A DRAG queen from Sussex will be the first transgender contestant in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
Dakota Schiffer, 22, will join Pixie Polite, 29, also from Sussex, and ten other cast members in contention for the title of Britain’s next drag superstar.
In season four of the BBC show, drag queens will face a range of challenges that will test their skills and abilities as performers, from sewing and creating dresses to impersonating celebrities, singing and performing choreography.
Dakota described her drag as “Generation Z’s answer to Sharon Tate.”
She said: “My drag is a declaration of love to the ’60s and ’90s. I’ve always been fascinated by the supermodel realm of the 60’s and 90’s and my number one Hollywood icon is Sharon Tate in Valley of the Dolls and I adore everything she’s ever done – she’s such a style icon to me.
“My drag aesthetic is always beautiful and fashionable first.”
Dakota, the first trans woman to take part in the British version of the show, said growing up as a trans woman was difficult.
“Sussex isn’t the best place for a 6ft 1in trans woman drag queen to grow up,” she said.
“I’ve always stood out but felt invisible at the same time, but I think it definitely made me who I am today.”
She will face off against Brighton drag queen Pixie Polite, who describes herself as “tall, bold and beautiful”.
Pixie, who has been doing drag for about eight years, said she can sing, dance and act, as well as do comedy and host.
She said: “I’m pretty good at a little bit of everything. You have to be versatile.
“You can’t just be a one-trick pony. I’m a much betrayed cow of the camp variety. I hope to stand out from the crowd in this competition.”
Brighton drag queens have had a poor track record on the show so far, with the city’s two previous contestants – Joe Black and Anubis – both busting out in the first week.
After she was eliminated, Anubis claimed that the “curse of Brighton lives on”.
Pixie believes she can break that curse, saying: “I’ve been known in the past to be very competitive – I always want to win.
“My game plan for this competition is basically to be the most talented and gorgeous and win. I know I’m fabulous and I want the rest of the world to know how fabulous I am too.”
Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK starts September 22 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.
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