Kim Chi a South Korean-American drag queen, artist, actress, singer, and television personality who is best known for participating in the 8th edition of the reality television competition series, ‘s Drag Race. She also became the first Korean-American drag queen to appear on American national television.

Born Name

Sang-Young Shin

Nick Name

Kim Chi

Sun Sign


Born Place

Chicago, Illinois, United States


Los Angeles, California, United States


South Korean, American


Kim Chi attended college and studied Graphic Design.


Drag Queen, Artist, Television Personality, Actress, Singer


Kim Chi is represented by Voss Events.










6 ft 4½ in or 194.5 cm


90 kg or 198.5 lbs

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Curvy physique
  • Detailed eye makeup

Kim Chi Favorite Things

  • Game – Danganronpa

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Kim Chi Facts

  1. After her birth, she spent some of her childhood years growing up in South Korea.
  2. Her parents are divorced.
  3. It was in 2012 that she started her drag journey in Chicago as Kim Chi.
  4. With her appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race, she became the first Korean-American participant on the show.
  5. Kim Chi released her song, Single, in 2016.
  6. In the year 2016, she competed on season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and her fellow contestants included , , Cynthia Lee Fontaine, , and others. She finished as a runner-up, alongside Naomi Smalls, for the season.
  7. It was only after Kim Chi started gaining acclaim on television that her mother got to know about her drag career and she did not know anything about it until 2017.
  8. Regarding her drag persona, she once said, “Kim Chi is a live-action anime character whose fashion aesthetic could be described as ‘bionic doily.’ I imagine my aura to be an array of ultraviolet colors that spews glitter. I celebrate all things cute, fun, weird, and exotic.”
  9. Kim Chi competed against the likes of , Jasmine Masters, , and Eureka O’Hara in the holiday television special, RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, in 2018.
  10. She has also worked as an art director.
  11. She has appeared in music videos for several songs such as The Realness by RuPaul, Straight Outta Oz and Expensive by , Pose by Naomi Smalls, and Me4U by Danny L Harle.
  12. Kim Chi has also appeared on other shows like Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul, RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race, Pardon My French Food, and Gaymer Guys.
  13. She has launched her own cruelty-free beauty line called KimChi Chic Beauty and it was nominated for a WOWIE Award in the “Best Beauty Line Awards” category in 2019.

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Facts of Kim Chi

  • full nameKim Chi
  • Date of Birth August 08, 1987
  • Age 34 years 3 months
  • Horoscope Leo
  • Lucky Number 5
  • Lucky Stone Ruby
  • Lucky Color Gold
  • Best Match for Marriage Sagittarius, Gemini, Aries
  • weight90 kg
  • height6 ft 4½ in

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