Following the introduction of the first cis woman (Victoria Stone) on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3, its next season featured the first trans woman, Dakota Schiffer, to ever compete on the show. She was the “Generation Z’s answer to Sharon Tate” — a drag inspired by the ‘60s and the ‘90s supermodel era.
This Dakota Schiffer Bio explores her life.
Dakota Schiffer On RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 4
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK expanded its horizon once again with the inclusion of Dakota Schiffer (the first trans woman to ever appear on the show) in its fourth season, and the community couldn’t be any more grateful.
“So many trans people have reached out to me and I can’t wait to actually watch the show now,” Dakota shared.
But as much as she was excited, Dakota also felt the pressure of representing everyone’s experience because “trans representation is few and far between, especially on such a massive platform.”
“In the UK, specifically, it’s a really difficult time and climate to be trans right now,” she added.
However, being given an opportunity to be a “positive representation” for her community Dakota was definitely overwhelmed, and it was something that motivated her greatly.
As to recall how Dakota found out she had been cast on RuPaul’s Drag Race, it was though a call — right when she was in the middle of writing her dissertation! So, trying to switch from a geography student to a competitor on Drag Race was certainly challenging.
However, the challenge was worth it. The drag star was already through the first round after beating “Geri Halliwell” impersonator Just May in a lip-sync battle.
Dakota chose to lipsync to Mabel’s “Let Them Know” then.
So, the remaining drag queens alongside Dakota were — Baby, Black Peppa, Cheddar Gorgeous, Copper Top, Danny Beard, Jonbers Blonde, Le Fil, Pixie Polite, Sminty Drop, and Starlet.
Dakota Schiffer Out Of Drag
Out of drag, Dakota Schiffer doesn’t look any different. She’s as beautiful as ever — even without makeup!
Her natural eye color is blue and her hair’s blond.
Here’s a picture of her when she’s not in drag.
What Is Dakota Schiffer Real Name?
Dakota Schiffer’s real name is Astrid Basson.
Her drag name, “Dakota” originates from the character “Dakota Milton” on Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.
Did you know: Dakota’s mother’s an air hostess.
How Old Is Dakota Schiffer?
Dakota Schiffer was born on December 21, 1999. That made her 22 years of age when she appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK in 2022.
She was the youngest contestant that season.
As per her birthday, Dakota is of the Sagittarius zodiac.
Fun Fact: Dakota had her gender-affirming surgeries after receiving aid from her fans after her 21st birthday.
Dakota Schiffer Partner
Dakota Schiffer didn’t reveal her partner.
But if you ask us, Dakota might be single. She was more focused on her studies and her career and was just going through gender-affirming surgeries while filming RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
Dakota Schiffer Job
Dakota Schiffer is a drag artist. She’s been playing with make-up for as long as she can remember.
Even as a child, she used to sneak into her mother’s room and put on her makeup.
So, as Dakota grew up, she found a passion for drag as a teenager. And the continuous practice led her to discover where she stands with her own gender identity today.
In her words, “Initially, I struggled to embrace my feminine side and drag gave me the escape I needed to come out as trans and embrace all of my inner femininity.”
Today, Dakota’s a well-known drag queen who describes her style as a “love letter to the nineties redoes the sixties” and labels Sharon Tate in Valley of the Dolls as her “style icon”.
Also, she coins her drag aesthetic as “always beautiful and fashion first.”
Talking about her aspirations, Dakota hoped to bring awareness to trans people and encourage those who were trans-watching to feel comfortable and proud within themselves.
“So much about being trans – in the media and the negative, sometimes aggressive conversations around our identities – can make it feel very bleak, but I’m excited to show trans community and trans joy,” she explained.
But foremost, Dakota wants to let people know that trans people can love drag too. “I feel fulfilled as a trans woman and a drag queen. It doesn’t make you any less valid of a trans person,” she added.
As for her education, she has a master’s degree in geography.
Where Is Dakota Schiffer From?
Dakota Schiffer hails from Horsham, West Sussex, England.
Talking about growing up in her hometown, Dakota recalled, “Sussex is not the best place for a 6-feet-1-inch trans woman and drag queen to grow up. I always stood out but simultaneously felt invisible but I think certainly it’s made me the person who I am today.”
She moved to Lancaster, New York in 2019, and resided there as of 2022.
Is Dakota Schiffer On Instagram?
Yes, as of September 2022, find Dakota on Instagram @dakota.schiffer with 44.3K followers.
How Tall Is Dakota Schiffer?
Dakota stands tall at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm).