Season 14 RuPaul’s Drag Race winner has been revealed.
In the first time in Drag Race ‘herstory’ the top queen received a bumped up prize money of $150,000, with the runner up also pocketing $50,000.
The top five stars Willow Pillow, Lady Camden, Bosco, Angeria Paris VanMichaels and Daya Betty all battled it out for one final lip-sync to see who would receive this year’s diamond-studded crown.
Drag Race winner revealed! RuPaul gives out $100,000 prize in stunning finale as Willow Pill, Lady Camden, Bosco and Angeria battle in Vegas on Friday
While this season boasted a ton of talent, it came down to a two horse race between Willow and Camden on Friday night, with 27-year-old Willow coolly racing through to the finish line.
Denver-born Willow has been a stoic standout performer this season, wowing audiences with her avant-garde outfits and performances, while also quietly battling the chronic illness cystinosis.
When it came to the final performances, it was Willow that made audiences do not just a double, but a triple take with her original song, titled I Hate People, along with various heads attached to her outfit.
Well deserved: The exceptional Willow Pill took the scepter from RuPaul – and $150k in cash
Gracious: Willow thanked her fellow drag queen Kornbread’s ankle for her win, after Kornbread was forced to pull out of the show due to an injury
Show-stopping: Willow served another mesmerizing performance with the original song I Hate People
Shante you stay: The Denver-born drag artist wiped the floor with her outfit and performance
As it turned out, the people loved Willow and her many faces.
Against the backdrop of a ’90s house beat, Willow’s performance served up vibes of Madonna performing Vogue while hobbling her way through a house of horrors at the circus.
It was a stunning mic drop from the drag artist that gave this season some of the best and most creative moments, including her ‘self-care in quarantine’ bath routine to the tune of Enya’s Only Time.
Another high point was Willow’s effortless lip sync slay to Never Too Much by Luther Vandross, in a ripped dress inspired by Courtney Love, naturally.
She’s a winner baby! Willow Pill attends the RuPaul’s Drag Race Finale Watch Party + Red Carpet at PEAK at Hudson Yards on April 22, 2022 in New York City
Final five: Daya Betty, Bosco, Willow Pill, Lady Camden, and Angeria Paris VanMicheals attend the RuPaul’s Drag Race Finale Watch Party + Red Carpet at PEAK at Hudson Yards on Friday
Star quality: British-American queen Lady Camden came in at a close second, after wowing audiences with her incredible dancing skills and imaginative runway stunts
They’re all stars: This was the first season in Drag Race ‘herstory’ to have a final five; LR, Bosco, Angeria Paris VanMichaels, Daya Betty, Willow Pill and Lady Camden
However, British-American queen Lady Camden was certainly snapping at Willow’s dainty heels, as she also put on a show-stopping performance, displaying her ballet expertise that have been another standout since this season.
Camden played on her season highlight with the Freddie Mercury-inspired ‘I Fell Down’ pulling off an epic wig reveal – and there was no question her dancing skills are of a particularly high standard.
Although it felt close during the final lip sync, RuPaul ultimately chose Willow.
‘I just really want to thank my family and my friends, and most of all I need to thank Kornbread’s ankle,’ Willow joked when accepting the scepter from RuPaul.
Kornbread was forced to pull out early into the competition after injuring her ankle, but has remained a close friend of Willow.
Fans of the beloved show can now catch Willow and the runners up on tour.
Prize: After one of the longest seasons of the show, Willow was crowned the winner
She did it: Willow poses with her specter in New York