Bangkok’s cultural scene never fails to impress us with its new talents and thought-provoking arts. The city has become a hot haven for dynamic up-and-coming artists, welcoming innovative ideas and talents with open arms. Dedicated to all these creatives in town, this series explores the journey and the edgy personalities of some of the most notable rising stars in the country.
We wanted to feature someone especially extravagant for the month of June, and no name rings more extravagance than this one: Pangina Heals.
The iconic Thai drag queen is one of the most famous and most adored in the entire Asian region, and it’s not difficult to see why. With over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, nightlife lovers will know her from the notorious nights at Maggie Choos, whilst others may have been glued to her screen as the former host of Drag Race Thailand. Last year, despite the madness that was 2020, she opened an eponymous drag show bar at House of Heals, and it instantly shot to the top as the place to see and be seen.
It’s easy to get sucked into the glitz and the glam of it all, and watch Pangina Heals with glowing eyes. And yet, in conversation with Pan Pan Narkprasert, the man behind Pangina Heals, we find a riveting amalgamation of sorts. Pangina Heals is authenticity and illusion, she’s honesty and artistry, and she’s where beauty meets meaning. A symbol and an idol for many, the drag queen slash businessman is a beloved and important character with a message that goes deep beneath the — admittedly flawless — exterior.
Here, fresh upon landing in the US to celebrate Pride Month, we sat down with the icon to chat all things pride, power, and being Pangina. Read on for her story, her journey, and her book recommendation — yes it involves Mariah Carey.
[All images courtesy of Pangina Heals]
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