Meet the 12 Queens ‘Starting Their Engines’ on the Very First Season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Thailand’
Whispers abound concerning the very first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Thailand. We’ve already gotten a sneak peek at the show’s workroom and runway, but now we’ve learned the identities of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Thailand cast, and we’re super excited because they are all gag-worthy.
We know the show will be hosted by Art Arya (pictured in the center in the below photo), a stylist and designer. Her co-host will be Thai-Taiwanese performer Pangina Heals, playing a sort of Michelle Visage role.
Heals reportedly won Thailand’s first reality TV drag competition called T Battle and also competed in Thailand Dance Now and Lip Sync Battle Thailand. She also hosts weekly parties at the Bangkok bar Maggie Choo’s.
Fenton Bailey, the co-founder of World of Wonder — the American production company behind the U.S. version of RuPaul’s Drag Race — has said that he doesn’t expect the show to be a “slavish copy” of the original, and he added, “Even though they are following the format, I want them to bring their own inimitable style and characteristics.”
Though she’s unsure when exactly the show will premiere or whether it will be available in America with English subtitles, Heals has said she hopes RuPaul’s Drag Race Thailand will merge the Western and Thai forms of drag into “something new and relevant” that will spread “like a disease.” (An interesting simile, indeed.)
Without further adieu, meet the RuPaul’s Drag Race Thailand cast of 10 queens:
1. Dearis Doll, 30
Her art teacher reportedly came up with her name, which comes from her makeup and the fact that she beats her face to look like a doll.