Don’t get it twisted. There’s been lots of occasions where society has given someone (or something) awesome some immediate recognition and its (well-deserved) acclaim. Like the invention of the light bulb. Or London’s first underground tube line. Or baggy jeans coming back into fashion. And Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in The Beach
But all jokes aside: there’s been multiple instances where this has not happened. What do we mean? Sometimes, individuals or groups are busy doing them – and the world doesn’t get it. To the point where it takes society decades to catch up. To realise that yes, what they’re doing is amazing. And no – they’re not going anywhere. Case in point: electric cars, the Uber app, Netflix. Cut to a few years (or decades) later, society has caught up and it’s now celebrated by millions.
We know this happens lots in the manufacturing industry. And in the entertainment industry? It’s the same thing. You want examples? The Beatles were rejected time and time again before finding fame.
Plus, Harrison Ford didn’t get his first role until after 30. And no publishers wanted to touch Stephen King’s first manuscripts with a 10 foot pole. Yes, these groundbreaking artists and performers were initially overlooked. And another example of this? Drag Queens.
Society took years to accept Drag Queens: and not just as entertainers, or as a community, but their existence. For decades, Drag Queens were ridiculed, dismissed and bullied in the pop culture realm. But finally, thankfully, this has changed – especially in more recent years.
Thanks to evolved thinking and films like Kinky Boots and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, (plus who could forget the worldwide phenomenon that is RuPaul’s Drag Race?), the world finally caught up and realised the following. Drag Queens aren’t just here to slay: they’re here to stay. What are we getting at?
Who you need to watch perform, who’s serving humor sass-aplenty, and who needs to get a spot on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, like, yesterday. Here’s our list of the hottest British Drag Queens for 2023 (move over, Drag Race Australia!). And the best part? A lot of these honeys were or currently are members of the Proud Family. And if you want to catch these darling Queens in person, you can book yourself a show here. So check out our list for the the 2023 list of the UK’s hottest Drag Queens.
We’re kicking off our list of the hottest Drag Queens UK with the one, the only… Lydia L’Scabies. If we’re talking Drag Race, Lydia is a huge contender for the top UK Drag Queen crown. With the stage presence of an old-school diva and the ability to make a room roar like a stand up comedian, we’d be a miss if we didn’t shout out Lydia first. Plus her stage name is giggle-inducing as heck. And pardon the pun, but we’re so Proud to have Lydia as a compere extraordinaire down at the Proud Brighton stage.
If the show’s producers are reading this, know that Tayris Mongardi is a Queen that needs a spot on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, like, yesterday. Winner of the 2021 instalment of Brighton Big Drag Pageant, the Brightonian beauty has been smoking her competition for years now (in more ways that one). Tayris not only famous down in Brighton, she’s making a name for herself in the rest of the UK, too. A show with Tayris in it is like dying and going to Drag Heaven.
Self-described as “sticky, sultry and stupid”, Glew the Queen is up next. The only thing stupid is how Glew’s competition would feel if she got cast on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Glew is another resident Brightonian. Look: a cityknown for its yearly Pride parade is bound to be home to some of the country’s best Drag Queens, too. Glew the Queen is known in B-town for her flamboyant looks – and the personality to match them! Let’s say that if Bianca del Rio could see Glew do her thing on stage – she’d wipe away tears of Pride.
Are you an epicure who likes comedy? Silly question: basically everyone loves to eat and laugh. Well imagine if you could spend an evening watching a cabaretwith gourmet food, dancing, dazzling costumes and outrageous comedy all thrown in? Sounds a bit too good to be true, but that’s what our next hot Queen Ex-Girlfriend is for. She’s a resident down esteemed LGBTQIA+ bar. And as it goes, part of our wonderful cast, and is a regular performer at Proud Brighton. With outrageous humor and style, Ex Girlfriend whos how to start a party. We know she’d slay RuPaul’s snatch game with her eyes closed.
Alik the Drag Queen is another one to watch when it comes to Britain’s hottest Drag Queens. Not only is Alik huge on the UK Drag scene, she’s a host and a music producer, too! Oh, and she has her own merch line. A top Drag Queen and musical too?! If you’re a Queen and you’re reading this, you better hope you’re not put up against Alik when lip-syncing for your life.
Zorana is a non-binary Drag Queen and character artist that resides in Brighton. Hailing from Serbia, the beauty has fans all across Europe. And for good reason. From their spell-binding stage presence, to get-ups emulating everything from old-school glamour, to animals, to iconic movie characters, Zorana is a multifaceted Drag Queen to say the least. And if they could see them, judges on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK would give them the crown for their amazing outfits alone!
Calling all boys, girls and non-binary pals! If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ll know all about Bimini Bon Boulash. Bimini was a runner up in Season 2 RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and has performed shows all over the country. Whether it’s a comedy challenge, a lip sync, or a dance off, Bimini comes out on top no question. Other Queens already know, but let’s state it for those living under a rock: Bimini does not come to play. She comes to slay.
Book your show at Proud Cabaret today to experience the unmatched energy and excitement of a Drag performance. Catch these amazing Drag Queens in person and witness the art of Drag come alive on stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to be entertained by some of the best Drag performers in the UK. Get your tickets now and prepare to be dazzled!