Meet Victoria Scone, the Cardiff cabaret queen making Drag Race UK history on season three
She is the first cis-female queen to compete in Drag Race herstory
Drag Race UK is approaching rapidly, excitement levels are reaching fever pitch as we all wait for season three to drop on September 23rd. Season two was a huge hit for the BBC, with fans and critics getting obsessed in equal measure. The pressure is on for the season three girls to bring it to the runway and have us all gagging all over again. And one hopeful to do that is Victoria Scone – the first ever competitor in the entire history of RuPaul’s Drag Race to compete as a cisgender female.
This is everything you need to know about Cardiff’s history making queen of cabaret!
Victoria Scone’s drag is all about the divas
A cabaret performer through and through, 27-year-old Victoria Scone was born in Pompey and then moved to Cardiff, where she’s been establishing herself in the drag scene for three years. On her drag, she says: “If you come to a Victoria Scone show, you’re going to get all the divas. A bit of Barbara, a bit of Donna Summer. My drag is high camp and utter nonsense. I am not portraying a real woman. Victoria is a caricature of a real woman.”
For her drag inspo, Victoria is very inspired by pantomime and traditional drag. “Older Welsh queens like Ceri Dupree have really inspired me. I like to mix my traditional drag with fashion and blur the lines between panto, fashion and costume.”
Victoria is the first ever cis-female competitor in history
Victoria Scone is making history on the global drag stage, proving in drag’s most mainstream outlet to anyone who might have ignorantly thought otherwise that drag is for everyone, not just men. When asked how she felt about being the first, she said: “It feels right. I am not the first and I won’t be the last. Me being here is political, but I still want to have fun with drag. I feel very capable and proud to have made it through the audition process and be the first on Drag Race UK.”
Some queens assigned female at birth go by the term AFAB queens, but Victoria Scone would rather you call her a drag artist. “I understand it’s helpful to use AFAB. But we don’t call cis-male queens as AMAB. Just call us drag queens, or drag artists!”
She’s a theatrical queen – and her talents back it up
Victoria Scone counts her talents as a quick witted vocalist and dancer. She’s been performing since she was a child – and said panto staple Widow Twankey was her idol. “That was my goal: to be Widow Twankey.”
When asked why she does drag, Victoria said: “I love what drag allows me to do. I can get away with anything when I’m Victoria. I love drag. I love the escapism, the nightlife, the family. I love that it’s a safe queer space.”
Why should Victoria Scone win Drag Race UK season three?
In a powerful statement, Victoria Scone asserted exactly why she should take home that crown. “I should win RuPaul’s Drag Race UK because it’s so important, not just for me but for marginalised minority groups in the queer community to see themselves represented on TV. We can absolutely have a seat at this table. I didn’t build the table, but I deserve a space at it. Everyone deserves a space.”
Save the start date because Drag Race UK season three premieres 23rd September on BBC iPlayer. For all the latest Drag Race memes and Netflix news, drops and memes like The Holy Church of Netflix on Facebook.
Featured image courtesy of BBC / @victoriascone.
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