Drag queen from West Molesey shortlisted for Miss Drag UK finals

February 10, 2019
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A drag queen from West Molesey has been shortlisted as a finalist for the UK’s first charity drag pageant.

Harry Watson, who performs as ‘Rosé Zinfandel’, has been selected to compete at the Miss Drag UK finals next month at the Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkestone.

The 21-year-old will have to compete against 20 of the country’s leading drag performers to win the crown and title of Miss Drag UK – a representative of the drag community who has proven herself to be a cut above the rest.

Miss Zinfandel started to perform as a drag artist while studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford .

She said: “When I got started, I was at University and it was my first introduction to the party scene within the LGBTQ community. I wasn’t able to access it without being 18-years-old.

Harry Watson, from West Molesey, is hoping to be crowned the winner of Miss Drag UK
(Image: Rosé Zinfandel)

“It was there that I saw live performers and experienced the magic of drag.

“There was one queen called Amanda Bang who was hosting a competition while I was at University. I went with the intention of competing but no one else turned up in drag, so it was my first win by default.

“It was a fantastic experience and really opened my eyes to the possibility of going out and doing it full-time. It was always my dream to express myself as an artist on this platform.

“From there I started working for local clubs and it developed into the start of a career.”

It usually takes Miss Zinfandel around two to three hours to get “stage ready” and she can create a multitude of different looks.

However, it has not been an easy process. It has taken months of commitment and dedication to get the “fun, hyper-feminine image” that she desires.

Rosé performs in a multitude of different looks
(Image: Rosé Zinfandel)

She said: “It was a process of trial and error.

“Anything I saw on YouTube didn’t seem to work for me, so I committed myself to a full face of makeup every day to improve. I had to teach myself as I wasn’t able to replicate looks in a decent way.

“I think I wanted to go into it with the openness to be able to shape shift and do quite a few different styles, whilst maintaining a beautiful-looking aesthetic. Nice to look at, but with versatility.”

Miss Zinfandel said she was “over the moon” when she found out she had been shortlisted and has been preparing her looks for the finals ever since.

Each drag queen will complete four rounds – the opening number, the interview round, the high fashion round and the grand finale – with each one requiring a different outfit or look.

(Image: Rosé Zinfandel)

She said she is “very nervous” but thinks she has a good shot.

“This is my first big competition and I’m doing this to try to further my career.

“Drag is such a welcoming practice and I think it’s a really good medium for bringing the general population and drag community together.

“The message I’d like to give to the audience is that if I am able to display a very extreme side of the LGBTQ community and I am able to prance around on stage in heels and a wig, the acceptance of less extravagant and less provocative queer people is doable. They can welcome the LGBTQ community into their worlds.

“I want to show a face to the community that is positive. We want to help educate and spread the message that everyone is equal. Equality is the key word when it comes to acceptance,” she said.

Miss Zinfandel will compete in the finals at the Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkestone on March 10.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/drag-queen-west-molesey-shortlisted-15808282


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