The Truth About RuPaul's Drag Race's Tamisha Iman

Season 13 of RuPaul's Drag Race is well underway, and so far, it's had more plot twists than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. During its record-breaking Jan. 1, 2021 premiere, the new batch of contestants were paired off to lip-sync for their lives (yes; every contestant, during the first episode), which left half not quite eliminated, yet relegated to a dark purgatory known as the Pork Chop loading dock. Yup, it feels like we're in a latter season of Lost, but with more foundation and heels. As a result, half of the queens haven't really gotten much screen time, as they've been waiting in this purgatory for RuPaul's next move. And one queen we definitely can't wait to get more of is Tamisha Iman. 

While contestants like Goppmik have already had part of their inspiring and history-making backstories told, and other stars like (the amazing) Symone earned a win in episode two, we don't know much about this Atlanta-based queen at all. We know she broke it down during her lip sync battle Janet Jackson-style, and is from the cut-throat drag scene of Atlanta, Ga., as is often brought up. Oh, and that she has decades of experience and is the mother of a huge drag family. Those traits are definitely plusses when matched against novice queens. But other than that, who is the seasoned and promising Tamisha Iman? Scroll down to find out the juicy details.

Tamisha Iman is impressive on paper and on stage

What should RuPaul's Drag Race fans know about Tamisha Iman? According to Rupaulsdragrace.Fandom, her given name is Will Crawford and she is 42 years old, making her the oldest contestant of the season. But with age comes experience and accolades; Iman has won three national pageant titles, including Miss National 1996, Miss Black Universe 2000, and Miss Gay USofA 2005. The latter is a crown she shares with Drag Race alums Alyssa Edwards and Kennedy Davenport, so Iman is in pretty good company. She has an astounding 60-plus living drag children, so you can certainly "call her mother", dah-ling. In fact, according to Screen Rant, Tamisha Iman was cast on Drag Race with another contestant, LaLa Ri, who is in fact her drag daughter, so we'll see how that plays out. Iman is also a cancer survivor, battling the illness during the show's 12th season.

"I think people are going to be surprised that an old broom like myself can still sweep," Iman quipped in her Meet The Queens testimonial. "The Atlanta drag scene is very cut-throat. If you win that night you're only as good as that night ... I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It depends." Iman also explained what sets her apart from her competition. "Anyone can look good for a show. I'm the complete package. Everything I wear, I make, from my jewelry to my outfit." Impressive!

Tamisha Iman is clearly a drag legend, and we can't wait for more of her.