Drag Race Down Under has FINALLY ru-vealed this year’s list of queens on Stan’s Mardi Gras float, and what a perfect entrance!!
The ten queens consisting of seven Aussies and three Kiwis were introduced by judges Michelle Visage and Rhys Nicholson.
“I mean look at this list. Look at this list of full blown, gleaming, shimmering, phosphorescent, deadset bloody stars,” Nicholson said.
“We do a very special kind of drag down here that I think we can sometimes take for granted. I know for a fact that Ru, Michelle and the whole Drag Race team were blown away by the queens.
“Each one already a star, but now the world can give them the recognition they deserve. They should be so proud.”
So without further a-RU, here are your Drag Race Down Under queens.
Art Simone (Geelong)
You might recognise Art Simone as she’s pretty well known in the drag world, she’s even be called “Queen of Australia”. She has also featured in Australian feature films, theatrical shows, TV shows and has won Drag Performer of the Year two years running. Is there anything this queen can’t do?
Coco Jumbo (Sydney)
Coco Jumbo is a Mardi Gras pro, performing on the main stage multiple times, she’s also a multi DIVA (Drag Industry Variety Awards) award winner. Slay queen!
Etcetera Etcetera (Sydney)
Etcetera is a non-binary drag artist and is just a wee 22 years old. This queen is known in the Australian drag community for her aesthetic and activism.
Elektra Shock (Auckland)
Elektra Shock is a gorg NZ queen, coming runners up on Season 2 of TVNZ House of Drag. AND has high kicks to absolutely die for.
Jojo Zaho (Newcastle)
Jojo started her drag carer in 2015, after a gross council member said that homosexuality isn’t part of indigenous culture. This queen also made her first television cameo on ABC show Get Krackin’.
Karen From Finance (Melbourne)
Karen From Finance is another super recognisable queen, known as one of the most renowned drag artists in Australia. At the beginning of this year, Karen was appointed as an Ambassador for DragExpo in Melbourne.
Maxi Shield (Melbourne)
Maxi Shield is a veteran queen, performing as a drag artist for twenty three years. She has also closed both a straight Olympics (Sydney 2000) and opened a gay one (Gay Games 2022).
Scarlet Adams (Perth)
Scarlet is a burlesque performer, pole dancer and costume designer. She even took out the title for Miss Burlesque Western Australia 2018, becoming the first queen to compete and also the first queen to win the title.
Anita Wigl’it (Auckland)
Anita is the host of TVNZ show House of Drag, as well as the monthly comedy show Drag Wars. She’s also the owner and resident queen of Caluzzi Cabaret in Auckland.
Kita Mean (Auckland)
Kita Mean joined fellow NZ queen Anita Wigl’it as host on the popular comedy show Drag Wars. Kita also now co-owns Caluzzi Cabaret and is s resident Drag Queen at Family Bar and Club.
Start you engines, and may the best woman win.