Gentlemen, start your engines.
Stan, the home of RuPaul's Drag Race in Australia, has finally announced the sensational new cast of queens appearing in the brand new season of the Stan Original Series RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, which is set to premiere on Saturday 30 July.
It comes after a successful first season saw fierce competition, stunning outfits and jaw-dropping lip syncs.
Selected by Mama Ru herself, sashaying to the main stage to compete to be the next Drag Race Down Under winner and forever be part of Drag Race herstory, will be the following 10 fierce new queens:
Aubrey Haive (Timaru, NZ), 25
Aubrey Haive is no stranger when it comes to being in front of the camera, already a budding actor and musical artiste, this fashion forward queen originally hails from Timaru, New Zealand (now based in Melbourne, VIC).
Aubrey is relatively new to the artform of drag, first dabbling in 2020 – and during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. After recently moving to Melbourne, Aubrey found herself enduring one of the longest lockdowns in the world, however, she took this as an opportunity to practise her make-up and develop a drag aesthetic with the encouragement of her partner.
It wasn't long until Aubrey made her debut, and when she did – she made a real impact on the Melbourne drag scene. Aubrey is now booking gigs left, right and centre, and her dream of doing drag as a full-time career is coming to fruition.
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Beverly Kills (Brisbane, QLD), 21
Beverly Kills started doing drag within just a few months of turning eighteen. After entering a local drag competition, Beverly managed to take out first prize and within a year she secured a weekly residency at one of Australia's most renowned nightclubs, Fluffy (Brisbane) – which is no small feat for a new queen on the scene.
Since then, Beverly has established herself as one of Brisbane's most noted up-and-coming drag performers. Not just a pretty face, Beverly Kills offers something a little extra with her burlesque and sideshow style performances in which you can expect a good whipping, or even some fire breathing!
Faúx Fúr (Sydney, NSW), 27
Faux Fur has been a regular face, and the loudest voice, among the Sydney drag scene for the last seven years. Few queens in Sydney can rival the on-stage presence of Faux, known for her high energy performances that leave the crowds screaming for more.
Faux has always been proud of her Asian heritage and noted the lack of Asian Queens in the Sydney scene. In 2020 she started her popular weekly IGTV show 'Faux Mondays', a platform where she strives to give not only other queens, but all members of the Queer and POC Queer community, a voice to share their stories in the hope of inspiring others.
Whether hosting an awards night as emcee or simply killing it on stage at the club, Faux is a queen with the biggest of hearts that aims to touch and uplift others in all she does.
Hannah Conda (Sydney, NSW), 30
After conquering the Perth drag scene, Hannah Conda took a leap of faith and made her way to Sydney in 2015. Here, she cemented her drag status by being the only queen to have ever won both 'Rising Star' and 'Entertainer of the Year' at the Drag Industry Variety Awards (DIVAs) all in the same year (2016).
Hannah has been a featured face numerous times at many iconic Sydney Mardi Gras Events, opened for Bianca Del Rio on her Australian tour and even made the journey across the pond to appear at RuPaul's Drag Con in Los Angeles.
As well as being an award-winning entertainer, Hannah co-founded 'Drag Storytime' in 2016, an initiative whereby reading to young children while in drag helps to educate them about inclusion, acceptance and love – as well as allowing them to dream big and use their imaginations.
Hannah has also had a string of silver screen appearances, most notably on an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians (Season 11) and on Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father (Series 4).
Kween Kong (Adelaide, SA), 29
Kween Kong is originally from New Zealand, and of Tongan and Samoan heritage, currently residing in Adelaide. Known for her powerhouse performances; Kween is a renowned dancer and choreographer within the queer community, frequently touring internationally with the Australian Dance Theatre.
At just sixteen years old she was offered a two-year apprenticeship with Black Grace (one of New Zealand's leading contemporary dance companies). Kween is also the matriarch of Haus of Kong; a drag collective that aims to change the lives of its young recruits both on and off the stage.
In 2019, Kween won the title of 'Miss Drag Nation' Australia, representing Adelaide, SA. Drag Nation is a national competition in which drag talent from each state competes locally before getting the opportunity to represent their state and compete at a national level.
Minnie Cooper (Sydney, NSW), 49
Minnie Cooper is considered drag royalty among the Sydney circuit, with a glittering career that spans over twenty years and having entertained audiences from Oxford Street in Sydney to Oxford Circus in London.
In 2016 Minnie was semi-finalist on 'Australia's Got Talent' combining her drag and musical theatre talents. Minnie has performed for gay icons such as Cher at the 2018 Mardi Gras parade, and Kylie Minogue the following year.
Minnie has won more DIVA awards (Drag Industry Variety Awards) than any other drag artist in Australia, including taking the title of 'Entertainer of the Year' four times, as well as winning 'Sydney's Favourite Drag Queen' and 'Choreographer of the Year', just to name a few.
