Meet The Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 — It’s The Battle Of The Drag Houses and Namesakes

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Here we go again! On the heels of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 5, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the cast announcement of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11! Fourteen…err, fifteen Queens vie for the much coveted title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. This year, we have another comeback Queen, Miss Vanjie Mateo, due to popular demand. Although she was the first one to get eliminated on her season, her exit catchphrase, “Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie…” overshadowed the rest of season ten after it went viral. She’s joins the very exclusive group of Drag Race alums – Shangela, Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Eureka O’Hara – who return to compete on the regular iteration of RuPaul’s Drag Race immediately after their season.

This season also marks the debut of a Canadian cast member with Brooke Lynn Hytes, originally from Toronto, Ontario. We’ve covered some of her events in Vancouver, and she’s an amazing performer!

Drag Race season 11 is almost like the battle of the drag houses, if you haven’t noticed – Mateo, Davenport, Edwards and Montrese. There are plenty of very familiar namesakes too. Which makes this season a very familiar one.

We wish all the new cast members the best of luck, and especially to Canada’s very own, Brooke Lynn Hytes!

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Yvie Oddly
24 years old; Denver, Colorado
Instagram: @oddlyyvie

Denver’s “commodity of drag oddity,” shock queen @oddlyyvie bucked her boring local drag scene and brought conceptual artistry into the mix. Tall and weird (her words), Yvie draws inspiration from fashion muses like Thierry Mugler, and drag terrorists like Christeene. Known for bringing her brain to the table, anyone who encounters Yvie is guaranteed to end up with their jaw on the floor.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Brooke Lynn Hytes
32 years old; Nashville, Tennessee
Instagram: @bhytes

@bhytes grew up in Toronto Canada before traveling the world as a professional ballet dancer. Much of her drag centers around dance and movement, and she is a prestigious former Miss Continental pageant winner. Will Brooke Lynn dazzle the judges with the same polish she brings to the dancefloor?

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Honey Davenport
32 years old; New York, New York
Instagram: @honeydavenportofficial

New York City’s crown jewel, @honeydavenportofficial is the second cast member hailing from the legendary House of Davenport, and cites Drag Race’s Sahara Davenport as a mentor. With parts in Off-Broadway plays, an electro band, and 18 pageant crowns under her belt, queens know to bow down to this talented diva.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Soju
27 years old; Chicago, Illinois
Instagram: @shotwithsoju

Raised in Korea, @shotwithsoju brings Korean influences into her drag, be it colorful crazy K-Pop aesthetics or Taekwondo martial arts weapons. Producer and star of the popular YouTube show Shot With Soju, where queens spill the beans about their time on Drag Race, Soju comes into the competition fully prepared for her own shot at the crown.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Kahanna Montrese
25 years old; Las Vegas, Nevada
Instagram: @kahannamontrese

Las Vegas’s hip hop showgirl, @kahannamontrese merges edgy street influences with upscale high fashion couture. ✌️ After seeing Kahanna perform just one time, Drag Race legend Coco Montrese adopted this spitfire performer, and Kahanna’s drag identity was born. Will Kahanna finish the job that Coco Montrese started?

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Mercedes Iman Diamond
31 years old; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Instagram: @mercedesimandiamond

This African princess moved from Kenya to the USA when she was 11, but @mercedesimandiamond wasn’t “born” until 10 years later at the world famous Gay 90s club in downtown Minneapolis. All about the body-ody-ody, Mercedes owns any stage she sets foot on, dazzling the crowd with her graceful presence, and the expensive bling she is named after.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Ra’jah O’Hara
33 years old; Dallas, Texas
Instagram: @therajahoharashow

@therajahoharashow is from Dallas, Texas, where everything is bigger, better and bolder. A dancing queen known for her kicks, splits and tearing up the dance floor, the “D” in Ra’Jah’s name stands for Davenport; this season’s third cast member from the Davenport dynasty. A high energy performer, Ra’Jah warns her competitors to watch their backs when she is lip-synching.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Plastique Tiara
21 years old; Dallas, Texas
Instagram: @plastiquetiara

Originally hailing from Saigon, @plastiquetiara takes a lot of drag inspiration from Vietnamese pop stars. Stunningly pretty, her popular Instagram drag pics have even been reposted by Tyra Banks. With none other than Drag Race superstar Alyssa Edwards for a drag mother, all eyes will be on Plastique to see if she can deliver in the competition.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Nina West
39 years old; Columbus, Ohio
Instagram: @ninawest

This comedy queen has a big reputation preceding her into the competition. @ninawest has won the national Entertainer of the Year pageant, writes and produces her own spectacular shows, complete with show-stopping dance numbers. She’s also an advocate and fundraiser for LGBT causes. ️‍ But can this local legend live up to all of her hype?

Watch: YouTube Interview

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A’keria Chanel Davenport
30 years old; Dallas, Texas
Instagram: @mizakeriachanel

From the legendary drag House of Davenport, @mizakeriachanel’s slick shiny look makes you sit up and pay attention. The current reigning Miss Black Universe, this super accomplished pageant queen is doing the Davenports proud with her signature aesthetic: “fit, fashion, mug and body.” Expect big hair, big attitude, and big results from this competitor.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Ariel Versace
26 years old; Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Instagram: @arielversace

A life-sized Bratz doll, this queen’s Jerseylicious Disney princess aesthetic is already a hit on social media, where she has a significant following. But don’t be fooled by a pretty face with a poppin’ Instagram presence – @arielversace can sing, act, and put on a fully entertaining show. You’ve been warned.

Watch: YouTube Interview

RuPaul Drag Race Season 11 cast photo -- Pictured: Vanessa Vanjie Mateo CR: VH1
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
26 years old; Tampa, Florida
Instagram: @vanessavanjie

Miss Vanjie! Never have more iconic words been uttered by a departing queen. Despite being first eliminated from season 10, @vanessavanjie’s mesmerizing backwards exit inspired memes, tweets and celebrity shout-outs, and an overwhelming demand to see more of this charismatic queen. She’s back with a Vanjeance, but can the queen live up to the memes?

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Scarlet Envy
26 years old; New York, New York
Instagram: @scarletenvy

Southern beauty mixed with New York City grit, @scarletenvy pulls from references as varied as movie stars of the 40s, Andy Warhol superstars of the 60s, and supermodels of the 80s. ❤️ A self-described “natural beauty,” Scarlet has worked with fashion photographer Steven Klein, Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and even appeared in a musical number on Saturday Night Live.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Shuga Cain
40 years old; New York, New York
Instagram: @missshugacain

A relative newcomer to drag, @missshugacain quit her sweet six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen. But talent rises to the top, and within 18 short months, Shuga has already established herself as a key fixture in the competitive New York City drag scene, where she relies upon her performance background in opera and musical theater to stand out from the crowd.

Watch: YouTube Interview

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Silky Nutmeg Ganache
28 years old; Chicago, Illinois
Instagram: @silkyganache

The life of the party, you always know when exuberant “Big Silk” is in the building. But scratch the surface of this gregarious queen and you’ll find a softer side to @silkyganache– one who was raised in the church, has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and is even on her way to becoming a Doctor of Philosophy. Let’s hope her accolades translate into success in the competition.

Watch: YouTube Interview

But wait! There’s more! … Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 RuVeal ft. Adam Rippon & Aquaria.

And as expected, the drama has already begun… at least, in the YouTube comments and Likes/Dislike.

Source: @RuPaulsDragRace, Meet The Queens!
Cast excerpts by @RuPaulsDragRace

 

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