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Drag Race UK first to feature cisgender woman contestant on new season

The Drag Race UK season three contestants
The Drag Race UK season three contestants (Photo: BBC)

The BBC has unveiled the contestants for season three of Drag Race UK. Among the contestants is Victoria Scone, who will be the first cisgender woman to compete as a contestant.

Drag Race Thailand previously featured a cis woman (or “bio drag queen”) in an audition round, but she did not proceed to be a full contestant. Drag Race, in the UK and US, has featured several trans women and nonbinary contestants.

Scone, whose real name is Emily, told the BBC, “Drag’s always been a part of my life. I genuinely think I was born to be a drag queen. But I didn’t really know if, as a woman, that was a possibility for me.”

Related: RuPaul drops this gendered “Drag Race” catchphrase in favor of an inclusive one

Emily, 27, lives in Cardiff, Wales, and says her drag persona is very much old-school, British drag, and “very, very camp.”

She says she has occasionally faced criticism for being a drag queen but hopes her appearance on Drag Race will promote greater diversity in the drag world.

“Now that the top tier of drag is doing it, there’s no more excuse for event organizers not to be booking more diverse lineups. Lineups can be so much more enriched and varied.”

You can watch a clip of Victoria Scone below.

Besides Scone, returning for season three of the show will be Veronica Green, who was forced out of Season Two after a positive Covid test. Season Three of Drag Race UK will begin airing in the fall.

Related: RuPaul calls out ‘Drag Race’ contestant’s racist past on the air

 

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The other contestants revealed today are below.

Kitty Scott-Claus

 

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Charity Kase

 

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Scarlett Harlett


Vanity Milan

 

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Choriza May

 

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Krystal Versace

 

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Elektra Fence

 

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Ella Vaday

 

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Anubis

 

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River Midway

 

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