Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race is upon us, and set to be bigger than ever. The show has a new home on Friday nights on VH1 and a cavalcade of amazing guest judges like Kesha, Lisa Kudrow, Joan Smalls--and the premiere kicking off with one of the most highly-anticipated guests of all, one Lady Gaga. PAPER shot and spoke with Season 9's 13 contestants about their inspirations, aesthetics, and drag icons. Check them all out below before tuning in tonight to see who will sashay away and who will be crowned the ultimate Queen.

Season 9 premieres tonight at 8pm EST on VH1!


Makeup Bruce Dean Wilhelmina Artists using MAC Cosmetics

Hair Isaac Davidson Wilhelmina Artists using Bumble & Bumble