This Is How Many Followers 'Drag Race' 13 Queens Gained Over the Season
You following? For most drag performers, there's no bigger stage than RuPaul's Drag Race. With the ubiquity of the series at an all-time high thanks to its ever-growing slate of seasons, international versions, and spin-offs, the competing queens also enjoy a Ru Girl boost on social media. Like the aliens in the claw vending machine in Toy Story - who deified the crane and believe it chooses them to go to a better place - queens with Ru's cosign are ascending to overnight drag stardom at a faster and faster rate every year, even without the more than $2 million in cash the host has given out over the years.
A day before the series revealed its new crop of contestants to the world on December 9, we took one last look at each of their Instagram follower counts. From the most-followed contestant, Gottmik, the show's first transmasculine queen (around 128,000 followers at the time of counting) to up-and-coming queens like Elliott with 2 Ts from Nevada (around 5,600 followers at the time of counting), a thrilling part of every season is watching everyone compete on an equal playing ground.
Below, we crunch down the numbers of what the Ru Girl boost did for each of their Instagram accounts between the time they were announced in the cast and the day following the season premiere.
*Update: After the reunion and ahead of the finale, we wnet back to see how these numbers changed over the span of the season.
The history-making performer had the most followers coming into the season with at whopping 128,262. By the day after the season premiere she had upped that by 102% and boasted 260,301 followers. Yep, that's 132,039 additional followers.
By the reunion, Gottmik had 930,537 followers total. This mean the performer increased 802,275 followers over the span of the season for a 625.5% increase.
This female illusionist that hails from Arkansas was at 32,151 followers before she was ever announced on the show. But following the premiere she was at 125,014 making for a 288% increase or 92,863 new accounts.
By the reunion, Symone was up to 701,768 followers. This was an increase of 669,617 followers or 2,082.73%
The Brooklyn-based pianist brought in 13,267 fans before being announced as a part of the long-running series. The day after the premiere she had upped that to 66,674. That's a 402% increase which is 53,407 accounts.
By the reunion, Olivia was up to 358,521 which means she was up 345,254 accounts. That's about a 2,602.35% increase.