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Wednesday, November 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Meet the cast of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Sorry, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fans: Michelle Visage is not the emcee of the “Werq the World Tour” this time around. The glamorous Texas drag queen Asia O’Hara will be leading the audience through fabulousness in downtown Spokane on Sunday evening.

Meet the cast of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour 2019” ahead of their stop at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox this weekend. And two words: Werq it!

Asia O’Hara: The evening’s emcee placed fourth on Season 10. Being from the Lone Star State, O’Hara is known for her big hair, even bigger gowns, glisteningly white teeth and Southern hospitality. Also: Don’t mention butterflies around her. Sad.

Kameron Michaels: The tattooed muscle queen, and our Seven cover model today, was an underdog on Season 10. Shy and underrated each week, Michaels clawed her way to the finals and finished runner-up alongside Eureka O’Hara (no relation to Asia) to winner Aquaria.

Kim Chi: A girl after my own heart – she sings “Fat, Fem and Asian” – Kim Chi finished runner-up to Bob the Drag Queen in Season 8. Alongside Aquaria and Season 7 champion Violet Chachki, Kim Chi is one of the most fashionable queens to ever grace the “RDR” runway.

Naomi Smalls: Statuesque is one way to describe the Season 8 runner-up to Bob the Drag Queen, as Smalls has legs for days. She was brought back for the most recent “All Stars” and finished runner-up to winners (the first tie) Trinity Taylor and Monet X Change, the first nonwhite champion of “All Stars.”

Plastique: The artist formerly known as Plastique Tiara(?) finished a modest eighth in the most recent Season 11, but the Vietnamese American made an impression for being one of the youngest contestants ever – she’s now the ripe old age of 22 – and for her stunning looks.

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo: Miss Vaaanjie! Miss Vaaanjie! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look it up on YouTube, and be prepared to have it stuck in your head. Miss Vanjie finished last on Season 10 and was brought back for Season 11 and fared better, finishing fifth.

Yvie Oddly: In case the name didn’t tip you off, reigning queen Yvie Oddly of Denver is definitely one of the most unusual contestants in “RDR” herstory, and she wears the crown proudly. All hail Yvie Oddly.

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