Who is RaJah O'Hara? 'RPDR' queen received the 'villain edit' in Season 11
A lip sync assassin, RaJah O'Hara is all set to take on the main stage on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 6
Love it or hate it, storylines are a big part of 'Drag Race'. Sometimes, fans might see a potential romance blossom or even a rivalry break out. When it's the latter, unfortunately, there is always one queen who ends up looking bad in the process. For Season 11's Ra'Jah O'Hara, although she's a very talented queen, she was at the receiving end of what 'Drag Race' fans call 'shady editing'. However, that hasn't stopped the queen from doing her best and this time, she's back for 'All Stars' Season 6 to prove her worth.
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Who is Ra'Jah O'Hara?
Benni Miller, whose stage name is Ra'Jah O'Hara, is a drag queen, a pageant queen and a performer who was on Season 11 of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'. Miller attended Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
She belongs to the Haus of Davenport
Just like her 'All Stars' Season 6 castmate A'keria Chanel Davenport, O'Hara is also a member of the Drag Haus of Davenport. Her drag mothers are Sha'Niah Ellis Narcisse, Silkie O'Hara Munro and Kelexis Davenport, all of whom are pageant titleholders. Other members of the Davenport Haus are 'Drag Race' alum Kennedy Davenport, Sahara Davenport, Monet X Change and Honey Davenport.
She got the 'villain edit' on Season 11
As with most seasons of 'Drag Race', one queen is often at the receiving end of the 'villain edit' where they are made to look like the bad one who often instigates fights. On Season 11, unfortunately, O'Hara found herself in that spot. Fans did not take lightly to her outperforming fellow Season 11 and now 'All Stars' Season 6 castmate Scarlet Envy.
In a conversation with Billboard, O'Hara addressed the fact that she had been receiving hate online. "I mean, I hate to say it, but I think that this is the world that we have to live in, and we as queens have to push the message of love. Love will conquer all, if you lead with light, then the darkness will eventually disappear." She said she tries not to focus on the negativity. "The only thing I can do is be true to myself. I can't really focus on the negative. Personally, I am a Black boy from the South, so I have already had to deal with a lot of that, period." she added. "So it happens, that's the world we live in, I can just pray that people wake up, and people get up out their feelings and get up out their bag, and just continue to enjoy the television they get from us as opposed to trying to micromanage, trying to belittle queens in defense of other people."
The queen also spoke about her 'villain edit', stating that she wishes the show would have featured her softer side as well. "I think the show actually portrayed my experience on Drag Race pretty authentically. I feel like they should have or could have shown some of my lighthearted or softer side, because I watched my part of the season, and you barely know who I was even friends with on the show," she explained. "That didn't help the story that they were telling for the entire show, not just for my portion. So I do wish that I could have gotten a softer side, as opposed to just all of my emotions."
"But honestly, it is what it is, and I can't complain. Everything that you hear me saying, that was me saying what I had to say. But yeah, I'm OK with it. I won't blame editing, or say the editing made me look a certain type of way, because I made myself look that way. That was truthful to my experience," she said. Here's hoping she has a better run on the series the second time around.
'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 6 premieres on Paramount+ on June 24, 2021.