We’re getting close to the end of the year, which means that along with the holidays, year-end recaps, and the sudden realization that time is passing and nothing you do can stop it, it’s time to reveal the queens for the new (7th!) season of RuPaul’s Drag Race! Ladies, break out your white mini-dresses and your jorts, because it’s time to impress judgmental internet bitches. Via NewNowNext …
Ginger Minj – 29, Orlando, Florida
A self-described “glamour toad,” what Ginger Minj lacks in stature she makes up for in talent. Vocally gifted and born to entertain, this queen plans on winning over the judges with her Southern charm … and might just have them eating her right up.
Jaidynn Diore Fierce – 25, Nashville, Tennessee
Infectiously sassy Jaidynn Diore Fierce lives up to her last name. And don’t be fooled by this big girl’s size – a polished performer, this bubbly dance queen can MOVE – and dance circles around the rest of the competition.
Jasmine Masters – 37, Los Angeles, California
Outspoken and opinionated, Jasmine is a polished performer with the experience to back up her confidence. But with opinions as strong as hers, is it going to ruffle some feathers amongst her competitors?
Kandy Ho’ – 28, Cayey, Puerto Rico
Fans will have a sweet-tooth for this fiery Puerto Rican beauty, who mixes elegant glamour with mad performance chops. But don’t let her sweet name fool you – there’s as much spice in this outspoken Latina as there is sugar.
Mrs. Kasha Davis – 41, Rochester, New York
This “international celebrity housewife” is a classic old-school camp comedy queen. With little patience for youthful ignorance, Mrs. Kasha Davis asserts that “anyone can be a girl, but it takes balls to be a lady.”
Katya – 31, Boston, Massachusetts
This Russian-inspired queen can be found at the intersection of glamour and comedy; she is as beautiful as her mouth is dirty. A trained gymnast, Katya can drop into a mean split … but will her acerbic Russian schtick have the judges splitting too?
Kennedy Davenport – 33, Dallas, Texas
This “dancing diva of Texas” intends to spin, flip, kick and jump her way to the crown. A polished pageant queen whose reputation precedes her, Kennedy comes from the legendary Davenport family, where she grew up with Sahara Davenport.
Max – Minneapolis, Minnesota
This gray-haired Old Hollywood glamour queen has “uniqueness” the house down. Staggeringly tall, with a kooky accent and even quirkier looks, Max will have her competitors gagging from the moment they see her. But will her unique take on drag be met with the same enthusiasm on the runway?
Miss Fame – 29, New York, New York
Branding herself “beyond–this–planet beautiful,” this chic fashion queen with a face to die for started her drag career on the runways of New York. Will Miss Fame’s fashion chops be enough to make her the next supermodel of drag?
Pearl – 23, Brooklyn, New York
This relative newcomer has already made big waves in the drag scene in the short time she’s been doing drag. With her robotic Stepford Wife aesthetic and patented “Pearl Smash” performance technique, only time will tell if this baby queen is as unstoppable as her buzz.
Sasha Belle – 29, Iowa City, Iowa
Never has a competitor shown the hunger of Iowa’s premiere queen, Sasha Belle. She has studied the game and has a strategy to take her all the way to the top … even if at the other competitors’ expense.
Tempest DuJour – 47, Tucson, Arizona
“Mama’s home!” Drag Race‘s oldest contestant is also a professor of costume –providing her with enviable skills for any fashion challenge. Married with two children, Tempest mixes maternal instinct with campy kitschy humor… a perfect storm to take the crown.
Trixie Mattel – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
With her overdrawn lips and clown makeup, this Native American’s eye-popping aesthetic will send ripples amongst her rivals. Trixie’s determination to stay true to her campy persona will either win the judges over… or cost her the crown.
Violet Chachki – 21, Atlanta, Georgia
A one-of-a-kind collectible, this youthful beauty has studied her fashion, and it shows in her edgy, next level aesthetics. But will having the “smallest waist in Drag Race history” translate into taking the title?
I’m not even going to bother picking favorites at this point because (A) I love them all and couldn’t possibly single out any one of them as a clear and obvious winner, and (B) my track record on picking the winner has been less than stellar, so I’m not even going to try. I’d rather assume that they’re all going to be awesome and lovely in their own unique way, rather than stan for one right out of the gate and then completely miss out on the opportunity to let them grow on me. Good luck fellas—may the best woman win!