The cast of the 13th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been revealed and it boasts a first for the popular show.
After winning six Emmy Awards this year and solidifying itself as the most awarded reality competition show in history, the highly anticipated new season is bringing together thirteen fabulous queens as they vie for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and a cash prize of $100,000.
“Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down,” said Executive Producer and five-time Emmy Award-winning host, RuPaul.
The series, which premieres on New Year’s Day in the US, will feature the first transgender man to take part in RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“I need to be the first trans winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, period,” said Gottmik, a celebrity makeup artist from Los Angeles, in his promotional video.
“It means so much for me to be on the show right now, especially being a trans guy going in, a feminine perspective of a trans guy. The trans movement is getting so big, so powerful, so strong,” he said.
The show has included some trans women contestants in the past, such as Peppermint, the runner-up in season 9.
In 2018, RuPaul was criticised for commenting that they would “probably not” accept a transgender contestant who had already transitioned on the show. In response to the backlash that followed, the drag star went on to apologise and stated that “the trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement.”
The thirteen RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 queens are:
Denali (Chicago, IL)
All hail Chicago’s ice queen. With a career as a professional figure skater, much of Denali’s unique drag incorporates ice skating and acrobatic elements. Denali is used to competing, but now at the Olympics of Drag, she is ready to break the ice.
A dancing queen known for her kicks and splits, this Las Vegas show girl is here to stand out from the crowd. With her 80s aesthetic and background as a professional dancer, Elliott is hoping to dance circles around her competition.
This ‘bad and bougie’ Dominican doll from NYC is ready to take her competition by storm. After going viral on social media and winning Brooklyn Drag Queen of the Year, Kandy is a pro at being in the limelight and brings the whole package to the table.
Lux be a lady tonight. As the diva with a heart of gold, Olivia can melt a room with her dazzling smile. With her old Hollywood style and background in musical theater, this piano player is here to shine all the way to the top.
At the intersection of Wit Avenue and Fashion Blvd., you’ll find New York royalty Rosé. As a member of the girl group Stephanie’s Child alongside Season 12’s Jan, Rosé is ready to sing and dance her way to the finish line.
Tamisha Iman is one of the most experienced in the art form of drag. As a mother figure who formed her own dynasty, Tamisha comes to the competition with impressive sewing skills, making all her own one-of-a-kind garments from scratch.
From being part of a boy band to the RuPaul’s Drag Race stage, Tina Burner is always ready to put on a show. This costume comedy queen and reigning National Miss Comedy Queen 2019 is a NY legend and is here to burn the house down.
Utica Queen is ready to wiggle her way straight to the crown. Identifying as the wacky, wavy inflatable arm tube queen, Utica is hoping to take the world by storm with her own form of goofy, pop-art drag.