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Kim Chi (KO: 김치) is the stage name of Sang-Young Shin[1](KO: 신상영), a drag queen, performer, makeup artist, and contestant on Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race, where she placed as a Runner-Up (alongside Naomi Smalls).

Name Origin

Originally named "Jizzney Princess", Kim changed it. She was inspired by the Korean food kimchi.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Season Competed: Season 8
Ranking: 2nd/3rd Place
Maxi Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 1, 8)
Mini Challenges Won: 0
Times as Team Captain: 0
Times in Bottom Two: 0
Episode Eliminated: Episode 10

Entrance Quotes

Season 8

"I came to chop-suey the competition!"

Holi-Slay Spectacular

"I'm all about the second coming."

Secret Celebrity Drag Race

"Fatter, fem, and Asian."

Memorable Quotes

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8

  • "I came to DESTROY EVERYONE, with my make-up."
  • "Donut come for me!"
  • "Naysha is dancing like a soccer mom. You can get the ball in the goal, kids!"
  • "I'm not going to be ashamed of being hungry, I am hungry!"
  • "Thorgy... Hi!"
  • "I think you're kind of hot for a black guy, Naomi."
  • "Naomi Smalls, your wardrobe reminds me of a legendary Drag Race queen... Nicole Paige Brooks." (on Season 8's "Reading is Fundamental" challenge).
  • "America is a kitchen that needs a strong chef. Never trust a skinny cook."
  • *after measuring a waist* "What a fatass!"
  • "My name is Kim Chi, and say hello to yellow!"
  • "This ad was paid out of my own pocket because no one cares. Do you?"
  • "Hi, this is Kim Chi, and *pulls out puppet*, oh Chi Chi, you're still here!" (during the "Everybody Loves Puppets" mini-challenge)
  • "I don't wanna catch anything."
  • "WHEN'S DINNER?!" (unaired winner acceptance speech on Season 8's finale)
  • "Hi, I'm the non funny one."
  • "Michelle Visage--she had her boobs removed this year, which marked the biggest loss for the show since Merle Ginsberg."


  • Kim Chi was born in the USA but moved to South Korea as a child.
  • In the eighth episode of S8 Ru said that Kim's make-up is inspired by performance artist, Leigh Bowery.
  • She first started doing drag with Pearl on Halloween.
  • She helped All-Stars 3 winner Trixie Mattel get her 1st gig as a drag queen in Chicago, Illinois. According to Trixie, they used to share a bed, as well as makeup, and even make out with each other.
  • She's 7 feet tall in heels, and only learned to walk on them after Season 8.
  • She was the 1st contestant to win a main challenge in Season 8.
  • She is a fan of LOOΠΔ, as she was one of the notable personalities behind the "STAN LOOΠΔ" phrase
  • She is the 1st contestant to go on to win the 1st main challenge and be in the bottom of the second challenge (excluding All Stars).
  • She was the only Season 8 contestant to not lip-sync before the music video challenge.
  • She's one of the only five to win the 1st and the last challenge in their season, along with Sharon Needles, Violet Chachki, Monique Heart and Trinity the Tuck. But, unlike Sharon, Violet, and Trinity, her and Monique didn't win their season.
    • She is also the only one to not win a challenge in between the first and last challenges.
  • She has a show with Naomi Smalls on World of Wonder called "M.U.G."
  • She was the first contestant to use the Shade Tree on Season 8.
  • She is nicknamed "Shade Chi" by fans, due to her tendency to post shady comments on Twitter and Instagram.
  • She's the third runner-up who never placed in the Bottom 2 while the winner of her season did, the others are Nina Flowers and Alaska. She would be then be followed by Gigi Goode.
  • It was rumoured that she was asked to be on All Stars 3, 4, and 5, but declined all of them.
  • Kim Chi was a guest judge on Season 1 of a British show called Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star.
  • Kim Chi appeared in a 2020 SuperBowl ad for Sabra Hummus, along with Miz Cracker.
  • Kim was a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race: Live in Las Vegas. Other contestants include Derrick Barry, Naomi Smalls and Shannel.
  • Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls are the first queens to have a confessional together.
  • Kim Chi is the only queen from The Holi-Slay Spectacular not to compete on an All-Stars season.


Season 8 Looks

Holi-Slay Spectacular Looks

Celebrity Drag Race 1 Looks

Season 10 Looks

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Many Faces of the One and Only Kim Chi | W Magazine — May 2, 2016
  2. YouTube