Willam criticizes Drag Race UK for lack of prize money for winning queens

Willam criticizes Drag Race UK for lack of prize money for winning queens

RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 competitor Willam Belli has openly criticized the show for not awarding its contestants any money. While the American version has always awarded a cash prize alongside the crown and title, Drag Race UK has yet to present any winner with a check. 

In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Willam called out the popular show saying that many of the queens appearing on the show have spent so much money on their outfits for the show that they still have not broken even.

"They need to pay the girls a prize...that is thousands and thousands and thousands of pounds worth of outfits and hair." Willam also claimed that "some of these girls are coming out in the red.

Willam first made herstory in Drag Race season 4 when she became the first queen to ever be disqualified from the competition after breaking the rules. Since coming off her season, Willam has been openly critical of the show as well as her experience on it.

"It is a big undertaking, so first you need to afford to be able to audition, know how to make a tape and all of these things.

"You already have to be serious and committed to drag, and drag is expensive."

These days, the famed queen can be seen on various shows including Hurricane Bianca and Death Drop. She is also known as co-host of the popular drag podcast, ‘Race Chaser.’ 

Willam and All Stars 2 winner Alaska join forces to recap and discuss weekly episodes of Drag Race. 

What do you think about the shade Willam is throwing? Should UK queens also get paid? Let us know your thoughts below!

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