Chelazon Leroux is the first Saskatchewan drag queen called to kill Resistance race of Canada.
She said being able to compete on the reality TV show is a big step forward, not just for her as an artist, but for the wider community as well.
“Growing up, I’ve never seen anyone like me in the media,” Leroux said. She is a Dene First Nations drag artist and two-anime content creator who grew up in Northern Saskatchewan but now lives in Saskatoon.
Leroux, who uses pronouns, said the first time he saw another indigenous two-spirit person on traditional television he was watching the first season of Resistance race of Canada.
“Having someone like me was the most life-changing thing ever.”
Throughout the season, Leroux will compete against 11 other Canadian drag artists who will showcase their performance skills as they try to earn the title of Canadian Next Drag Superstar.
Leroux said being a part of the show is important for indigenous young people with double spirits, who need to see like-minded people in the world seeking and succeeding.
“Being able to see someone love what they do and have a life and career out of it gives hope for a generation,” she said. “Save your life.”
Leroux said he is following in the footsteps of two other queens who have represented indigenous communities and two spirits in previous seasons on the show.
“I’m just continuing that play, but I’m the first from Saskatchewan, so it’s very exciting to tell a different narrative or a different perspective.”
She is no stranger to sharing her knowledge. Before TV, there was TikTok for Leroux. She is a social media star with hundreds of thousands of followers. She often records under her “Auntie” character, to share both educational and cheeky and comedic content.
The range of content is vast and covers mental health and social issues, as well as drag on life and beauty.
It also has an ongoing beauty tutorial series titled Mortal like the auntwhere he shares all kinds of tips, including teaching people how to make a hair bun (to get “snaggable really fast.”)
From concept to release, creating these videos is a relatively quick process for Leroux, who can do it all with one phone. While he can’t talk about the show yet, he said in general, being on a professional set means a lot more time, sometimes grueling, hours.
Ultimately, the focus is still on creation and he said he loved working with other artists, noting that this flock of queens is full of diversity.
“You’ll see yourself in them,” he said. “You will laugh, cry and feel proud.”
Leroux said he feels the pressure to do well on the show. He added that, regardless of the outcome, as long as there are people who feel seen and heard, she will have succeeded.
“My younger self would probably be terrified, full of anxiety – very normal reactions – but also very excited,” he said.
Leroux encouraged people to tune in and “remain mortal”.
Season 3 of Resistance race of Canada starts Thursday 14 July on Crave.