How old is Asttina Mandella?
She is 27
Can you tell us a bit more about where Asttina Mandella is from?
I’m from East London where we love to play on being trashy and be a mess. That’s my drag scene. I love to get ugly and be silly. East London allows you to explore and go crazy with no rules.
What would people expect from an Asttina Mandella show?
She’s a professional queen. I am known for giving very extravagant MTV style performances. I have up to twelve dancers with a big concept show. There are lights, and pyrotechnics and extravagance. It’s very interactive, sometimes with a bit of comedy. I have been dancing since I was tiny, and I have been dancing professionally since I was 20 years old. I am trained in ballet, tap, contemporary, Latin, hip hop, funk and street and it’s all in my show.
I have worked with Little Mix, Pussycat Dolls, Melanie C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Fleur East, Kayne West at the Brits. Now it’s my time to be on the poster and get the headlines. I can’t wait.
Tell us about your drag look?
I am a strong physical, fit, masculine, feminine woman.
I am Serena Williams and Naomi Campbell if they had a baby, plus Azealia Banks! I’m a body queen. I am blessed, gorgeous and stunning.
I’m not a gown queen or sequin queen. I’m an everyday streetwear fashion queen. I like to wear hooded stuff and trainers. I don’t believe that you need big hair and expensive gowns. As long as my legs are out!
Asttina is not a character or someone different, Asttina is me. We are the same people. She is my mutant form. She is my ultimate power.
Tell us something surprising about yourself?
Most people might not know that I am the biggest nerd. I love cartoons, anime, superheroes, wizardry. I am a big geek.
Are you confident about the competition?
I used to be very shy, but now I’m a completely different person. I don’t allow myself to be a barrier to me. I think my confidence can intimidate people, but that’s to do with them and their own insecurities. I am lovely as hell.
I am scared of acting challenges, and I’m dreading Snatch Game because I am not an impersonator. Impersonating is a skill and I do not have it, but I don’t see my weaknesses as flaws I just see them as challenges that I can overcome if I try. I will always do everything to the best of my ability.
Why should you win RuPaul’s Drag Race UK?
I am unique, effortless and the best.