Meet the Queens of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE Season 16!

Posted on December 06, 2023


Darlings, those bitches are back!

MTV ru-vealed the cast for the 16th season of the Emmy® award-winning global phenomenon, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which returns Friday, January 5th at 8:00 PM ET/PT with 90 minute episodes. The new season ushers in 14 dazzling new queens to compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and a cash prize of $200,000 for the winner served by Cash App. This season marks the 15th Anniversary of the Drag Race franchise, which first premiered on February 2nd, 2009 on Logo.

The premiere will be split into two parts and showcase the iconic talent show as the Maxi Challenge, which are separately themed as MTV’s Spring Break and the “Queen Choice Awards.” Both episodes will feature a gag worthy twist following the talent show performances, where the queens will be tasked to “Rate-A-Queen” – ranking each other’s performances to determine the tops and bottoms of that week.

And can we just say? We missed them. We can’t run our little media empire and devote time to recapping any of the international versions of Drag Race anymore, which means we feel a lot more excited and refreshed when the mothership takes a little breather. Of COURSE we’re going to be recapping it, kittens. We’re not sure if there are all that many people who can say they’ve been recapping Drag Race since day one and we don’t see ourselves walking away from that distinction any time soon. After all, we’ve got a book to sell and we long ago stopped worrying if we were being shamelessly undignified about it. Now, let’s meet the queens and pick our faves.


AMANDA TORI MEATING, 26 – LOS ANGELES, CA | @amandatorimeating
Calling all staff: there’s a mandatory meeting to discuss this funny queen! Ready to take it to the top with her wit, wigs, and energetic moves, this talented wig stylist has done wigs for Drag Race queens Kerri and Sasha Colby, and Beyoncé’s music video dancers. Amanda is the ultimate mix of camp and comedy!


DAWN, 24 – BROOKLYN, NY | @upuntil.dawn
The self-described “ethereal elf goddess of Brooklyn,” Dawn is a fitting name for a queen who often stays up late enough to see the sunrise. Designing and constructing almost all of her eccentric looks, this kooky and artistic queen always brings a story when she hits the stage… and she’s hoping for a happy ending at Drag Race!


GENEVA KARR, 30 – BROWNSVILLE, TX | @geneva_karr
¡Viva México! RuPaul’s Drag Race’s first Mexican born queen, Geneva witnessed her parents’ struggles as they worked tirelessly to get her family safely to the United States in search of a better life. A dancing queen with a mischievous energy, she plans to be the first Mexican born queen to win the crown!


HERSHII LIQCOUR-JETÉ, 31 – LOS ANGELES, CA | @hershiiliqcour
It’s chocolate! Part of the legendary Haus of Jeté, Hershii counts Drag Race star Kornbread Jeté as her sister. A take-no-prisoners performer with a legion of LA area fans, Hershii is now ready to slay the main stage of RuPaul’s Drag Race. When not performing, Hershii is very family-oriented, and together with her boyfriend is raising two young children.


MEGAMI, 33 – BROOKLYN, NY | @megaminyc
This self-proclaimed “geek-chic” queen started doing drag as a cosplayer at conventions such as Comic Con, and from there incorporated high fashion into her characterful designs. Proudly claiming Nuyorican culture, Megami means “Goddess” in Japanese, and this creative force now hopes to rule the Drag Race world!


MHI’YA IMAN LE’PAIGE, 34 – MIAMI, FL | @queenofflipss
Get ready for your world to be turned upside down! An electrifying performer, Mhi’ya is known as the Queen of Flips. That’s because you can find Mhi’ya performing her thrilling flips and tricks in the sun, on the sidewalks of South Beach. Mhi’ya’s videos of her flipping onto café tables have caught fire on social media– now she’s ready to flip the competition on its head!


MIRAGE, 29 – LAS VEGAS, NV | @mirage_amuro
A heady mixture of stripper heels and stripper moves: the “Legs of Las Vegas” is here! Hailing from Sin City, this Native American and Mexican beauty towers in 7” heels and legs that go on for days. Already a showgirl sensation on the Strip, this quirky queen is ready for the RuPaul’s Drag Race’s crown!


MORPHINE LOVE DION, 25 – MIAMI, FL | @morphinelovemua
Body, beauty and “mug”: just what the doctor ordered. Morphine started out doing makeup tutorials on social media. Now, she is the self-proclaimed “It Girl of Miami.” Can this trained dancer– who has been featured in Maluma and Bad Bunny music videos– cha cha her way to the top of the competition?


NYMPHIA WIND, 27 – TAIWAN / NY | @66wind99
Banana Time! RuPaul’s Drag Race’s first queen to hail from Taiwan, Nymphia came to the United States to build on her massive fanbase of “Banana Believers” – a term given to her fans thanks to her signature color yellow, and penchant for the absurd. Inspired by Asian culture, art and tradition, let’s hope she doesn’t slip up in the competition!


PLANE JANE, 24 – BOSTON, MA | @the_planejane
Fasten your seatbelts! Because yes, that is how you spell this diva’s name. Plane Jane is as glamorous as she is wickedly funny; Boston-raised, but with Russian roots. No stranger to competition, Plane Jane was a competitive ballroom dancer as a child. Now she’s focusing all of her passion on becoming America’s Next Drag Superstar.


PLASMA, 24 – NEW YORK, NY | @plasmanyc
Straight out of Old Hollywood, this vintage-inspired femme fatale leaves all of the boys hot and bothered. Raised listening to Julie Andrews, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, Plasma channeled her love for divas into drag… and the rest is herstory. Can this queen’s BFA in Musical Theatre Performance raise the roof at RuPaul’s Drag Race? Time will tell!


Q, 26 – KANSAS CITY, MO | @living4q
The only letter of the alphabet you ever need worry about! This talented diva is a theater queen who specializes in the costuming aspect of drag. She makes all of her own looks, plus many commissioned costumes for prior Drag Race stars. Q is ready to go all the way in this competition; one design challenge after the next!


SAPPHIRA CRISTÁL, 34 – PHILADELPHIA, PA | @sapphiracristal
Philadelphia’s crown jewel, Sapphira is a serious musician with a six-octave vocal range. This powerhouse performer studied Music Composition, Vocal Performance and Opera, and in drag she can be found hosting, singing, dancing and performing comedy. Is there anything this diva cannot do?!


XUNAMI MUSE, 33 – NEW YORK, NY | @xunamimuse 
This self-described “knock-off Naomi Campbell ” is the supermodel of the season. Originally from Colón, Panama, Xunami moved to New York City, where Drag Race superstar Kandy Muse became her drag mother. Signed with a modeling agency in New York, time will tell if this leggy beauty can strut her way to the top!


SAPPHIRA!!!!! Sorry, but there’s only one lady for us. We’ve got to support the local Philly girl, especially since there are, once again, too many New York and LA bitches in this lineup.



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