Top 9 nerdy drag artists that have us fangurling

Drag has paid homage to numerous characters from video games to TV shows, turning out stunning and fun looks. From the wide pool of possibles, we pick our top 9 nerdy drag artists.

A drag king with a face painted to look like a crying clown

Nerdy drag artists highlight the intimate connection between drag culture and pop culture. References ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Pokemon are elevated into stunning and campy fun looks. 

Shows such as Rupaul’s Drag Race and Boulet Brother’s Dragula have made whole episodes out of pop culture references. Parodying Dungeons & Dragons and Get Out to name only two, these episodes show the potential of incorporating pop culture imagery into a queen or king’s look. 

Among the wide selection of cosplay looks and makeup references, we’ve picked our top 9 nerdy drag artists. 

Phi Phi O’Hara

The Queen of Cosplay herself! Phi Phi O’Hara changed the game for nerdy drag artists with her phenomenal 365 days of Drag challenge in 2016. If that wasn’t enough, she is back at it again with her stellar Harry Potter cosplay looks. Breaking away from being one of the most controversial queens since her appearance in Rupaul’s Drag Race, Phi Phi has elevated nerdy drag to a whole other level. 

Florida Man

The world was left shaking after Florida Man’s performance of Voldemort lip-syncing to Arianna Grande’s Dangerous Woman. It is a sensational performance made all the better for the incredible Lady Voldemort look. Speaking to GCN, she described how this all came about: “I’d previously performed a different number as Lady Voldemort a few months back for a Harry Potter-themed drag show I organised. The character resonated well there, so I decided I wanted to continue exploring new material for Lady Voldemort.” 

Tandi Iman Dupree

Tandi Iman Dupree dropping from the ceiling into the splits while dressed as Wonder Woman is the DC movie we all deserve. Lip syncing to Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Holding Out For A Hero’, this performance is legendary. Tandi was performing at the Miss Gay Black America pageant in 2001 and her show has left us fangurling ever since. 


Reigning Miss Nerd New York, Megami served Avatar: The Last Airbender realness at FlameCon 2019. The Ember Island Slay-ers was a phenomenal performance that showed Megami’s love for costuming and attention to detail. Not to mention her reenactment of the opening credits with the inclusion of a fan thwoorp is everything. 

Miss Toto

Queen of the Miami scene and the original Barbie Bodybuilder, Miss Toto has served looks from the Hormone Monstress from Netflix’s Big Mouth to Garnet from Steven Universe. She channels pop culture into fantastic looks, blending these references into wrestling stunts. 

Erika Klash

Since her time on Boulet Brother’s Dragula season 2, Erika Klash has gone on to showcase her exceptional nerdy looks. Bringing a whole new meaning to gaymer, she has drawn from Pokemon to create looks based on cubone, goomy, and bruxish to name a few. She is a queen who wears her nerdy side loud and proud. 

Andro Gin

Andro Gin would not look out of place as a cartoon villain and we are living for it. This drag king creates high concept makeup looks that blend a cartoony pop of colour with a dark side. He is every Disney Villain brought to life.  

Kitty Powers

The queen behind Kitty Power’s Matchmaker game series, Kitty created this fabulous dating simulation back in 2014. Breaking the fourth wall, Kitty is both an ingame character as well as an onstage performer. Creating a game to give people the chance to either be themselves or create a character that’s otherworldly is such a fun concept. It’s the answer to the question – what if the Sims was supercharged by rainbows and innuendos?

Hashtag Trashly

Hashtag Trashly is the reigning twitch streamer in drag. Playing anything from The Sims to Heroes of the Storm, she brings incredible looks each time she streams and is such a joy to watch. Plus her version of Drag Race in Sims form is hilarious.

There are our top picks for the best nerdy drag artists. If we missed any of your favourite nerdy drag artists, let us know!

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