Morgan McMichaels is the female persona of Scottish-American drag performer Thomas White. McMichaels is best known as a contestant on the second season of the reality television competition RuPaul's Drag Race, as well as the third season of the show's All-Stars spinoff.
Morgan McMichaels at RuPaul's DragCon in 2019
White was born in Alexandria, Scotland,[unreliable source?] to a Scottish father and an American mother, and spent parts of his childhood in both Scotland and the United States. He moved permanently from Scotland to Los Angeles when he was 18, and started doing drag in 2001. McMichaels' drag mother is Chad Michaels, who appeared on the fourth season of Drag Race. She briefly attended Paisley University for biochemistry and immunology before moving to California.
RuPaul's Drag RaceEdit
McMichaels joined the cast of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2010. She was eliminated after losing a lip sync performance battle to contestant Sahara Davenport, placing eighth out of twelve.
McMichaels later went on to participate in the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, where she was eliminated first by BenDeLaCreme for saying she would send home the best competitors if she stayed. This placed her 10th in the season. She returned in the sixth episode among five eliminated queens (Thorgy Thor, Milk, Chi Chi Devayne and Aja) and was selected to be brought back by BenDeLaCreme, ultimately placing 5th.
After Drag RaceEdit
McMichaels, along with fellow contestants Raven, Jujubee, Pandora Boxx, Nina Flowers, Shannel and Tammie Brown appeared in RuPaul's Drag U, a spinoff Logo series in 2010, where she appeared as a "professor" for three episodes. She remained in the cast on the second season of Drag U, which made its season premiere on 20 June 2011, and was a professor for two more episodes. She returned again for one episode in the third season of Drag U in 2012.
Other than Drag Race related shows, McMichaels was featured in the music video for "S&M" by Barbadian singer Rihanna in 2011. On 11 April 2013, McMichaels made a guest appearance on Tabatha Takes Over at the VIP Nightclub in Riverside, California where McMichaels performed a lip sync as Tabatha. Morgan was also featured in Lady Gaga's lyric video of "Applause" along with other drag queens. She hosted an internet show for WOWPresents called "Living For The Lip Sync" where she talks about lip sync fan-recorded performances by Drag Race alumni. It premiered to YouTube on September 4, 2014 and ended on January 22, 2015. She made an appearance on Entertainment Tonight to talk about All Stars 3 in 2018. She was featured with Laganja Estranja, Farrah Moan and Jaidynn Diore-Fierce on the thirteen season of Germany's Next Topmodel as a guest for the episode-14 challenge. He appeared in a music video for Lizzo's song "Juice" in April 17, 2019. She was a backup dancer for Nico Tortorella in an episode of Lip Sync Battle in 2019.
McMichaels released her first single, "Why You Mad Tho?" on February 3, 2018, with the remix by producer Drew G Rdr. McMichaels performed the single live on the Drag Race: All Stars 3 premiere episode talent show. She released a second single, "Yazz Bitch" on May 11, 2018.
Tyra Sanchez controversyEdit
On May 28, 2017, Drag Race season-two winner Tyra Sanchez made a Facebook post that reported McMichaels' death after a dispute with one of McMichaels' drag sisters. That night the management of Mickey's WEHO canceled Sanchez's show.
|2010||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||Contestant (8th place)|
|2010||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked||Herself|
|2010-12||RuPaul's Drag U||Herself|
|2013||Tabatha Takes Over||Herself||Tabatha impersonator|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Herself||Contestant (5th place)|
|2018||Germany's Next Top Model||Herself|
|2019||Lip Sync Battle||Backup dancer|
|2019||Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts||Herself|
|2014-15||Living For The Lip Sync||Host|||
|2014||Bestie$ For Ca$h||Guest|||
|2015||Drag Queens React|||
|2018||The Pit Stop|||
|2017-2019||Fashion Photo Ruview||Guest Co-host|||
|2019||Try Guys||Episode: "The Try Guys Lip Sync Battle Drag Queens"|||
|2019||Follow Me||Episode: "Mariah Balenciaga"|||
|2018||Why You Mad Tho?|
|2020||Ass Like Mine|
|"Sitting on a Secret"
(RuPaul featuring Aja, Chi Chi DeVayne, Milk, Morgan McMichaels, & Thorgy Thor)
- "About Morgan". Morgan McMichaels official website. Archived from the original on October 24, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
- Ragan, Scott (May 5, 2016). "For Morgan McMichaels, Life Is a Drag". Advocate. Archived from the original on May 18, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
- McMichaels, Morgan (July 22, 2015). Bonus: Morgan McMichaels is The Scottish Scandal. Hey Qween! (YouTube). Lebanon. Event occurs at 00:40 ... 1:22.
