Posts tagged with "Puerto Rico"

Founders of La Impresora shot by Gustavo Castrodad for 360 MAGAZINE

Maniobra: A Cultural Employment Initiative

The Mellon Foundation and the Centro de Economía Creativa (CEC) announced Maniobra – a newly launched $8 million cultural employment initiative created to facilitate stable employment opportunities for artists while strengthening the administrative bandwidth of community-based cultural organizations across Puerto Rico. In its inaugural stage, Maniobra – named in reference to “the work of one’s hands” – is providing support including salary, training, health and other benefits, and more to 37 artists and 25 artist-centric organizations across 12 municipalities.

Puerto Rican artists play critical leadership roles within their communities, yet often live in a state of financial precarity, earning a median annual income of approximately $16,000 for their work, with 46% generating less than $12,000 annually. Through Maniobra, CEC and the Mellon Foundation underscore the labor of artists as valued work, while modeling remuneration that reflects artists’ formal education, experience, and contributions to society.

“This initiative shines an important light on the economic state and personal well-being of the artistic community and centers both as priorities for philanthropy and cultural policy,” said Javier Hernández Acosta, Founder of the Center and Dean of the School of Arts, Design and Creative Industries at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. “Equity and salary justice within the arts had previously been relegated to a secondary agenda item, but we are now thrilled to work with the Mellon Foundation to advance this important work through real action.”

Maniobra provides participating organizations with the financial support needed to hire at least one full-time artist and $20,000 yearly budget to support the organization’s programming and creative projects over the entirety of the three-year initiative. The funding will not only strengthen organizations’ artistic programming and financial stability, but will also serve as a pilot that could be expanded in the future and has the potential of driving philanthropic support to a more holistic approach.

“Lifting up and celebrating the creativity of Puerto Rican artists, writers, and performers means granting them the resources they need to pursue their callings, supporting the archipelago’s artistic and cultural organizations, and broadly fostering the work and preservation of Puerto Rican culture at a time when stable employment and funding for these efforts has been imperiled,” said Elizabeth Alexander, President of the Mellon Foundation.“We are honored to support Maniobra, and excited to see the work that comes from this remarkable initiative.”

Prior to the launch of Maniobra, CEC and the Mellon Foundation collaborated on artists-centered initiatives including the development of Nido Cultural – a platform created to support management services for artistic and cultural production in Puerto Rico, as well as on an initiative aimed at Mapping of Cultural Work in Puerto Rico. Maniobra was inspired by Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) – the $125 million Mellon Foundation-backed initiative created to help reactivate the creative economy of New York State and secure the future of its artists.

The artists selected for Maniobra, which commenced in early April, were selected by an advisory team of key stakeholders from the local artistic community. Considering the diversity of practices and approaches across the islands, collectives and organizations were selected based on their rich experience in artistic and cultural work.

“In addition to supporting these artists, we also expect to strengthen the work of the collectives and organizations by providing technical and managerial support as well as operational budgets for the execution of the initiatives,” said Sonia Méndez, Program Manager of the Centro de Economía Creativa, Inc. “It also represents a unique project that not only offers the artist a salary, but also fringe benefits and health care coverage.”

To learn more about the projects and initiatives of the Centro de Economía Creativa, you can visit its social media accounts or Centro de Economía Creativa Website

*Photo: Gustavo Castrodad

Blessd artist photo in Skittles jacket via Tiffany Nicole Ramirez (Warner Music Latina) for use by 360 Magazine

BLESSD Makes History

BLESSD, the artist who is breaking all paradigms in Colombia and who is taking over the planet with his music, continues to share all his hits on his first world tour Tendencia Global Tour.

One more dream that comes true for the young artist will remain archived in his memory and in that of the more than twelve thousand attendees who sang together with him at the first edition of the Motherland Festival in Puerto Rico, where Blessd was the only international artist invited.

