February 3, 2023

In recent years, RuPaul’s Drag Race has made an effort to introduce several new queens to the franchise, but some stars have criticized the show for being too slow to make this major change.

Multiple queens have spoken out about the lack of black queens in the UK version of the show and the lack of Asian queens in both the US and UK versions.

Speaking exclusively Digital spy as part of our Rainbow crew series, Drag race Thailand right and UK vs the world contestant Pangina Heels has expressed her thoughts on the Asian representation in the franchise.

“We’ve had Kim Chi, we’ve had me. I’m sure we’ll see more in the future,” Pangina said.

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“We feel like we want to be represented. So every time we see a queen, it’s so refreshing, and we support that person because a lot of times we don’t get to see enough of us. I’m very excited to see more. And it’s important.

“We’ve never had a Thai queen until me. So when I went through, I felt proud. It’s like drag’s Miss Universe pageant, you know? I was really happy.”

In the most recent Drag Race UK series, the final two contestants, Cheddar Gorgeous and Danny Bear, won the vast majority of the Maxi Challenges, and Le Fil explained that it certainly felt like the judges were focusing their attention on just a handful of people.

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“I don’t think it has anything to do with me. I think it’s more the fact that they favor certain people. And when I watch it I think about what viewers have said to me and the reaction I’ve seen, he said.

However, Le Fil added, “But that’s not to say everything is preset or anything. But I think you can kind of feel it, and I felt it was there.”

Meanwhile, Pangina has launched a new series on WOW Presents Plus called Tong Thai’d, in which queens try out Thai food in drag while chatting about life and culture. Register now at https://uk.wowpresentsplus.com/

Pangina will attend RuPaul’s DragCon, the biggest celebration of drag culture, returning to the UK at the ExCeL London from January 6 – 8, 2023, featuring four times the queens, three times the space and twice the glamour. Buy your tickets here.

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