Who is Asttina Mandella? Meet the RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star who comes with pyrotechnics and extravagance

“A star can’t be made; a star is born and it’s my time to be the star!” says Asttina.

Asttina Mandella

Following what feels like an eternity, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is back for series two, introducing us to 12 new queens ready to serve us realness.

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One of those contestants is Asttina Mandella – a drag queen from London who is quite the dancer and has a keen interest in things that may surprise fans.

“I’m a bit of a gamer. I’ve had to stop playing games, I was actually playing games last night and I was like, ‘Right I need to get off this game because I need to get ready’ once this is done I’m probably going to go play some more games to be honest with you,” Asttina told press including RadioTimes.com.

As for her style, she is heavily into streetwear. “I’m not a gown queen or sequin queen. I’m an everyday streetwear fashion queen. I like to wear hooded stuff and trainers. I don’t believe that you need big hair and expensive gowns. As long as my legs are out!” she said.

So does Asttina Mandella have what it takes to outshine the rest of the Drag Race UK contestants? Here’s everything you need to know about her.

Asttina Mandella: Key Facts

Age: 27

From: London

Instagram: asttinamandella

Twitter: @AsttinaMandella

Strengths: Asttina thinks that her confidence will be key to her success in the competition, saying:  “I used to be very shy, but now I’m a completely different person. I don’t allow myself to be a barrier to me. I think my confidence can intimidate people, but that’s to do with them and their own insecurities. I am lovely as hell.”

Weaknesses: Any weaknesses that she has only drive Asttina forward. “I am scared of acting challenges, and I’m dreading Snatch Game because I am not an impersonator. Impersonating is a skill and I do not have it, but I don’t see my weaknesses as flaws I just see them as challenges that I can overcome if I try. I will always do everything to the best of my ability.”

How does she describe her drag look?  “I am a strong physical, fit, masculine, feminine woman.”

Who is Asttina Mandella?

Asttina comes from East London and she has nothing but nice things to say about it.

“I’m from East London where we love to play on being trashy and be a mess. That’s my drag scene. I love to get ugly and be silly. East London allows you to explore and go crazy with no rules.”

She is a fantastic dancer and those skills have seen her perform alongside some of the biggest names in the music business.

“I have been dancing since I was tiny, and I have been dancing professionally since I was 20 years old. I am trained in ballet, tap, contemporary, Latin, hip hop, funk and street and it’s all in my show. I have worked with Little Mix, Pussycat Dolls, Melanie C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Fleur East, Kayne West at the BRITs. Now it’s my time to be on the poster and get the headlines. I can’t wait.”

RuPaul's Drag Race UK contestant Asttina Mandella
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant Asttina Mandella
BBC

What may you not know about Asttina Mandella?

Never judge a book by its cover because Asttina has a keen interest in something you may not expect.

“Most people might not know that I am the biggest nerd. I love cartoons, anime, superheroes, wizardry. I am a big geek.”

When is RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on TV?

You can see RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on BBC Three via BBC iPlayer from 14th January 2021 and the first season is currently available to stream now.

The series is based on US franchise, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has so far ran for 13 seasons and has been adapted by seven countries.

RuPaul is joined by Michelle Visage, Graham Norton, Alan Carr and a mix of guest judges to find the next superstar in the bunch of 12 fabulous queens.

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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.