They’re here! And they’re oh so very queer! Yes, Drag Race is coming roaring back into our lives once again with an entirely new crop of queens, whether we’re prepared for it or not. Personally, as two bitches with a Drag Race-related book to sell, we’re always happy to see the show pop up again in the news cycle but as long-time fans, it’s a bit concerning when the online consensus seems to be “SLOW DOWN.” We’d hate to see this cultural phenomenon burn itself out on the public. Although it should be noted, the Drag Race franchise is still riding high on Emmy wins, big ratings, and the critical acclaim afforded to its UK version.
And maybe we’re just a couple of hopelessly optimistic bitches (with a book to sell), but this crop looks fun, a little fresh (not all of them), and a little more diverse in drag styles. There’s creepy drag, scary drag, anime drag, glamour drag, comedy drag, club kid drag and pure, pharmaceutical grade pageant drag on display here. Go ahead and pick your faves now.
Aiden Zhane (Acworth, GA) | Instagram: @aiden_zhane, Twitter: @AidenZhane
Hailing from rural Georgia, it’s apparent Aiden Zhane is attracted to the darker side of life. Horror films, Marilyn Manson, and weirdness all inform her outlandish – and original – spooky persona.
Brita (New York, NY) | Instagram/Twitter: @thebritafilter
Everyone who knows drag in New York City knows Brita. That’s because this hard-working Polynesian queen captivates audiences with her famous lip-syncs…no less than seven nights a week.
Crystal Methyd (Springfield, MO) |Instagram/Twitter: @crystalmethyd
The only thing Crystal Methyd is addicted to is attention. And with her quirky fashions, incomparable makeup skills and screwball sense of humor, she’ll certainly be catching the judges’ eyes.
Dahlia Sin (Los Angeles, CA) | Instagram/Twitter: @dahlia_sin
Originally hailing from Brooklyn, Dahlia Sin emerged from the Haus of Aja (of Season 9 and All Stars fame). Now this look queen lives in LA, where she wows the west coast with her urban brand of sexiness.
Gigi Goode (Los Angeles, CA) |Instagram/Twitter: @thegigigoode
This leggy fashion queen is only 21, but enters the competition with a sizeable social media following. Gorgeous fashion illustrations come to life and make her Instagram fans stan.
Heidi N Closet (Ramseur, NC) | Instagram/Twitter: @heidincloset
Heidi comes from Ramseur, a small country town in North Carolina. She playfully says there’s little to do there except count chickens and cows. But her infectious persona is sure to make her a global name very soon.
Jackie Cox (New York, NY) | Instagram/Twitter: @jackiecoxnyc
The Persian princess of drag has arrived. Born in Canada and with Iranian heritage, Jackie Cox now considers the New York cabaret stage her home. She loves to write her own shows and bring them to life.
Jaida Essence Hall (Milwaukee, WI) | Instagram/Twitter: @jaidaehall
Jaida Essence Hall always strives to be the essence of glamour. She originally wanted to be a fashion designer, and now gets to both live that fantasy and model her own gorgeous creations.
Jan (New York, NY) | Instagram: @janjanjan, Twitter: @jansportnyc
Jan is a musical theater queen and skilled singer, who can belt in the original key of a female popstar’s song. Ambitious and driven, she’s looking to slay the Drag Race performance challenges.
Nicky Doll (New York, NY) | Instagram: @thenickydoll
The first French contestant to compete in RuPaul’s Drag Race, Nicky Doll relocated from Paris to New York City, where she enchants audiences with her European catwalk, high fashions and seductive charm.
Rock M. Sakura (San Francisco, CA) |Instagram/Twitter: @rockmsakura
Rock M. Sakura’s aesthetic is an amalgamation of anime, manga, and anything pink. With her high-energy death-dropping performance style and dirty sense of humor, this is a queen who defies categorization.
Sherry Pie (New York, NY) | Instagram/Twitter: @sherrypienyc
A campy, polished queen who knows her references, Sherry Pie will leave an audience in stitches. And with Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett as her icons, she’s certainly learned from the best.
Widow Von’Du (Kansas City, MO) |Instagram: @thewidowvondu, Twitter: @WidowVonDu
The Widow is up in the building. A Missouri girl who lives life out loud, this queen can perform the house down… and dance circles around her competition.
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