"I Don't Get Cute, I Get Drop Dead Gorgeous"

These local drag queens are at top of their game

By  | Feb 21, 2022, 10:05 AM  | Sivuyile "Siv" Ngesi  | Top of the

Siv Ngesi/Manilla Von Teez
Over the years Mzansi has witnessed some of the most gorgeous local drag queens that are always constantly keeping us on our toes. 

It is always such a beautiful sight to see the diverse culture represented in the nation and our drag queens have continued to impress on us and put our entertainment industry at the very top of it’s game. 

Below is a list of our top 5 favorite drag queens here in Mzansi and why we cannot stop loving them. 

Siv Ngesi/Sivanna

At the top of the list is none other than presenter and actor Siv Ngesi who not too long ago took to his social media to announce that he had finally joined the drag queens. 

He introduced his alter ego Sivanna and boy is she beautiful. As you can already imagine, many had not seen this coming and while some raised eyebrows and gave Siv the side eye, he was clearly on a roll and was not going to let anyone rain on his parade. 

From Sivanna’s make up to her choice in dressing, she is just the addition we needed to the industry and we cannot wait to see the great things Sivanna will be up to this year. 

Clayton Robyn/Enigma Von Hamburg

Next up on the list is the Miss Drag SA director Enigma who has been Clayton Robyn’s female persona since 2005. 

Enigma has been one of Mzansi’s favorite drag queens for as long as we can remember, an conitines to be an active champion of LGBTQ rights in the country. 

She has more than 70 pageant titles to her name and continues to inspire many to pursue their dreams no matter how controversial or odd they may be according to societal norms. 

Shenay O’Brien

We all know to be the first ever drag queen to compete in the Idols SA competition in 2016 and even make it to the top 16. 

She has been making waves in the industry since 2009 and has been featured in quite a number of magazines. 

Shenay is also a proud activist of the LGBTQ community and founded the We’re Queer My Dear, that helps to talk about some of the societal issues that come with being a drag. 

Other than being a successful drag queen, she is also big in the film and theater industry and we love to see how well her career continues to bloom. 

Betty Bangles

Nothing says a drag queen like Betty Bangles who is known for her out of this word wigs and of course her dashing personality. 

Betty has been in the entertainment industry for over two decades now and is known for having hosted the first ever drag reality show on Afrikaans television. 

Currently, she works as a resident performer at Beefcakes Johannesburg and Pretoria. Betty is known for her sensational performances and is a known icon both locally and in the global space as well. 

Manilla Von Teez

Saving the best for last, we have Manilla Von Teez who has got to be one of the most renown drag queens in the country. Von Teez is actually the one who inspired Siv Ngesi’s drag persona Suzanna. Cool right? 

Well, if you think that isn’t, you will be surprised to know that she holds several titles including, Miss Black Pride, Miss Cape Town Pride, Miss Cape Peninsula and Miss Pink Loerie.

Not only that but Von Teez was also runner up at the 2016 SA Got Talent. Currently, she is a regular performer at the Zero021 Social Club in Cape Town and remains to be a favorite to many. 

And as if that is not enough, she was recently voted 7th in the World as one of the most influential LGBT black persons. Keep winning queen!

Well then, there you have it. There is nothing as inspiring as seeing great people rise up to challenge what society deems to be right and what isn’t. These queens have done exactly that and we continue to celebrate them and their many achievements. 

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