If you don’t already know Monique Heart from the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race (or the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars), she’s about to give you/the world a fabulous introduction. The fan-favorite Drag Queen recently launched a line of must-have (and super instagrammable!) hydrating face masks under her new beauty company MoBeauty.
If that’s not enough, she was also just announced as the host of Amazon Music’s latest digital series, The Walk In. The show is a celebration of artistry and attitude that follows Heart on up-close-and-personal tours through the closets of some of the buzziest celebrity musicians working today—including Lil Nas X, Mau y Ricky, Rico Nasty and more.
Available to stream in the Amazon Music app, audiences are treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes stories, a chance to lay eyes on head-turning looks, the celeb’s most treasured pieces, and learn more about their latest music. Each five to 10 minute episode is completely unscripted, giving Heart the freedom to continue capturing America’s hearts with her big personality.
The series premiered September 27—with the first episode available on YouTube—and a new episode drops every Monday. We caught up with Heart to discuss her star-studded new show, launching her beauty biz, and the journey of bringing drag into the mainstream.
Cosmopolitan: Hi, Monique! Congrats on your new gig hosting The Walk-In! This is Amazon Music’s first foray into unscripted, where you’ll be touring the closets of today’s biggest stars. Tell me about it.
Monique Heart: Yes. I’m so excited. I’m meeting fabulous celebrities, taking personalized tours of their closets, and talking to them about what’s inside—whether that be a famous piece from a music video, a tour, or an item that was special to them in their childhood. We also talk about whatever inspires them today.
It’s so amazing getting to know these artists in their home. Ooh girl, this is close, and this is personal! I love getting to talk to these artists one-on-one and be inspired as a musician myself and be able to explore how fashion and music go hand in hand. Being a drag queen is all about the fashion, and the music, so this experience really connects it all together. I pinch myself going to work like, “thank you, holy spirit. Thank you, holy spirit. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Cosmo: What’s been your favorite part of filming?
MH: I have never touched so many expensive designer things up close and personal. I grew up on the struggle bus, the Kmart special, the Skippy’s. Anybody else had Skippy’s? So just to be like, ‘Bitch this is real, what?’ Real Versace. Real Saint Laurent. It’s gaggy.
Cosmo: Whose wardrobe gave you the most closet envy?
MH: Definitely Lil Nas X, who was our first guest. He has such a unique sense of style. We got to explore everything from his first set of heels to the pants that split on Saturday Night Live. He has such a [clear] sense of self at such a young age. I’m excited to watch him continue to grow.
Cosmo: Where did your sense of style come from? Who were some of your biggest influences?
MH: I would say my mom. She was just glamorous. I would also say myself. My godmother who was a seamstress. And then I would say just growing up in a Black church with Black women and their hats and their furs. To me [that’s] drag when you think about it. Over the top, and always bringing your best, honey.
Cosmo: Fashion and beauty go hand in hand. But which one drew you in first?
MH: Oh, beauty! Because even if I might not have a designer outfit on… that face, honey. It is going to stop you in your tracks and make you ask “who is she? Who is that one right there?”
Cosmo: Can you walk me through some of your favorite skincare products and why you love each one? What’s the Monique Heart holy grail of skincare?
MH: The Fenty Skin Total Cleans’r is a must. I am in love with it. Ever since Rihanna sent it to me, I’ve been using it. I just try to support Black women. The Fenty Skin Fat Water Toner & Serum is also amazing. If I’m not using that then I’m using Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water. Then, mother darling, we’re using the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer. Ooh baby, she is lovely! Oh, and I need the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil. She is a-must! And then I guess you can throw in the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peels. Every once in a blue moon I’ll do that.
Cosmo: You have three MoBeauty masks coming out. How’d the idea come about to launch a skincare product versus a makeup product, which is what most Queens do?
MH: I’m not going to lie to you, honey. Because makeup is something I really, really wanted to do. I talked about both! But I feel like the makeup market is really saturated right now. And I didn’t want to launch a product that Jeffree Star would pick up and read for filth. He will give you your props if you deserve it. If it’s right, it’s right! Like the The Crayon Case? That’s a line that was started by a Black woman and he said, “Oh. It’s right!” But if it’s not perfect he will read you the boots down. And he was not about to do that to me. You know what I mean? I got no time for that. So, I said, “Well, what about skincare?” Because that’s something that’s very, very precious to me. I thought “What can I do? What can I give the folks that’s easy, that doesn’t take a lot of time, and that is nourishing the skin?” I also knew I wanted something that was travelable. So, I said, “Let’s do face masks.” It’s a fun thing. And I said, “What if we designed them with a little drag character on each one?” Just to make it different!
Cosmo: I think it was so smart to design them in a way that creates an Instagrammable moment. Out of the three masks—the Mo Stunning, Mo Mattifying and Mo Brightening—which one is your favorite/most used?
MH: Mo Stunning. Bitch, she’s Juicy. And she’s bio-degradable, okay!? She’s good for the planet. And she’s anti-bacterial too! Baby, she’s fabulous. I put her on after being in drag all day, girl. And she is gorgeous. You take her off after a good 15-20 minutes, honey. And you just let that serum sit on your face while she air-dries. I feel so snatched afterwards. You’ll be like, “Ooh, did I get a lovely face lift girl?” You feel very Alyssa Edwards in the face, just without the back rolls.
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