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First ever transgender woman wins in Drag Race history

First ever transgender woman wins in Drag Race history

Angele Anang from Drag Race Thailand

For the first time ever, a transgender woman has won Drag Race Thailand. Thai contestant Angele Anang took home the top prize when the second season of the series ended on Friday (5 April).

With her win, Angele is also the first ever trans woman to land first place in the history of the Drag Race franchise.

Co-host Pangina Heals posted about Angele’s win on Instagram, where she wore an epic and sparkly crown atop her rainbow wig. Angele also looked the part by donning a dramatic, gold mermaid dress.

‘You worked hard and you showed the world you are an amazing artist and an amazing human being,’ Pangina praised Angele in the post.

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

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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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Angele’s win wasn’t the only victory for trans representation in the season.

Kandy Zyanide, another trans contestant, was runner-up to Angele.

Throughout the season, Angele proved herself to be a strong competitor. She is the first queen ever to win five challenges in a row and beating the record for most challenge wins in a single seasons. Overall, she won a total of six challenges, beating BenDeLaCreme’s former record of five.

Drag Race Thailand’s second season was a dramatic and fun one, with one queen even setting herself on fire on the runway.

The show’s history with trans representation

Drag Race has a contentious history with transgender representation.

Last year, creator and co-host of the original US show RuPaul, came under fire for his comments about trans contestants. He initially said he wouldn’t accept a trans contestant, and though that has changed, many still criticized him for his stance.

There have only been a handful of trans contestants in the franchise’s global history.

One of those contestants was Hugo Grrrl on House of Drag, New Zealand’s equivalent of Drag Race. Last year, he became both the first drag king and transgender man to win in the franchise or its spinoffs histories.

See also

Drag Race must cast trans and cis queer women to survive

Meet the American drag queen who traveled the world to be on Drag Race Thailand

Gia Gunn alleges unaired RuPaul confrontation on All Stars