Hartlepool drag queen Celeste St. Clair to compete for crown in pageant finale

A drag queen who was born and raised in Hartlepool is preparing to take to the catwalk to compete for the crown in a pageant celebrating the art.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 1:00 pm
Hartlepool drag queen Celeste St. Clair is competing in Miss Drag UK 2020.
Hartlepool drag queen Celeste St. Clair is competing in Miss Drag UK 2020.

Celeste St. Clair, 20, will perform at the finale of Miss Drag Race UK 2020 this spring – and ahead of the competition, she has spoken of the drag world’s inclusivity and support.

Little more than a year has passed since Celeste’s first drag event, but things have moved at an extremely quick pace.

The former English Martyrs School pupil moved to Yorkshire two years ago with her fiance and has racked up a number of achievements since then.

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She told the Mail: “The world of drag has been an amazing place to me so far, it's a very inclusive and supportive community and I've had nothing but support and good friends come out of it.

“The best part being that other queens help me by offering me gigs and I do the same for my sisters also.”

To date, Celeste has placed second in Hull Drag Race, taken the crown at the Miss York Fashion pageant and performed at Hull Pride alongside Cabinet of Queerosities as opening act for Alaska 5000, who won the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.

She was inspired to compete in this year’s Miss Drag Race UK pageant by fellow performers Aunty Ginger and Bailey Bubbles, who respectively won and made the final of the 2019 event.

Celeste, who grew up in the West View area of Hartlepool, hopes her performance is impressive enough to snatch the competition’s crown in March.

She added: “Getting to know the other competitors has been a delight and the queens who have made it to the finale, familiar and new faces alike, all seem like brilliant people and we've already started forming new friendships, getting to know one another.

For more information about Celeste and her work, you can follow her on Instagram here.