Blessd is the artist who never stops surprising the world, yesterday his music made history, all his hits sounded in an indelible presentation for the young superstar of the urban genre. Yesterday his musical project in reggaeton was validated again, 40 minutes of stage show became minutes of gratitude and respect from a young man who always dreamed of being there, with the greatest, 10 songs including “Global Trend” sounded like never before in the territory that originated the birth of a genre that evolved to stay.

From the beginning of him as a singer Blessd. He always highlighted the importance of Puerto Rico for the genre and now feeling that support and backing from the people and its artists represents something very important for his musical project. Without a doubt, receiving that affection becomes an important reference to continue with your project.

The tour will continue, Tendencia Global Tour unlocks new territories: Ecuador on April 29 in Quito, the United States with 21 dates and Europe.

Along with the announcement of the tour, the release of his new single entitled “TENDENCIA GLOBAL” was announced, a song that gives his name to his tour and that currently has more than 26 million views on the YouTube platform.

This new album features world-class artists such as Puerto Rican Myke Towers and Colombian producer Ovy On The Drums. In this way it is clear that Blessd does not stop and wants to conquer the whole world.

Finally, it should be added that this tour will continue to strengthen and evolve the project of the young artist Blessd , a new step that will continue to consolidate him as an artist and his team, hand in hand with his label JM World Music / Warner Music / Cigol and his management team, Just One CLiiCK headed by its CEO Dr. Velásquez.

About BLESSD

Talent and charisma make Antioquia reggaeton singer Stiven Mesa Londoño one of the future promises of this genre. With only 22 years and a career that began recently, this singer, better known in the field as BLESSD, not only improvises and sings, but also composes his songs.

His talent, simplicity, charisma, capacity for improvisation and love for music, have him as one of the paisa promises in the world of reggaeton, a genre that has given him the opportunity to perform in different cities and events in the country, where his followers they sing the songs and motivate him to continue fighting for his dreams and one day fill stadiums in different parts of the world.

Lenny Tavárez and Anitta photo by Alktitude for 360 MAGAZINE.

Lenny Tavárez × Anitta

Urban music icon, Lenny Tavárez, joins forces with Brazilian sensation Anitta for the release of Que Vamo’ Hacer, a song full of powerful lyrics, chemistry, and a lot of sensuality. The song and its official music video are available for streaming today. 

KRACK Deluxe is Lenny Tavárez’s latest musical work, a powerful album that has brought together Latin music stars such as Zion y Lennox, Nicky Jam, Rauw Alejandro, De la Ghetto, Justin Quiles, among others, in a brilliant urban production that will immortalize the essence of Lenny Tavárez in the reggaeton industry. In this new edition of the album are three additional songs including: La Pared 720 alongside De La Ghetto, Brray, Justin Quiles, and Randy; TBT Remix with Micro TDH, Feid, and Brytiago; and Que Vamo’ Hacer alongside Anitta

To accompany the release of KRACK Deluxe Lenny presents Que Vamo’ Hacer with a world-class artist such as Anitta. The song can be defined as a melodious, almost romantic reggaeton, with a powerful “beat” that invites you to move your hips, produced by Ovy on the Drums himself, who had the idea of bringing both artists together in this soon to be hit.

Listen to Que Vamo’ Hacer.

Watch the video HERE.

*Featured image of Lenny Tavárez × Anitta by Alktitude.

KRACK DELUXE by Lenny Tavárez featured inside 360 MAGAZINE.
Blessd and Myke Towers inside 360 MAGAZINE

BLESSD – TENDENCIA GLOBAL

“Tendencia Global” Available Here 

Blessd, the artist who has broken the paradigms in Colombia and has become a reference of the genre across the globe presents his new single “Tendencia Global” alongside one of the urban genre’s Puerto Rican representatives, Myke Towers, a song full of energy that showcases the unique styles of each of the participating artists. A track that unites two powerhouses of the genre, Colombia and Puerto Rico, in a single production that will be heard in every corner of the planet. Parallel to this immense release, the artist announced his world tour that bears the name of the single: Tendencia Global Tour, the singer-songwriter will visit important territories such as: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, United States, Mexico and Europe.

Tendencia Global” was born from Myke Towers’ initial interest in wanting to collaborate with the rising urban genre star, Blessd, considered by the Puerto Rican as the most relevant artist of the new school of the urban genre in Colombia. Towers, in an interview given to a well-known media outlet, which made its way around the world of reggaeton, expressed his interest in collaborating with Blessd, taken as the first step for such important collaboration in the music industry.

A collaboration to go down in history, Puerto Rico & Colombia which will go worldwide”… mentioned Blessed.

This new single was written by BlessdMyke Towers and Ovy On the Drums and performed by Blessd and Myke Towers. The production was carried out, in its entirety, by producer Ovy On The Drums, recognized for working with important artists such as Karol G, Nicky Jam, Becky G, Anuel AA and Piso 21 among others.

The video was shot and produced on the island of Puerto Rico, framing the beauty of the Caribbean beaches and the stunning architectural zone of old San Juan. The video combines close-up images of BlessdMyke Towers and Ovy On The Drums sequenced throughout the video, adding to all the technical levels of the recording, further demonstrating and recreating the music of this global hit.

The video was directed by Oscar Vasquez and DEIVY P and produced by DYPA FILMS, a production company that has worked with national and international artists such as Blessd, Ryan Castro, Lyanno, Anonimus, Valentino, Dekko, Javielo, Saga White Black, Lenny Tavarez, and Justin Quiles, among others.

Blessd, along with his label JM World Music – CigolWarner Music Latina and his management team Just One Cliick, headed by CEO Dr. Velasquez, will continue to work on and consolidate this global music project.

About Blessd:

Talent makes Antioquian urban singer Stiven Mesa Londoño one of the future promises of the genre. With only 22 years of age and a career that began recently, this singer, better known in the music industry as BLESSD, not only improvises and sings but also composes his songs.

His simplicity, charisma, ability to improvise as well as his love for music, have positioned him as one of the promising Colombians in the world of reggaeton, a genre that has allowed him to perform in different cities and events throughout the country, where his fan base chants the songs and motivate him to continue striving for his dream of one day selling out stadiums across different cities of the world.

BLESSD “TENDENCIA GLOBAL” OFFICIAL VIDEO

Justin Quiles of Warner Music Latina featured in 360 MAGAZINE

Justin Quiles – Gucci Fendi

Latin GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and singer-songwriter, Justin Quiles, announced today his long-awaited and first homecoming concert in his native Puerto Rico. The show will take place at the Coca-Cola Music Hall on May 20th with special guest appearances. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 am on ticketera.com. The show is being produced by Paco Lopez for No Limit Entertainment

I am happy to finally bring my show to  my island and give fans what they have been asking for, for so long. We have a super fun show and will give fans a good time! Vamos Puerto Rico!” commented Quiles.

Last night, Quiles released his latest hit song “Gucci Fendi” alongside fellow Puerto Rican rapper Eladio Carrion. “Gucci Fendi” is the first song off of his next studio album slated for release in 2022. The song, along with the official video, are available to stream on all digital platforms today.

Each track the multi-platinum artist releases is another song in a lengthy repertoire of certified hits — with “Gucci Fendi” being no exception. The song not only demonstrates his exceptional versatility, but also the growth he has endured as an artist. On “Gucci Fendi,” Justin incorporates skilled lyrical mastery and creates a song that is relevant and relatable about the need to always look “on point” when stepping out. Carrion’s inclusion on the track further elevates it and adds the perfect notes of grittiness with his flow and unique vocals. Directed by Fernando Lugo, the video features some of today’s hottest fashions set against a monochromatic backdrop to further highlight its exclusivity. 

