Charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent: They've all got it. But only one queen will be crowned America's Next Drag Superstar.
By Kathy Passero
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 is speeding toward the finish line. Who will win the crown and the cash prize of $100,000? Here's a look at the finalists.
Gottmik dressed as a giant insect in the Beast Couture Challenge.
From: Los Angeles
About:Drag Race's first trans man, Gottmik is also a celebrity makeup artist who has given Cindy Crawford, Todrick Hall, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum, and Adam Lambert perfectly beat faces. Gottmik's strengths include edgy style and comic timing that slayed in Snatch Game and Nice Girls Roast. (Mama Ru compared Mik to Phyllis Diller.)
Fashion sense: Arty and inventive—often with a lot of body on display. "I would describe my drag as androgynous and loud. I love painting everything super black and white and clown-like with pops of crazy colors or crazy outfits that make an impression," Gottmik has said. "I pull a lot of inspiration from clowns and old circus images on Pinterest, then I make them glamorous."
Kandy Muse's ode to Beyoncé in the Yellow Gorgeous Challenge.Giphy
From: New York
About: This Dominican former Brooklyn Drag Queen of the Year is mouthy, outspoken, and often hilarious with a larger-than-life personality. "I pride myself on being a queen that comes from the ’hood," she has said. Kandy seemed like a villain early in the season, but won Ru over so much that when she lost a lip-sync, Ru couldn't bear to see her sashay away. "I'm not ready to say goodbye," Ru said.
Fashion sense: Arguably stronger in personality and comedy than in fashion, Kandy half-kiddingly described her style as "ho": "I don't necessarily have one style of drag. If I like it, I put it on," Kandy recently told ET. Some of her best looks this season blended elements old Hollywood and vintage pinup.
Rosé in her trademark color in the first episode of Season 13.Giphy
From: New York
About: Born in Scotland, this musical theater/comedy queen is a triple threat, with gag-worthy dancing, singing, and acting chops. Rosé has been on The Voice and America's Got Talent, and won the New York drag competition Lady Liberty in 2017. She's also the only one of the Pork Chop Queens, who lost the first episode's lip-sync challenge, to make the Final Four.
Fashion sense: Rosé describes herself as "Planet Earth's official ambassador to the color pink," though she won a maxi challenge wearing green face paint. "I don't do drag to look like a woman," Rosé has said, "I do drag to make people think and laugh, and to blur the societal lines of gender while dropping jaws everywhere I go."
Symone in the "Say Their Names" dress during the Fascinating Fascinators Challenge.
From: Los Angeles (originally from Arkansas)
About: Look queen, fashion girl, and self-titled Ebony Enchantress, Symone has proven that there's much more to her than supermodel looks. Her activist style statement "Say Their Names" dress wowed the judges—and she aced some of the acting challenges. Symone draws inspiration from powerful Black women such as Tina Turner, Diana Ross, and Rihanna (who DMed her support and called Symone "a true joy to watch").
Fashion sense: "My style is very edgy and very sexy, but there's also a point to everything I wear," she told British Vogue. "Bold would be a good word to describe it." Among the runway looks that drew praise from the judges were her blue durag train and her crimson lamé boxer look.