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Monét X Change is the stage name of Kevin Bertin,[1] an American drag queen, singer, and reality television personality. She is known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, on which she placed sixth and won Miss Congeniality, and for winning the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars along with Trinity the Tuck.

Monét X Change
Monet X Change live.png
Born
Kevin Bertin

ResidenceThe Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationDrag queen, singer, television personality
PredecessorTrixie Mattel
Websitewww.monetxchange.com

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Early lifeEdit

Bertin was born in Brooklyn, New York City.[2] He later moved to The Bronx.[3] He trained in opera performance at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.[4]

The first drag pageant Monét X Change won was the sixth annual Gay Caribbean USA Pageant on September 27, 2014, representing Saint Lucia.[5] Her drag mother is RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 contestant, Honey Davenport.[6][7]

CareerEdit

Monét X Change was announced as one of fourteen contestants competing on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 22, 2018.[8] She was eliminated in episode ten, placing sixth overall.[9][10][11] She was named Miss Congeniality during the season's finale, and is the first holder of the title to have been voted by her fellow contestants.[12] During episode one of Drag Race, Monét X Change made a dress decorated with kitchen sponges for the first runway challenge, which became a running joke throughout the rest of the series and inspired a number of Internet memes amongst fans online.[13] Fellow competitor Yuhua Hamasaki created her own sponge dress for sale, and donated the proceeds to Callen-Lorde.[14][15] A sponge themed pin was available for sale on her website after the episode.[16] The official Twitter of Spongebob SquarePants also referenced X Change in one of their tweets.[17]

Monét X Change is a co-host of the podcast Sibling Rivalry with her drag sister Bob the Drag Queen. The first episode premiered on March 11, 2018.[18] In June 2018, Monét X Change called out rapper Azealia Banks on Twitter after she threatened to sue RuPaul for plagiarism over the song "Call Me Mother". Banks' account was later deactivated after responding to Monét X Change's tweet.[19] She appeared as a guest in an episode of What Would You Do on July 6, 2018.[20][21]

Monét X Change is the host of the WOWPresents internet series "Monét's Herstory X Change", starting in November 2018.[22] She appeared in a Pepsi commercial with Cardi B in February 2019.[23][24] On February 15, 2019, she was inducted into the RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Hall of Fame alongside Trinity the Tuck.[25] In May, Monet revealed that she would be hosting her own weekly talk show on Thursdays called "The x Change Rate". [26]

MusicEdit

Bertin is a classically trained opera singer with a bass voice. In school he played roles like Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Colline in La Bohéme.[27]

On February 28, 2018, Monét X Change released a cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and an accompanying video to YouTube.[28] She released her first original single, "Soak It Up", on May 25, 2018, the same day as her elimination episode on Drag Race.[29] The official music video features Bob the Drag Queen and fellow season ten and All Stars 4 contestant Monique Heart.[30][31] On February 14, 2019, she revealed a teaser for her debut EP, Unapologetically, as well as the pre-order and lead single "There for You". The full EP and accompanying visual album was released on February 22, 2019.[32]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Dating My Mother Drag Queen Television Film
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 10, Placed 6th
2018–19 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 4, Winner

DiscographyEdit

EPsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat
[33]
US Indie
[34]
Unapologetically 18 25

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Soak It Up"
(solo or with Bob the Drag Queen)
2018 non-album single
"There for You" 2019 Unapologetically

Featured singlesEdit

Title Year Album
"Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical"
(RuPaul featuring Aquaria, Eureka, Kameron Michaels, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, and The Vixen)
2018 non-album singles
"Everybody Say Love"
(RuPaul featuring Naomi Smalls, Monique Heart, Farrah Moan, and Monét X Change)
"Super Queen (Cast Version)"
(RuPaul featuring Naomi Smalls, Monique Heart, Monét X Change, and Trinity the Tuck)
2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Columnist, Ginnie Graham News. "Ginnie Graham: Sweetness can be found in a drag queen's video with Tulsa woman". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  2. ^ "Brooklyn born Bronx drag queen sashays on TV". Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  3. ^ "City queen says there's hope for future Bronx drag scene". am New York. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  4. ^ Soloists in Beaverton Symphony Orchestra's presentation of La Boheme
  5. ^ "UPDATED: St. Lucia wins gay pageant (photos added)". St. Lucia News Online. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  6. ^ "Monet X Change Talks Racism Among Fans, a New Single and That Notorious Sponge Dress". Hornet Stories. 2018-05-26. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RuPaul%27s_Drag_Race_(season_11)
  8. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10: Meet the 14 fierce drag queens". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  9. ^ "Monét X Change Came To 'Drag Race' For Our Dollars But Left With Our Hearts". 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  10. ^ "The Lip Sync From Dusty Ray Bottoms You Never Got To See". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  11. ^ "'Drag Race' star Mayhem Miller: 'I'm here to prove that I'm a great drag queen – not a clown'". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  12. ^ Swift, Andy (2018-06-29). "RuPaul's Drag Race Finale Recap: Did the Right Queen Win Season 10?". TVLine. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  13. ^ Blanton, Kayla. "Monet X Change Has A Lot To Say To Her 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Haters". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  14. ^ YuhuaHamasaki (2018-03-26), Yuhua's Sponge Dress, retrieved 2018-06-18
  15. ^ "Yuhua Hamasaki on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  16. ^ "Monét's "Sponge" Pin". Monét X Change. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  17. ^ "Monét X Change on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  18. ^ "Sibling Rivalry de Bob The Drag Queen & Monét X Change en Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  19. ^ "Monét X Change Dukes It Out on Twitter With Azealia Banks: 'Obscurity Is Where You Shall Exist'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  20. ^ What Would You Do? (2018-07-06), Parents disapprove of their drag queen son's look while out to eat | What Would You Do? | WWYD, retrieved 2018-07-06
  21. ^ Daw, Stephen (28 June 2018). "Monét X Change Set to Appear on ABC Hidden Camera Show 'What Would You Do?'". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  22. ^ "World of Wonder on Instagram: "Miss thing, what do you know about Betsy Ross? 🇺🇸 Gagged for today's debut of Monét's Herstory X Change, our brand new series w/…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  23. ^ "Drag Race's Monét X Change Is 'Okurrrrrr' with Cardi B". Pride.com. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  24. ^ "Watch: Monét X Change and Cardi B co-star in new Pepsi ad". Washington Blade. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  25. ^ Crowley, Patrick (February 15, 2019). "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4' Crowns Monét X Change and Trinity the Tuck Winners: Fans React". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  26. ^ "Monet X Change on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  27. ^ "How Operal Helped Drag Queen Monet X Change Find Her Inner Diva".
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrZPJ9gO5o0
  29. ^ Soak It Up - Single by Monét X Change, 2018-05-25, retrieved 2018-06-18
  30. ^ Monét X Change (2018-05-24), Monét X Change - Soak It Up (feat. Bob The Drag Queen), retrieved 2018-06-18
  31. ^ http://www.towleroad.com/2018/05/monet-x-change/
  32. ^ https://twitter.com/monetxchange/status/1096078312777138178
  33. ^ "Monet X Change Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  34. ^ "Monet X Change Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2019.