The RuPaul of Thailand
Pangina Heals, real name Pan Pan Narkprasert, is a half-Thai, half-Taiwanese performer from Bangkok, and is commonly dubbed "The RuPaul of Thailand".
A well-known host in Thailand's drag circuit, Pangina hosts a weekly LGBTQI+ night in Bangkok at the very chic venue Maggie Choo's.
Pangina Heals is also credited with popularising waacking in Thailand, a dance genre that originated in LGBTQI+ clubs in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Similar to vogueing, waacking uses wickedly fast arm and shoulder movement as a form of interpretative dance.
The queen also participated on Thailand's version of Lip Sync Battle and won the competition with a fierce rendition of Lady Gaga's "Telephone".
Since the announcement of her as the reality show's host, Pangina explained that her multicultural background, in addition to spending several years studying in the United States, has given her a unique and diverse take on drag.
“I want to bring a lot of culture from the Thai side and the craft and nitty-gritty details we’ve been trained to see,” she told NewNowNext. “I also understand the Western side of drag after four years in L.A, so merging those two cultures together I hope I bring in something new and relevant.
"Drag is a passion, something that should be spread—like a disease!”