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Asifa LaHore

There are at least 100 Muslim drag queens living in the UK, but almost all of them keep their religion a secret. Not Asifa Lahore, the first queen to announce her arrival to her community and her family

First printed in GT September 2015

IMAGES PHIL FISK / CHANNEL 4 TELEVISION

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I’D HAD MY SHARE OF PRE-performance jitters before, but this was really something I had to worry about. All I could do was check my outfit, wait for the cue, and introduce myself to the eager crowd. But as I strode on stage there was no applause, no cheering – only a chorus of gasps that were eventually drowned out by somebody spitting a drink. It was almost as if they’d never seen a drag act wearing a traditional burqa and heels before. I smiled. Asifa Lahore had arrived.

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It's summer again and that means you need SHADE! Celebrate our first birthday with an exclusive new cover interview with Jinkx Monsoon, chats with all 12 queens from Season Eight of RuPaul's Drag Race, as well as winners Bianca Del Rio and Violet Chachki. Plus we meet the cast and crew of Kinky Boots, and the UK's first out Muslim drag queen, Asifa Lahore.
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