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Photographs by Jenny Brough
Styled by Jessica Skeete-Cross
Set Design by Andrew Lim Clarkson

Bimini Bon Boulash, Drag Race UK’s very own plant-based princess, was the
fashion favourite who gave our lockdown a lift. Now this queen is ready to revitalise the London scene. Laura Craik discovers how they became the UK’s hun

Most people look disappointing in real life compared with on screen, but Bimini Bon Boulash remains undimmed. Her hair a cloud of blonde, her eyes peculiarly arresting in preternaturally pale blue lenses, she is striking a regal pose in a Lanvin dress when I arrive on set.

I’d hoped she’d be doing the splits — her trademark move on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK — but it’s not that kind of shoot. This queen may have won the Snatch Game with her stellar impersonation of Katie Price, but today, she is a supermodel. A vegan supermodel, with a quick wit and a filthy laugh.

For those who didn’t watch the second season of Drag Race UK, here’s a quick cheat sheet about Bimini. Born in Norfolk, brought up in Great Yarmouth, based in east London, the 28-year-old non-binary Taurus, who goes by ‘they’ when not in drag, is a proud, plant-based princess whose first words on the show were: ‘I’m vegan.’

They’ve been vegan for seven years. ‘I invented it!’ they laugh, once they’ve changed into a black Juicy Couture tracksuit and we’ve settled down to talk. ‘You have to be able to laugh at yourself. Vegans get stick for taking themselves too seriously. I wanted to go in there and take the piss.’

Many viewers believed Bimini was Bon Burgled by being the show’s runner-up, the crown having being won by Glaswegian contestant, Lawrence Chaney. ‘You don’t have to have a crown to feel like a winner,’ Bimini says, firmly. ‘I’m just so happy that people even wanted me to win. Lawrence really deserved it.’

ROBERT WUN corset top, £3,600; cycling trousers, £400. MALONE SOULIERS heels, £525. Cirrostratus mural from the Trunk Archive collection at Surface View, from £40.

"We’re not as cut-throat bitchy. We’re more kind of shady, but we’ve always got each other’s backs"

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NOIR KEI NINOMIYA jacket, £980; mesh dress worn underneath £1,560, at Dover Street Market London

“there’s a place for drag in society to open people’s minds and teach people that it’s okay to feel different, that it’s okay to feel like you don’t fit in”

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ANDREAS KRONTHALER FOR VIVIENNE WESTWOOD dress £10,000. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD pearl necklace, £340. COMPLETEDWORKS earrings, £315. Cirrostratus mural from the Trunk Archive collection at Surface View, from £40

“I always knew that I was neither here nor there — like I was in between. That’s how I’ve always felt”

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LANVIN dress, POA.
ELISSA POPPY skirt worn underneath, £250. PARIS TEXAS heels, £440. COMPLETEDWORKS cuff, £350. Elizabeth Taylor vintage 1994 necklace, £625

Hair by Oskar Pera at David Artists using Industry_wigs and Evo.
Make-up by Nikki Wolff using KVD Beauty.
Nails by Edyta Betka using Glitterbels.
Photographer’s assistant: Ho Hai Tran.
Stylist’s assistant: Raphael Del Bono.
Hair stylist’s assistant: Rosa Rivera.
Make-up assistant: Jo Lorrimer.
Set design assistant: Chloee Maugile.
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on Kodak Professional PORTRA 400 120