In 2018, Minnie moved into the world of cabaret with her one woman show 'From Chorus Boy to Leading Lady' which was the winner of 'Best in Cabaret & Musical Theatre Award' at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2019. Minnie also appeared in the series Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (Series 4).
Molly Poppinz (Newcastle, NSW), 30
Molly Poppinz originally made a name for herself in Vancouver after struggling to find the confidence to do drag in her hometown of Newcastle (NSW). Often referred as 'The Thunder from Down Under', Molly was embraced by the queer community in Canada, finally enabling her to find the assurance she needed to perform for the crowds.
During her time away (2016-19), Molly worked as a full time drag performer, known for her fun and campy numbers, but also lending her talents as a Drag DJ, MC/Host, and live rapper. In 2018 Molly was crowned as Vancouver's most 'Fierce Queen', receiving her award from Drag Race Alumni, Aja (Season 9 & All Stars 3).
Arriving back in Australia in 2019, Molly found herself back in her hometown of Newcastle, which was still yet to offer any queer venues or safe spaces. This inspired Molly to cultivate her own shows in hopes of building a thriving drag community in Newcastle.
Pomara Fifth (Sydney, NSW), 28
Growing up in the suburbs of Western Sydney, Pomara Fifth always stayed true to herself and never let the bullies and naysayers keep her down for long. Thankfully her amazing mother and four sisters provided a very open home environment which nurtured her natural exuberance and love for performance.
Pomara represents both First Nation Australian and Māori queens. She has a reputation as being a versatile, multi-talented performer and host, first beginning her drag career in 2014.
In 2018 Pomara won the coveted 'Rising Star' award at the DIVA Awards (Drag Industry Variety Awards) and worked at the Sydney Mardi Gras that same year. Pomara has gone on to work for numerous companies and has performed all around NSW, working corporate events and entertaining the masses at drag brunch, bingo... you name it!
Spankie Jackzon (Palmerston North, NZ), 37
Spankie Jackzon is a New Zealand drag performer best known for competing on original Kiwi series House of Drag (Season 2), where she came in as an intruder in Episode 4 and was eventually crowned as the winner, taking home the 10k cash prize.
With over fifteen years of experience, twelve of which were spent amongst Melbourne's competitive drag scene, this Palmerston North (NZ) queen admits she isn't here to play games as she vies to take another crown.
Spankie Jackzon is the official host and roving reporter of The Wellington International Pride Parade, bringing drag to small towns across Aotearoa. With buckets of charisma, a vivacious personality and cheeky sense of humour, Spankie has it all covered!
Yuri Guaii (Auckland, NZ), 25
Starting out at the age of eighteen, Yuri Guaii has been doing drag for going on eight years, however making her start on the Auckland drag scene was not easy ground to break.
Despite spending six months developing her make-up and sewing skills within the confines of her bedroom, Yuri was known for her spooky aesthetic which only got her booked for gigs taking place on Halloween.
Yuri really had to try hard to get herself out of the "spooky girl" box – and that she did – now living up to the reputation of being one of Auckland's most talented drag make-up artists, and so it's no surprise that she finds herself here on the mainstage of RuPaul's Drag Race to show the world what she's made of.
Having studied fashion design, Yuri's secret weapon is her sewing skills and she's known for creating all her own show-stopping drag looks.
The Stan Original Series RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under will premiere on Saturday 30 July.
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The iconic queen, who first competed on the Emmy-winning show's first ever season, sadly became the second queen to sashay away from All Stars 5 after failing to impress the judges with her performance in the girl group maxi-challenge.Did ongina quit? ›
Ongina opens up about voting herself out of the competition and her on-camera clash with Miz Cracker.What does pomara fifth mean? ›
The name Pomara Fifth was born from her childhood home address, no. 5 Pomara close, a place she always felt comfortable to be her true self.What is RuPaul's famous catchphrase? ›
“If you can't love yourself how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” This quote RuPaul reminds us of the importance of self-love, which should never be overlooked.Who is the most successful RuPaul winner? ›
1. Trixie Mattel (All Stars 3) There is no denying that Trixie has become one of the most recognizable queens to ever appear on the show, and not only because of her iconic eye makeup.Which drag queen lip synced the most? ›
Jujubee. For the majority of her Drag Race incumbency, Jujubee held the honor of being a queen who had never lost a lip sync. While that record may have changed after she appeared on All Stars 5, Jujubee's dominance over the art of lip synching still stands.Why did Mimi Imfurst get eliminated? ›
Mimi Imfurst auditioned three times before becoming a contestant on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race. He placed high in the first two challenges but was eliminated in the episode "Totally Leotarded" after lifting fellow contestant India Ferrah over his head during their lip-sync.Who is the most successful drag queen from Drag Race? ›
Even without hit music albums, Latrice has been cited as one of the “most powerful drag queens in America.” Her large and in charge personality as seen on season 4, AS1 and AS4 has been Latrice's bread and butter for commanding top dollar for her appearances.Did Aja retire from drag? ›
For the next three years, Aja focused primarily on her musical career. In September 2021, she stated that she would again begin performing in drag.What does pomara mean? ›
Noun. pomara f (plural pomare) apple orchard.
