List of RuPaul's Drag Race contestants
This is a list of contestants who have appeared on the American television show RuPaul's Drag Race. Contestants compete against each other and are progressively eliminated, until just a winner remains, who is crowned "next drag superstar". They are judged by drag queen RuPaul and her panel of judges. The series first aired in 2009 and as of 2017, there have been nine seasons of the show. A total of 113 different participants have been selected as finalists in the show in its eight years running, with eight drag queens - BeBe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon, Bianca Del Rio, Violet Chachki, and Bob the Drag Queen being crowned so far as "America's Next Drag Superstar". In addition, an All-Stars season aired in 2012 featuring twelve returning contestants from the first four seasons, each competing for a place in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame". The season was won by Chad Michaels, previously a runner-up in season four. In 2015, it was announced All Stars had been renewed and a second season premiered on August 25, 2016. The second season was won by Alaska, who was previously a runner-up in season 5.
Contestants usually apply to be on the show, or attend casting calls, but the series has been known to recruit contestants via online casting. Season 1 contestant Nina Flowers, season 2 contestant Jessica Wild, season 5 contestant Penny Tration, and season 6 contestant Darienne Lake were all selected to participate by an audience vote via the show's official website. RuPaul and Santino Rice personally chose season 3 contestants Venus D-Lite and Delta Work at an open casting call in Hollywood. All contestants selected must be 21 years of age or older at the time of taping.
Some contestants have identified as transgender during or after the competition. Season 2 contestant Sonique, season 3 contestant Carmen Carrera, season 4 contestants Kenya Michaels and Jiggly Caliente, season 5 contestant Monica Beverly Hillz, season 6 contestant Gia Gunn, and season 9 contestant Peppermint (drag queen) are the series' only transgender participants. Sonique, Carmen, Jiggly, Kenya and Gia competed while identifying as males and began identifying as transgender females after their respective eliminations. Monica was the first contestant in the history of the competition to participate while already identifying as female, though she only outed herself in the context of the show during filming of the second episode. Peppermint on Season 9 is the first contestant to be openly out as trans prior to the competition. Monica confirmed in an interview that the show does not require contestants to identify as male and that transgender females can participate if they still consider themselves drag artists.
Currently, the first and only contestant to pass away is season 2 contestant Sahara Davenport, who died in October 2012 at age 27. Davenport was in a long-term relationship with season 3 contestant Manila Luzon at the time.
All information is accurate as of the time the season was filmed and thus may vary from season to season for returning contestants.
|Drag Name||Real Name||Age1||Hometown||Season||Finish|
|Victoria "Porkchop" Parker||39||Raleigh, North Carolina||1||9th|
|Tammie Brown||Keith Glen Schubert||26||Los Angeles, California||1||8th|
|Jade||David Sotomayor||25||Chicago, Illinois||1||6th|
|Ongina||26||Los Angeles, California||1||5th|
|Shannel||26||Las Vegas, Nevada||1||4th|
|Rebecca Glasscock||26||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||1||3rd|
