Drag Race

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Finally some good news to come out of 2020, VH1 announced on Wednesday that RuPaul’s Drag Race will be returning for Season 13 on January 1, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The new season will feature a fierce all new cast of drag queens including the show’s first trans man contestant.

The after-show, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked where the queen spill all the tea, will also return immediately following the premiere at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Season 13 of the Emmy-winning reality competition was reportedly shot late last summer under full COVID-19 protocols. Back in May, RuPaul crowned Minneapolis queen Jaida Essence Hall the winner of Season 12 during a virtual finale amid the nationwide lockdown.

“Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down,” said host and executive producer RuPaul in a statement.

Ahead of the New’s Year Day premiere, get to know the queens looking to snatch the crown in Season 13 below.

Denali

Denali

Age: 28
From: Chicago
Instagram: @denalifoxx

“Chicago’s Ice Queen” grew up in Alaska and is inspired by all things nature, the cold, and winter. Known to be a killer performer, the former Olympic hopeful takes her background in figure skating and incorporates those skills into her drag which she’s been doing for two and a half years.

Elliot

Elliott with 2 Ts

Age: 27
From: Las Vegas
Instagram: @therealelliottqueen

A tried and true Vegas queen, the powerhouse performer describes herself as “corporate and commercial.” Doing drag for 12 years, the polished showgirl may give off an icier vibe but she swears she loves to be goofy.

Gottmik

Gottmik

Age: 23
From: Los Angeles
Instagram: @gottmik

This insanely talented makeup artist is the first out trans man to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Gottmik loves to play with gender-bending looks and alien inspirations and shock with her wild transformations. The queen, who appeared on the cover of Out magazine with fellow trans pioneer Gigi Gorgeous in July, is hoping to bring the crown back to L.A.

Joey Jay

Age: 30
From: Phoenix
Instagram: @joeyjayisgay

Fiercely competitve but admittedly “lazy,” this queen describes herself as more masculine in drag than out and prefers not to wear wigs. This tough cookie possesses crazy dance moves and boasts “unmatched rhinestoning skills.”

Kahmora Hall

Kahmora Hall

Age: 28
From: Chicago
Instagram: @kahmorahall

Another Windy City queen, this legend has Drag Race in her blood. The drag daughter of Season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall and drag sister to Season 11 contestant Soju, Kahmora “The Mackie Doll” has big heels to fill. She describes her drag style as glamorous, luxurious, and all around diva. Don’t expect her to be kicking or splitting on stage. This classic queen sticks to lip syncing and comedy.

Kandy Muse

Kandy Muse

Age: 25
From: New York
Instagram: @thekandymuse

The Dominican Doll is a big girl with an even bigger personality. Having already snatched the crown for Brooklyn Drag Queen of the Year, Kandy describes herself as “loud” and an all-around good entertainer. She is also the drag daughter of Season 9 and All Stars 3 queen Aja.

LaLa Ri

LaLa Ri

Age: 30
From: Atlanta
Instagram: @misslalari

Having done drag for three years, LaLa Ri  is the “leotard queen” who will bring nonstop showmanship to the new season. Serving sick choreography, the dancer feels like she has a leg up on the competition, but admitted she’s weak in the sewing department. Lala Ri will be competing against her drag mother, Tamisha Iman, this season. Talk about a family feud!

Olivia Lux

Olivia Lux

Age: 29
From: New York
Instagram: @theolivialux

Originally from New Jersey, this queen moved to the big city with big dreams. She sings, dances and even plays piano during her live shows. Big into showgirl style, Olivia Lux lives for the stage but she’s also a rookie who just started doing drag.

Rose

Rosé

Age: 31
From: New York
Instagram: @omgheyrose

Another New York showgirl, Rosé does it all. She sings, she dances, she acts, and considers herself a comedy queen. You may have seen her on YouTube as part of the girl group Stephanie’s Child with Season 12 contestant Jan.

Symone

Symone

Age: 25
From: Los Angeles
Instagram: @the_symone

Originally hailing from Arkansas. Symone now considers Hollywood home and is BFFs with Season 12 runner up Gigi Goode. She’s a total fashion girl who lives for looks and has been doing drag since she was 18. From the House Of Avalon, “The Ebony Enchantress “was most recently featured in the Christian Cowan x Lil Nas x Spring 2021 fashion campaign alongside the likes of Heidi Klum and Helena Christensen.

Tamisha Iman

Tamisha Iman

Age: A Lady Never Tells
From: Atlanta
Instagram: @tamisha_iman

The seasoned performer came to Atlanta from Birmingham, Alabama. A hands-on queen, Tamisha makes all her own costumes and jewelry from scratch, designs her own wigs and always paints her own makeup. A self-described “trendsetter,” this queen, who will be competing against her drag daughter, LaLa Ri, has been snatching crowns in drag pageants for 30 years, so watch out.

Tina Burner

Tina Burner

Age: 39
From: New York
Instagram: @thetinaburner

This Big Apple pageant queen, who won the National Miss Comedy Queen title in 2019, is sickeningly seasoned. A “legend with legs,” this tall drink of glamour lives to perform and describes her fashion style as a “comedy costume clown.” She’s charismatic, confident and ready to compete.

Utica Queen

Utica Queen

Age: 25
From: Minneapolis
Instagram: @queenutica

Insanely kooky and a little spooky, Utica Queen is named after the small farm town she grow up in. The wacky artistic queen designs all her own ensembles and loves to play with color and duality in her creations. Serving looks on looks, definitely expect the unexpected.

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