Though some might think the Canada's Drag Race judges have been sleeping on Kiara, she's confident that she's one of the standout queens of the show. From her first competition at Cabaret Mado in 2018 to her standout performances on Drag Race, Kiara is quickly establishing herself as one of the country's most sought-after drag queens. "I always was passionate about being on stage. I took some dance classes, then I took some theatre classes and I was doing improv and music as well," she said.\n"When I started watching RuPaul's Drag Race when I was 17 and I was so inspired. I started getting dressed up and just experimenting with makeup until about 19 and then I was ready to do a show."\nEditor's Choice: 13 Bucket-List Spots To Take Someone If They've Never Been To Montreal Before\nKiara began her drag career in her hometown, Quebec City, when she was 19 but moved soon after to Montreal, attracted to the city's vibrant drag scene.\nLike many of Montreal's established queens, Kiara found her fame under the tutelage of the world-famous Mado Lamotte.\n"I did my first contest at Cabaret Mado in 2018 and I got to the semi-finals. Then I did the Spice Drags with other established queens which set my name in Montreal," said Kiara.\nNow a star on the inaugural season of Canada's Drag Race, Kiara is ready to take the next big step in her career.\nQuestions and responses have been edited for clarity.\nHow does it feel to represent Montreal on the show? Is there a lot of pressure?\nI don’t like your #girlfriend, I think you need a new one xx 💋🐆 pic.twitter.com/MmJPvFOaOl— 🇨🇦KIKI WANNA KAIKAI🇨🇦 (@KIARAQCCA) July 26, 2020\nI don't really feel it. I just feel like I'm being myself. That's why I feel that what I do is representative of what people do here.\nBut we have a huge lack of representation in Canadian culture. So I feel like we get this huge attention and people are super proud of us. And we get this extra love from Quebec.\nBut when it comes to maybe French versus English, sometimes I'm a bit divided because I would love to just talk in French all the time, but then I have to adapt to the international scene. So I'm trying to gauge it and balance it.\nFans are saying that the judges have been sleeping on you. Do you think the judges have been overlooking you in recent episodes?\nOn the first impression, I feel like you can see my inspiration and my drag aesthetic might be not the most original, but at the same time, I feel like the show is really showing my personality and myself as an artist.\nme attempting to start working out at home...@KIARAQCCA #DragRaceCanada pic.twitter.com/CgaCSp4Ie4— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) July 28, 2020\nI kind of understand why people would say that I was robbed a few times. I sort of agree sometimes, but I don't think it's personal — it's a show at the end of the day. It's a competition yes, but it's like, I have my air time, you know?\nWhat has been your favourite challenge of the competition so far?\nI liked the result of the design challenges but it was a lot more stressful. Because when you get given a bunch of crap and you need to make an outfit, it's like you just want to play it safe, but you want to be the top queen and you don't want to go home.\nView this post on Instagram Outfit by @cluc_couture, wig by @piatch_mtl 💙💖 i wanted something that would look good in front of the pink walls of the werkroom or in front of red in case they picked red walls💖 i love the 80’s feel of the look, i’m padded and i had bruises at the end of the day bcz my corset was soooo tight and we wore the look for a loooong time 🙃 and i had to match my makeup with the look, obviously 💙 can’t wait to wear this beauty in the real world💙 A post shared by KIARA✊🏾✊🏽✊🏿 (@kiara.qc.ca) on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:11am PDT\nThe girl group challenge was really stressful but it was fun to record the music. It's pretty much my favourite challenge that we've seen so far because I really was in my comfort zone.\nWhat was the biggest difference between performing in front of thousands of people at pride events and at clubs versus having to perform on camera?\nYou have to put yourself in the mindset of like, "okay, when I perform, there's always a camera watching what I do?" So I can't be just "okay." I just always have to be top-notch because there's a magnifying glass looking at me.\nIt's a different way to play it because you can do something that would not be seen on stage, but that would be seen on camera. I think if you know how to perform in front of a crowd, you know how to perform in front of the camera.\nView this post on Instagram He got the midas touch, but he touched too much💛🔥 #goldmember Outfit & Wig by @rubytdoll 🔥🔥 #drag #dragqueen #qwerrrkout #werk #mtlqueens #lgbt #quebec #montreal #canada #gaycanada #gaymtl #barlecocktail #mado #cabaretmado #barledrague #canadasdragrace #dragracecanada A post shared by KIARA✊🏾✊🏽✊🏿 (@kiara.qc.ca) on Jul 18, 2020 at 11:49am PDT\nWhat would you say was the hardest part of the competition for you?\nI would say time management was always a challenge for me, to be honest. I'm always rushing to be on time and everything. You don't want to make a crew wait for you and in a competition, we're all getting the same amount of time. It's not a walk, it's a race.\nAnd I don't know if I'm allowed to say that, but it was kind of a little cold on set!\nWe've seen a big difference in the personalities and the styles between Montreal and Toronto queens. In your experience, what would you say is the biggest difference between the two?\nI feel like Montreal queens are really strong on camp. I feel it's a very huge part of our Quebec culture. I feel like I can also be super fierce but I'm not afraid to go and make a room laugh.\nIn Toronto, they have to do songs that move, they have to dance a lot, like marathon drag, performing for 30 minutes straight.\nAnd here it's like we do a song and then we change and we do another song and we try to vary between party songs and comedy and drama.\n« I do not mean to interrupt, but this is not Toronto’s drag race », IT’S BORAGA’s DRAG RACE❤️❤️😂 @ritabagaz @ItsScarlettBobo pic.twitter.com/OWD87ncBqd— 🇨🇦KIKI WANNA KAIKAI🇨🇦 (@KIARAQCCA) July 24, 2020\nBut Rita was right in the last episode, I feel like in Montreal, it's a community. I think the way to really get into the drag scene in Montreal is to not only come there to do your show and then you leave.\nYou have to hang out to get to know people and when people like you, they will book you, no matter your talent, because you can be very talented and people won't book you because you're not likable.\nWhat's next for you after the show? Are you going to be staying in Montreal?\nAfter the show, I really want to focus on the possibilities that it's giving me. When you watch the show, you kind of see what stands out and what people like about you. I just want to put that forward.\nYou'll see some projects happening so you just stay tuned!\nCanada's Drag Race airs on Crave every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST.