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Drag Race UK Series 4 | Meet Cheddar Gorgeous

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Cheddar Gorgeous, 38, Manchester

Pronouns out of drag: No preference 

Pronouns in drag: No preference 

Tell us about yourself! 

I’m Cheddar Gorgeous and I’m 488 years old. I’m a living spectacle, cultural icon and dressed as a Mancunian busy bee. I’ve been in Manchester for 16 years. I absolutely adore the city and whilst I‘m originally from Birmingham, I feel like Cheddar was very much manifested in Manchester.  

Where does your drag name come from? 

My drag name references the iconic British landmark Cheddar Gorge which I have visited many times in my many lifespans. A lot like Cheddar Gorge, I go on forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and sometimes I’m damp.   

Tell us about your drag? 

My drag is a living spectacle. A collage of makeup, costume and performance. You could see anything at a Cheddar Gorgeous show as my drag is otherworldly and ethereal. Growing up, I was a bit of a geek and I was enamoured by aliens, gods, goddesses and strange monsters and now in my drag, I like to harness the energy of science fiction, fantasy and magic!  

How long have you been doing drag? 

I’ve been doing drag hundreds of years but the cover story is that I’ve been doing it about 13 or 14. I’ve been so lucky in my life. Drag has allowed me to travel all over the world from LA to Hong Kong and I’ve worked in the clubs, cabarets, museums and I’ve put it all over the streets. I’ve had an absolutely lovely time.  

How does it feel to be a Ru Girl?

It’s very exciting! I didn’t imagine they’d be interested in outer world art pieces like me! Most of all, I am excited for the challenge. I don’t know what’s going to be thrown at me, but I quite like having things thrown in my face and just seeing what happens. That’s the pleasure of life, isn’t it? 

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