Who is Tia Kofi? Meet the RuPaul’s Drag Race UK “queen of Clapham”

"My drag is a melting pot!"

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You do not have long to wait now if you are excited for the new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as the impression filled, lip-syncing, reading, and sashaying show is back with a whole new set of queens ready to meet the challenge head-on.

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Tia Kofi is one of those queens and she hopes she has what it takes to take the crown this year – in fact, she is sure she does.

“She’s doing live vocals, she’s all dancing, she’s camp, she’s glamour, she’s also a mess – an expensive mess. Honestly, she has been known to stretch to as much as five pounds on a dress.”

But with the other Drag Race UK contestants to contend with, will Tia be able to emerge victoriously? Here’s everything you need to know below.

Tia Kofi: Key Facts

Age: 30

From: London (via Essex and Nottingham)

Instagram: tiakofi

Twitter: @tiakofi

Strengths: Tia is one of the few who is not worried about the Snatch game, saying “I think of myself as a comedy queen, so I’m looking forward to Snatch Game. I think I’ll smash it and as I often perform with a girl band, I hope there’s a girl group challenge – but I’m here to Beyoncé myself now!”

Weaknesses: Sewing is certainly not her specialist subject. “You know when people come on drag race and they say, ‘I don’t sew’, and you’re like ‘girl, you should have learnt to sew if you’re going to come on Drag Race’, that’s me. I can’t sew. I’ve never touched a sewing machine a day in my life. Hmmm….”

How does Tia feel about her rivals? “I’m quite shy and retiring in real life, and so I’m worried about the other queens. I can’t be dealing with fierce queens.”

Who is Tia Kofi?

Tia says she has many styles she can draw upon – including some sci-fi TV! “I’m a mash-up of the drag styles. I love comedy, camp, old school, contemporary, and cultural references. As there aren’t a huge number of POC queens on the scene, I’ll often throw in something from my Nigerian heritage too. I’m also a geek. One day I might be a character from Doctor Who, and I love channelling a bit of Star Trek.”

She is also confident and is in no doubt that she is a deserving winner for the show already. “I deserve to win RuPaul’s Drag Race UK because I’m giving you modern drag. And, most importantly, I’m a nice person. Honestly, give me the crown. I’m pretty sure it’s been fitted in my size already.”

Why is she called Tia Kofi?

“My name, Tia Kofi is a very camp and very British – Tea or Coffee darling? It’s very me, and at the very least, it’s memorable!”

When is RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on TV?

You can catch RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two on BBC Three via BBC iPlayer from 14th January 2021.

If you missed the first season, it’s available to view now on iPlayer and has had over 15.8 million requests so far.

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Season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from January 14th 2021. RuPaul’s Drag Race season one is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. If you’re looking for more to watch check out our TV Guide.