Drag queen Blu Hydrangea found devoted fans on the debut season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK with her incredible makeup skills and hilarious putdowns. As well as collaborating with photographers, designers and brands, Blu is now using her platform to become a high-profile advocate for the often overlooked LGBTQIA+ community in Northern Ireland, and can regularly be seen at Pride events across the country. She has a majorly influential online presence, with over 9 million subscribers to her YouTube channel.
Northern Irish Blu started to perform and build a social media following in 2015. She accrued tens of thousands of Instagram followers, and soon became known for her highly original and entertaining looks that combine surreal and diverse influences with a high level of artistry. She also made an impression on Northern Ireland’s drag scene, competing in competitions and winning crowns to establish herself as one of the nation’s leading queens.
In 2019, Blu was announced as one of the ten competitors on the first UK-based season of popular drag reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Competing alongside some of the UK’s biggest names in drag, she continually impressed judges RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr, and earned a coveted Ru Peter Badge. She went on to place in the Top 5 in the show, and even reached the Top 10 of the UK singles charts with the song Break Up (Bye Bye) alongside fellow queens Baga Chipz and Davina De Campo. Today the show has brought Blu to an even larger audience across the globe, and she now has over 300,000 followers on social media. She is a sought-after performer and host at events and functions, and has made appearances at London’s G-A-Y, on the RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Tour, and at RuPaul’s DragCon in New York City.