Drag Race UK Series 4: Meet Le Fil


BBC Three

Le Fil, 36, Yorkshire
Pronouns out of drag: He / Him / They / Them
Pronouns in drag: He / Him / They / Them

Tell us about yourself?
My name is Le Fil and I’m all your all singing, all dancing, Chinese pop star! I’m 36 and I’m from Brighouse in Yorkshire! 

Describe your drag in three words?
My drag in three words would be androgynous, Asian and sensation!

How would you describe your drag?
Le Fil is the intersection of art, fashion music and sculpture. I like the idea that I'm breaking genre, breaking gender and creating art. My background was in art and sculpture, and so I always aim to look like a walking piece of fine art!

What’s a Le Fil drag show like?
A typical Le Fil show is a full on epic pop performance meets fashion and art installation with my own songs, live vocals, my own band and backing dancers. I call my gigs ‘pop sculptures with extras”, because they’re music gigs entwined with stories, and performance art. I like to give my fans a pop extravaganza, where the sets are like sculptures, the costumes are like couture, and the show is like a piece of live art.

How long have you been doing drag?
I've been dressing femininely ever since I was born as I've been doing drag for years. 

My drag is basically an amped up version of my everyday wear!
I’ve been doing drag professionally for a while now, and my career highlight was touring around the world with Spice Girl, Melanie C from Brazil to Australia to Europe. She’s my childhood idol so it was a dream come true. 

Who or what inspires your drag?
My greatest love is art. I love anything that is innovative and rebellious. I love people like Andy Warhol, Duchamp Gilbert and also designers like Victor Roth and Marcela Westwood who have brought something fresh and new to culture.

I take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. I've covered myself in clay in clingfilm. I've covered myself in mud, trees, anything! The craziest thing I've taken inspiration from is rice! I've made outfits out of rice and sculptures.  Steamed, boiled rice... I love it - it’s a big part of my culture. 

Is there a drag scene in Brighouse?
None whatsoever! Brighouse is a small West Yorkshire town, with no drag scene that I know of, but it did spawn me and fellow Series 1 finalist, Davina De Campo. We were in the school choir together. We’re both from Yorkshire and wonderful!

I’m proud of my Yorkshire roots, in fact the look I’m wearing now, is a homage to the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. Brass bands and now drag queens are big in Yorkshire.

What will be your greatest strengths in the competition?
I have a lot of drag skills required of a drag Race Superstar. I can sing, I can write songs, I can act, I can dance, I can style, and I can create. My strength in this competition is my eye for detail. I have studied hard to get here. I take notes and I’m going to use all my knowledge to beat the other queens. The other queens might underestimate me. They might not even see me because I'm only two foot four! But there is no way that I will fade into the background. 

What does it feel like to be a Ru Girl?
I am so excited to be one of the queens of Drag Race UK Series 4! I cannot wait to bring you the looks, the energy, the optimism and the smiles!


Drag Race UK series 4 will return on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on Tuesday 22nd September.

Source BBC Three

September 9, 2022 8:00am ET by Pressparty  


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