Quiles has enjoyed a career filled with a myriad of milestones that have catapulted him into another level of global success and reach within Latin music. The singer-songwriter wrapped up an impressive 2021 by surpassing 1 billion combined global streams of his successful third studio album, “La Última Promesa.” The album reached #1 on Apple Music’s “Top Album Charts,” #1 BTS video on Apple Music’s “Top Video Charts,” #1 on iTunes, garnered 1 million streams on the first day of release on Apple Music alone, and #3 on Spotify’s Global Top Album Debuts (#1 Latin album). “La Ultima Promesa” is also home to several multi-platinum hits released prior to the album such as: Loco featuring Zion & Lennox and Chimbala, which reached #1 on U.S. radio the week of the album’s release and has surpassed over 185.9 million views on YouTube, was certified 2x Platinum in Spain, reached #1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, #1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay, #10 on the Latin Digital Song Sales chart, #13 on Hot Latin Songs, and currently sits at #1 in the United States and Spain; PAM featuring superstars Daddy Yankee and El Alfa, whose video has over 91.1 million views and entered the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay charts for over 15 weeks; and Jeans with over 213 million views and certified Platinum in the United States, Diamond in Chile, Platinum in Spain, 2x Platinum in Argentina, 4x Platinum in Peru and 3x Platinum in Mexico. Adding to the success of “La Última Promesa,” he released the official video of his single Colorín Colorado — quickly becoming one of the hitmaker’s fan favorites. Since its release, it has already accumulated more than 42 million views on YouTube and more than 492 million streams worldwide.

There is no doubt that as Justin Quiles continues along with his illustrious career, he will continue to position himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after artists and composers in the urban genre. To date, Justin has accumulated more than 4.2 billion combined global streams. The globally renowned hitmaker is also currently gearing up for his run across the United States that will be making stops in four major cities at the beginning of April 2022. The tour will make stops in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Boston and Puerto Rico.

cocktail illustration by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Margarita Day Drink Guide

Just in time for National Margarita Day, 1800 Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila line introduces a delicious line up of 1800 The Ultimate Margarita, the #1 premium margarita that’s ready to serve! Made with real tequila and the extract of lime, 1800 The Ultimate Margarita is available in refreshing flavors including Classic, Peach & Watermelon! Perfect for any at-home celebration, all flavors are best enjoyed on the rocks and chilled/blended with ice. As a premium offering, 1800 The Ultimate Margarita is packaged in 1800 Tequila’s signature pyramid glass bottle.

If you’re looking to put a spin on the classic margarita, check out these cocktail ideas from 1800, all of which can also be made with their refreshing, new flavors below:

La Rita
2 oz 1800° Silver
1 oz Lime Juice
½ oz Agave Syrup
½ oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain into salted rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

La Rosita
2 oz 1800® Silver Tequila
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz Curacao
0.5 oz Rosemary Honey Syrup
Rosemary Sprig

To make the rosemary honey, add 2 parts honey to 1 part water and let simmer with some rosemary for 3–5 minutes.

Measure out all ingredients, add to a shaker with ice, and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Rising Star
2 oz 1800® Silver Tequila
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
3–4 Whole Blackberries
5–6 Mint Leaves
Seltzer Water

Lightly muddle mint leaves and blackberries in a shaker or mason jar. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, tequila and ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Pour into a glass over ice and top with seltzer water. Garnish with fresh mint and a blackberry.

All of these recipes can also be made with 1800 Tequila’s deliciously dangerous margarita flavors:

1800 Tequila x Jarritos Tamarindo Tango Margarita

Mix in fresh lime juice & Chile de Arbol and serve on the rocks with chile salt rim & lime wheel

1800 The Ultimate Margarita Original

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

1800 The Ultimate Margarita Peach

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

1800 The Ultimate Margarita Watermelon

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass

Discover Puerto Rico × Pantone

Boriqua Interior Designer Cristina Villalón curates tips on how to best incorporate the color Puerto Rico Sunshine into a space. This fiery red-orange color created by Pantone is a combination of the sunbeams that grace the island throughout the day, refined by a physicist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico. Villalón, a leading designer in Puerto Rico with projects all over the Americas is the ideal eye to recommend how to integrate Puerto Rico Sunshine into any room or décor.

According to Villalón, orange is a dynamic color. It should be used to add energy to a room and make a space come alive. Thus, if you reside in a cold place, adding an orange wall will automatically add warmth and ebullience to the space.

