Raised in Korea, Soju brought Korean influences into her drag, whether it be colorful crazy K-Pop aesthetics or Taekwondo martial arts weapons. Former producer and star of the popular YouTube show Shot With Soju, where queens spill the beans about their time on Drag Race.
On January 21, 2021, Soju was accused of sexual assault by multiple men. Soju came forward with a statement admitting to the accusations. Since the incident, she has deleted her Twitter account.
On March 9th, 2021, Soju publicly announced that she had quit drag for her mental health.
Drag Name Origin
College was a very significant time for Soju because it was when she came out to her parents, lost her virginity, and had her first alcoholic drink. The name "Soju" comes from the Korean liquor which she drank all throughout college. Soju felt that this was a very fitting name for her new career in the drag world since it represents the time when she began accepting and loving who she truly was.
RuPaul's Drag Race
Soju came into the competition fully prepared for her shot at the crown. However, her first runway creation was criticized for being shapeless and vague, and she landed in the bottom 2 with Kahanna Montrese. Kahanna's acrobatic performance outshined her and Soju became the first contestant of Season 11 to sashay away.
|Season Competed||Season 11|
|Times as Team Captain:||0|
|Main Challenges Won:||0|
|Times in Bottom:||1 (Ep. 1)|
|Episode Eliminated||Episode 1|
- "I have a cyst, I'm currently oozing."
- "I love drag, but I love boys more."
- "I'm literally leaking as we're speaking."
"I LOVE ALL OF YOU CYSTERS! HAVE FUN ♡ — GUNBAE, BITCHES! SOJU ♡"
- Soju's drag mother is Season 13 contestant Kahmora Hall. Season 4 contestant Dida Ritz's, Season 8’s Naysha Lopez, and Season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall are Kahmora's drag sisters, making them Soju's drag aunts. Soju's drag sisters are Eva Young and Briawna Banana.
- She revealed that, during her first time in drag, many people thought she was Kim Chi, who would later help her get drag clothing (as she stated on " Hey Qween!").
- She's best known for her weekly YouTube series, " Shot with Soju".
- She's bilingual (speaks English and Korean).
- She is a taekwondo master, she's able to use weapons like nunchakus (what she did on her entrance, being the 1st contestant to enter brandishing weaponry).
- She is a K-pop fan.
- She shares a birthday with Yara Sofia, India Ferrah and Kenya Michaels (May 8).
- Her favorite past-contestant is All-Star Detox.
- Not counting returning first-outs Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Shangela, Soju is the second most followed first-out contestant on Instagram. The First being Dahlia Sin.
- She was paired with Victoria Parker for the Mini Challenge Photoshoot ironically considering they are both first outs.
- If Soju would have made it to the Snatch Game episode, she would have done Jennifer Coolidge. Renée Zellweger was her second choice.
- As she stated in her episode, Soju had a cyst at the time of competition, it is unknown what happened to it.
- Soju is the only contestant in herstory to place 15th, as she was sent home first in the only season with more than 14 contestants.
- Therefore, she is the lowest placing contestant of all RuPaul's Drag Race alumni.
House of Hall
Lady Tajma Hall †
|Mercedes Iman Diamond||Jaida Essence Hall||Dida Ritz||Naysha Lopez||Kahmora Hall|
Becky Essence Hall
Season 11 Looks
- "So Juicy" (2017)
- "K-Pop Idol Reject" ft. Edward Avila (2018)
- "Coin" ft. Ariel Versace (2019)
- Out Magazine - Drag Race's Soju deletes Twitter after sexual assault allegations
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Soju Quits Drag Amid Assault Accusations - Screenrant
- SOJU & KALORIE KARBDASHIAN joins BOOTLEG FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW for the Season 11 Premiere! on YouTube
- Entertainment Weekly - Rupaul's Drag Race season 11 cast photos
|Runners-Up||2nd: Brooke Lynn Hytes • 3rd & 4th: A'keria C. Davenport & Silky Nutmeg Ganache|
|Other Queens||5th: Vanessa Vanjie Mateo • 6th: Nina West (Miss Congeniality) • 7th: Shuga Cain • 8th: Plastique Tiara • 9th: Ra'Jah O'Hara • 10th: Scarlet Envy • 11th: Ariel Versace • 12th: Mercedes Iman Diamond • 13th: Honey Davenport • 14th: Kahanna Montrese • 15th: Soju|
|Judges||RuPaul • Michelle Visage • Carson Kressley • Ross Mathews|
|Pit Crew||Jason Carter • Bruno Carvalho • Bryce Eilenberg|