AOC RuPaul’s Drag Race, Cortez has a queen new deal.
The 30-year-old freshman congresswoman from The Bronx has signed on as a guest judge for Season 12 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which will have a two-part premiere on Feb. 28 and March 6 on VH1.
The series, which pits 13 cross-dressing contestants against each other in the search of “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” has already taken on a red, white and blue political hue for the new season, which coincides with the 2020 presidential election. In a promotional video last month, the show adopted a star-spangled vibe in revealing the upcoming competitors, including five who hail from New York.
“Each episode will give the audience a more intimate look at the new queens as they pledge their allegiance to the drag,” the show said in a statement Thursday morning about the “Ru-volution” that will evolve over the season.
AOC isn’t the first politician to show up in the franchise. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a guest judge in a 2018 episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”
The 13-time Emmy-winning show, featuring series regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews, will also include guest-judge appearances by singers Nicki Minaj, Robyn, Chaka Khan and Normani; “The View” co-host and Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg; comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum Leslie Jones; actors Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park”), Daisy Ridley (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”), Olivia Munn (“The Rook”), Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Daniel Franzese (“Mean Girls”) and Jonathan Bennett (“Awkward”); and model and vitiligo spokesperson Winnie Harlow.
The show’s sashaying queens aren’t the only ones facing stiff competition down the road. AOC, a Green New Deal proponent looking to overhaul US climate change policy, will face ex-CNBC journalist Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in this year’s Democratic primary for the 14th Congressional District in Queens and The Bronx.
MCC, as 53-year-old Caruso-Cabrera likes to be known, is among five Democrats and eight Republicans running in the race. Ocasio-Cortez is backing Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential race.
It’s been a good year so far for “Drag Race” host RuPaul Charles, who recently helped kick off a Las Vegas residency, “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!,” featuring previous show contestants. And in January, he premiered the first season of his autobiographical Netflix series “AJ and the Queen.” In an interview with The Post, he called it a “love letter to America.” He added that the series ended up being “a chiropractic adjustment for our country,” and a reminder of “how adaptable to changes we are, which is our greatest strength.”
Season 12 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” premieres at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 on VH1.