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"You're born naked and the rest is drag," says RuPaul, host of RuPaul's Drag Race, Logo's search for America's Next Drag Superstar. In season 2, which premieres Monday (9 p.m. EST), 12 contestants will compete in challenges "designed to test their charisma, uniqueness nerve and talent, but to really win you've got to have that It factor," RuPaul says. Meet the contestants!
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RuPaul's take: "She just oozes with sensuality."
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Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
RuPaul's take: "She's old-meets-new. She's a 21-year-old with a son who has all of the old drag tradition, carrying it with her on her shoulders."
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Hometown: Falls Church, Va.
RuPaul's take: "Our little Britney of the group – she's young, sexy and [has] the most gorgeous sticks on the planet."
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Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
RuPaul's take: "The quintessential L.A. rocker chick, she is irreverent, funny and smart as all get-out."
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Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
RuPaul's take: "She is our Latina. She is so addictive and so charming. I wouldn't leave her in a room with my boyfriend."
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RuPaul's take: "She's drag with a wink. She's got a real consciousness."
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MYSTIQUE SUMMERS MADISON
Hometown: Bedford, Texas
RuPaul's take: "She's our big girl and she's got talent in spades. She says the secret of her success is 'a two piece and a biscuit.'"
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Hometown: Mira Loma, Calif.
RuPaul's take: "An L.A. girl who really has the talent to back it up."
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NICOLE PAIGE BROOKS
RuPaul's take: "Another of the traditional drag girls, she too carries the tradition of old-school drag on her stilettos."
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Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
RuPaul's take: "She's quite the dichotomy, because she's young and vivacious but she's also part of old world drag esthetic. She's very smart and knows her pop culture."
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Hometown: New York, N.Y.
RuPaul's take: "A New York City girl who has what it takes – now she is someone you don't want to turn your back on."
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SHANGELA LAQUIFA WADLEY
Hometown: Studio City, Calif.
RuPaul's take: "She's new to the game of drag. Expect lots of great things from her."