Puerto Rico Sunshine alongside neutral tones such as gray have a neutralizing effect to tone down the brightness. For full island-vibes, blues also complement orange beautifully and make the perfect combination in a vibrant beach house or beachy themed room. It is recommended to use only one vivid color, like Puerto Rico Sunshine, in any given space. Using a neutral palette and natural textures, then adding pops of this bold orange in accessories makes for a soothing yet cheerful space. Painting an entire room a strong, overwhelming color can be a bit too much for most interior design tastes. Villalón recommends painting one wall in a room the brighter, statement-making color, and the rest a more neutral tone. Not only will the accent wall stand out and become a focal point, but it won’t overpower the rest of the décor elements and make you want to run out of the room! Other trends include incorporating accent colors in a wall mural. A wall mural permits you to incorporate as much or as little of an accent color as you would like, and you can also add texture and visual interest with the pattern or design you choose.

A great way to offer cohesion to the room is to paint only one wall an orange, like Puerto Rico Sunshine, and then repeat the color via furniture pieces or accessories. Some of these ways include adding color to the entryway of your home, updating older furniture, framing a mirror, or even making your own artwork. The eye-catching possibilities are as endless as the sun’s rays. Color is an extremely powerful force and too much of anyone can leave a room or space unbalanced. Yet the right amount can invigorate a home and its visitors!

Cristina Villalón is the Co-founder, Principal Interior Designer and the Director of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® | Architecture & Interior Design. Recognized for her attractive, welcoming, and functional interior designs, Villalón was awarded in 2015 with the Star on the Rise Award from the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA). In 2016, Cristina was named among the Top 40 Under 40 by the magazine Design: Retail and that same year, Caribbean Business awarded her the same distinction. Villalón is a proud mother of three beautiful daughters, a recycling activist and gender equality, an insatiable reader and a lifelong learner.

Discover Puerto Rico and Pantone featured in 360 MAGAZINE.

*Special thanks to Discover Puerto Rico for providing images and access to Cristina Villalón.

El Amor y yo album cover art via Nina Veras for use by 360 MAGAZINE

El amor y Yo – Jay Wheeler

The world-renowned Puerto Rican artist Jay Wheeler reveals his new studio album El amor y Yo, available now. His leading persuasive single ‘EaZt,’ too, makes its own unveiling paired with a smashing official music video, watch HERE.

As an incredibly heart-touching and moving artist, Jay applauds the release of his third studio album with El amor y Yo. Comprising a total of 12 tracks produced by reggaeton icon Dj Nelson and Luis Suárez Silva (Siru), the arrangement of the album consists of Marval and Santo Niflo and Jay Wheeler himself with Dynamic Records.

The overall theme of the album resorts back to love, something that draws in his audience. Jay Wheeler speaks on the album, stating, “El amor y Yo is an album that I always wanted to work on. It’s an escape to create the music that I really like to do, my essence, the one that made me known. I think that on this album I shared everything that ever happened to me in past relationships, laughter, tears, a little of everything. It is an album that I worked with so much love for my fans, who are my family.”

Along with the publication of his third studio album, Jay drops an official music video for ‘EaZt.’ The video comes shot in Miami, as directed by Webster Torres Mill and executively produced by Luis Suárez Silva (Siru), Dynamic Records, and Dj Nelson, Flow Music. The song lyrics depict the emotions of one in love, and how these feelings can often make people feel as thought they’re floating on happiness.

The lyrics read, “’Cause my favorite tune is your voice, and without darno’ notice, ‘tamo in the same tone, you were hanging out with Cupid when he hit on me, when it hit my chest, I don’t want to be alone anymore.”

About Jay Wheeler

José Ángel López Martínez, artistically known as Jay Wheeler, is an urban latin singer born in Puerto Rico on April 25, 1994. In 2016 he released “freestyle” and created a cover to Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” reaching 1 million views on YouTube. In 2018 with Dynamic Records he released his first single and music video “Por Tu Culpa.” His romantic and melodic style provoked amazement among his fans and in 2019 he released “Mensaje De Voz,” captivating his fans with an emotional record. By the summer of 2019, he reached millions of followers along with a viral music video. Due to this success, DJ Nelson became interested in Jay and wanted to meet him. At this time, Dynamic Records and Flow Music united and started working with him on two singles “Te Soñé” and “Otra noche más.”

