After being named the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 11, Yvie Oddly addressed her adoring fans at the Orpheum Theatre by shouting, “Follow your oddities and fly your freak flag!” This 24-year-old queen from Denver, Colorado bested Brooke Lynn Hytes in Thursday’s 90-minute season finale, just as our readers hoped. Emmy-winning host RuPaul Charles announced the champion following the head-to-head lip sync battle between Yvie and Brooke Lynn in which they performed Lady Gaga‘s “The Edge of Glory.” Watch Yvie’s victorious lip sync video above.
Heading into VH1’s grand finale, Gold Derby’s exclusive predictions correctly favored Yvie to win with leading 17/20 odds, followed by Brooke Lynn at 7/5 odds. Coming in third/fourth place were A’Keria C. Davenport (who lost her lip sync of Rihanna‘s “SOS” to Yvie) and Silky Nutmeg Ganache (who lost her lip sync of Destiny’s Child‘s “Bootylicious” to Brooke Lynn).
“I’m not your typical queen,” Yvie said earlier in the show during her video package. “I’ve always been a little bit different, but that’s because normal is boring. It’s people who have different views and different aesthetics and different feelings that really show us all the possibilities of the human experience.” Speaking about her beginnings, Yvie revealed, “I grew up a very artsy kid and I was always playing dress-up and making and creating things, so getting to do drag and play dress-up as a career is like so full circle.”
Yvie continued on, “I’ve dreamt about winning this competition since I was 17, since I saw ‘Drag Race’ and was like, ‘Oh, that’s where I need to be.’ And while my journey hasn’t been anything like what I dreamt it would be, I’m still here at the end of it and I want this to be a good dream.” The triumphant queen brought her parents with her to the finale, who are separated and haven’t seen each other in five years. That prompted RuPaul to joke on stage, “Well, like I always say, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is bringing families together, whether they want to or not.”
For her part, Brooke Lynn had nothing but love for her sister queen, tweeting shortly after the episode aired, “Guys I got second! That’s first in Canadian! Congratulations @OddlyYvie.” As Gold Derby previously reported, the pre-taped finale was filmed with both Yvie and Brooke Lynn winning at different times, so nobody knew who actually joined the “Drag Race” hall of fame until the episode aired Thursday night on VH1.