Logo TV’s ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ has moved from niche programming to global phenomenon in the past few years, in December it was even announced that the show will be filming a UK edition for BBC Three this year and it looks like Michelle Visage will take the helm.
The US hit show is broadcast in 193 countries, and today announced its Season 11 Queens. Among the line up is season 10 alum Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. Her meme-worthy ‘Miss Vanjie! Miss Vanjie! Miss Vanjie!’ exit had fans so hooked they’re eager to see her return.
Queens joining Miss Vanjie include three Queens of the Davenport name, Plastique Tiara of House of Edwards, ‘life-sized Bratz doll’ Ariel Versace, and Korean Queen Soju.
Soju’s introduction describes her as:
Raised in Korea, Soju brings Korean influences into her drag, be it colorful crazy K-Pop aesthetics or Taekwondo martial arts weapons. 🥋✨ Producer and star of the popular YouTube show Shot With Soju, where queens spill the beans about their time on Drag Race, Soju comes into the competition fully prepared for her own shot at the crown. 💋
and we just can’t wait to see Soju’s ‘crazy K-Pop aesthetics’ on Drag Race!
Soju does not live in the shadow of fellow Korean-Chicagoan and Season 8 runner up, Kim Chi. Soju hosts a must-see YouTube show called ‘Shot with Soju’, releases music, advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, and owns a Tae Kwon Do Academy (Tony is a fifth-degree Tae Kwon Do master).
“There’s been such great progress in mainstream acceptance of drag queens lately, and I want to use my platform to bring greater visibility for Asian Americans in the drag community, as well as for drag and LGBTQ culture in the Korean community.”
With RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4 still airing on Comedy Central UK, we have a little longer to wait to see Soju in action. In the meantime check out her makeup routine and her music below.
Season 11 will premiere on Friday 22nd February on VH1 in the US and episodes will air on Netflix in the UK a day later.