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Absolutely Dragulous: Meet the Budding Stars of RuPaul’s Queenly Empire

The drag performers RuPaul chooses to compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” are crucial to the next phase of the Queen of All Media’s legacy. One of his central tenets is showcasing the myriad styles of drag that exist, and have always existed: camp-humor Leachman types like Pandora Boxx, pageant beauties like Alexis Mateo, high-drama modelinas like Raja and, of course, punk-drag vampires in the style of early RuPaul — that’s Sharon Needles all the way. Whatever the flavor, they’ve all stolen our hearts one way or another. We chatted with a handful of our favorites from the Drag Race annals.

RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Mondays on LOGO at 9 p.m. EST. Don’t miss our full feature, RuPaul Runs the World.