For the first time in the 'herstory' of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this year’s season of All Stars featured eight returning winners competing for the title of ‘Queen of All Queens’ and a $200,000 cash prize.
And while she only won the inaugural season of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under in June last year, Kita Mean tells Yahoo Lifestyle that she’d love to participate in an all-winners season in the near future.
“I have been a fan of RuPaul's Drag Race ever since it started over a decade ago and being a part of the franchise is one of the biggest honours of my life,” she says.
“It was also ridiculously fun and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! It would also be another fabulous opportunity to showcase New Zealand drag which I am so here for.”
The iconic performer will soon end her time as the reigning Down Under queen, with the second season of the Stan Original Series kicking off on Saturday.
As for what advice she has for the cast of season two, Kita has three simple tips: “Be yourself, be authentic and be fabulous!”
Since winning the show, Kita has been travelling all over the world spreading the love of Aotearoa New Zealand and influencing others to visit her “humble little country”.
She was recently announced as part of Tourism New Zealand’s new campaign of secret (travel) agents alongside Ricki-Lee, Richard Wilkins, Stan Walker and Melanie Bracewell.
“New Zealand has been secretly planting an underground network of Secret (Travel) Agents for years now, and, in fact, I am one of the original agents,” she shares.
“We’ve already successfully executed missions like introducing the flat white to Australian culture and reminding Australians of how New Zealand does winter with its longer snow season.”
Kita went on to say that her mission “went global” when she showcased New Zealand drag culture to a worldwide audience on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“Getting the word out about New Zealand comes naturally to me,” she adds.
“I hail from Auckland and I love to boast about it. Auckland is full of world-class food, coffee, and designer shopping – all my favourite things. Outside of my hometown, I love Queenstown because you can unwind and relax at the Onsen Hot Pools. I’ll never stop talking about them!”
‘What else could you ask for?’
One of the biggest things Kita believes Australians don’t know about New Zealand is how great the nightlife is.
“We’re known for our beautiful landscapes and wine, however, we know how to enjoy ourselves when the sun goes down,” she details. “Wellington has led the nightlife scene for decades now, with so many restaurants and bars to choose from.”
Her other New Zealand highlight is the people, who she describes as “laid-back, friendly and welcoming”.
“Honestly what’s not to love about Aotearoa!” she says.
“We’ve got mountain ranges like The Remarkables, breathtaking natural wonders like the Waitomo Caves, world-class wine at Tohu Wines and Trinity Hill Wines, Middle-earth at the Hobbiton movie set, and the All Blacks – I mean what else could you ask for?”
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