Sashay Into the Spectacular World of These Must-follow Thai Drag Queens
by: The Beat Asia
July 04, 2023
Fab, fierce, and fun. As a result of the drag scene's meteoric rise in popularity over the past few years, Thailand has become a magnet for increasingly creative individuals from all over the world.
In the realm of drag, putting on a show with bright costumes and impressive performances aims to promote one’s culture and show that this kind of community exists using art, unconventional makeup, and unorthodox aesthetics.
Here are some of the Thai drag queens you should follow on social media to witness their performances, which are nothing short of magical.
Pangina Heals (real name Pan Pan Narkpraser) is one of the biggest drag royalties not only in Thailand but also in the entire Asian region. The “Queen of Extravaganza” served as a judge on the first season of “Drag Race Thailand,” which premiered in 2018. She also competed in “RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK vs. the World” in 2022.
She first gained fame as a Lady Gaga impersonator during her time on “Lip Sync Battle Thailand.” In 2020, Pangina opened House of Heals, which has since become the ultimate venue for entertainment and all things queer.
Thanisorn Hengsoontorn, popularly known as Année Maywong, is a professional drag queen, an influencer, and a fashion designer. She was the first runner-up of “Drag Race Thailand” season one, thanks to her iconic performance of ballroom dancing to the tune of Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud.”
Supattarapon Kasikam, better known by her stage name Dearis Doll, is a Thai drag queen who also performs as an actor and a singer. The songs "Love Room," "Ghost Movie," and "Mother Is Mother" are only a few of her works. She also took part in the pilot season of “Drag Race Thailand,” where she was crowned one of the runners-up alongside Année Maywong.
Although she was the first contestant to be eliminated from the debut season of “Drag Race Thailand,” Meannie Minaj is a force to be reckoned with because of her fierce fashion sense and spot-on impersonation of Nicki Minaj. Due to her glitzy and diva-like approach to rapping, she has been dubbed the "Nicki Minaj of Thailand."
Angele Anang is the first transgender queen of “Drag Race Thailand” season two, having won six challenges in a single season. She was the third transgender woman to join the franchise after Meannie Minaj and Kandy Zyanide in the first and second seasons, respectively.
She has become one of the most popular drag queens because of her stunning visuals and avant-garde fashion choices, making her a visionary queen among others. Her tanned complexion, on top of her showstopper performance, earned her the title of “Beyonce of Thailand.”
Before becoming one of the well-known Thai drag queens of today, Angele was a theater performer in a transgender cabaret show in Bangkok. After that, she went on to become a freelance drag and international performer.
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