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Drag Race UK’s first cis woman Victoria Scone wants more trans drag and queens of colour

Reiss Smith September 23, 2021
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Victoria Scone wearing a purple jumpsuit with yellow, gem-encrusted flames

Victoria Scone is one of 12 queens competing on Drag Race UK season three. (BBC)

Victoria Scone wants her historic Drag Race UK appearance to open doors for more diverse drag – and not just on screen.

The Welsh queen is the first cisgender woman to compete on any Drag Race franchise anywhere in the world, and arrives in the werk room at a time when fans are clamouring for more diversity on the series.

RuPaul and her producers have finally started listening, recently casting two out trans women on Drag Race All Stars 6 (including the first American trans woman to win the show, Kylie Sonique Love), and before that welcomed the first out trans man to the mainstage, Gottmik.

For Victoria, diversity doesn’t end with Drag Race. She wants her appearance on the show to “open more doors” for all sorts of drag, “not just Drag Race drag”.

“I hope… all over the UK, all over the world, that bookers, event planners… are going to be more inclined to book more diverse drag,” she told outlets including PinkNews.

“And not just [cis] women: more trans people, more non-binary people, more people of colour. Just not always cis white men, please. Because that seems to be what a lot of my career has been surrounded by.

“And I love I love that kind of drag. I was brought up by traditional drag queens. But I think we can have a lot more diversity, there’s a plethora of drag that we’re all missing out on and that we all need to see.”

Choriza May, who is the first European queen to compete on Drag Race UK (she’s originally from Spain, but lives in Newcastle), echoed this sentiment.

Drag Race UK queen Choriza May in a pruple dress with green jacket
Drag Race UK queen Choriza May. (BBC)

“Definitely this season with Victoria being there, it really felt like home with the diversity that we had.

“We are like over 3 million Europeans in the UK. We are lawyers, we are teachers, and we are also drag queens. It took three seasons for one of us to get on. So I’m just excited for people to see that drag. one that is inspired by different cultures and is brought to this beautiful country that is the United Kingdom.”

Drag Race UK season three launches Thursday (23 September) at 7pm on BBC iPlayer.

Related topics: Drag Race UK

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