January 18th 2021 saw the return of celebrated TV competition Rupaul’s Drag Race UK, consequently introducing a new cast of Drag Queens into the public consciousness.
As the weeks of mini challenges and main runways have rolled on, there is one queen who has made quite the impact: release the beast, BIMINI!
East London’s self proclaimed ‘plant-based princess’, Bimini is a melange of Vivienne Westwood inspired fashion, veganism and natural comedic flare, propelling her to icon status and making her a fan favourite.
Here are some reasons why Bimini is one of the most iconic queens to come out of the UK branch of the popular franchise:
Born Tommy Hibbitts on May 12, 1993 in Norwich, England, Bimini identifies as non binary and uses the pronouns She/Her in drag and They/Them out of drag. This openness that Bimini has when it comes to gender identification has only made fans fall more in love with her. Bimini’s conversation with fellow drag competitor Ginny Lemon on the subject was a refreshing and needed conversation in the midst of the fun and shenanigans of the popular show. Her ability to be so open and confident in who she is both as a performer and as themself is something I find extremely admirable. Gender identity is something many people struggle with, so to have somebody so open in the mainstream media is most definitely a comforting force and a step in the right direction when it comes to conversations revolving around this topic.
Even from her entrance look, Bimini has only gone from strength to strength with her looks and aesthetic. Although she mainly took on the style of iconic British Punk designer Vivienne Westwood, Bimini cemented her aesthetic in the realms of not only punk but also the diversity within her looks, whilst still remaining quintessentially Boulash. In my opinion, one of Bimini’s most iconic looks was that of the category “preherstoric”. Designed by London Based designer Rickielee Drayford (shown below), the garment, make up and hair were all inspired by single cell organisms. This avant garde display proves how much of a force to be reckoned with Bimini truly is – everything from the construction of the wig and the theatrics of the dress to the Natacha Marro nude bubble latex shoes just screams icon in the making. Through this and many of her other looks, Bimini expresses a new style of drag that we have never seen on the UK stage of the show, no doubt potentially influencing a whole new generation of drag style.
Bimini Bon Boulash is funny. Not a joke, just a fact. She has proved this time and time again throughout her stint on the show, not only in her main challenge performances (who could forget her incredible impression of reality TV star Katie Price), but also her quick quips and natural charisma that she displays on both the runway and in the work room. She has also created some of the show’s most memorable quotes. For example:
“This Brexit bun is made of 52% deceit, 48% despair, and it’s 100% not gonna positively affect anyone other than Steve, Dave and Paul down the pub.” (during the mini-challenge in Episode 4)
“As you know, Ru, you might have heard in the pwess, I’ve had a hectic year. My implants got held at gunpoint in South Africa. I walked in the stables and caught my horse cheating on me again… So I didn’t have time to write anything.” (as Katie Price in Snatch Game)
and who could forget her ICONIC verse in U.K Hun?
“Release the beast, Bimini! Get a pillow for these girls ’cause they sleep on me. Gender-bender, cis-tem offender. I like it rough but my lentils tender. Don’t be scared to embrace the femme. Whether you’re he, she or them. Limp wrist, hair flick, crème de la crème. Love yourself, say that again!” (verse on UK Hun? by United Kingdolls)
In conclusion, the future is no doubt a very bright one for Miss Boulash. And I, as I’m sure many others are, am very excited to see her go from strength to strength, further proving why we love her so much.