The queer community is no stranger to resilience, and the on-going Covid restrictions have certainly put us to the test! With LGBT+ people being disproportionately affected by the pandemic, Drag Race UK has provided an essential ray of hope to distract, entertain and unite us. From stunning outfits and performances to important conversations around non-binary identities and diversity in UK pop culture, the show offers a heady mixture of relief and connection, which has never been more important. As we approach the season 2 grand finale, join us in reminiscing over some of the most impactful runway moments!
– by Scott Ormston (@fashioncandrag)
ASTTINA MANDELA – UK GAY ICON RUNWAY
On Episode 1, Asttina chose to pay homage to Naomi Campbell as her UK gay icon in a breath-taking recreation of this sheer, ruffled Valentino gown by Sonny Tassell. Naomi is known for her activism regarding diversity in fashion and Asttina also used this opportunity to highlight the lack of POC representation in UK media, particularly for queer people. This beautiful showing won Asttina the episode and an invite to Valentino’s recent couture show, we love to see it!
TAYCE – HOMETOWN QUEEN RUNWAY
From her supermodel appearance to unmatched charm and charisma, fan favourite Tayce decided to represent her hometown Newport by embodying the Welsh flag itself with this gorgeous outfit by Fancy Boy. This look was inspired by New York queer design duo The Blonds, featuring a glittering bodice, explosions of ostrich feathers and beautiful Maleficent-style horns. Having earned lip-sync assassin status, secured a top four spot and recently announced as a Pat McGrath muse, she is one to watch!
JOE BLACK – A DAY AT THE SEASIDE
Whilst US Drag evolved through beauty pageants, UK drag was born from camp cabaret and pantomime, two influences that Joe Black embodied for this glamorous but ridiculous seaside look she created with Arran Shurvinton. Speaking of theatrics, Joe Black reached notoriety after prompting RuPaul’s frustrated outburst against H&M, which now lives on across the Internet. As much as we love drama, we also love a stand against fast-fashion and definitely approve this message!
BIMINI BON BOULASH – PREHERSTORIC RUNWAY
After an iconic Snatch Game impersonating Katie Price, Bimini took us to the beginning of prehistory in her runway-ready amoeba look. Her alternative take on the theme was inspired by couture innovator Iris Van Herpen and constructed by East London designer and London Queer Fashion Show Alumni, Ricky Lee Drayford. The concept and execution were equally stunning and solidified her place in the competition as a key frontrunner!
A’WHORA – LOCKDOWN SUPERSHEROES
On Episode 7, the queens were tasked with creating impactful superhero looks from everyday materials, a struggle most of us could now relate to having explored creative hobbies and outlets at some point during quarantine! A’Whora blew away the competition with her Covid19-Tina character. The theatrical ruffled arms gave us all the drama we needed and the signature blue was a fabulous celebration of our NHS and the front line workers keeping us safe!
Images from Drag Race UK and the queens.