The latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is underway, yet we are two weeks in and have already hit controversy. With a queen disqualified amidst sexual misconduct accusations, it’s ambiguous how this season will unfold. In the meantime, we wanted to focus on the drag queens who have inspired us throughout their careers. The ones paving the way as pioneers of their trade and standing up as role models for LGBTQ+ people everywhere.
1. Frieda Slaves
As part of a new generation of contemporary Drag Queens, the London based Frieda is one of the star performers at The Glory. The 6ft+, bearded, dancing queen is entirely unique and unapologetically powerful.
2. Victoria Sin
Victoria Sin is a London based, Canadian queen whose style explores “various iconographies of Western femininity”. Inspired by Marilyn Munroe and Amanda Lepore her look is unique and bold. On top of drag she can be found creating artwork and has had several exhibitions!
3. Latrice Royale
Latrice has been blessing us with her comedy since Drag Race Season 1, the queen then came back in Season 4 and again in All Stars 4. The self-described large and in charge, chunky yet funky drag queen has been in the business for over 20 years and features in the Netflix original TV series AJ and the Queen.
4. Bianca Del Rio
It’s been 5 years since Bianca appeared of Drag Race and stole our hearts. She was the first ever Latinx winner of the show and since then her career has been on fire. On top of sold out tours, she’s starred in the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, made two Hurricane Bianca movies, released her book Blame It on Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything, and her own make up remover brand!
5. The Vivienne
The Vivienne made Brits everywhere proud when she became the winner of the first ever Drag Race UK. The iconic scouse has since gained an international fanbase and is set to release her own Drag Race spin-off show!
6. Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet
We're always a fan of a brother double-act, and these two deliver horror-inspired drag at its finest. They founded drag competition Dragula: Search for the World’s Next Drag Supermonster, which is based loosely off their long-standing club event of the same name. These two are the reigning queens of horror and encompass everything terrifying!
7. Manilla Luzon
Manilla is another Drag Race alumni that we can’t get enough of. Her blonde and black wigs are instantly recognisable and her style mixes elegant glamour and camp humour.
Raja won Drag Race season 3, but this wasn’t her TV debut – the queen is also well known as a makeup artist from America’s Next Top Model. The powerful and successful queen/make-up artist has been performing and working with celebrities ever since, including Adam Lambert, Tyra Banks, Twiggy, and RuPaul herself!
9. Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate is a well-known Tina Turner impersonator. You might recognise her from Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous or the biopic of Tina Turner. She’s also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, and The Oprah Winfrey Show and previously won Miss Gay Florida and Miss Gay America!
10. Le Gateau Chocolat
This London based, black, bearded and plus-sized queen is sure to impress with their multi-talented performance. She’s not only a phenomenal drag queen, but a contemporary opera singer who’s worked with an Olivier award winning circus, La Clique/La Soiree!