December 8, 2023
Meet the Queens – In and Out of Drag – on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 16
READ TIME: 15 MIN.
How about a sweet sixteenth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race?" That is what MTV is promising on January 5 when the iconic series returns with 14 queens competing for the $200,000 grand prize and the title of America's next drag superstar.
"The two-part series premiere will feature the queens showing off their stuff in the annual talent show, which has become a mainstay on the series," writes Variety. "This year, however, the show – which will be themed separately for MTV's Spring Break and the 'Queen Choice Awards' – will feature a new twist in the competition: 'Rate-A-Queen.' After the performances have ended, the contestants must rank their fellow queens' performances to determine the tops and bottoms of the week."
Expect the dishy after show, "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" to return, airing immediately following the series.
And each episode will be a full 90-minutes. Last year's season began with episodes edited down to 60 minutes, but the audience responded with demands of the longer episodes, which were re-instituted mid-season.
Here are the 14 queens, and the descriptions provided by MTV.
Amanda Tori Meating
(26, Los Angeles, Calif.)
"Calling all staff: there's a mandatory meeting to discuss this funny queen! 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. Amanda is the ultimate mix of camp and comedy!"
( (24, Brooklyn, N.Y.) "
The self-described 'ethereal elf goddess of Brooklyn,' Dawn is a fitting name for a queen who often stays up late enough to see the sunrise. Designing and constructing almost all of her eccentric looks, this kooky and artistic queen always brings a story when she hits the stage... and she's hoping for a happy ending at Drag Race!"
(30, Brownsville, Texas)
"¡Viva México! RuPaul's Drag Race's first Mexican born queen, Geneva witnessed her parents' struggles as they worked tirelessly to get her family safely to the United States in search of a better life. A dancing queen with a mischievous energy, she plans to be the first Mexican born queen to win the crown!"
(31, Los Angeles, Calif.)
"It's chocolate! Part of the legendary Haus of Jeté, Hershii counts Drag Race star Kornbread Jeté as her sister. A take-no-prisoners performer with a legion of LA area fans, Hershii is now ready to slay the main stage of RuPaul's Drag Race. When not performing, Hershii is very family-oriented, and together with her boyfriend is raising two young children."
(33, Brooklyn, N.Y.)
"This self-proclaimed 'geek-chic' queen started doing drag as a cosplayer at conventions such as Comic Con, and from there incorporated high fashion into her characterful designs. Proudly claiming Nuyorican culture, Megami means 'Goddess' in Japanese, and this creative force now hopes to rule the Drag Race world!"
Mhi'ya Iman Le'Paige
(34, Miami, Fla.)
"Get ready for your world to be turned upside down! An electrifying performer, Mhi'ya is known as the Queen of Flips. That's because you can find Mhi'ya performing her thrilling flips and tricks in the sun, on the sidewalks of South Beach. Mhi'ya's videos of her flipping onto café tables have caught fire on social media– now she's ready to flip the competition on its head!"
(29, Las Vegas, Nev.)
"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. Already a showgirl sensation on the Strip, this quirky queen is ready for the RuPaul's Drag Race's crown!"