In November of 2019, he premiered his first album “Platónico” (composed of 13 songs), and within his album the track “Otra noche más” ft. Farruko Remix. In February of 2020, he launched the first digital urban concert Platonico Unplugged, a live acoustic version of his first album. In June 2020 he premiered his second album “Platónicos,” with the participation of various artists such as DalexBrytiagoFeidNio GarciaMiky Woodz, Myke Towers, Alex Rose and Casper Megico. Jay Wheeler has participated in collaborations with CautyLenny TavarezBryant Myers and so many more. Among his many collaborations, he joined forces with Onell Diaz for a project highlighting suicide prevention. Jay Wheeler is considered an influential phenomenon within the music industry and his talent continue to reach millions making him La Voz Favorita.

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Jay Wheeler Nominated for Premio Lo Nuestro

Urban music’s most charming voice, the artist whose success only increases with the passing of the hours, the digital sensation of reggaeton and the “hopeless romantic,” Jay Wheeler, rises with 2 new nominations for Premio Lo Nuestro 2022.

The year 2021 “painted” very well for Jay Wheeler, since he not only made his music known on an international scale, but he also began to appear at the most important awards ceremonies in Latin music. Such was the case of Premio Lo Nuestro 2021, a historic night in his artistic career, where he was crowned Revelation Artist of the Year, a category that undoubtedly sets the standard in the music industry.

This year, the artist who carries a solid musical career on his shoulders is one of the nominees for Premio Lo Nuestro 2022 in the following categories: Remix of the Year for the song “La Tóxica Remix” feat. Farruko, Sech, Myke Towers & Tempo, and he also stands out in the category Tropical Song of the Year for the song “Cómo Olvidar” feat. Olga Tañón.

And with his sights set on the statuette, Jay Wheeler hopes to have the support of his fans, who will be able to vote for his idol through the web portal HERE.

He spoke on this experience, stating, “It fills me with happiness to know that those who vote are the fans themselves, there is no greater honor than being the favorite of those who really consume urban music.”

About Jay Wheeler

José Ángel López Martínez, artistically known as Jay Wheeler, is an urban latin singer born in Puerto Rico on April 25, 1994. In 2016 he released “freestyle” and created a cover to Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” reaching 1 million views on YouTube. In 2018 with Dynamic Records he released his first single and music video “Por Tu Culpa.” His romantic and melodic style provoked amazement among his fans and in 2019 he released “Mensaje De Voz,” captivating his fans with an emotional record. By the summer of 2019, he reached millions of followers along with a viral music video. Due to this success, DJ Nelson became interested in Jay and wanted to meet him. At this time, Dynamic Records and Flow Music united and started working with him on two singles “Te Soñé” and “Otra noche más.”

In November of 2019, he premiered his first album “Platónico” (composed of 13 songs), and within his album the track “Otra noche más” ft. Farruko Remix. In February of 2020, he launched the first digital urban concert Platonico Unplugged, a live acoustic version of his first album. In June 2020 he premiered his second album “Platónicos,” with the participation of various artists such as Dalex, Brytiago, Feid, Nio Garcia, Miky Woodz, Myke Towers, Alex Rose and Casper Megico. Jay Wheeler has participated in collaborations with Cauty, Lenny Tavarez, Bryant Myers and so many more. Among his many collaborations, he joined forces with Onell Diaz for a project highlighting suicide prevention. Jay Wheeler is considered an important phenomenon within the music industry and his talent continue to reach millions making him La Voz Favorita.

Rupaul's drag race for 360 magazine.

