Theydies and gentlethems, make way for the kings. 👑
While drag queens are having a huge moment in the spotlight, there are a ton of drag kings out there who continue to earn standing ovations as well.
These performance artists, who dress in masculine drag and personify male gender stereotypes, never fail to make the crowds go wild over their impeccable talent and scene-stealing personalities.
Keep reading to see who you should be following!
This comedian and drag king entertainer has been putting on iconic performances since the 1990s.
Taking his talents to the TV scene, Murray has also starred in Hulu’s Life & Beth and HBO’s Somebody, Somewhere.
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Audiences may know Justin from being a contestant on Call Me Mother season two back in 2022. Being more than just a bit of a crowd favourite, this drag king came in 5th place.
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Landon Cider’s show-stopping looks never fail to captivate crowds and earn a crazy amount of double taps. As one of the most popular drag kings out there, Cider’s made a big name from winning The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula in 2019 and has also appeared on season two of Call Me Mother.
When it comes to drag kings in Canada, HercuSleaze is one of the most recognized names! This director, illustrator, and graphic novelist became a star for winning 5th place on Call Me Mother’s first season in 2021.
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As a drag king, activist, and producer Charli Deville shines bright no matter what he does. Aside from winning drag competitions in Ottawa and Montreal, he’s taken over stages in Toronto, London, Berlin, Dublin, Winnipeg, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Gay Jesus, born as Heath V. Salazar, stands at the forefront of the drag king scene in Toronto. They’ve also starred as “Silas” in the short film They/Them, which was awarded Best Short Film at the LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival. You’ll also find @theirholiness starring in the award-winning TV show Sort Of.
This non-binary latinx drag king has been in love with performing since the age of six years old.
Like a dream come true that couldn’t be more well-deserved, Myster E Mel Kiki won “Best Drag King” at the 24th annual Glam Awards in 2022.
Proving to be a true king, Ricky Rose wears many crowns. In fact, this talented entertainer owns the titles of DC’s Best Drag King 2019 and Mr. Trans Puerto Rico 2023!
There’s no denying that Maxxx Pleasure is doing an incredible job at pushing drag kings into the mainstream scene!
Known for his over-the-top rock and roll drag performances, he puts on incredible shows at Dromedary Urban Tiki Bar and even gained a shiny nomination for “Best Drag King” at the 2022 Glam Awards.
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King Fisher is swimming his way to the top as one of the top drag kings!
This performer of the Ktunaxa Nation is also passionate about uplifting the community of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer artists.
K. James has been winning the drag game for more than 12 years now. Back in 2016, he even won the Brooklyn Nightlife Award for Drag “King of The Year.”
You might also recognize him as one of the stars of Sasha Velour’s NightGowns series!
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Aside from being one of the most well-loved drag kings, Vico Ortiz is also a bonafide TV star!
They starred in shows such as Transparent, The Fosters, Lucifer, Criminal Minds, American Horror Story: 1984, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, and Narcos vs. Zombies.
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Dr. Wang Newton is here to be the life of the party! Uplifting both the drag king scene and Asian communities since 2004, the comedic entertainer has performed shows for global audiences in Taiwan, Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York City.
There are a ton of impressive titles attached to the name “Alexandher Brandy.” Drag king, activist, producer, and podcast host are just a few of them!
Catch @axbrandy on the And Their Sibling podcast alongside @only_rye as they learn all about the people helping to build the queer community.
Ever since debuting in 2014, Cyril Cinder has been making the Canadian drag king scene super proud. This talented performer owns the title of Mr. Capital Pride 2019!
You can also catch Cyril Cinder making waves as a gamer on Twitch!
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