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Teen drag queen goes viral for amazing graduation death drop

Lily Wakefield July 16, 2019

(@sophia_stardust/Twitter)

Brandon Austin, a UK teen drag queen who performs as Sophia Stardust, has gone viral after performing a dramatic death drop at his college graduation.

In the video which has 3.4million views and more than 60,000 retweets, Austin was picking up his acting diploma.

He told GSN: “I just said to my friends, ‘how iconic would it be if I did a death drop?’

“All my friends were into it. So when I got up there, and all friends were cheering, I just thought let’s do it.

“The crowd screamed and cheered. Everyone was also so shocked. It was amazing.”

Gay YouTuber Calum McSwiggan retweeted the video and wrote: “We love a queen who can dip! Congrats on graduating.”

According to Gay Star News, Austin learned to death drop, sometimes called a dip, by watching YouTube tutorials and practicing on his dad’s bed.

His dad and friends were supportive when he came out to them, and his tutor who is also gay supported him through it.

He said he suffered some teasing at school, but going to college changed things.

“When I went to college and I saw openly gay people for the first time, I was overwhelmed. College has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Sophia Stardust/ Brandon Austin death drop graduation
Teen drag queen Sophia Stardust/ Brandon Austin said the moment was “amazing.” (sophia.stardust.1/ Instagram)

The video of the teen drag queen’s death drop has 3.4million views

The response on social media has mostly been positive, with one Twitter user writing: “Rupaul would be proud.”

Another said: “Please tell me that child is going to college on dance squad scholarship. Deserves it with those skills!”

Austin replied on Twitter that he was actually going on to work in fashion.

Author Lex Croucher wrote: “Have watched this a million times. Can’t get enough.”

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