Drag Race UK Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: Great Outdoors

At the end of last weeks episode, RuPaul asked Victoria Scone to see a medical professional about her knee injury. The request put her spot in the competition in jeopardy and for the queens and viewers, Victoria’s fate was left unknown.

The beginning of episode 3, Ru arrived to reveal this weeks challenge. However, the bad news came first, informing the queens that Victoria had to leave the competition as she had not been cleared by the medical team to continue. The news was greeted with sadness by the cast, but like most who are forced to retire early we can assume this won’t be the last we see of Victoria Scone.

Ru presented the mini challenge and this week he asked the queens to present a live “butch drag” profile for the new social media app findhr. The queens were given a few minutes to get into “quick drag” as straight men and then described themselves using gags, double on tundras and high-pitched voices. It was Scarlett Harlett’s angry man vibe that tickled Ru’s funny bone the most giving her the advantage in the maxi challenge.

With Krystal having won the first two maxi challenges the queens were eager to prove themselves this week. Presenting two “campy” looks on the runway for “Happy Camper” and “Campfire Couture” where they would have to design an outfit using unconventional materials associated with outdoor camping including picnic tablecloths, sleeping bags, tents, umbrellas, pads and fake plants.

While the queens worked on their design, Ru came back with Raven for a check-in. Naturally the queens took the chance to get some makeup tips from Ru’s personal MUA and Emmy winner Raven, getting advice on nose contouring, minimising grease and how to reduce squareness in their bone structure.

The strongest sewers in the room, Charity, River Medway and Veronica Green became hot spots for advice from the other girls. However, it was while helping Kitty that Charity opened up about a night from her past where she was taken advantage of and contracted multiple STIs including HIV. She took the opportunity to discuss the stigma of being HIV positive and how it’s negatively impacted her ability to form relationships and the loneliness that surrounds her. She explained drag was her way of finding vulnerability and excitement after such a dark period.

On the main stage, Ru was joined by Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and this week’s guest judge Nicola Coughlan. The first category was Happy Campers in the Great Outdoors followed by Campfire Couture. Based on their two looks, Kitty, River and Charity were declared safe but were surprised that Charity were not among the top queens.

Krystal once again got praise from the judges and the some of the queens felt like she didn’t deserve it considering she got so much help with her costume from the others in the workroom. However, that wasn’t the old shade thrown, as Vanity who was not among the tops of the week, lashed out at Scarlett saying her designed look could have been “bought off the rack.”

The judges however, didn’t agree as Scarlett was the winner of this weeks maxi challenge for her design, with Krystal just shy of her third win. While, Vanity and Veronica were left lip syncing for their life to “I’ve Got the Music in Me” by The Kiki Dee Band. Vanity saved herself for the second time in two weeks, with Veronica grateful for her second chance being asked to sashay away.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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