New Season of RPDR

By: Skyler Johnson

Rupaul’s Drag Race, the hit competition series on VH1 revolving around drag queens, recently entered its fourteenth season. Fourteen new queens have set foot in the workroom over the span of two episodes, each from very different backgrounds and upbringings. Some are pageant queens (participants in drag pageants, similar to beauty pageants) and some are club queens (queens known for performing in clubs). Either way, they want to snatch the crown. Here is everything you need to know about this season’s competitors.

Alyssa Hunter

Alyssa is this season’s only Puerto Rican queen, though many queens from the island have been successful in the show, including Yara Sofia, Alexis Mateo, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Hunter competed in, and won, all four of Puerto Rico’s biggest pageants, and became known for her sense of fashion.

Angeria Paris VanMichaels

VanMichaels hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and is a pageant queen. Described as a “Southern Belle serving fierce fashion and face with a country charm,” Angeria already appears to be a frontrunner in the competition with a mini- and maxi-challenge win under her belt (and all in one episode).

Bosco

Bosco, from Seattle, has a lot to live up to given she’s from the same city as Drag Race royalty Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme. Bosco identifies as the “demon queen” and “skanky alternative girl” from Seattle. Her drag character is seductive and elusive, and she takes a lot of inspiration from movie villains. She considers herself a “millennial Elvira.”

Daya Betty

Daya Betty, the drag daughter of season 12 runner-up Crystal Methyd, is notable for her punk rock aesthetics. Betty has already produced several intriguing looks, including a stone bust look for her Entertainment Weekly interview.

Deja Skye

DeJa Skye is a camp queen from Fresno, California. She has a passion for, “food, makeup, and everything fabulous.” She works as a dance and cheer instructor during the day, so you’ll know she’ll produce some sickening dance moves on the main stage.

Jasmine Kennedie

Kennedie is this season’s only New York representation. In interviews with her competitors, the other queens noted her to be the season’s most dramatic queen, so it’ll be interesting to see how she’ll do.

Jorgeous

Jorgeous, from season 14, is both the youngest competitor (21) and the shortest. She’s a fashion queen from Tennessee, popular as a club queen as well as being a noted dancer.

June Jambalaya

One of the many Los Angeles-based queens to come out of this season, June Jambalaya is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and is influenced by the South and The Real Housewives franchise, the latter being where she crafted her drag persona.

Kerri Colby

Colby, self-described as an “otherworldly ‘alien’ goddess from the ‘7th dimension,’” is notable as a pageant queen and the drag daughter of Sasha Colby, a famous drag queen and winner of Miss Continental 2012. She’s also a member of the Haus of Colby, a popular drag family. Known for her beautiful visage, she is a clear contender for the crown.

Kornbread “The Snack” Jete

Kornbread is a camp queen popular in the LA club circuit. She first gained internet notoriety acting in the videos of popular sketch comedian Brandon Rodgers playing various characters. Beloved amongst other LA queens for her energy and fun personality, it’ll be intriguing to see where this season takes her.

Lady Camden

San Francisco’s Lady Camden, originally from Camden town in England, is a British queen known for being ladylike in her fashion and choreography, but bawdy in her humor. A ballet dancer, she once performed in Smuin ballet. She is also the third ever queen from San Francisco (the other two being Rock M. Sakura and Honey Mahofany) and is the show’s oldest contestant at 31.

Maddy Morphosis

Morphosis, from Arkansas, is by far the most controversial queen of the season, and one of the most controversial contestants of all time in the series, for being the first cisgender straight man to enter the competition. Many fans of the show have spoken against her for this reason, given Drag Race is known as a safe haven for members of the LGBT community. She currently has a partner, who is also a drag queen, and worked at Target before entering the competition 

Orion Story

Michigan camp queen Orion Story describes her drag style as “chaotic,” and “what you get when you put Barbarella on a runway on Sesame Street.” She also won Miss Michigan Drag Queen of the Year, and is the first Michigan queen to grace the runway.

Willow Pill

Willow Pill is a comedy and camp queen from Denver, known for her offbeat sense of humor and surreal performances, such as in “Digital Drag Show,” a trippy, weird video on her Youtube channel. She is also the drag daughter of season 11 winner Yvie Oddly.