RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has described working as a nurse during the pandemic as "madness".
The Darlington queen might moonlight as an uber sexy and glamorous drag artist, but her day job is far more down to earth.
Speaking to Daily Star during a special virtual lunch, Cherry opened up about the difficulties of working as a frontline nurse during the Covid-19 crisis.
"Working through the pandemic, I'd be lying if I said it was fun," she said.
"It was madness, absolute madness, but I just feel so privileged to have been able to help however which way that I can."
And while her day job sees her helping save lives, no doubt bringing joy to countless families in the North East, her drag style isn't as bright and airy.
She joked: "How would I describe my drag? Bubblegum, blues, pinks… no, I'm kidding.
"I like to say it's like insidious glamour. It's a dark, sexy, dominatrix."
Speaking of her double life as a drag queen, especially during the pandemic, Cherry added: "It's literally a life line, art is a life line and I think that goes for a lot of us.
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"I would come home from a crazy shift and just slap a face on and feel my fantasy and pick that back up, so it's really helped."
Cherry is one of 12 queens hoping to impress legendary US star RuPaul on the second season of the UK version of Drag Race.
She said: "It feels like a lucid dream, so I don't feel like I was there – but I was there.
"RuPaul is just as Photoshopped and Facetuned in real life. Smooth. No lines. I need the number of her doctor."
Also competing in the second series of the show are: A'Whora, Asttina Mandella, Bimini Bon Boulash, Ellie Diamond, Ginny Lemon, Joe Black, Lawrence Chaney, Sister Sister, Tayce, Tia Kofi and Veronica Green.
RuPaul's Drag Race UK returns to screens Thursday, January 14 from 7pm on BBC iPlayer
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