Mimi Marks (born February 11, 1967)[1] is an American entertainer.

Mimi Marks
Born (1967-02-11) February 11, 1967 (age 55)
Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.

Early lifeEdit

Mimi was born in Waterloo, Iowa, but grew up in Oelwein, Iowa. As a child, she recalls feeling "uncomfortable in her body," and had the "most difficult time" in her physical education class because, she says, "I didn't fit in at all."

Later lifeEdit

After undergoing some surgery for gender confirmation(due to stipulations in employment contracts, Marks has not had complete gender affirmation), Marks became Mimi. According to Trantasia,[2] a transgender beauty pageant documentary, she has lived as a woman since she was 21 years old. Marks started performing in Milwaukee at a club called Dance, Dance, Dance with help from an Australian performer, Holly Brown. Marks says that, for trans women in Chicago, the test of whether they can pass as women is to appear in public at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs: "If you could walk through Wrigley-ville, like, during a Cubs game and not get 'spooked,' and not have anybody call you out, you were like the 'girl-iest' girl, you made it. I called [a friend] and said, 'I am at a Cubs game on first base, eleventh row. I made it. I'm a girl!'"[3]

In 1986, Marks won her first pageant title: Ms. Waterloo 1986. She has also won Miss International Queen, Pattaya, Thailand; The World's Most Beautiful Transsexual Contest, Las Vegas, Nevada, US; and Miss Continental, Chicago, Illinois, US.

In 2008 Marks appeared in Janet Jackson's music video "Rock With U".[4]

Marks is reported to have been the first ever openly transgender runway model, working for the Ford Modeling agency.

She performed at The Baton Show Lounge in Chicago, Illinois, until retiring from the stage in January 2016.[5]


  1. ^ "Mimi Marks (@mimimarks11)". twitter.com. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  2. ^ "Trantasia". www.trantasiathemovie.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  3. ^ "The INSIDER Online: Celeb Central: From Mark to 'Mimi': A True Story". Archived from the original on 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2006-07-30.
  4. ^ "Pop Making Sense History". Windy City Times. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  5. ^ Trotter, LeeAnn (20 January 2016). "Mimi Marks Prepares for Final Chicago Performance". WMAQ. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss International Queen
Succeeded by