RuPaul Drag Race stars say that anyone can be a drag queen – and that includes people with disabilities

Jayne Cherrington-Cook
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Each week on Reality Check, Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea and Vinegar Strokes answer questions submitted by their fans. And this week the subject matter was something close to their hearts – drag – with one fan asking if being autistic would prevent them going into drag.

In her usual direct style, Chipz stated that “anyone can be a drag queen” citing one of her favourite groups Drag Syndrome as inspiration. They are the world's first drag troop featuring drag queens and kings with Down's Syndrome and as Chipz says they don’t let their disability get in the way of their dreams.

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“To anyone that has a disability or something that you think is setting you back, just embrace it and show everyone how wonderful you are,” she exclaimed.

“You can be a drag queen if you have multiple illnesses or disabilities. Don't let it hold you back. Like I said, take life by the horns and just show how fabulous you are!”

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Vinegar Strokes agreed saying that you have just one life so you should “just do it!”. The West End star also drew on her own experience of being different – she has a highly visible chest scar after being born with a hole in her heart. As a youngster, the operation to repair it, left her with a giant scar.

“I've got my heart surgery scar here, for instance, which a lot of people would go, ‘Oh, that should be covered up!’,” revealed Strokes.

“It's part of me and I use that as part of my drag. I'm not afraid to show that.

“Obviously that's just a scar, but still it's something that I could be quite self-conscious of. I just think whatever's kind of different and unique about you can be the great thing about you, so totally use it!”

Blu Hydrangea agreed with showing off your unique side and revealed she has an autistic friend that does do drag. She does advise though taking those first few steps into the drag world slowly.

“One thing that I would say is ease yourself into it,” she advised.

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“If you're worried about doing it, just take it a bit at a time. Go out and drag for fun, then start performing and then have your own gigs and shows. You don't have to take massive strides, just do it at your own pace.”

The look queen went on to say that there are many things about drag that could make someone uncomfortable from the heavy wigs to being in front of large crowds, but as long as you feel you ready for it she says go for it.

“Take it with both hands and do it,” she proclaimed!

And as Strokes said, becoming a drag queen in spite of your disability could also be great encouragement for other wannabe queens.

She advised: “You could inspire so many people out there to jump on this great bandwagon, just by you saying yes to your own dreams and your own desires.”

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For Chipz, she advises listening to the great Tina Turner when deciding whether to give drag a go.

“The moral of the story is don't let anything hold you back in life,” the Celebrity Masterchef star said.

“If you can physically do it, go out there and show the world. In the words of Tina Turner, ‘I'm simply the best, better than all the rest’.”

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