This Taiwanese Drag Queen Has Become The First East Asian Person To Win “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

"Taiwan, this is for you!"

This Taiwanese Drag Queen Has Become The First East Asian Person To Win “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Taiwanese drag queen, Nymphia Wind, has become the first East Asian person to win “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, garnering the praise of thousands, including Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen.

The 28-year-old competed against 14 other drag queens for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” on the 16th season of the reality show.

The Taiwanese-American drag queen, performed by fashion designer Leo Tsao, moved to New York in 2022 to audition for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and take her performances to a new level.

Wind, who has taken over the color yellow, has proudly embraced her Asian identity through her performances and outfits.

“Yellow represents the color of my skin. By wearing yellow, I hope to raise more Asian awareness and appreciation,” she said in an interview for the Washington Post.

On Friday, April 19, the last episode of the reality show aired, with Nymphia Wind named as the winner for her lip-sync performance to Kylie Minogue’s “Padam Padam”, which she did in an outfit inspired by bubble tea, a Taiwanese drink.

“To those who feel like they don’t belong, just remember to live fearlessly and have courage to live your truth,” she said during her winning speech, adding, “And Taiwan, this is for you!”

Her win didn’t go unnoticed by Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-Wen, who praised the Taiwanese-American drag queen on X, formerly known as Twitter, for being the first Taiwanese to take part in the competition and winning.

“Right after being crowned queen, you said, ‘Taiwan, this is for you.’ Taiwan thanks you for living fearlessly,” the president wrote.

Taiwan has taken measures to create a more inclusive environment for its LGBTQ community.

The country became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage and has allowed married same-sex couples to jointly adopt non-biological children.

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