The new British drag docu-series ‘Drag Queens of London’ features some of London’s most well-known drag queens. In part three of our exclusive interview series with the queens of the show, we sat down with Miss Cairo in a one-on-one interview to get to know her better. Miss Cairo will be featured in episode two, which premiers on Tuesday, April 29th.
Meet Miss Cairo – ‘Drag Queens of London’
About ‘Miss Cairo’:
Drag name: Miss Cario
Birthday: 22 October 1991
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Dragaholic: Why did you decide to use the name “Miss Cairo”?
Miss Cairo: I was in my first London debut at London’s Next Top Tranny and wanted a name which referenced the pageant vibe. Being of Egyptian heritage I chose my fathers birthplace. What I love about my name is I am a sexually charged, cross dressing, sexually fluid, non religious character… The antithesis of my patriarchal heritage.
D: How many years have you been doing drag?
MC: Around three years… But I have pictures of me in a dress at the age of 4…
D: Who inspired you to do drag?
MC: The misogynists, the homophobes, the racists and the bigots.
D: How competitive are you?
MC: I live in a world that feels it should compete against everything. The biggest challenge is competing with my ego.
D: What are you strongest at in drag: makeup, hair, costume, performance or all of the above?
MC: For me, drag encompasses all of these skills. I know my face well enough to paint, I style numerous peoples hair and have skills in wig making, I make a lot of my own costumes for myself and clients, and I am trained in many performative disciplines.
D: What is your personality like out of drag?
MC: Young spirited, in a constant dialogue with choices I make, loving and supportive. I am a libra…
D: How long does it take you to get in drag… from start to finish?
MC: It can range from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the environment… I thought my days of dragging up on public transport were over but recently, after going up to Liverpool to perform, I found myself amidst a cloud of glitter, powder and tutting commuters. All thanks to ‘signaling problems’…
D: Which celebrity/entertainer inspires you?
MC: So it changes on a daily basis but at present it’s Sophia Loren. I saw some pictures of her with underarm hair and she looked beautiful. Hair isn’t only confined to the bodies of the ‘masculine’ form.
D: What special talents do you have? (i.e. backflips, splits, firebreathing, etc.)
MC: I’m a dancer, so pointe work, splits, improvisation, etc. I’m also one of the top/first gogo dancers in London and have been flown across the world to utilise my skills. I also sing (tenor with a strong falsetto working towards a contra tenor). #YoureWelcome
D: Who is your favorite queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race?
MC: What’s Rupaul’s Drag Race?
D: If you had to choose three adjectives to describe your drag persona, what would they be?
MC: I’m. So. Pretty.
D: Do you design and produce your own outfits and costumes?
MC: Yes, and I also have styled others for photo shoots and such. However I love opening up avenues with other stylists and designers (call me…).
D: What can people expect to see from you on the ‘Drag Queens of London’?
MC: Mainly giving my Familyyy Fierce support and giving a lot of face… You may even catch a glimpse of my balls.
D: Which queen did you enjoy working with the most on the ‘Drag Queens of London’?
MC: The Familyyy Fierce of course…. But not Meth. #MethIsGross
D: Thank you so much for your time today. Is there anything you’d like to add before we go?
The first episode of ‘Drag Queens of London’ debuted on Tuesday on London Live! (Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159 and YouView 8).