Move over the Thunder From Down Under....and the US queens.... the Queens of Down Under have arrived!!! I have been waiting FOREVER for a season of Aussie queens since the early seasons of drag race, so when the international version started taking place...I was panting and trembling with excitement. And Ru does not disappoint with this front runner queen lineup. These queens will embody the flash, gaudiness, brawniness, snark and smart mouth of true drag style..... and I'm here for this!!! The inaugural cast of Down Under comprises 10 of the most loose and talented queens...many who have I seen or featured on this here blog. The show is hosted by RuPaul, Michelle Visage and comedian Rhys Nicholson. Drag Race Down Under premieres on WOW Presents Plus on May 1! I'm already getting moist. Let's take a gander at these bitches....
Anita is the co- owner and resident queen of her own club at Auckland's famous, Caluzzi Cabaret, and host of the TVNZ show House of Drag, as well as the monthly comedy Drag Wars. She has been wiggling her form of drag for ten years.
I have been waiting for this bitch to get on the show in some form since the second season!!!!! Art will make top four for sure, and she is my choice to take the crown. Art Simone is the current reigning "Queen of Australia" and has played roles in feature films there. She has traveled the states extensively, and she is on my top ten drag queen list of best drag queens. This bitch can turn a look...any look, and I dare say is the best beater of a face than any other queens. Her Instagram leaves me jaw dropped like 90% of the time. Truly inspiring.
Coco has performed on Australia's Mardi Gras party mainstage many times and is a multi Diva award winner, and Entertainer of the Year. She was mostly recently voted Sydney's Favorite Showgirl in 2018. Coco has also worked with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, and preformed with Conchita Wurst along with Sandra Sully for charity shows.
Elektra is the Dancing Queen..and was runner up on season 2 of House of Drag. The NZ Herald describes her as "utterly charismatic" Her amazing dance ability and live vocals...and she takes after the dear Mistress, with shocking high kicks...puts her in high demand for corporate events and theatre performance around Aotearoa.
Etcetera is a striking non-binary drag artist, who at only 22 has already made a splash within the Australian drag community...no easy feat, with her aesthetic and activism. Known as the "glamour bug" she runs the shows at one of Sydney's iconic establishment, The Imperial Erskineville.
In 2015 Jojo started her drag career as a political response to a council member stating that homosexuality is not part of the indigenous culture. So for Jojo's first annual Pride March she walked the parade in a costume she made with both the indigenous and gay pride flags and hasn't looked back since....staying very political. She also was hostess with the mostess for the VIP party for Cher's Australian tour. One queen working for another.
This bitch is crazy!!!!! Take Varla Jean and Jackie Beat with a pinch of Tina Burner and blend, shake, and stir and you get Karen From Finance, another of the most renowned drag artist in Australia. Karen was one of the original members of the award- wining cult queer cabaret YUMMY, and has built an international fan base, touring the world with her singular brand of office themed drag character. She is one of the funniest queens on this season. I caught her act at Drag Con NY....and was in stiches.
Kita started drag when he dressed up for a New Years Eve Party and wowed all his friends. Before long he founded himself in the thick of the nightlife, firmly making his mark on the Auckland scene. Kita now co-owns the iconic Caluzzi Cabaret with Anita Wigl'it, and Phoenix Venue in Auckland and has since hosted two series of the TVNZ's House of Drag as well as maintaining her position as resident Drag Queen at Family Bar and Club.
Maxi Shield is the Anne Marie of Drag! She is the Lady Bunny of the Down Under scene...foul mouthed, dirty, witty and full of titty! There is no holding back or filtering this queen. Maxi is a drag artist of 23 years, and is noted for her work within the community for charities and children's reading hours. Maxi has also won Entertainer of the Year numerous times, most recent in 2015, was named Madonna's national Hostess for her Aussie Rebel Heart Tour and has closed both a straight Olympics in 2000 and will open a gay one ,Gay Games in 2022.
Scarlet is a burlesque performer, pole dancer, make up artist, costume designer and self -proclaimed "party girl". He has worked tirelessly to build his reputation and brand as a drag artist. After only one year of doing drag, Scarlet won the prestigious title of Queen of the Imperial Court of Australia , and took the title for Miss Burlesque Australia 2018, not only the first drag queen to enter the said competition ...but went on and won the tile too!
And can we just discuss amongst us goilfriends, just how hot and adorable these queens are?!?!
Clockwise, Scarlet Adams, Art Simone, Elektra Shock and Jojo Zaho!
Nothing like a five way!