Drag artist draws on College skills for RuPaul application

Move over queens, there’s a new artist eying the next crown on RuPaul’s Drag Race who learned her style in College.

Samuel Williams plans to put his full-time drag act forward for Season 4 of the popular Thursday night BBC TV show using the Art & Design BTEC skills and tips he learned studying Media Make-Up at Trafford College.

Since qualifying Samm has starred in numerous films and TV shows of the likes of musical biography about Elton John, Rocket Man; British crime drama Tin Star, alongside Tim Roth; drag stage musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Sky One comedy drama Brassic; hit children’s TV show Tracy Beaker and most recently, what is thought to be Bollywood’s first LGBTQ+ movie featuring drag queens, Laila Manju.

During lockdown, Samm has kept busy sewing more neon and ruffled outfits for his growing drag wardrobe and one-woman UK shows, that include LGBTQ+ friendly story-time sessions at HOME, as well as that all-important RuPaul show application.

Samm’s also been sharpening his claws for his Facebook Live acts and has already amassed a 12K following on TikTok.

The 23-year-old from Stretford said: “When I apply to Drag Race Season 4, I want to give it my all, which will definitely involve using the skills I learned in College. It’s where I learned how to use a sewing machine, and where my Art & Design tutors encouraged me to apply for a Media Make-Up course.”

While rehearsing for drag brunch performances, which debut at Alma de Cuba in Liverpool when lockdown lifts, Samm has made the time to lead online lessons in drag make up for hair and beauty students at Trafford College. He has also previously hosted charity bingo events in his drag persona for charity at former secondary and primary schools St Antony’s School and St Hugh of Lincoln.

Samm said: “I felt really welcome in College. I was the only male on my Media Make-Up course, but no one at the College batted an eyelid about it. College is a very relaxed and supportive atmosphere. I volunteered to demonstrate drag at College open days and answer questions, which I hope has gone some way towards encouraging more men to study hair and beauty.

“College is a very inclusive environment and I’d encourage anyone feeling marginalised to join the LGBTQ+ group and march with the College for Pride. I have drag friends and queer friends, the LGBTQ+ community is like a second family to me. Life’s too short to waste being anything other than your true self.”