RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 star Vanity Milan has explained how shocked she felt when she realised she was the only Black queen in the cast, recalling ‘breaking down in tears off camera’ due to the pressure she felt on the series.
On Thursday evening, the UK’s Next Drag Superstar will be crowned, with Ella Vaday, Kitty Scott-Claus and Krystal Versace all vying for the coveted title.
Vanity – who delivered one of the most iconic lip syncs ever with her performance of Mis-Teeq’s Scandalous – made it to the final four, before being told to ‘sashay away’ by RuPaul at the final hurdle.
When the line-up for season three was announced over summer, it was criticised for its lack of diversity, with Vanity being the only Black contestant.
During a recent interview with season one star Crystal, Vanity remembered what it was like sitting in the Werk Room watching her competitors make their entrances, expecting another Black queen to walk through the door.
‘So when I sat down and the queens kept coming, I was like, “Oh, there’s going to be someone.” And I’m waiting for like Rhys Pieces or Frieda Slaves to enter the room, like somebody I know in the drag scene that I’ve worked with, and I didn’t see anyone of colour, I was just like, f**k,’ she said during Attitude Magazine’s Tea Time.
Vanity recollected turning to Victoria Scone and expressing how taken aback she was.
‘And I think I turned to Victoria Scone and was like, I’m the only Black person here, and she was like [mind blown],’ she said.
The performer added that she felt ‘a lot of pressure’, stating: ‘There was a lot of times where I didn’t think I was doing my community justice. There was times where I broke down in tears off camera because I was like this is too much for me.’
While fans of Vanity were disappointed to see her go, she made a fashionable exit, having walked down the runway in a sensational, goddess-inspired ensemble for her final look.
The semi-finalist told Metro.co.uk that she saw her husband cry for the very first time when he watched the episode at a viewing party
‘It was an emotional day yesterday, and it was so good just to see him, you know, be a little bit emotional and tap into his emotional side and actually be like, it was a really good look that he created, which was really nice,’ she said.
The grand finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK airs on Thursday from 7pm on BBC Three on BBC iPlayer.
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