RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 queens on ‘changing the next generation’ of queer youth

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<em>RuPaul’s Drag Race</em> season 11 queens on ‘changing the next generation’ of queer youth

After fans spent two months watching queens pulling lipsticks on RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4, the season 11 girls are ready to pull various gags from another place when the Emmy-winning reality competition series returns.

“I think our season is going to be incredible because we are incredible,” new competitor Silky Nutmeg Ganache tells EW in earnest before joking: “You’re going to see girls who really pull things out they ass, on a budget!”

All joking aside, all 15 season 11 ladies take seriously the responsibility of representing the queer community on a mainstream television show.

“We’re the culture where everyone gets to pick and take what they like — take our cute sayings, take our cute little fashion trends — and then wipe us out of the picture,” contestant Yvie Oddly says. “With 15 queens, and so many of us being [people of color], girl, I dare someone to try and erase the impact we’re about to make!”

“I can’t imagine myself growing and seeing a drag queen on TV that I could look at, or seeing a gay person on TV at all,” Brooke Lynn Hytes — the show’s first Canadian queen — adds. “And now we’re getting all these little kids who are watching us and becoming fans, looking at us and seeing that it’s ok to be yourself, it’s ok to be different, and it’s ok to wear makeup if you’re a boy! We’re really changing the next generation!”

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 premieres tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on VH1. Watch EW’s interview with the queens above, and head here for our exclusive gallery of season 11 queen portraits.

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