'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 11: What's Next For Mercedes Iman Diamond After Elimination?

It's back to the Mini Apple for RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Mercedes Iman Diamond. The drag queen was eliminated on Thursday's episode 4 after she failed to impress host and judge RuPaul Charles with her Ivanka Trump impression during the Trump: The Rusical musical challenge.

For the challenge, the queens were cast as various members of President Donald Trump's inner circle in a satirical musical based on Grease. Mercedes struggled from the very start when she was given the role of Ivanka Trump—despite initially wanting the role of Shandy, a fictional prostitute that urinated on and was in love with the president in the play.

The Minneapolis resident couldn't quite catch the vibe of Ivanka Trump. The Kenyan drag queen even confessed not knowing a thing about the first family when she was given the role by mini-challenge winner Scarlett Envy.

Nonetheless, Mercedes saw the role through but just couldn't quite captivate RuPaul and his team of judges, including guests Tiffany "New York" Pollard and Jole McHale. So she was sent packing.

While her elimination was bittersweet, Mercedes told Newsweek she was grateful just to have the chance to share her culture with viewers. "I feel amazing. I am so blessed," Mercedes said.

"I'm so grateful for this opportunity because opportunities like this don't come often. When you get chances like this you gotta take it. There's no thinking about it honey, because you might not get that second chance," she continued.

Although she was sent home, the Muslim queen said she still felt like she accomplished something just by having the chance to share her culture on the show. "My goal was to be the first Muslim on the show and to share my background, my culture, my religion, to say, 'It's ok to be Muslim. It's ok to be Christian. It's ok to be you. Follow your heart. You can still believe your religion, but still be you, and be happy.' I want to speak for other people who are so scared to speak for themselves," she said.

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During episode 4, in particular, Mercedes expressed the struggles she faced as a Muslim immigrant living in the U.S., and she hopes to continue to use her platform to help other LGBTQ Muslims across the country.

"I was on the no-fly list. When I moved to America I couldn't fly. I had to change my whole name," she explained. "I'm from Kenya. My mom's side is from the Middle East. My dad's from East Africa. So being Muslim and having those common names is hard even for just going places and getting things. So I had to go to court and change my whole name. When I went through all that stuff I said to myself it was time to do something about it. Drag was the thing that saved me and helped me and guided me to break everything, be myself."

Now that her Drag Race stint is over, Mercedes said she will turn her focus on helping solidify a safe community for LGBTQ Muslims and giving people like her an outlet.

"I've been talking to other people, trying to build like an LGBTQ community for Muslims just to help and say like, 'It's ok, you know. I know your families disowned you. You have a new home right here.' That's my goal," she said.

RuPaul's Drag Race airs on VH1 on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.