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The 4 Most Beloved RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Queens

UK’s next drag superstar is glamourous, dramatic, and playful. Because that’s what drag is about.

Since RuPaul’s Drag Race aired in America in 2009, the world has been starstruck by the craft of performing in drag. Having gained immense media attention, the show is teaching us about the freedom of self-expression and invoking our inner drag queen.

People are so head over heels for the show that a British version brought the stardust to the UK scene in 2019. With three seasons already out, the hype is real.

Today, we journey through the media presence of all contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to determine the most beloved British drag queens. We look at their Instagram engagement rate, average Instagram likes, and Instagram followers.

Regardless of their score, the drag queens we’ve seen on screen are all equally amazing and have a great impact on the community. They all proudly take first place in our hearts.

Let’s have it!

Tayce: RuPaul S2 Lip Sync Assassin

Hailing from Wales, Tayce is the most loved drag queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. She finished second in Season 2; but in the hearts of her fans on social media, she takes first place with a whopping 709,198 Instagram followers. She also prides herself on 28,883 average Instagram likes and a 4.09% engagement rate.

Tayce is one of the few drag queens in the world who has stuck with her real-life name – Tayce Szura-Radix.

The RuPaul S2 Lip Sync Assassin is an avid body positivity advocate. When she posted spectacular photos of herself on Twitter, she received over 12,000 likes but was also criticised for being “too thin”. But Tayce replied in a tactful fashion saying that she’s always had issues with gaining weight and was called “stick insect” or “Gollum” growing up. She added: “You don’t have to like it! THIS IS MY BODY…”

Tayce posted the photos hoping to instil some body positivity. “Me showing off my ‘skeletal’ body and celebrating it is to inspire others who feel and have similar looks to myself. Or feel underrepresented,” Tayce wrote on Twitter.

Blu Hydrangea: a blossoming flower

A true pride of Northern Ireland, Blu Hydrangea has been crowned Queen of the World in RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK vs the World, taking home the prize of recording a musical verse with RuPaul. Blu Hydrangea, which is the stage name of Joshua Cargill, first appeared on screen in the very first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and finished fifth.

“The Irish drag scene has really taken me under its wing, and it really built me into who I am today,” the Belfast-born star shared with Pink News when talking about her heritage.

Today, she is the second most beloved UK drag queen and for a reason! Her Instagram feed is rich in high-end content that elucidates her colourful and glamourous persona. Blu Hydrangea’s iconic style features lots of blue garments and embellished heeled sandals that highlight her glam. That probably has something to do with her stage name, which takes after the charming blue flower of the same name.

This has earned Blu Hydrangea the most average Instagram likes per post (30,122). Her Instagram followers (433,239) and engagement rate (6.98%) are also up to par.

Currently, the drag queen is working on her new BBC Three series Stitch, Please!, which takes after Project Runway and Glow Up, and is filmed in a 17th-century castle in Northern Ireland.

Baga Chipz

Pioneering in the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and coming out third, Baga Chipz, whose real name is Leo Loren, is one of the most colourful and relatable drag queens in the UK. Her fans don’t shy away from supporting her, as she has 503,017 Instagram followers and a vibrant Instagram feed that attracts 25,356 average Instagram likes and a 5.06% Instagram engagement rate.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing things about her is her stage name, and so is the story behind it. “I was having a drink in a pub in Birmingham and this fella came up and started flirting with me and my mate. I said ‘look, why do you want burger when you can have me, prime steak on a plate?’, and he was like ‘Prime steak? More like a Baga Chipz,” confessed the drag queen.

In her free time, Baga Chipz enjoys watching Coronation Street and claims to do a top-notch impression of Deirdre Barlow from the British series. She describes herself as a “pub queen; like someone’s auntie, I give advice on how to pull fellas and how to get pissed… I’m common as muck, Baga Chipz from Walthamstow.”

Ella Vaday: fashioning a theatrical streak

Fresh out of season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Ella Vaday is a dazzling drag queen, who finished second in the show and is the fourth-most beloved UK drag queen. Her real name is Nick Collier but is known in the series as “drag beast from the east” because she comes from Dagenham, East London.

Ella Vaday comes from a theatrical and musical background and that shines through in the show. Perhaps her most iconic performance is the impersonation of Nigella Lawson during the Snatch Game challenge.

The celebrity chef was stunned by Ella’s performance and wrote on Twitter: “I found it utterly, camply, enchanting”, and described Vaday as “divine”.

Speaking of her style of drag, Ella Vaday said: “My drag is the feminine side of me – which, as a male actor, I’ve never been allowed to show – so it’s two fingers up to everyone who has ever told me I must look like a leading man. Now I am both the lead man and lead woman.”

Regardless of her theatrical streak, Vaday’s social media content is more than real. It’s like a window to her everyday life as both a man and a woman, which has earned her one of the highest Instagram engagement rates of 8.78%. She also scores third on the Instagram average likes (25,523), and her content is enjoyed by 291,424 followers.

The world of drag is shiny, fun, and mesmerising, yet its legacy is about much more than the theatrical performance – it’s about promoting LBTQ+ inclusivity. The contestants in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK are a testament to that.

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