‘Drag Race Thailand’ crowns the franchise’s first transgender winner

drag race thailand season 2 winner Angele anang transgender
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Drag Race Thailand has crowned the popular reality TV franchise’s first ever transgender winner.

Trans queen Angele Anang was crowned winner during the finale of the Thai version of the show’s second season on Friday.

Show co-host Pangina Heals took to her social media accounts to congratulate Angele on the win, writing, “You worked hard and you showed the world you are an amazing artist and an amazing human being.”

In another post, Pangina posted a video of Angele receiving the crown and plaudits from the other contestants.

Another trans Drag Race Thailand contestant, Kandy Zyanide, made the top three and was named runner-up, after making headlines for lighting her dress on fire in an outrageous runway reveal.

RuPaul’s Drag Race has a complicated relationship with trans representation on the show, with creator RuPaul last year coming under fire for controversial comments about trans performers.

Drag Race Thailand began last year, and it’s not the only spinoff the drag juggernaut in production: a UK spinoff of the show is also in the works.


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Couldn’t be more proud to crown you @angeleanang ! Season 2 @dragracethailand superstar! Thank u @fiercejewels_official ขอบคุณทีมงานช่างแต่งหน้าทำผมstylist costume backstage รันคิว เเม่ครัว ช่างไฟทุกคน producers ที่ทำให้รายการนี้เป็นจริงและส่งเสริมDrag culture and people to Love themselves. Thank you @linetvth for believing in us and showcasing the girls talents. Thank you @tae_kantana for making any of this happen with ur vision and your activism that pushes us into the future. Thank you the judges today and especially @art_arya for being an amazing sister whom I learn so much from and LOVE with all my heart. And thank you all the fans out there for watching and supporting the girls and me. Season 1 and season 2 we are family! See you in the real world babies!! #dragracethailand #rupaulsdragrace #panginaheals #rpdr #dragrace #dragqueen

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