RuPaul’s Drag Race unveils fierce season 16 cast – including first Taiwanese queen
RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally unveiled the full season 16 cast as a fresh batch of queens prepare to face-off and suit-up for the coveted crown. Rev your engines!
It feels like just yesterday that Sasha Colby brought the Ru nation to tears with her heartfelt Drag Race season 15 victory and changed the game for trans representation in the drag industry.
But in the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race, it’s always go, go, go, and the next US season is set to kick off on 5 January 2024 on MTV in the US and a day later on WOW Presents Plus in the UK.
So, without further ado, here’s the 14 Ru girls ready to sashay their way down the runway.
Amanda Tori Meating
This LA-based queen is a self-proclaimed “beautiful glamorous and very professional human woman” and a fierce trans rights advocate.
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.
Dawn is the “ethereal elf goddess of Brooklyn” and has impressed her 20k Instagram followers with her fantasy looks.
This kooky and artistic queen always brings a story when she hits the stage and is ready to take over Drag Race with her unique style.
Geneva Karr is a Brownsville, Texan drag queen, self-professed “La Diva Más Latina” and RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s first ever Mexican-born drag queen.
After working tirelessly get her family safely to the US in search of a better life, she is ready to snatch the crown and make history along the way.
Hershii LiqCour-Jeté calls herself “LA’s hardest working drag queen” and she may just have the credentials to back it up.
Fans may know Hershii best as a member of the legendary Hause of Jeté alongside her drag sister and season 14 contestant Kornbread.
New York Latina drag queen Megami aka NYC’s Thique Geeky Goddess is next on the list. Proudly claiming Nuyorican culture, Megami means “Goddess” in Japanese and she’s a regular at events like ComicCon.
When she’s not cosplaying, she’s DJing amidst the NYC queer nightlife.
Mhi’ya Iman LePaige
Mhi’ya Iman LePaige already has her trademark catchphrase down: “I don’t set the bar, i flips it”.
The “Queen of Flipss” is bounding onto Drag Race from Miami, Florida and calls herself an “imaginative, passionate and assertive” Scorpio.
According to Mhi’ya, videos of her flipping onto café tables have caught fire on social media– now she’s ready to flip the competition on its head!
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-inch heels and legs that go on for days.
Her Instagram proclaims her a “performer not a conformer” and we couldn’t agree more.
Morphine Love Dion
Morphine Love Dion spends her time between sunny LA and palm tree-filled Florida.
As a makeup artist by day and drag queen by night, Morphine could prove herself a force to be reckoned with at the makeup table and on the dance floor with cameos in music videos from Maluma and Bad Bunny.
“Welcome to the Yellow cult”. RuPaul Drag Race’s first ever Taiwanese drag queen Nymphia Wind caem to New York to build her massive fanbase “Banana Believers”.
According to her Instagram, Nymphia is “spreading banana fever” and its proven by her signature colour yellow, and penchant for the absurd.
Boston-based drag queen Plane Jane is, ironically, all about the sparkle. As glamorous as she is wickedly funny; Boston-raised, but with Russian roots.
Plane Jane will be using her childhood Ballroom dance training to bring her A-Game to the runway.
“Doris Day? More like Doris SLAY!”. If New York drag queen Plasma’s Instagram slogan doesn’t say it all, we don’t know what does.
Straight out of Old Hollywood, this vintage-inspired femme fatale leaves all of the boys hot and
bothered. Inspired by the likes of Julie Andrews, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, this queen is all about divas and drag.
Q is backing herself, claiming the stake of “your fav letter of the alphabet”. This queen is used to the crown as LookQueenNYC Champ and a specialist in costume design.
After warming up with commissioned looks for prior drag queens, Q is ready to go all the way in this competition; one design challenge after the next!
Self-titled “Philadelphia’s Crown Jewel”, Sapphira Cristal is here to conquer the runway with her six-octave vocal range.
She’s a dab hand at hosting, singing, dancing and performing comedy making her truly a force to be reckoned with.
The “knock-off Naomi Campbell” is originally from Panama and moved to New York City, where she promptly fell under the wing of her drag mother and All Stars contestant Kandy Muse.
Only “time will tell if this leggy beauty can strut her way to the top!”
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 16 will premiere exclusively on WOW Presents Plus in the UK on Saturday 6 January 2024, followed by brand new episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked. Subscribe to WOW Presents Plus via https://uk.wowpresentsplus.com/
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