RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under: What the cast look like OUT of drag 


RuPaul’s Drag Race has already garnered millions of fans worldwide, and it’s certainly making a splash Down Under.

The brand new Stan Original series – featuring queens from Australia and New Zealand – debuted on Saturday, with viewers already desperate to see who will be crowned the next drag superstar.

While fans might be familiar with the queens on the catwalk, here is what the epic stars of the 2021 season look like out of drag.

Karen from Finance a.k.a. Richard Chadwick

Pictured: Karen from Finance, a.k.a. Richard Chadwick, out of drag

Popular: Karen from Finance is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, and even managed to win the first ever challenge in week one

Karen from Finance, 32, is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars on the show in 2021.

During the first episode, the Melbourne queen – who has amassed more than 86,000 followers on Instagram – wowed the judges with her ensembles and managed to win the first challenge of the season.

Prior to her arrival on the small screen, Karen had appeared at RuPaul’s Drag Con in LA in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as a presenter, and hosted shows for world-famous Drag Race alumni in Australia, including Aquaria, Trixie Mattel and Sasha Velour.

Art Simone a.k.a. Jack Daye

At the top of her game: The current reigning 'Queen of Australia', Art Simone has featured in films, theatre shows, television programs and commercials, as well as being awarded Drag Performer of the Year for the last two years running

Pictured: Art Simone a.k.a. Jack Daye

At the top of her game: The current reigning ‘Queen of Australia’, Art Simone has featured in films, theatre shows, television programs and commercials, as well as being awarded Drag Performer of the Year for the last two years running 

Career: She's also the star of the WOW Presents Plus Series Highway to Heel, in which she joins fellow queens Down Under for a wild road trip

Career: She’s also the star of the WOW Presents Plus Series Highway to Heel, in which she joins fellow queens Down Under for a wild road trip

The current reigning ‘Queen of Australia’, Art Simone, 28, has featured in films, theatre shows, television programs and commercials, as well as being awarded Drag Performer of the Year for the last two years running. 

She’s also the star of the WOW Presents Plus Series Highway to Heel, in which she joins fellow queens Down Under for a wild road trip.

Scarlet Adams a.k.a. Anthony Price

Dedicated: A burlesque performer, pole dancer, costume designer and self-proclaimed 'party girl', Scarlet Adams has worked tirelessly to build her reputation as a drag artist

Pictured: Scarlet Adams a.k.a. Anthony Price

Dedicated: A burlesque performer, pole dancer, costume designer and self-proclaimed ‘party girl’, Scarlet Adams has worked tirelessly to build her reputation as a drag artist 

Scarlet Adams’ super-fit physique is helped by her passion for all things burlesque – including pole dancing.

The self-proclaimed ‘party girl’, 27, is certainly one to watch in the competition, thanks to her exceptional designing skills and big reputation away from the show.

Etcetera Etcetera a.k.a. Oliver Levi-Malouf

Set to dazzle: A striking non-binary drag artist, Etcetera Etcetera, at only 23 years of age, has already made a splash in the Australian drag community for her aesthetic and activism

Pictured: Etcetera Etcetera a.k.a. Oliver Levi-Malouf

Set to dazzle: A striking non-binary drag artist, Etcetera Etcetera, at only 23 years of age, has already made a splash in the Australian drag community for her aesthetic and activism 

Despite being the youngest in the competition at 23, non-binary drag queen Etcetera Etcetera’s loud personality and detailed designs has definitely put them on the map this season.

Away from the series, Etcetera runs drag shows at Erskineville gay bar The Imperial.

Maxi Shield a.k.a. Kris Elliot 

Acclaimed: Maxi Shield won 'Entertainer of the Year' at the Drag Industry Variety Awards in 2015, and was named Madonna's national hostess for her Australian Rebel Heart Tour

Pictured: Maxi Shield a.k.a. Kris Elliot

Acclaimed: Maxi Shield won ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the Drag Industry Variety Awards in 2015, and was named Madonna’s national hostess for her Australian Rebel Heart Tour 

Maxi is the show’s oldest contest at 46.

She has been performing drag in Sydney for over 20 years, and is adored by viewers for her larger-than-life personality.

Away from the show, Maxi won ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the Drag Industry Variety Awards in 2015, and was named Madonna’s national hostess for her Australian Rebel Heart Tour. 