Born in Scotland in '81, moved to American in '87, back to Scotland in '94, and back here in '99. ... My mom's American, my dad's a Scot.
- "9 "Drag Race" Drag Mothers And Daughters". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
- "Morgan McMichaels — RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2 Contestant". LOGOTV. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
- Stransky, Tanner (9 March 2010). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: It's either Team Tyra or Team Tatianna". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- Oliver, Isaac (2018-03-02). "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars': A Shocking Elimination". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- Koch, Drew. "Here's How The Returning 'Drag Race' Queen Can Change EVERYTHING". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- Fitzgerald, Christine (August 29, 2010). "RuPaul's Drag U Faculty Spotlight – Morgan McMichaels". Socialitelife.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- "20 Music Videos With Drag Queen Cameos". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
- "Lady Gaga's 'Applause' Lyric Video: Here Are The Important, Drag-Related Findings". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
- WOWPresents (2014-09-04), Morgan McMichaels is Living for the Lipsync - Miley Cyrus & Madonna, retrieved 2018-03-04
- "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Morgan McMichaels Spills 'All Stars 3' Secrets! (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
- Kensbock, Verena. "Germany's Next Topmodel 2018: Die Topmodels müssen ihren Mann stehen". rp-online.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-11.
- "Lizzo - JUICE Music Video feat. RuPaul's Drag Race Queens". 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
- "WATCH: 'Younger' Star Nico Tortorella Stunned as Ariana Grande on 'Lip Sync Battle' • Instinct Magazine". Instinct Magazine. 2019-06-07. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
- Why You Mad Tho? (Drew G Rdr Remix), 2018-01-30, retrieved 2018-02-28
- "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars s03e01 review". The Independent. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- Yazz Bitch by Morgan McMichaels, 2018-05-11, retrieved 2018-05-13
- "Drag Race queen punched Nazi after he said 'I want to cut your f*g throat'". Gay Star News. 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
- "Drag queen breaks hand punching Nazi in the face". PinkNews. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
- James St. James and Morgan McMichaels: Transformations - Halloween Edition. WOWPresents. October 22, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- Morgan McMichaels' Living for the Lipsync - Sia and Whitney Houston. WOWPresents. October 23, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- Chad Michaels and Morgan McMichaels – Bestie$ For Ca$h. WOWPresents. October 3, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- Morgan McMichaels on Hey Qween with Jonny McGovern | Hey Qween. Hey Qween. July 20, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- Part 2 | Drag Queens Reading Mean Comments w/ Alaska, Raja, Raven, Milk, Morgan, and More!. WOWPresents. June 24, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
- The Pit Stop Season 4 Episode 1: Morgan McMichaels Spills the Tea | RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4. WOWPresents. December 15, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- Whatcha Packin: Morgan McMichaels | Season 3 Episode 1 | RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3. VH1. January 29, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- RuPaul's Drag Race Fashion Photo RuView with Raven & Morgan McMichaels - Halloween BOOview. WOW Presents. October 29, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- The Try Guys Lip Sync Battle Drag Queens. The Try Guys. August 19, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- FOLLOW ME: Mariah Balenciaga. YouTube. May 6, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
- Fitzgerald, Christina (March 1, 2020). "The Week In Drag – RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 Is Here! Plus Queerty Winners, Trixie Mattel And Scarlet Envy In The Hot Seat And Sasha Velour Shows Off Their Artistic Side". Socialitelife.com. Retrieved March 2, 2020.