|Nina Flowers||Jorge Luis Flores Sanchez||34||Bayamón, Puerto Rico||1||Runner-up|
|BeBe Zahara Benet||Nea Marshall Kudi||28||Minneapolis, Minnesota||1||Winner|
|Shangela Laquifa Wadley||D.J. Pierce||28||Paris, Texas||2||12th|
|Nicole Paige Brooks||36||Atlanta, Georgia||2||11th|
|Mystique Summers Madison||25||Chicago, Illinois||2||10th|
|Morgan McMichaels||Thomas White||28||Mira Loma, California||2||8th|
|Sahara Davenport||Antoine Ashley||25||New York, New York||2||7th|
|Jessica Wild||José David Sierra||29||San Juan, Puerto Rico||2||6th|
|Pandora Boxx||Michael Steck||37||Rochester, New York||2||5th|
|Tatianna||Joey Santolini||21||Falls Church, Virginia||2||4th|
|Jujubee||Airline Inthyrath||25||Boston, Massachusetts||2||3rd|
|Raven||David Petruschin||30||Riverside, California||2||Runner-up|
|Tyra Sanchez||James Ross||21||Orlando, Florida||2||Winner|
|Venus D-Lite||26||Los Angeles, California||3||13th|
|Mimi Imfurst||Braden Chapman||27||New York, New York||3||11th|
|India Ferrah||23||Dayton, Ohio||3||10th|
|Stacy Layne Matthews||25||Back Swamp, North Carolina||3||8th|
|Delta Work||34||Norwalk, California||3||7th|
|Carmen Carrera||Christopher Roman3||25||Elmwood Park, New Jersey||3||6th|
|Shangela Laquifa Wadley^||D.J. Pierce||29||Paris, Texas||3||5th|
|Yara Sofia||Gabriel Burgos Ortiz||26||Manatí, Puerto Rico||3||4th|
|Alexis Mateo||Alexis Mateo Pacheco||30||Saint Petersburg, Florida||3||3rd|
|Manila Luzon||Karl Westerberg||28||Cottage Grove, Minnesota||3||Runner-up|
|Raja||Sutan Amrull||36||Los Angeles, California||3||Winner|
|Alisa Summers||23||Tampa, Florida||4||13th|
|Lashauwn Beyond||21||Fort Lauderdale,Florida||4||12th|
|The Princess||32||Chicago, Illinois||4||11th|
|Madame LaQueer||29||Carolina, Puerto Rico||4||10th|
|Milan||36||Florence, South Carolina||4||9th|
|Jiggly Caliente||30||Queens, New York||4||8th|
|Willam||Willam Belli||29||Los Angeles, California||4||7th|
|DiDa Ritz||25||Chicago, Illinois||4||6th|
|Kenya Michaels||21||Dorado, Puerto Rico||4||5th|
|Latrice Royale||Timothy Wilcots||39||South Beach, Florida||4||4th|
|Phi Phi O'Hara||Jaremi Carey||25||Chicago, Illinois||4||Runner-up4|
|Chad Michaels||Chad Michaels||40||San Diego, California||4||Runner-up4|
|Sharon Needles||Aaron Coady||29||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||4||Winner|
|Mimi Imfurst^||Braden Chapman||29||New York, New York||All Stars 1||11th/12th|
|Pandora Boxx^||Michael Steck||39||Rochester, New York||All Stars 1||11th/12th|
|Tammie Brown^||Keith Glen Schubert||31||Los Angeles, California||All Stars 1||9th/10th|
|Nina Flowers^||Jorge Luis Flores Sánchez||38||Denver, Colorado||All Stars 1||9th/10th|
|Latrice Royale^||Timothy Wilcots||40||South Beach, Florida||All Stars 1||7th/8th|
|Manila Luzon^||Karl Westerberg||31||New York, New York||All Stars 1||7th/8th|
|Alexis Mateo^||Alexis Mateo Pacheco||32||Saint Petersburg, Florida||All Stars 1||5th/6th|
|Yara Sofia^||Gabriel Burgos Ortiz||28||Manatí, Puerto Rico||All Stars 1||5th/6th|
|Shannel^||Bryan Watkins||32||Las Vegas, Nevada||All Stars 1||3rd/4th|
|Jujubee^||Airline Inthyrath||28||Boston, Massachusetts||All Stars 1||3rd/4th|
|Raven^||David Petruschin||33||Riverside, California||All Stars 1||Runner-up|
|Chad Michaels^||41||San Diego, California||All Stars 1||Winner|
|Penny Tration||39||Cincinnati, Ohio||5||14th|
|Serena ChaCha||21||Tallahassee, Florida||5||13th|
|Monica Beverly Hillz||Juan DeJesus Anaya||27||Owensboro, Kentucky||5||12th|
|Honey Mahogany||Alpha Mulugeta||29||San Francisco, California||5||10th/11th5|
|Vivienne Pinay||26||New York, New York||5||10th/11th5|
