THE BRUSSELS QUEEN JURIJI DER KLEE IN DRAG RACE SPAIN
Get ready, this is happening ! The cast of the second season of Drage Race Spain has just been announced and we had the surprise to see our Brussels queen Juriji Der Klee. She will be the first Brussels queen to join a Rupaul franchise.
The season will start on March 27 and will be one to watch. In the meantime, let’s look back at some of her confidences from our podcast :
“I started doing drag when I was 18 in Brussels when I used to be a gogo dancer in clubs. It was a way to explore things I was not allowed to discover in my daily life. I became a club kid, an agender persona with full body make up and very tiny clothes. I had this group of friends and our main goal at that time was to create the best look for the next weekend. It was like a mini-competition between us. We were preparing ourselves together before partying. We didn’t really have a lot of budget, so it was kind of crafty and homemade. I was not wearing heels or even wigs or corsets like I do now because those things are very expensive. Most of us were still in the closet at that moment. It allowed us to be ourselves and feel free during the night all together and have fun.”
“Juriji was born when I was 13 years old. I used the name to create my first hotmail address. It is the two first letters of my birth name and my two family names, because in Spain you have the father’s name and the mother’s name.
It started also because since forever I know I’m trans and it was a way to be in this non-binary area. I was very androgynous, already as a kid.
By choosing that name for me, it was like a statement because of my traditional birth name that was exactly the same as my father’s and grandfather’s. Next to that traditional masculine energy, I always saw the women as the strongest characters making the decisions and I was very inspired by that. I always felt like I had to choose between those two sides. When I came out as trans to my parents, they told me they always knew that this day will come and it was such a relieve.”
“At first, trying drag was a way for me to deal with my gender dysphoria and to understand my own body. I wasn’t always comfortable in it and drag was helping me escape and discover my femininity. Of course, in drag I exagerate the feminine side because, I would never look the way I’m on stage in daily life. It is really two different things and it is important because some people don’t really understand the difference between a drag queen and a trans person.”
Full interview on