Beverly Kills is one of Brisbane's drag darlings, mixing her skills of sideshow and burlesque with high energy, sparkly drag. Her career across Brisbane's biggest stages over the past three and a half years has made her a staple member of the Australian drag puzzle.What is meaning of taking fifth? ›
When an individual takes the Fifth, her silence or refusal to answer questions cannot be used against her in a criminal case. A prosecutor cannot argue to the jury that the defendant's silence implies guilt.What does walk Sissy mean? ›
Sissy that walk
Definition: To strut in the most feminine way possible. Used in a sentence: "Honey, once you get up on that stage you better sissy that walk."
Ru often says this when it's time for the judges to chat about the runway. It's not just a cute nickname, it actually has a wonderful meaning behind it: squirrels hide their nuts, so do drag queens, alas they are all one.What does RuPaul say at the end of the runway? ›
As RuPaul says herself at the end of each and every episode: “If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?Who is the number 1 drag queen? ›
1. Bianca Del Rio. The queen of all Drag Race queens and the most successful alum, Bianca appeared on the show five years ago (and was so dominant that she reached the finale without having to lip-sync for her life).How much does RuPaul get paid per season? ›
At the time, Drag Race would produce between around nine and 16 episodes per season, so on a good year, RuPaul would take home around $800,000 per season for her role as the host, head judge, mentor of Drag Race. She also has a producing credit on the show.How much do drag queens make? ›
In some regions of the U.S., local queens make as little as $30 to $50 a show. In a place like New York City, that number may start at about $125, plus tips ranging from $100 to $700. “If you don't love drag, you're going to be very angry all the time, because it's not a cash cow.Who is the most lip-synced artist on Drag Race? ›
There is no RuPaul's Drag Race without RuPaul, so of course she's going to be the one who gets the most lip-syncs on the show. Because of the very nature of Drag Race, RuPaul's songs are the ideal lip-sync songs — because they are quite literally built to be lip-synced to.What is the most watched episode of Drag Race? ›
Tom Cruise; king of lip-sync!Why was William removed from Drag Race? ›
Willam Belli is the only queen to be eliminated from Drag Race for breaking the rules. Her official reason for being kicked off Drag Race Season 4 was that she was sneaking her husband into the hotel during filming.Why was drag queen disqualified? ›
A contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race USA has been disqualified after being accused of catfishing. Five young actors say that Joey Gugliemelli, known by his drag persona Sherry Pie, asked them to do embarrassing things on camera. Gugliemelli is alleged to have posed as a casting director.Why did JAN change her name drag? ›
Well, the explanation is pretty simple. Her full drag name, Jan Sport, is lifted from the trademarked backpack brand, and for legal reasons she couldn't use it on TV – so now she's simply known as Jan. It's the same reason another season 12 contestant, Brita Filter, uses the shorter name Brita on the show.Who is the youngest winner of Drag Race? ›
Aquaria: RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 10
Aquaria is the youngest winner in the history of the show thus far, but took the title after clearly trumping her season 10 sisters in nearly every runway challenge (followed by two epic lip-syncs during the finale) with a poise well beyond her years.
The upbeat club's owner Walter Cole has performed at the bar as Darcelle XV since he founded the venue. At 92 years old, he holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest living drag performer, and he doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.Which drag queen quit drag? ›
In its place is the Doll House. And while that may be true, season nine's Aja (who no longer considers themself a drag performer) is still her drag mother while season 12's Dahlia Sin is her sister.
The American Jail Association (AJA) is a national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our Nation's jails. It is the only national association that focuses exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities.Who is Aubrey Haive? ›
Aubrey Haive is a New Zealand drag performer and one of the contestants of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under.
Faúx Fúr walks the runway in Episode 1
During the third installment of Ru Paul's Drag Race Down Under, we had to say goodbye to iconic queen Pomara Fifth.
Which queen won Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under? After an incredibly close season, Kiwi queen Spankie Jackzon was crowned the Down Under Drag Race Superstar for Season 2.Where is kween Kong from? ›
Kong, a Tongan and Samoan dancer and choreographer, originally hailing from New Zealand is back at Adelaide Festival Centre for one night only after finishing in the top 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under 2022.Where is pomara fifth from? ›
Pomara hails from New South Wales, Australia
The 28-year-old is rather witty and shared that she is equal parts Kiwi queen and Australian queen. She has been around the Sydney scene for around eight years now.
