Meet the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2

The UK line-up is fierce!

The judging panel of RuPaul's Drag Race UK episode one L-R: Alan Carr, RuPaul Charles, Andrew Garfield and Michelle Visage

Six queens now remain in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, which means we can expect the competition to reach new heights this week.

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Last week, we said goodbye to Clapham based queen Tia Kofi after she put on a very scary impression of Mel B.

Following her exit, Tia talked about her runway looks, Veronica Green’s exit and who she’d like to win, saying: “We had ups and downs – the downs were mostly the runways or the interpersonal relationships I had, and the ups were Veronica Green.”

She was the third queen to be eliminated after Joe Black, Cherry Valentine and Asttina Mandella. Ginny Lemon quit the show in Week Four, and Veronica Green had to pull out due to a positive COVID-19 test.  She has however been given a place on the third series.

This week will see the queens “dusting off their sewing machines and giving scrap heap junk a glow up,” Mama Ru says.

So, who will be serving looks? And who will have to sashay away for getting it so wrong? They better not get anything off the rack at H&M like Joe did…

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s queens.

Lawrence Chaney

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Age: 23

From: Glasgow

Instagram: lawrencechaney

Twitter: @ShadyLawrence

Glaswegian Lawrence Chaney says that she lives up to every single Scottish stereotype, including loving Irn-Bru and a caramel wafer. She is inspired by musical legends such as Lady Gaga and Madonna – and, er, Michelle McManus.

Cherry Valentine – OUT Week Two

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Age: 26

From: Darlington

Instagram: thecherryvalentine

Twitter: @TheCValentine

Cherry Valentine had been doing drag for less than a year before applying to join the show, having originally grown up in Darlington before moving to Manchester. She’s also a qualified mental health nurse and returned to her nursing duties during the pandemic to work on the frontline.

Bimini Bon Boulash

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Age: 26

From: London (via Norfolk)

Instagram: biminibabes

The wonderfully named Bimini Bon Boulash got her name from combining the name she would have been given if she was born a girl and, er, her mum’s first cat. She also has a degree in journalism and pursues social activism such as veganism, and names her two biggest inspirations as Pamela Anderson and Vivienne Westwood.

Ginny Lemon – QUIT Week Four

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Age: 31

From: Worcestershire

Instagram: ginnylemon69

Twitter: @GinnyLemon69

Non-binary drag queen Ginny Lemon will be recognisable to some from their stint on X Factor in 2017, in which they sang Liberty X’s Just A Little Bit and got as far as the Six Chair Challenge. From Worcester (like the sauce), Jenny says: “I’m the hairiest woman in show-business! I’m the only non-binary drag queen in the UK…with a sense of humour!”

In Week Four, Ginny lemon quit the show, saying: “I did it for so many reasons. I think it’s even hard to explain what was going through my head at the time.”

Ginny says they struggled with the earlier eliminations of queens like Joe Black and Asttina Mandella, who were close friends of Ginny’s before the competition.

“You could see me in the back sobbing Those two people were my friends before I went on the show. I did not want to compete with my sisters. It made me dreadfully sad anytime anybody went home.”

Joe Black – OUT Week One and Week Five

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Age: 30

From: Brighton

Instagram: misterjoeblack

Twitter: @misterjoeblack

The first Drag Race contestant from Brighton, Joe Black is inspired by cabaret of the 1920s and 30s. She says: “I bring all the wonky eyebrows and eyeshadow of the traditional seaside drag with a bit of haunted glamour.”

Tia Kofi – OUT Week Six

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Age: 30

From: London (via Essex and Nottingham)

Instagram: tiakofi

Twitter: @TiaKofi

The self-proclaimed Queen of Clapham, the origin of Tia Kofi‘s name is wonderfully camp and British – Tea or Coffee darling? She’s one third of Drag Queen band The Vixens, who also auditioned for The X Factor in 2016.

Veronica Green – WITHDREW Week Five

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Age: 34

From: London (via Rochdale)

Instagram: veronicaqween

Twitter: @veronicaqween

The name Veronica Green comes from a comic book supervillain she created as a child – as she was jealous of her new baby sister Veronica! Veronica has a background performing in musical theatre, and even competed on All Together Now where she scored an impressive 77.

Sister Sister

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Age: 32

From: Liverpool

Instagram: officialsistersister

Twitter: @bluecirclebabe

Liverpudlian Sister Sister honed her painting skills at art school, eventually moving on from painting canvases to painting her face. She says: “Like most people I got into drag after a break-up. I kicked him out, bought some make-up and started painting. I started with a big blue circle on my face!”

Tayce

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Age: 26

From: London (via Newport, Wales)

Instagram: itstayce

Twitter: @its_tayce

Newport lass Tayce says she’s doing this for friends, family, and Wales – as well as Gavin and Stacey! Her dad was the bass drummer for Wham, and Tayce also has musical aspirations – she says she would like to be the next Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey or Catherine Zeta Zones.

Ellie Diamond

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Age: 21

From: Dundee

Instagram: elliediamondofficial

Twitter: @elliediamond101

6ft 4 Ellie Diamond likes to go even bigger with her costumes, with wigs, heels and outfits bringing her as high as 6ft 8. She says: “By day I fund my drag through my work at a drive-through fast food place, but believe me, my uniform is customised and I sashay to that counter! I would love to be dressed like this 24/7.”

Asttina Mandella – OUT week three

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Age: 27

From: London

Instagram: asstinamandella

Twitter: @AsttinaMandella

Dancer Asttina Mandella has quite the résumé, having worked with Little Mix, Pussycat Dolls, Melanie C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Fleur East, Kayne West at the Brits. She has previously appeared on Channel 4’s Drag SOS, and been a contributor on BBC Radio 1’s Drag Queen’s Den.

A’Whora

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Age: 23

From: London (via Nottinghamshire)

Instagram: awhora

Twitter: @awhoraofficial

Northern lass A’Whora got her name by putting a spin on Sleeping Beauty’s Princess Aurora, but said she was always more into fairytale villains. She says: “I love the idea of being sinister, I want to walk into the room with presence. If I could be anyone it would be Cruella De Ville.”

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