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Who is Lawrence Chaney, the Glasgow queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 2?

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is in full swing, and the Scottish queens are making an impact.

Lawrence Chaney is already one of the frontrunners in series two, after landing in the top three in the first week.

Here’s everything you need to know about Lawrence Chaney as the contest continues to find the UK’s next drag superstar.

Who is Lawrence Chaney?

Lawrence is a drag queen from Glasgow who made history as the first Scot to enter the workroom in series two of Drag Race UK.

No Scottish queen has competed on the show before, but Lawrence isn’t the only one repping the country, as rival Ellie Diamond is from Dundee.

In the first week of the competition, Lawrence impressed RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and guest judge Liz Hurley with her stunning hometown look inspired by Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, as well as her ode to the late actress Diana Rigg on the main stage.

Lawrence has been doing drag for six years and wants to rep plus size girls, saying: ‘I want to set a precedent. I really want to show the world what this big diva can do. We can look fierce, wear high fashion too, not every joke needs to be a fat joke.

‘I really want to showcase the inner beauty, and the outer beauty – and not wear leotards with fringe on them.’

While she thinks she’ll do well in the comedy challenges, Lawrence is ‘terrified’ of the dancing challenges – which always come up in Drag Race.

What is Lawrence Chaney’s real name and how old is she?

Well, it’s Lawrence. Out of drag, this performer’s real name is Lawrence Maidment, but he kept his boy name for his alter ego.

Chaney was inspired by a 1920s film star, with the queen explaining: ‘He was known as the man of a thousand faces and I’m known as the queen of a thousand faces, because I’m good at impersonation, stupid voices and general buffoonery.’

Lawrence is 23 years old, so started doing drag when she was just 17.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is available on BBC iPlayer at 7pm on Thursdays. 


Credit: Original article published here.

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