‘Canada’s Drag Race’ Pinay queen Kiki Coe served opulence in design challenge win
“Canada’s Drag Race” queen Kiki Coe is steadily proving that there’s more to her than her attention-grabbing name.
The 35-year-old Filipino-Canadian drag performer from Ottawa clinched the coveted design maxi challenge win on Season 4’s fourth episode.
With the theme “Out of the Closet,” last week’s challenge had the queens creating looks using celebrity fashion stylist and judge Brad Goreski’s hand-me-downs.
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Kiki Coe served opulence with her bedazzled red gown with swooping shoulder pieces that elevated its classic silhouette. Goreski noted the beading at the bottom, which weighed down the fabric, served an engineering purpose while adding an element that made the look more couture. Kiki Coe styled it with silver statement accessories and a rhinestoned blonde wig.
Kiki Coe teared up after receiving high praise from host Brooke Lynn Hytes who said, “For the first time in the history of ‘Canada’s Drag Race,’ when you walked out on stage, I got emotional. I literally started tearing up. You are glowing and I could tell how beautiful you felt.”
The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum added that she would wear the design herself on the main stage.
Judge Traci Melchor added that the gown looked custom-made. Guest judge and fashion writer Christian Allaire even stated that it rivaled Mugler and Schiaparelli creations. “I totally forgot we were in a design challenge,” he said in awe.
In winning the challenge, Kiki Coe also got to save her fellow Filipina queen Melinda Verga from elimination. “This queen that I want to save, I still want to see this queen fight. And, I want her to believe in herself. And I want to tell you that you’re not a punching bag,” she said.
The two queens follow in the footsteps of the series’ Filipina alums Kyne, Stephanie Prince, and Kimmy Couture. Will one of them win the crown? We’ll have to tune in to find out.