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Natalia Pliacam

Natalia Pliacam
Born
Assadayut Khunviseadpong

1980/1981 (age 38–39)[1]
OccupationDrag queen
Known forWinner of Drag Race Thailand (season 1)
SuccessorAngele Anang

Natalia Pliacam, stage name of Assadayut Khunviseadpong,[2] is a Thai drag performer, best known for winning the first season of Drag Race Thailand, the Thai spinoff of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Biography

Khunviseadpong is of Chinese descent, and he owns a coffin-manufacturing company based in the Chinatown area of Bangkok.[3] He took dance classes starting in 1997 and taught cheerleading to deaf students for ten years at the Rangsit University Student Club.[4] He started doing drag in 2006, when he entered and won the "Miss AC/DC" beauty pageant, that involves creating a persona specific to a country. He chose the United States, and the name Natalia Pliacam comes from Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova and a painkiller brand.[5] The "Pliacam" part of his drag name is also play on words that can be translated to "tired labia" in English.[citation needed]

Drag Race

Pliacam was announced as one of ten contestants for the first season of Drag Race Thailand that began airing on February 15, 2018.[6] During the show, Pliacam won two main challenges and one runway challenge. He advanced in the top three with Annee Maywong and Dearis Doll to the live finale episode on April 5, 2018. He performed a custom lip sync to Whitney Houston's "Queen of the Night" for his last challenge.[7] Pliacam is the first and so far only plus-size winner of the Drag Race franchise.

Politics

On February 5th 2019, Pliacam announced she was running for Congress, gunning for a seat with the Local Thai Party, campaigning on a strong platform of LGBTIQ+ issues.[8]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Drag Race Thailand Herself Contestant - Winner
2019 Lip Sync Battle Thailand Herself Guest

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018-Present DragDaek Herself Co-Host [9]

References

  1. ^ Mahavongtrakul, Melalin (5 May 2018). "Life's no drag for Natalia Pliacam". Bangkok Post.
  2. ^ "คัดเลือกแล้ว! เปิดโปรไฟล์ 10 แดร็ก ผู้เข้าแข่งขัน Drag Race Thailand". Praew (แพรว) – All Luxe You Can Reach. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  3. ^ "Thai drag queens hope new TV show brings LGBTQ acceptance". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  4. ^ Ltd.Thailand, VOICE TV. "Voice TV 21". VoiceTV. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  5. ^ "What's the deal with... Natalia Pliacam". Time Out Bangkok. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  6. ^ "You Better Work! Thailand gets a homespun version of RuPaul's Drag Race | Coconuts Bangkok". Coconuts. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  7. ^ Natalia, Bakhtadze (2009-06-03). Associative Search Models in Power Grids. 13th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing. Elsevier. pp. 1714–1718. doi:10.3182/20090603-3-ru-2001.00286. ISBN 9783902661432.
  8. ^ "Um, the winner of Drag Race Thailand is running for Congress". Sbs.com. 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  9. ^ Dragแดก EP.3 Taipei Gay Pride 2018. YouTube. November 12, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2019.