Rev up those engines – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has unveiled a slate of 14 contestants who will be on the tips of everyone’s sharpened tongues come February when Season Six premieres. The queens are a nice mix of the widely expected instant frontrunners and the more obscure, ready-to-snatch-from-behind upstarts. (Seriously, after the uncaptioned photos of the first batch of girls was revealed Friday by Logo and “Drag Race” producer World of Wonder, two queens with lower profiles were frequently mistaken on social media for other girls who had frequently popped up in “she’s so gonna be there” speculation.)
So here are the girls who are join BeBe, Tyra, Raja, Sharon and Jinkx on the short list of “America’s Top Drag Superstars” as chosen by Ru & you:
Trinity Kardashian Bonét #teamtrinity
Trinity is an Atlanta queen who knows her Beyonce.
Magnolia Crawford #teammagnolia
Living in SoCal’s San Fernando Valley, Magnolia offers up her signature fitness video, “Sweatin’ to the Royalty-Free Music.”
Laganja Estranja #teamlaganja
A Texas girl who made her way to West Hollywood, Laganja takes on Britney’s “Gimme More” in this clip from Long Beach’s Hamburger Mary’s.
Gia Gunn #teamgia
Gia is a Chicago girl who dares you to “Come and Get It.”
Darienne Lake #teamdarienne
Hailing from Rochester, N.Y., Darienne delivers a fierce Mama Morton from Broadway’s “Chicago.”
Trivia: In the late 1990s, Darienne appeared on Ricki Lake’s talk show, with support from longtime friend and former RPDR contestant Pandora Boxx, on an episode titled “Get a Grip, Doll … You’re Too Fat to Be a Drag Queen.”
Ben De La Creme #teamben
Like last season’s winner Jinkx Monsoon, Ben is a Seattle girl. She also has a yen for Disney’s “Little Mermaid.”
Courtney Act #teamcourtney
A WeHo queen who leaped the Pacific from Down Under after this Sydney boy donned a dress for “Australian Idol,” Courtney claims to be “The Most Beautiful Man in the World.”
Kelly Mantle #teamkelly
Hollywood girl Kelly, the nephew of the late baseball great Mickey Mantle of Yankees fame, brings some throwback boogie-woogie realness to Khia’s “My Neck, My Back.”
Joslyn Fox #teamjoslyn
Joslyn, the “21st Century Fox,” is from Worcester, Mass. Peep her take on “Crazy in Love.”
Milk Queen #teammilk
New York’s own Milk calls herself an “intimidating, nonintimidating queen.” She is one of a group of girls called the Dairy Queens with her “posse” Skim, Yoohoo, Linda Lakes, & Juggz.
Adore Delano #teamadore
Check out L.A.-based Adore at WeHo’s Micky’s performing “Patron Tequila.”
Vi Vacious #teamvi
Vi was part of the family that launched Sunday Service at Sankeys NYC this month. Here is the globe-trotter recently performing “Pump Up the Jam” in Moscow.
April Carrión #teamapril
Among April‘s listed achievements is Miss Krash Puerto Rico 2011. Here‘s a colorful performance at San Juan’s club Scandalo.
Bianca Del Rio #teambianca
Bianca. Love her. What else is there to say … but if you’ve got a minute, she’ll make you regret it.
So there you have it. Let’s hear it for the girls.
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