Not only did she win first prize at a local drag competition, but Beverly Kills also secured a weekly residency at Fluffy (Brisbane), which is considered one of Australia's most renowned nightclubs.What is fourth fifth? ›
noun. FOUR FIFTHS The fraction that represents the real number 0.8; ⅘ .What does I plead the 6th mean? ›
The Sixth Amendment guarantees the rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a public trial without unnecessary delay, the right to a lawyer, the right to an impartial jury, and the right to know who your accusers are and the nature of the charges and evidence against you.Can you plead the Fifth to a Grand Jury? ›
It is important to note, however, that a witness does not have any right under the Fifth Amendment to be excused CRIMINAL JUSTICE Spring 2007 Page 2 from appearing before a federal grand jury. The privilege against self-incrimination may not be asserted in a blanket fashion.What does being fish mean? ›
fish / fishy. a term used to describe when a drag queen looks like a cis-gendered woman. gag / gagging. another term used in place of "stunned"What is gagging in drag? ›
"It's all in how you use it." Gagging is used to describe something extremely fierce. Example: "Your performance -- I was gagging the whole time -- it was so amazing, you were so fierce." "Gagging is basically when something is so fierce you are losing your mind on it, you're choking on it," drag queen Nicky Doll said.
Definition of 'henny'
1. resembling a hen.
Henny. Noun. An alternative way to say 'honey'. A term of endearment. "You look sickening, henny."Why do drag queens say fish? ›
“Fish” or “fishy” in the drag world is a reference to that part of a woman's body during that time of month, as some would say that it exudes a smell reminiscent of fish. “Fishy: A term used to describe a drag queen who looks extremely feminine or one who convincingly resembles a biological woman.Why is drag called drag? ›
The term originated as British theater slang in the 19th century and was used to describe women's clothing worn by men. Today, many prominent drag artists are still people who identify as men and present themselves in exaggeratedly feminine ways as part of their performance, and are known as drag queens.What is RuPaul's famous line? ›
“If you don't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” “We all came into this world naked. The rest is all drag.” “When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”What does Herses mean? ›
herse (plural herses) A kind of gate or portcullis, having iron bars, like a harrow, studded with iron spikes, hung above gateways so that it may be quickly lowered to impede the advance of an enemy. quotations ▼ Obsolete form of hearse (a carriage for the dead) (obsolete) A funeral ceremony.What does RuPaul say before a lip sync? ›
Before the lip sync begins, Ru will state the following to the queens: "Two queens stand before me.Did Mimi Imfurst leave all stars? ›
On July 19, 2021, Mimi announced she would be auctioning her All Stars elimination outfit.Did Sharon Needles and Alaska split? ›
Needles was in a four-year relationship with fellow RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Justin Honard, better known by his stage name Alaska Thunderfuck; they ended their relationship in 2013 but remained friends.Who is the most successful queen from RuPaul's Drag Race? ›
Even without hit music albums, Latrice has been cited as one of the “most powerful drag queens in America.” Her large and in charge personality as seen on season 4, AS1 and AS4 has been Latrice's bread and butter for commanding top dollar for her appearances.
There is no RuPaul's Drag Race without RuPaul, so of course she's going to be the one who gets the most lip-syncs on the show. Because of the very nature of Drag Race, RuPaul's songs are the ideal lip-sync songs — because they are quite literally built to be lip-synced to.What size is violet Chachki's waist? ›
Her waist can be cinched to 45.72 cm (18"). She was the first drag queen to ever front a major lingerie campaign.Is ongina alive? ›
He was diagnosed as HIV-positive on April 13, 2006. He currently lives in Los Angeles.Who is Alaska's boyfriend? ›
Alaska met future boyfriend Sharon Needles (stage name of Aaron Coady) through Myspace in December 2009 and eventually moved back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to live with him in 2010.Does Alaska have a drag daughter? ›
She also has 2 drag daughters, Nebraska Thunderfuck (who was put in drag for the first time by Alaska during Season 5's makeover challenge), and Nevada Thunderfuck.
Most-followed drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race on Instagram worldwide as of June 2022.
|Name (Competitive season)||Number of followers in millions|
1. Bianca Del Rio. The queen of all Drag Race queens and the most successful alum, Bianca appeared on the show five years ago (and was so dominant that she reached the finale without having to lip-sync for her life).Who is the most respected drag queen? ›
RuPaul, the most famous drag queen on the planet, has done it all during his time as an entertainer. While most queens came and went from their time on Drag Race without doing much thereafter, certain queens have certainly learned how to turn their TV appearances into a mainstream career.