|Lineysha Sparx||Andy Trinidad||24||San Juan, Puerto Rico||5||9th|
|Jade Jolie||25||Gainesville, Florida||5||8th|
|Ivy Winters||Dustin Winters||26||New York, New York||5||7th|
|Alyssa Edwards||Justin Johnson||32||Mesquite, Texas||5||6th|
|Coco Montrese||37||Las Vegas, Nevada||5||5th|
|Detox||Matthew Sanderson||27||Los Angeles, California||5||4th|
|Roxxxy Andrews||Michael Feliciano||28||Orlando, Florida||5||Runner-up4|
|Alaska||Justin Honard||27||[Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||5||Runner-up4|
|Jinkx Monsoon||Jerick Hoffer||24||Seattle, Washington||5||Winner|
|Kelly Mantle||Kelly Mantle||37||Los Angeles, California||6||14th|
|Magnolia Crawford||27||Seattle, Washington||6||13th|
|Vivacious||40||New York, New York||6||12th|
|April Carrión||24||Guaynabo, Puerto Rico||6||11th|
|Gia Gunn||23||Chicago, Illinois||6||10th|
|Milk||25||New York, New York||6||9th|
|Laganja Estranja||Jay Jackson||24||Van Nuys, California||6||8th|
|Trinity K. Bonet||22||Atlanta, Georgia||6||7th|
|Joslyn Fox||26||Worcester, Massachusetts||6||6th|
|BenDeLaCreme||Benjamin Putnam||31||Seattle, Washington||6||5th|
|Darienne Lake||41||Rochester, New York||6||4th|
|Courtney Act||31||West Hollywood, California||6||Runner-up4|
|Adore Delano||Danny Noriega||23||Azusa, California||6||Runner-up4|
|Bianca Del Rio||Roy Haylock||36||New Orleans, Louisiana||6||Winner|
|Tempest DuJour||46||Tucson, Arizona||7||14th|
|Sasha Belle||28||Iowa City, Iowa||7||13th|
|Jasmine Masters||37||Los Angeles, California||7||12th|
|Mrs. Kasha Davis||43||Rochester, New York||7||11th|
|Kandy Ho||28||Cayey, Puerto Rico||7||10th|
|Jaidynn Diore Fierce||25||Nashville, Tennessee||7||8th|
|Miss Fame||Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen||29||[New York, New York||7||7th|
|Trixie Mattel||Brian Firkus||26||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||7||6th|
|Katya||Brian McCook||32||Boston, Massachusetts||7||5th|
|Kennedy Davenport||33||Dallas, Texas||7||4th|
|Pearl||Matthew James Lent||23||Brooklyn, New York||7||Runner-up4|
|Ginger Minj||Joshua Eads-Brown||29||Orlando, Florida||7||Runner-up4|
|Violet Chachki||Jason Dardo||22||Atlanta, Georgia||7||Winner|
|Laila McQueen||Tyler Devlin||22||Gloucester, Massachusetts||8||11th/12th7|
|Dax ExclamationPoint||31||Savannah, Georgia||8||11th/12th7|
|Cynthia Lee Fontaine||34||Austin, Texas||8||10th|
|Naysha Lopez||31||Chicago, Illinois||8||9th|
|Acid Betty||37||Brooklyn, New York||8||8th|
|Robbie Turner||33||Seattle, Washington||8||7th|
|Thorgy Thor||31||Brooklyn, New York||8||6th|
|Derrick Barry||32||Las Vegas, Nevada||8||5th|
|Chi Chi DeVayne||Zavion Davenport||30||Shreveport, Louisiana||8||4th|
|Kim Chi||Sang-young Shin||27||Chicago, Illinois||8||Runner-up4|
|Naomi Smalls||Davis Heppenstall||21||Redlands, California||8||Runner-up4|
|Bob the Drag Queen||Christopher Caldwell||29||Brooklyn, New York||8||Winner|
|Coco Montrese^||40||Las Vegas, Nevada||All Stars 2||10th|
|Adore Delano^||Danny Noriega||26||Azusa, California||All Stars 2||9th|
|Ginger Minj^||Joshua Eads-Brown||31||Orlando, Florida||All Stars 2||8th|
|Phi Phi O'Hara^||Jaremi Carey||29||New York, New York||All Stars 2||7th|
|Tatianna^||Joey Santolini||27||Washington, D.C.||All Stars 2||6th|
|Alyssa Edwards^||Justin Johnson||35||Dallas, Texas||All Stars 2||5th|
|Roxxxy Andrews^||Michael Feliciano||31||Orlando, Florida||All Stars 2||4th|
|Detox^||Matthew Sanderson||30||Los Angeles, California||All Stars 2||Runner-up4|
|Katya^||Brian McCook||33||Boston, Massachusetts||All Stars 2||Runner-up4|
