‘AFAB queen’ and other RuPaul’s Drag Race terminology explained

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RuPaul's Drag Race terminology

by Nathan Katnoria |

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK returned to our screens for a third series last week, following the end of All Stars 6 last month, and honestly, we couldn’t be happier.

The US edition, of which there’s been 13 seasons, first aired in 2009 but has seen a major increase in popularity since then after it became available to watch across the world on Netflix. The Drag Race franchise is now bigger than ever, with Mama Ru launching spin-offs this side of the pond and in countries like Canada, Spain, Holland and Thailand.

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If, like us, you’re an OG fan of the show, you’ll be well versed in the lingo used on the show, but don’t worry if you’re not quite as au fait as we’ve put together a handy guide to Drag Race terminology.

What do AFAB and cisgender mean? Your ultimate guide to the terms and slang used on RuPaul's Drag Race

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AFAB

AFAB is an acronym used to refer to drag queens who are assigned female at birth like Victoria Scone, who is the first cisgender female drag performer to appear on any franchise of RuPaul's Drag Race EVER.

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AFAB Queen

Ahead of series three, we caught up with series two’s fashion queen A’Whora who hinted that the new series of Drag Race UK will “make history”.

Chatting exclusively to heat, A’Whora told us, “All I’m going to say is, for the first time in Drag Race herstory, something has happened and that goes for US seasons and UK seasons.”

She added, “There’s two big things that have never happened in Drag Race. One is with a contestant and one is with what happens with the results.

“It’s really very exciting. We’re making history, baby!”

And she wasn't wrong, at the series featured the first ever AFAB drag queen. The term means Assigned Female at Birth and Cardiff Queen Victoria Scone made herstory when she was the first cis-gender woman to take part in the competition anywhere in the world.

“Drag’s always been a part of my life,” she told BBC Three. “I genuinely think I was born to be a drag queen.”

She said, “Hopefully there’ll be a million more AFAB drag queens, drag kings, non-binary performers and so on.

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