Meet First-Ever Cisgender ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.’ Queen Victoria Scone
Cardiff’s camp, cabaret, disco diva is ready to fight for the crown on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Victoria Scone is the first-ever cisgender woman to compete on the show. She did say in her pre-show interview that some people label her as an AFAB drag queen, which means she was assigned female at birth.
It is important to note that bio queen Felicia Heals did audition for Season 2 of Drag Race Thailand. Though her audition aired on television, she was not selected to be a part of the official Top 14 queens competing for the crown. She did say she would be back to audition for the third season of the show.
Victoria Scone Hopes to Inspire Change on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’
Victoria has been doing drag for three years. She moved to Cardiff to help her drag career take off. The professionally trained actor, singer, and dancer boasts some big talent inspired by several entertainment legends.
“If you come to a Scone show, you’re going to get all of the divas,” she said in the cast announcement video. “A bit of Barbara, a bit of Donna Summer, Shirley Bassey. I was brought up by old-school drag queens. That’s what I love about drag, the entertainment of it all.”
This history-making cast announcement comes after years of fans calling for more inclusivity on the show. RuPaul has made a couple of changes including changing her catchphrase to “Racers, start your engines, and may the best drag queen win.” Victoria is happy to have made it onto the show as the first cis-female and hopes the trend will continue in future seasons.
“I am not the first and I certainly won’t be the last,” she told Attitude. “But I feel very capable and proud to have made it through the application process and be the first on Drag Race UK. Me being here is political but you can just have fun with it. That’s why I started. I just wanted to entertain people and that’s what we’re going to do!”
Victoria does a lot of old-school and traditional drag. She has been performing since she was a kid. When she was 3 years old, Victoria’s mother made her attend dance classes. Her mother had been a ballerina on The Benny Hill Show. The classes eventually led Victoria to want to pursue a career in the entertainment world. She completely fell in love with theater and took inspiration from Widow Twankey, a character in the pantomime Aladdin.
Victoria Has Impressive Makeup Skills and On-Stage Experience
Victoria worked as a sales and events coordinator before she began her drag career full-time. In 2018, Victoria was featured in Boyz Magazine after winning a drag competition. She went on to compete in the Drag Idol UK Grand Final a month later. Victoria was completely hooked on performing in drag and booked a bunch of gigs on stages during 2018 London Pride. She also performed at pride the following year in an event hosted by Baga Chipz.
Victoria won the Favorite Alternative Drag Queen Award at the Umbrella Awards in 2019. She did attend RuPaul’s Drag Con in 2020 before the pandemic put a halt on live performing. Victoria showed off her intricate makeup skills with Instagram looks inspired by Gigi Goode, Sasha Velour, and flaunted a huge headpiece made out of scones and jam.
Prior to the Season 3 Rupaul’s Drag Race U.K. cast announcement, Victoria hosted the United Kingdolls tour starring Season 2 winner Lawrence Chaney, Bimini Bon-Boulash, Tayce, and A’Whora. Victoria now has a huge resume of on-stage experience which will definitely be an advantage in the competition.
“I should win RuPaul’s Drag Race UK because it’s so important, not just for me, but for marginalized minority groups in the queer scene to see themselves reflected on TV,” she said. “We can absolutely have a seat at this table. I didn’t build the table (despite being very butch and very good at DIY) but I deserve a space at it. Everyone deserves a space. I wanted to do Drag Race to prove that I can win it.”