Strictly's Michelle Visage reveals she 'doesn't believe in gendering' and thinks of herself as a drag queen

STRICTLY Come Dancing's Michelle Visage "doesn't believe in gendering" and thinks of herself as a drag queen.

The 51-year-old star, who is a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, was asked to explain what it means to be a bio queen when she revealed how she perceives herself.

Michelle, who was born a woman, told the BBC: "I think the term bio queen is for gender purposes whether you believe in gendering or not. I don’t really believe in gendering.

"At the end of day a bio queen is a woman who was born a biological woman, and she performs in drag.

"So technically yeah I am that – but I just call myself a drag queen."

Meanwhile, Michelle, who is a judge on Ru Paul's Drag race alongside Graham Norton and Alan Carr, was unfortunately called a "prostitute" by ex-professional Vincent Simone in a live TV gaffe.


The dance legend joined Rylan Clark-Neal on It Takes Two last night, having appeared on Strictly between 2006 and 2012.

But Rylan was left horrified when Vincent accidentally called the 51-year-old Drag Race star a "lady of the night" as he critiqued her Cha Cha Cha with Giovanni Pernice.

Heaping praise on the TV favourite, 40-year-old Vincent exclaimed: "For me, she was like a lady of the night!"

Rylan gasped: "A what?!"

Only for Vincent to repeat himself, with Rylan awkwardly responding: "That has a very different meaning from where I come from."

The term "lady of the night" has been used as a euphemism for a prostitute since the 1600s, with the earliest known record of the use found in William Hicks' 1677 Wits Academy.

Michelle's Strictly stint got off to a glittering start at the weekend when she and Giovanni were awarded a huge 30/40 marks from the judges.

They were the third couple on the leaderboard, behind Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse, and Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden who scored 32 and 31 respectively.


Michelle will judge ten competing drag queens when Ru Paul's drag race kicks off next month on BBC Three on October 3rd.

They are: Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Crystal, Cheryl Hole, Divina De Campo, Gothy Kendoll, Sum Ting Wong, Scaredy Kat, The Vivienne, Vinegar Strokes.

Michelle is good pals with Ru Paul and he recently described them as "two peas in a pod".

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