‘RuPaws’ drag cat recreates iconic Drag Race lewks with a little help from her superfan owners

Maggie Baska March 23, 2021
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A “cat drag queen” has been recreating iconic Drag Race looks on Instagram with the help of her superfan owner.

Known online as Instagram‘s “premier cat drag queen”, adorable kitty queen Leila models the latest feline fashion creations from Brooklyn designers and owners Lynzie Rogers and John Jeffords. Leila shows off her fierce Drag Race looks to her 160,000 followers on Instagram and has even caught the attention of some of the queens she’s imitated.

Leila was a “little homeless kitty girl” in the woods of Maine before her stage mom adopted her 17 years ago and gave her a home in Brooklyn, New York. Rogers said she started the RuPaws Drag Race account with Jeffords after meeting the owners of an Insta-famous dog.

“And then I thought: what are the two things I love the most? Cats and drag queens,” Rogers told News 12. “John and I looked at each other and went ‘RuPaws Drag Race’ and that night we started the handle, and we had no idea what it was going to be.”

Rogers said modelling looks inspired by her favourite Drag Race icons is keeping the 17-year-old diva “feline fine” and “young”. “She looks good,” she added.

“She looks better than ever,” Rogers explained. “When you look at the original [RuPaws Drag Race] posts she kind of doesn’t know what’s going on. Now, she does her signature pose.”

Leila has served up lewks from Drag Race stars including Divina de Campo, Priyanka, A’Whora, Bimini Bon Boulash, Symone, Gottmik and Tayce.

She’s even produced a copy cat look for both the queen herself, RuPaul, and Drag Race‘s iconic judge Michelle Visage.

But it’s not just the runway that Leila is after. She has also created a new RuPaw’s Drag Race kids book, which tells the tail of two friends who discover drag and that “being different is exactly what makes them … FABULOUS!”

To further support the LGBT+ community, Leila and her owners collaborated with an independent illustrator and drag queen to bring the story to life, and part of the proceeds from each book goes to LGBT+ youth homelessness charity, the Ali Forney Center.

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