|Alaska^||Justin Andrew Honard||30||Los Angeles, California||All Stars 2||Winner|
|Jaymes Mansfield||James Wirth||26||Madison, Wisconsin||9||14th|
|Kimora Blac||28||Las Vegas, Nevada||9||13th|
|Charlie Hides||Charlie Hides||52||London, UK||9||12th|
|Eureka O'Hara||25||Johnson City, Tennessee||9||11th|
|Cynthia Lee Fontaine^||34||Austin, Texas||9||10th|
|Aja||22||Brooklyn, New York||9||TBA|
|Alexis Michelle||Alex Michaels||33||New York, New York||9||TBA|
|Farrah Moan||23||Las Vegas, Nevada||9||TBA|
|Nina Bo'nina Brown||34||Atlanta, Georgia||9||TBA|
|Peppermint||Agnes Moore||37||New York, New York||9||TBA|
|Sasha Velour||Sasha Steinberg||29||Brooklyn, New York||9||TBA|
|Shea Couleé||Jaren Shea||27||Chicago, Illinois||9||TBA|
|Trinity Taylor||Ryan Taylor||31||Orlando, Florida||9||TBA|
|Valentina||25||Los Angeles, California||9||TBA|
RuPaul's Drag U
From 2010 to 2012, Logo aired a spin-off to Drag Race entitled "RuPaul's Drag U". The series saw members of the public receive drag-inspired makeovers from selected memorable contestants from Drag Race. Following the completion of its third season, it was revealed that Drag U would not be returning. The contestants selected to return as "professors" were:
|Professors||Season||Appearances||RuPaul's Drag Race Season|
|Raven||12||Season 2 – Runner-up
All-Stars - Runner-up
|Jujubee||12||Season 2 – 3rd Place
All Stars – 3rd Place
|Pandora Boxx||10||Season 2 – 5th Place & Miss Congeniality
All Stars – 12th/11th Place
|Shannel||8||Season 1 – 4th Place
All Stars – 3rd Place
|Morgan McMichaels||5||Season 2 – 8th place|
|Ongina||N||5||Season 1 – 5th Place|
|Tammie Brown||N||N||1||Season 1 – 8th Place
All Stars – 10th/9th Place
|Nina Flowers||N||N||1||Season 1 – Runner-up & Miss Congeniality
All Stars – 10th/9th Place
|Manila Luzon||N||4||Season 3 – Runner-up
All Stars – 8th/7th Place
|Mariah||N||4||Season 3 – 9th Place|
|BeBe Zahara Benet||N||N||2||Season 1 – Winner|
|Carmen Carrera||N||N||2||Season 3 – 5th Place|
|Tyra Sanchez||N||N||1||Season 2 – Winner|
|Latrice Royale||N||N||3||Season 4 – 4th Place & Miss Congeniality
AllStars – 8th/7th Place
|Chad Michaels||N||N||2||Season 4 – Runner-up
All Stars – Winner
|Raja||N||N||2||Season 3 – Winner|
|Alexis Mateo||N||N||1||Season 3 – 3rd Place
All Stars – 6th/5th Place
|Delta Work||N||N||1||Season 3 – 7th Place|
|Sharon Needles||N||N||1||Season 4 – Winner|
|Willam||N||N||1||Season 4 – 6th Place|
- ^1 Contestants' ages are at the time of their respective season's filming.
- ^2 She maintains Sonique as a stage name, but has legally changed her name to Kylie Sonique Love.
- ^3 Carmen entered the competition amidst transitioning, stopping treatment just before and during her time on the show to meet the requirements to compete. After being eliminated, she began her transition to live full-time as female. She now goes by Carmen Carrera both professionally and personally.
- ^4 Starting from season 4, the winner was chosen from the final three contestants, and no specific position was announced between the remaining two. Thus, the two losing finalists are both listed as runner-up.
- ^5 Vivienne and Honey were both eliminated in the same episode, placing them both in the 10th/11th finishing place.
- ^6 In season 6, there were two opening episodes, Kelly and Magnolia were eliminated in their respective openings, before the contestants merged into one group, placing them both in the 14th/13th finishing place.
- ^8 Laila and Dax were both eliminated in the same episode, placing them both in the 11th/12th finishing place
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