Anita Wigl’it a.k.a. Nick Kennedy-Hall

In demand: Anita Wigl'it is the owner and resident queen of Auckland's famous Caluzzi Cabaret, the host of the TVNZ show House of Drag, as well as the monthly comedy show Drag Wars

Pictured: Anita Wigl'it a.k.a. Nick Kennedy-Hall

In demand: Anita Wigl’it is the owner and resident queen of Auckland’s famous Caluzzi Cabaret, the host of the TVNZ show House of Drag, as well as the monthly comedy show Drag Wars 

Anita, 31, is the owner and resident queen of Auckland’s famous Caluzzi Cabaret, the host of the TVNZ show House of Drag, as well as the monthly comedy show Drag Wars.

Over the last decade, she has wiggled her way into the hearts of many – winning both Vancouver’s Next Top Drag Superstar and Drag Entertainer of the Year in 2013, before returning to Auckland.

Kita Mean a.k.a. Nick Nash

Fierce: Kita Mean has been the host of TVNZ's House of Drag for two seasons, and has maintained her position as resident Drag Queen at Family Bar and Club

Pictured: Kita Mean a.k.a. Nick Nash

Fierce: Kita Mean has been the host of TVNZ’s House of Drag for two seasons, and has maintained her position as resident Drag Queen at Family Bar and Club 

Popular: Kita also co-owns the iconic Caluzzi Cabaret and Phoenix Venue in Auckland. Pictured at the Stan Original Series RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under launch event in Sydney

Popular: Kita also co-owns the iconic Caluzzi Cabaret and Phoenix Venue in Auckland. Pictured at the Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under launch event in Sydney

Kita, 34, co-owns the iconic Caluzzi Cabaret and Phoenix Venue in Auckland.

She has been the host of TVNZ’s House of Drag for two seasons, and has maintained her position as resident Drag Queen at Family Bar and Club.

Elektra Shock a.k.a. James Luck

Fierce queen: Having started her drag career in 2012, Elektra Shock is the Dancing Queen of Tāmaki Makaurau

Pictured: Elektra Shock a.k.a. James Luck

Fierce queen: Having started her drag career in 2012, Elektra Shock is the Dancing Queen of Tāmaki Makaurau

Elektra, 27, is the Dancing Queen of Tāmaki Makaurau, runner-up on season two of TVNZ House of Drag, and star of Pleasuredome The Musical.

The New Zealand Herald describes her as ‘utterly charismatic’.

She started her drag career in 2012 and is now a resident performer at numerous venues.

Coco Jumbo a.k.a. Luke Vito

With the stars: Coco Jumbo has worked with Absolutely Fabulous' Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, and Australia's very own Sandra Sully

Pictured: Coco Jumbo a.k.a. Luke Vito

With the stars: Coco Jumbo has worked with Absolutely Fabulous’ Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, and Australia’s very own Sandra Sully 

Quite the CV! Coco has performed on the Mardi Gras party main stage numerous times and is a multi DIVA (Drag Industry Variety Awards) award winner. Pictured at the Stan Original Series RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under launch event in Sydney

Quite the CV! Coco has performed on the Mardi Gras party main stage numerous times and is a multi DIVA (Drag Industry Variety Awards) award winner. Pictured at the Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under launch event in Sydney

Coco, 30, has performed on the Mardi Gras party main stage numerous times and is a multi DIVA (Drag Industry Variety Awards) award winner.

She has worked with Absolutely Fabulous’ Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, and Australia’s very own Sandra Sully.

Jojo Zaho a.k.a. John Ridgeway

First to leave: Jojo Zaho, 30, was the first queen to be eliminated from the show over the weekend after failing to impress the judges with her catwalk ensembles

Pictured: Jojo Zaho a.k.a. John Ridgeway

First to leave: Jojo Zaho, 30, was the first queen to be eliminated from the show over the weekend after failing to impress the judges with her catwalk ensembles 

Jojo, 30, was the first queen to be eliminated from the show over the weekend after failing to impress the judges with her catwalk ensembles.

In 2015, Jojo started her drag career as a political response to a council member stating that homosexuality is not part of the Indigenous culture.

She made her first television cameo on Get Krackin, competed in the inaugural Miss First Nation Indigenous drag queen pageant, starred in the documentary Black Divaz, and hosted the VIP party for the Newcastle leg of Cher’s Australian tour.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under is available only on Stan, with new episodes airing weekly

Making a splash! RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under is available weekly, only on Stan

Making a splash! RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under is available weekly, only on Stan



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