Filipino Canadian drag performer Kimmy Couture has made history by being the first Pinay queen to reach the finale of Canada’s Drag Race, the country’s franchise of the popular reality competition, RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The contestant from Ottawa, Ontario joins three other finalist drag queens Miss Fiercalicious, Gisèle Lullaby, and Jada Shada Hudson in the grand finals show on September 8, 2022.
Kimmy Couture’s making it to the finale is the first time for a Filipina drag queen in the show’s history. Kimmy is the third Filipina to compete on Canada’s Drag Race, following Stephanie Prince and Kyne who both finished in the top ten in their respective seasons.
Kimmy is also the first openly transgender woman in the competition and the third transgender woman to join Canada’s Drag Race, after Ilona Verley and Eve 6000.
“I want to be the first trans woman to win Canada’s Drag race,” Kimmy said in her video introduction to Canada’s Drag Race.
— EJ Transfiguracion (@Earl_Julius16) September 6, 2022
Kimmy joined Canada’s Drag Race as one of the 12 contestants in the 3rd season which started airing in July.
The Filipina Canadian contestant was almost eliminated at the Masquerade Ball and wound up in the bottom two with Vivian Vanderpuss.
In their battle for survival, Kimmy won over the judges with her furious poses during their lip-sync performance of “CTRL + ALT + DEL” by Rêve and snatched the last spot in the finals.
In an Instagram post, Kimmy said, “I love them all so much. Any of us are worthy of the crown … The best sisters I could ask for.”
Filipino-American fashion designer Zaldy Goco won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” episode, “Oh. My. Gaga”.
Mela Franco Habijan was crowned Miss Trans Global 2020 and made history for bringing the first trans pageant crown to the Philippines.
Will Kimmy be the first trans woman and the first Filipina drag performer winner in the Canadian franchise? Watch it on Thursday, September 8 in WOW Present Plus.
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