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Exclusive: Drag Race UK's Marina Summers was 'born to do drag' – here's how she plans to snatch the crown

The Filipina diva is the fan favourite to win on Friday night

Marina Summers in a blue outfit
Matthew Moore
Online News Writer & Diversity and Inclusion Lead
29 March 2024
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Drag Race UK vs the World's second series has truly been the renaissance of Filipina drag queen Marina Summers who has won three challenges during the show's eight weeks and reached the final in a strong position.

Marina has shone in practically every challenge that has come her way and she was even told that she was "born to do drag" by show host RuPaul – and if anyone knows, then it has to be RuPaul. And fans seem to be agreeing with Marina backed by the majority of the fanbase to snatch the crown during tonight's final.

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However, speaking exclusively to HELLO!, the performer admitted that she didn't have much of a strategy for the final challenge. She joked: "Well, my strategy this time is not to lose.

"Lip syncing is what I do and every time there's a lip sync challenge, I'm down to do it. This time, I'm was more confident and more relaxed coming into the finale because I've won three lip syncs prior to that. That made me feel like, 'Okay, even if I lose, I have solidified my place as a lip sync assassin'."

Marina Summers in an outfit with an anchor© Guy Levy
Marina made no missteps during the competition

And speaking about what it would mean for her to take home the crown to the Philippines, she added: "Representing an entire country and being the first one to do so on an international level, is a lot of responsibility, but also a lot of pride and honour.

"Especially for someone from Asia, representation matters and I'm really happy that I made it to the finale and we have this chance to win. When any of us go home to our respective countries, we have millions of people rooting for us and I think it would be the best Easter Sunday gift for them."

Marina Summers in a volcano inspired outfit© Guy Levy
The Filipina star has been proud of the response

Marina continued: "Representing a country is less of a pressure and more of a pride to do, especially for us who haven't been judged by RuPaul. I was really excited to come into the competition and show what I'm made of and to have an entire country at your back just boosts your confidence."

Marina was undoubtedly thrilled to be judged by the Queen of Drag, RuPaul, and in an emotional moment, the star was told she was "born to do drag" by the host, an honour rarely bestowed. Taking us inside that moment, Marina shared: "My mistake on Season One of [Drag Race] Philippines is that I didn't let my emotions fall freely from my chest or from my eyes.

Marina Summers in a wave-inspired look© Guy Levy
Marina's talents saw her told she was "born to do drag!

"I was really emotional getting that validation as a brown, queer person from a faraway nation. Just to have that seal of approval from her, it meant the world to me and I've felt like I could take on any challenge moving forward. No matter what happened after that episode, I know that I made a mark."

Speaking more about how RuPaul impacted her during the series, Marina added: "It was like doing Drag Race again for the first time. The hosts have different preferences, different humour, different cultural backgrounds and there was a lot of recalibrating your drag to be able to impress not only the audience but also RuPaul this time around.

Marina Summers in a blue outfit© Guy Levy
Marina always looked flawless on the runway

"When we were filming, we were just having a great time with RuPaul, so that mindset that strategy to make sure you make RuPaul laugh, to make sure she loves your drag was just out of the window. I learned to just live in the moment."

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And with the fan response to her drag, Marina concluded: "I am really happy that we get this amount of respect and reverence when it comes to our drag from the UK fans."

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