In late January, the cast for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 we announced by the season 11 champion, Yvie Oddly. The new queens are looking fierce and fabulous in their glamour shots for the series, but what do they look like out of drag? And how did they all get involved in drag and in RuPaul’s show? Read on to find out.
Aiden Zhane, 29, Acworth, GA
Aiden (offstage name Devin Lewis) says she chose the name “Aiden Zhane” because it’s A to Z, both ends of the spectrum.
“I like to describe my drag as sort of the love child of Judge Doom from Roger Rabbit and the alien from the movie Species. I am equal parts cartoon, colorful, dark horror, all sort of mixed into one,” says Zhane in her preview video.
Brita, 34, New York, NY
Brita (offstage name Jesse Havea) tells Entertainment Weekly that her biggest priority is to make sure drag is as inclusive as possible, saying, “When I started drag, I felt like I didn’t belong in my community and I wanted to make sure every show I did was that I made people feel welcome and everybody was allowed to be whoever they wanted to be at my show.”
Crystal Methyd, 28, Springfield, MO
Crystal (offstage name Cody Harness) says in her preview video that she always was going to pick the name Crystal because “she’s different, she’s fun, she’s nice, she’s creative.”
Dahlia Sin, 28, Los Angeles, CA
Dahlia (offstage name Erick Anthony) says in her preview video that her name came from the Black Dahlia because she was “more of a spooky girl back then.”
Gigi Goode, 21, Los Angeles, CA
Gigi (offstage name Samuel Steven Geggie) t her name from JEssica Lange’s character Fiona Goode on season three of American Horror Story. Gigi started drag when she was 15 years old and she loves fashion.
Heidi N Closet, 24, Ramseur, NC
Heidi N Closet (offstage name Trevien Anthonie Cheek) says that being from a smalltown, it’s been hard for her to be super fashion-forward but it’s all about just getting on stage and doing the best you can.
Jackie Cox, 34 New York, NY
Jackie (offstage name Darius Rose) describes herself as a campy, fun, nerdy queen and says her drag is influenced by a lot of the musical theater and cabaret scene in New York City.
Jaida Essence Hall, 32, Milwaukee, WI
Jaida (offstage name Jared Johnson) calls herself the “essence of beauty,” which she says came from her boyfriend calling her that. She describes herself in drag as a fully-realized, hyperfeminine version of a woman.
Jan, 26, New York, NY
Jan (offstage name Charlie Mantione) describes herself as “the girl next door plus so much more” and says that she loves Jan Brady from The Brady Bunch.
Nicky Doll, 28, New York, NY
Nicky (offstage name Karl Sanchez) says her on-stage personality is crazy and the drag culture she’s used to is very fashion-forward, so she takes a lot of inspiration from ’90s runway looks, particularly Linda Evangelista.
Rock M. Sakura, 28, San Francisco, CA
Rock (offstage name Bryan Steven Bradford) describes herself as a “rock ’em, sock ’em” drag queen and also says she draws a lot of inspiration from anime.
Sherry Pie, 28, New York, NY
Sherry (offstage name Joey Gugliemelli) got her drag name by thinking up something a little vintage and a little punny. This gregarious queen says New York is the ultimate “drag pie” because you can have “a little slice of everything.”
Widow Von’Du, 30, Kansas City, MO
Widow (offstage name Ray Fry) says she got her drag name from black widow spiders, Kat Von D, and Erica Von’Du. She also says she’s the reason for the season, the reason why you come to Kansas City. “If you’re looking for a good time, you come see me.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Untucked! immediately follows at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.