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Bandit (TH: แบนดิท) (July 10, 1985 – December 26, 2023) was a contestant from the second season of Drag Race Thailand. Bandit passed away on December 26, 2023. [1]

Drag Name Origin

In Thai, Bandit (บัณฑิต) is derived from a Sanskrit word (Pundit), usually referring to scholars or graduate students in Thai context. As the spelling coincidentally has another meaning in English, Janthawan claimed that he was usually called by Immigration Bureau when he travelled with the passport under the name "Bandit". After noticing this pun, he turned his real name into a drag one. [2]

Janthawan also played with the pun of Pundit-Bandit in his Reunion Look by combining academic dress with black and white striped pattern of prisoner costume.

Track Record(s)

Season Competed Thailand Season 2
Ranking: 4th/5th Place
Main Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 5)
Runway Challenges Won: 0
Mini-Challenges Won: 0
Times as Team Captain: 0
Times in Bottom Two: 1 (Ep. 11)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 11

Memorable Quotes

Drag Race Thailand Season 2

  • "It's Bandit, bitch!" (entrance quote)
  • "Now you have friend, right?" (Responding to Mocha Diva)
  • "I don't do that." (in response to Genie describing her own entrance look as ready for a nap)
  • ♪ "This Runway girl, you can call me Bandit. It's Bandit, bitch. ถ้าอยากรู้จัก เขยิบมาอีกนิด เป็นตุ๊ดนอกกรอบ ชัยชนะเหรอ? ยังไม่มีสิทธิ์ แต่ก็จะกัดไม่ปล่อย เกิดมาทั้งที่ก็ต้องสุดฤทธิ์ ♪ (verse in the Top 5 Medley)

Death

On December 26, 2023, Drag Race Thailand Co-Host Pangina Heals revealed that Bandit passed away at age 38. In a statement to EW, Pangina stated, "He's been such a visionary, such a giver. He's always telling other people, 'You can do this' or, 'Do that to be better,' in terms of making sure other people have their fashion game on. He was such a funny person, such charisma, such magnetism, and without him, all of us don't know what to do." Later that day, World of Wonder released a statement, saying, "We’re heartbroken to learn that Bandit, who competed on the 2nd season of Drag Race Thailand, has passed away. Bandit was a light in her local community and internationally, and she will be so missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. Rest in peace, Bandit ❤️"[1][3]

Trivia

  • She made most of Pangina's outfits during Drag Race Thailand .
  • As of 2022, Bandit was the least followed Drag Race Thailand queen on Instagram, with about 7,200 followers; after her original account with 20,000 followers got hacked and deleted.
  • Bandit was tied for the longest run before her first time in the bottom 2, competing in 11 episodes.
  • She owned a clothing brand called BanditByBandit.

Gallery

Drag Race Thailand Season 2

Drag Race Thailand Season 2 Looks

Videos

Drag Race Thailand Season 2

Filmography

TV

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 Drag Race Thailand (Season 2) Self Contestant (Placed 4th/5th)

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