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Drag star Nicky Doll carries the Olympic flame

Nicky Doll holding the torch that had the flame
Nicky Doll holding the torch that had the flame Photo: Screenshot

Nicky Doll – a contestant on season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the host of Drag Race France – carried the Olympic flame for a stretch in Arles, France, this past Sunday as it makes its way to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Nicky Doll is one of the most internationally recognized drag performers in France and is now the second drag queen to carry the Olympic flame.

“It’s a consecration for a drag queen,” she told France 3 Provence-Alpes. “It shows that we’re accepted by our beautiful country.”

“The flame passes from hand to hand, with no concern for sexual orientation or profession.”

The International Olympic Committee made the celebration of diversity a goal for the 2024 games, including equality among genders.

“Showing popular rappers, drag queens… Conservatives have no choice but to accept people who are more colorful and more diverse,” Nicky Doll said.

The first drag queen to carry the flame was Miss Martini in Digne-les-Bains, France, just a day before Nicky Doll carried it.

“It’s a strong message for all forms of diversity,” Miss Martini said. “We are here, we exist. We are all respected.”

At least one more drag queen – Minima Gesté in Paris – is scheduled to carry the Olympic flame.

Nicky Doll celebrated her historic run with pictures and a message on Instagram.

“What an absolute honor to have carried the Olympic torch for Paris 2024!” she wrote on Instagram with pictures of herself carrying the flame.

“As the flame passes through France, it announces the Olympic Games and spreads a message of peace and friendship between peoples. Which is why when I was invited to do it, I immediately said yes and worked really hard to fit in my schedule.”

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