RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be back on our screens for a third series, and the 12 queens who will be appearing have already been confirmed.
Among them is 23-year-old River Medway, who will be hoping to impress the judges when the show returns.
The other seven include 27-year-old Veronia Scone, 19-year-old Krystal Versace and 29-year-old Kitty Scott-claus.
Joining them will be 32-year-old Ella Vaday, 29-year-old Elektra Fence and 24-year-old Charity Kase.
The final two, to complete the line-up, are 30-year-old Choriza May and 19-year-old Anubis.
Here, however, we’re focusing on River Medway, and in particular, who she is, where she’s from and who her inspirations are. So, let’s get on with it.
Who is River Medway in Drag Race UK season 3?
River Medway is a 23-year-old drag artist, who got into drag when she was 15 years old.
Three years later, she decided to go to clubs in drag and realised how much she enjoyed it.
She said: “I loved it, so as a trained performer, I decided to do drag professionally. I’m 23 now, and I’ve been doing drag properly and gigging for just over two years.”
River trained in musical theatre at a performing arts college, graduating in 2019. She has been a keen wig styler for a number of years.
She said: “I’ve never worn a wig styled by someone else. I can’t bear a dirty wig – it makes me really angry! When I was about 15 years old, I learned how to knot a wig. I just love it.”
Where is River Medway from and who is her inspiration?
River Medway is from Medway, Kent. She calls it home and adores it.
She said: “There’s so little drag in Kent, there’s no specific style. And because of that it’s allowed me to do what I want. And here I am – a beautiful butterfly!”
River says her inspiration is Hannah Montana from the Disney show of the same name. The series stars Miley Cyrus as the title character, a schoolgirl who tries to live as two people: one being a usual teenager, the other being a popstar.
She said: “I love Hannah Montana… I’ve always been obsessed with her and now when I think about it I loved the transformation.
“By day, she was a schoolgirl, living a completely normal life, and then by night she’s a popstar, with wigs, makeup and outfits. That’s drag! And that’s how I feel in drag.
“My mum and my sister were also my inspirations. Growing up with them, they were such glam divas! My mum never left the house without a full face of makeup. Me too! I definitely get that from my mum.”
Who are some of the guest judges confirmed for Drag Race UK season 3?
So far, three famous faces have been confirmed to be on the judging panel, making a guest appearance. They are: Little Britain and Great British Bake Off star Matt Lucas, Gimme Gimme Gimme’s Kathy Burke and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse.
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