”You can’t unsee it’: Manchester singer ‘flattered’ to be mistaken for RuPaul’s Drag Race star

He’s been known for years on the Manchester social scene for his outlandish and eye-catching array of outfits, so fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race did a double take when they thought one of the contestants was channeling our very own Jsky.

Viewers watching last week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus The World, which sees international queens who have competed in the Drag Race franchise competing to be ‘Queen of the Mothertucking World,’ frantically messaged singer and Naked Beach star Jsky when they clapped eyes on American drag queen Mo Heart.

Mo, who previously competed in the American reality contest RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2018 and RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, was a Jsky look-alike as she served up a striking look for the ‘Butch Queen’ category in a leather-look outfit with to codpiece.

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Jsky, who was one of the body confident hosts in the buff who helped three willing participants gain the confidence to strip naked on Channel Four’s Naked Beach, laughed: “My phone went ballistic as everyone said they either thought I was on it or that one of the queens dressed up as me.”

Mo Heart on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World

The ‘Butch Queen’ round of the BBC Three show, hosted by RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr, was inspired by an album host RuPaul released of the same name.

@joenellist messaged on Instagram: “Though this was @jskychat for a second.”

Emma Cammack, who was a judge on RuPaul Skin Wars: Fresh Paint and applied Jsky’s body paint on Naked Beach, gasped: “What!!!! I seriously thought it was you for a minute.”

Liquorice Black from the Channel Four show Drag SOS said: “Couldn’t put my finger on it now yes of course.”

charmaine_shambles_yarntings told Jsky: “Mate I said it as soon as she appeared on stage.”

And malcstonephoto wrote: “Jsky wore it better. Periodt.”

Gaydio presenter Jsky, who recently signed a contract with the BBC as a freelance presenter, says he’s flattered to have been compared to Mo, from Long Island, New York.

Sharing side-by-side snaps of the pair on his Instagram he wrote: “Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race is one of the biggest TV shows in the world, and Mo Heart is one of the shows most charismatic stars,” he told us.

“Having been criticized for many years for my fashion choices before being appreciated and lauded as the ‘Manchester Fashionista’ it really is flattering to be compared to Mo Heart, and for so many people to recognize my style and influence on the main stage.

“I am a huge fan of the show and the artist and would like to thank those who left friendly comments on social media.”

Jsky, real name Jason Warner, was accredited as an LGBTQ+ Pioneer of Color for the LGBT Foundation during Black History Month, and he performed at last year’s Manchester Pride.

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Naked Beach, set in an idyllic Greek retreat, was watched by 1.6million viewers when it was screened in 2019 and it was shown in secondary schools to help promote body positivity and improve mental health in teens.

He said previously about the show: “Kids have said they want to be like Jsky when they get older, but when I was at school nobody wanted to be me.

“The way I dress is about expressing myself and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Last summer he filmed the video for his single Easy in his home city to show that “men can wear dresses, skinny can be sexy and black men are beautiful.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World returns on Tuesday February 15 from 9pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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