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RuPaul’s Drag Race Announces Season 13 Cast, Including The First Trans Man Contestant

The thirteenth season of the drag queen competition show will premiere on January 1, 2021. Who are you Ru-ting for?…

It’s been six months since Jaida Essence Hall was crowned the winner, and America’s Next Drag Superstar during the finale of season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The reunion and finale were both filmed from the contestant’s homes as the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the original filming plan for the final episodes of the season to take place as they always do, in an opulent theater. Although we’re used to watching showstopping finales, the at-home produced performances were creative and memorable. We also can’t forget seeing Ru not once, but twice in a wrestling mask. But it seems that the pandemic couldn’t hold back the glitter, gowns, and drama for much longer. The thirteenth season of show is coming in the new year. (As if we needed another reason for 2020 to sashay away.)

Let’s meet our 13 new queens!

Denali: From Chicago, Denali has worked as a professional figure skater, and incorporates those skills into her drag.

Elliott with two Ts: As a Las Vegas queen, Elliott is a dancing showgirl with an ‘80s aesthetic.

Gottmik: This Los Angeles-based makeup artist is the first out trans man to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race; in July, Gottmik appeared on the cover of Out magazine with fellow trans pioneer Gigi Gorgeous.

Joey Jay: Another dancer, Joey hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and boats “unmatched rhinestoning skills,” according to the release.

Kahmora Hall: As a drag sister to Season 12 winner Jaida Essence hall and drag mother to Season 11 contestant Soju, Chicago-based Kahmora already has a lot of Drag Race in her blood.

Kandy Muse: Kandy already arrives in the Drag Race werk room with a crown as the Brookly Drag Queen of the Year.

LaLa Ri: One of two Atlanta queens this season, LaLa Ri will “bring her mixture of sexy, classy and sassy to the competition,” according to the release.

Olivia Lux: Hopefully, this New York queen will have a chance to show off her piano playing skills this season, but she’ll definitely get to show off her musical theater abilities.

Rosé: Another New York queen, Rosé is part of the girl group Stephanie’s Child with season 12 contestant Jan.

Symone: Although currently based in Los Angeles, Symone is the first Drag Race contestant to originally hail from Arkansas.

Tamisha Iman: A seasoned queen who has competed in rag pageants since the late 1990s, Tamisha has her own drag dynasty, and makes all her garments from scratch.

Tina Burner: This New York queen won National Miss Comedy Queen in 2019.

Utica Queen From Minneapolis, Utica Queen identifies as a “wacky, wavy inflatable arm tube queen” – which, let’s face it, slays.

In a few weeks it will be a brand Ru year, and we’ll see this incredible new cast of queens compete in the premiere episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 on January 1, 2021. See you there!

Season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will premiere on January 1, 2021 at 8pm ET. The after-show RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked will premiere immediately after at 9:30pm ET.

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