brick in the whole thing, the whole legacy of drag, and I get to put my name up there with the rest of the amazing drag queens who've influenced me," Raja said during the LOGO finale party at NYC's Providence (sponsored by Absolut). "I may not be the clean-cut conservative role model, but I can definitely influence a certain group of very special people."

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According to Raja, who served as the principal makeup artist on America's Next Top Model for six seasons, RuPaul shared some life-changing advice during the competition.

"Ru reiterated to me that there is a power in 'F**k you.' It's not necessarily a negative thing; it's just standing your ground and being who you are," Raja told Us. "It might sound a little bit rough and maybe tongue in cheek in some ways, but there's a lot of power in that. If you hold your ground, stand up for yourself and say, 'I'm proud of who I am,' then so be it. 'F**k you.'"

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What's next for the saucy performer? "I'm working on a little bit of music right now. As an artist, I'm always experimenting, so music is one of the things I'd like to do," she said. "There are just so many different things!"

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