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Meet the NYC queens of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 9

Aja. Alexis Michelle. Peppermint. Sasha Velour. Get to know the NYC queens before they dominate Drag Race season 9.

Written by
David Goldberg

It’s that time of the year again. With every new season of RuPaul's Drag Race comes a crop of sickening performers that could only come from NYC. Before the March 24 premiere, Get to know the local divas from your favorite NYC gay bars and find out who stands a chance of joining the likes of Alyssa Edwards and Alaska in the hall of Drag Race legend.

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Meet the NYC queens of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 9

Alexis Michelle
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Alexis Michelle


Age: 33

Defining feature: The curves

Years doing drag: 14

Go-to lip-sync song: Everybody Says Don’t by Barbra Streisand

Hidden talent: “I love to cook… I toss a mean salad.”

Diva inspiration: Barbra Streisand

Odds of winning: we send condolences to anyone who has to lip-sync against this Broadway beauty. A surefire Snatch Game star. 3 to 1.

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Age: 23

Defining feature: The lips

Years doing drag: Six

Go-to lip-sync song: Just Say by KDA ft. Tinashe

Hidden talent: “I can read tarot.”

Diva inspiration: [Mob Wives’] Big Ang

Odds of winning: With a smoking-hot aesthetic, the vogueing skills of a pro club kid and a bad-girl attitude, Aja may be the one to beat. Beware her death drop. 4 to 1.

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Age: “Over 21.”

Defining feature: The cheekbones

Years doing drag: “At least ten years.”

Go-to lip-sync song: I’m Your Baby Tonight by Whitney Houston

Hidden talent: “I’m a tech nerd.”

Diva inspiration: Janet Jackson

Odds of winning: She can sing, she can dance, and with ambitions to be the first trans woman to win Drag Race, she’s not going down without a fight. 5 to 1.

Sasha Velour
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Sasha Velour


Age: 29

Defining feature: The eyebrows

Years doing drag: Five

Go-to lip-sync song: Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush

Hidden talent: ventriloquism

Diva inspiration: Shirley Bassey

Odds of winning: The Bushwig vet brings an avant-garde craftsmanship that may prove irresistible to the judges, along with a disturbed sense of humor. The second coming of Sharon Needles? 2 to 1.

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