Move over, Thunder from Down Under. The queens have arrived.
The inaugural solid of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under was introduced on Saturday within the wee-hours of the morning Stateside — which occurred to be smack dab in the midst of the famed Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Australia.
Michelle Visage and comic Rhys Nicholson, who will likely be seated alongside Mama Ru on the judges panel, formally launched the ten Aussie and Kiwi queens who will likely be competing when Drag Race Down Under streams later this 12 months on WOW Presents Plus. Watch under.
Scroll on to learn official bios for all the season 1 queens.
Anita is the proprietor and resident queen of Auckland’s well-known Caluzzi Cabaret and the host of the TVNZ present “House of Drag” in addition to the month-to-month comedy present Drag Wars. Over the final decade she has wiggled her manner into the hearts of many, profitable each Vancouver’s subsequent prime Drag Superstar and Drag Entertainer of the 12 months in 2013, earlier than returning to Auckland. Her favorite performances so far embrace Mardi Gras (Sydney 2016 and 2019) in addition to Adele’s world tour after celebration in 2017.
Art Simone is the present reigning “Queen of Australia” and has performed roles in Australian function movies, theatrical exhibits, tv programmes, and commercials; in addition to being awarded Drag Performer of the Year for the final two years operating. Last 12 months, Art travelled to Los Angeles and New York, representing Australia on the planet’s largest drag conference, RuPaul’s DragCon.
Coco has carried out on Australia’s Mardi Gras celebration mainstage many instances and is a multi DIVA (Drag Industry Variety Awards) award winner most prestigious Entertainer of the Year in 2017, Sydney’s Favourite Showgirl in 2016-2019 and Rising Star in 2015. Coco has labored with Absolutely Fabulous’ Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, with Australia’s very personal Sandra Sully.
Elektra Shock is the Dancing Queen of Tāmaki Makaurau! Runner up on Season 2 of TVNZ House of Drag and; Star of Pleasuredome The Musical, the NZ Herald describes her as “utterly charismatic.” Starting drag in 2012, she is now a resident performer at plenty of venues on Karangahape Rd. Her superb dance potential, surprising excessive kicks and dwell vocals, places her in excessive demand for company occasions and theatre performances round Aotearoa.
Etcetera is a putting non-binary drag artist, who at solely twenty-two years of age has already made a splash throughout the Australian drag neighborhood for her aesthetic and activism. Known because the “glamour bug,” she runs the exhibits at one in all Sydney’s iconic institutions, The Imperial Erskineville!
In 2015, Jojo began her drag profession as a political response to a council member stating that homosexuality shouldn’t be a part of the indigenous tradition. So for Dubbo’s first annual Central West Pride March she walked the parade in a costumes she made with each the indigenous and homosexual pleasure flag and he or she hasn’t regarded again since. Since then, she has made her first tv cameo on Get Krackin, competing within the inaugural Miss First Nation Indigenous drag queen pageant, the documentary Black Divaz, and internet hosting the VIP celebration for the Newcastle leg of Cher’s Australian tour.
Karen from Finance
One of probably the most famend drag artists in Australia, Karen was one of many authentic members of the award profitable, cult queer cabaret ‘YUMMY’ and has constructed a world fan-base, touring the world together with her singular model of office-themed character drag. At the start of this 12 months, Karen was appointed as an Ambassador for DragExpo in Melbourne. She has appeared at RuPaul’s DragCon in LA in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in headlining performances, in addition to headlining exhibits all around the US, together with the Austin International Festival in Texas.
Kita began drag when she dressed up for a New Year’s Eve celebration and wowed all her buddies. Before lengthy she discovered herself within the thick of the nightlife, firmly making her mark on the Auckland scene. A number of years down the road she joined Anita Wigl’it as a drag duo the place the 2 began a month-to-month occasion which gave native kiwi drag artists a platform to carry out on known as Drag Wars. Kita now co-owns the long-lasting Caluzzi Cabaret and Phoenix Venue in Auckland and has since hosted two collection of TVNZ’s House of Drag in addition to sustaining her place as resident Drag Queen at Family Bar and Club.
Maxi has been a drag artist for twenty- three years, and is famous for her work throughout the neighborhood, together with “Drag Storytime” the place drag artists learn tales to kids, participating them in enjoyable and inventive methods and conveying the general message of inclusion. Maxi gained “Entertainer of the year” on the Drag Industry Variety Awards in 2015, has been names Madonna’s nationwide Hostess for her Australian Rebel Heart Tour and has closed each a straight Olympics (Sydney 2000) and opened a homosexual one (Gay Games 2022).
Scarlet is a burlesque performer, pole dancer, costume designer and self- proclaimed “party girl.” Since she turned eighteen, Scarlet has labored tirelessly to construct her fame and model as a drag artist. After solely a 12 months of doing drag, Scarlet gained the celebrated title of Queen of the Court, ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 2016 on the annual PROUD Awards, and even took out the title for “Miss Burlesque Western Australia 2018”, changing into not solely the primary drag queen to compete in Miss Burlesque Australia historical past – however to go on and win the title.
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