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Pictures, Video: Meet the queens of Canada's Drag Race

Pictures, Video: Meet the queens of Canada's Drag Race
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Check out the 12 queens competing on the first season of Canada's Drag Race this summer.

Hands up who needs more RuPaul's Drag Race in their lives? Well, if the US version, the All-Stars version, the celebrity version and the UK version aren't quite enough to satisfy you, get ready to welcome Canada's Drag Race to the fold!

Mama Ru's busy schedule means that she won't be presiding over proceedings north of the border but in her place is a trio of judges: Drag Race alum and season 11 runner-up Brooke Lynn Hytes, UnREAL actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and America's Next Top Model coach Stacey McKenzie.

In advance of the series premiere in July, the 12 queens competing for the crown have been revealed - read on to find out who's in the lineup!



Anastarzia Anaquway on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Anastasia Anaquway

Age: 37

Hometown: East York, Ontario

Quote: "Being on Drag Race is the culmination of an amazing 17-year career. It allows me to represent all the little black boys and girls in third world countries like the Bahamas that have huge dreams but no resources to make them a reality."



BOA on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

BOA

Age: 24

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Quote: "I love drag because it gives me the opportunity to be my authentic, goofy self and bring my audience happiness. When an audience is happy, so am I! I like my drag to allow people to let loose, have fun, laugh and forget about all the negativity in the world."



Ilona Verley on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Ilona Verley

Age: 24

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Quote: "Drag is important to me as it is how I visually express how I see myself on the inside, and how I manifest my female energy as a two-spirit person!"



Jimbo on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Jimbo

Age: 36

Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia

Quote: "Drag is the perfect gateway for self-discovery and self-expression. It's the beautiful culmination of courage, joy, performance, and artistry that inspires and entertains. Drag is a personal and political statement that challenges the social constructs to help inspire change in the world."



Juice Boxx on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Juice Boxx

Age: 30

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Quote: "I'm so excited to be on the first season of Canada's Drag Race and I can't wait to show the world how incredible Canadian drag really is."



Kiara on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Kiara

Age: 22

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Quote: "Being on Canada's Drag Race is a dream come true. I'm beyond excited to be on my favourite TV show and I can't wait to make queer Canadian her-story!"



Kyne on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Kyne

Age: 21

Hometown: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

Quote: "Drag is my vehicle for all my joy, ambition and creative energy. It makes me feel alive."



Lemon on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Lemon

Age: 24

Hometown: New York City, New York

Quote: "I am so excited to be on Canada's Drag Race so I can show the world I'm not only that bitch, I'm that *Canadian* bitch."



Priyanka on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Priyanka

Age: 28

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Quote: "I love drag so much. I had a drag queen perform at my 26th birthday party and they suggested I do drag. Now three titles, two music videos, and one big opportunity to be on Canada's Drag Race. I could be Canada's First Ever Drag Superstar...what's my name?!"



Rita Baga on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Rita Baga

Age: 32

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Quote: "I'm beyond excited to be part of this journey! I want to make my province proud and to be the very first francophone to own a Drag Superstar title. Dreams DO come true!"



Scarlett BoBo on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Scarlett BoBo

Age: 29

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Quote: "I love, love, LOVE doing drag because it allows me to live my truth every day and there are no rules to what I am allowed to do, say, or accomplish. Canada's Drag Race lets me express every side of myself and show others how to be fearless and authentic. I want to prove that you can stay true to who you are, no matter what."



Tynomi Banks on Canada's Drag Race season one© Bell Media

Tynomi Banks

Age: 38

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Quote: "Tynomi Banks is fun, flirty, and fashionable. She will entertain you, all the while stealing your man in plain sight and you won't even realise it's happening."


Canada's Drag Race premieres Thursday, July 2 on Crave in Canada. A UK broadcaster has yet to be announced.

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