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Will ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 13 queens sashay in wigs, heels — and masks?
The primped and polished queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will ring in the New Year without one timely fashion accessory: face masks.
Season 13 of the reality competition — which will premiere at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, on VH1 — filmed in LA last summer as the world grappled with a new reality of coronavirus lockdowns and social distancing, not mention interruptions of many movie and TV productions. And while producer World of Wonder worked with all applicable unions to approve plans and followed local, state and federal COVID-19 requirements to ensure the safety of all involved in the upcoming 16-episode season, don’t expect the queens to lip-sync while wearing masks.
In September, Variety reported that all crew members wore masks — and got tested for COVID-19 at least once a week — and all talent was tested three times a week during filming.
“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-winning host RuPaul, who “disengaged” from social media in August due to the “overwhelming” times. (He returned to Twitter and Instagram in early October.)
A Las Vegas behind-the-scenes franchise spinoff, “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue,” had to cut filming short in Sin City last March due to the coronavirus.
The new challengers — including four New Yorkers — will compete against each other in a series of challenges for a cash prize of $100,000 and the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”
Here are their official profiles:
Denali | Chicago, Illinois
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.
Elliott with 2 Ts | Las Vegas, Nevada
A dancing queen known for her kicks and splits, this Las Vegas showgirl 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.
Gottmik | Los Angeles
Hiiiiee gorg! This celebrity makeup artist is ready to win the competition one face at a time. As a trans man who is changing the shape of drag, Gottmik is ready to show an edgy persona d’arte.
Joey Jay | Phoenix, Arizona
Don’t underestimate this dancing powerhouse. This celebrated Jewish princess with unmatched rhinestoning skills is ready to cluck and buck all the way to the top.
Kahmora Hall | Chicago
Chicago’s premiere Mackie Barbie doll is here to define what it means to be dripping in luxury. As the essence of glitz and glamour, Kahmora knows how to turn looks on the runway and serve in style.
Kandy Muse | New York
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.
LaLa Ri | Atlanta, Georgia
LaLa Ri is here to slay. This Atlanta-born powerhouse entertainer is ready to bring her mixture of sexy, classy and sassy to the competition, along with her charming and fun personality.
Olivia Lux | New York
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.
Rosé | New York
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.
Symone | Los Angeles
The ebony enchantress has arrived! As the first queen hailing from Arkansas, this confident small-town country girl comes to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ready to give fashion, face, personality and heart.
Tamisha Iman | Atlanta
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.
Tina Burner | New York
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 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
The contestants will also ring in the “Happy Ru Year” on the accompanying backstage after-show “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked,” which will debut at 9:30 p.m. New Year’s Day, immediately following the “Drag Race” premiere.