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Agnes Moore,[1] known by her stage name Peppermint or Miss Peppermint, is an American actress, singer, television personality, drag queen, and activist. She is best known as a fixture in the New York City nightlife scene and as the runner-up on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. In 2018 Peppermint made her Broadway debut in The Go-Go's-inspired musical Head Over Heels playing the role of Pythio. She became the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.[2]

Peppermint
Peppermint - Fire Island TV-show launch.jpeg
Peppermint in 2017.
Background information
Also known asMiss Peppermint, Agnes Moore
GenresDance, electronica, house, homo hop
Occupation(s)Drag queen, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2005–present
Associated actsAdam Joseph, Bob the Drag Queen, Cazwell, Jonny McGovern, Sherry Vine
Websitewww.peppermintonline.com

Contents

CareerEdit

Career beginningsEdit

Peppermint started performing at the New York City nightclub Tunnel's Kurfew parties, ultimately becoming a fixture in New York City nightlife.[3] She started recording music in 2005 for Jonny McGovern's mixtape Jonny McGovern Presents: This is NYC, Bitch! The East Village Mixtape. She contributed the song "Servin' It Up", which was produced by Adam Joseph.[4] The song was later released as Peppermint's debut single in 2006.

Peppermint was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC by gay.com in 2010. The series featured fellow New York drag queens Bianca Del Rio, Dallas DuBois, Hedda Lettuce, Lady Bunny, Mimi Imfurst, and Sherry Vine.[5][6] She also appeared as a drag-version of Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model Cycle 14, Episode 5: "Smile and Pose" introducing a drag-theme runway challenge at Lucky Chengs in New York City.[7]

In 2011, Sherry Vine and Peppermint released a parody of the Lady Gaga and Beyoncé song "Telephone," titled "Make Me Moan". Following the viral success of the music video, Peppermint later released other parody songs, including a parody of Azealia Banks' song "212", titled "21/12".[8] Her song "If I Steal Your Boyfriend" was used in the 2011 film Eating Out 5: The Open Weekend.[9]

RuPaul's Drag RaceEdit

 
Peppermint at Rupaul's Dragcon, in 2017.

On February 2, 2017, Peppermint was announced as one of the fourteen contestants on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[10] She was a popular contestant during her run on the show, and won the Roast Challenge in episode 8. She placed in the bottom two in two challenges, lipsynching to Madonna's "Music" and the Village People's "Macho Man", winning both. Her performances on both lipsyncs received praise, and garnered her the nickname of "Lip Sync Assassin".

Ultimately, she finished in second place after winner Sasha Velour, after they both lipsynced to Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right but It's Okay".[11]

Head Over HeelsEdit

Peppermint made her Broadway debut in The Go-Go's-inspired musical Head Over Heels. The plot of the show is somewhat based on The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia written by Sir Philip Sidney in the 16th century. The show began previews on June 23, 2018 and officially opened July 26, 2018, at the Hudson Theatre; playing the role of Pythio, Peppermint became the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.[12]

Writing for Deadline, Greg Evans summed up his impression of the musical as "occasionally amusing, occasionally cloying", expressing disappointment that many popular Go-Go's songs appeared to have been flattened over the years the musical spent in development.[13] In Entertainment Weekly, Kelly Connolly viewed the show more favorably, praising "the charismatic cast" and Michael Mayer's "joyful production"; she gave the A- score overall.[14]

The New York Times's critic Ben Brantley's review drew criticism as transphobic and misgendering of Peppermint's character.[15][16][17] The Times subsequently edited the review and Brantley apologized for it, writing that he had tried to "reflect the light tone of the show".[18]

Head Over Heels closed on January 6, 2019, after six months of showings.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Born Kevin Moore,[20][21][22] Peppermint is a trans woman.[23] Though other transgender women have competed on RuPaul's Drag Race, she was the first to be out prior to the show airing,[24] having come out in 2012.[25] While a contestant on Drag Race, Peppermint revealed that when she had been a high-school cheerleader, she had been beaten up by a male member of her high school's basketball team.[26]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details
Hardcore Glamour
Black Pepper[27]
  • Released: June 21, 2017
  • Label: Hardcore Glamour
  • Formats: digital download

EPsEdit

Title Details
Sugar & Spiked
Blend (with Cazwell)[28]
  • Released: March 10, 2018
  • Label: SNOWCONE
  • Formats: digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Song Year Album
"Servin' It Up" (featuring Cazwell) 2006 Hardcore Glamour
"Thought Ya Knew" 2007
"Dolla in My Titty (Part 1)" 2013 Non-album singles
"C.L.A.T." (with Aja, Alexis Michelle & Sasha Velour featuring DJ Mitch Ferrino) 2017
"Civil War" Black Pepper
"Too Funky" (with Ari Gold)
"#Liftmeup" (with Amanda Lepore, Debbie Harry, Greko, & Sharon Needles) 2019 non-album single

As featured artistEdit

Song Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Comedy
Dig.[29]
"Category Is"
(RuPaul featuring Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Coulee, & Trinity Taylor)
2017 non-album single
"Thirsty"
(Adam Joseph featuring Peppermint)
"I Call Shade"
(Trinity the Tuck featuring Peppermint)
2019 13 Plastic

Other appearancesEdit

Song Year Other artist(s) Album
"We Three Queens" 2017 Manila Luzon and Alaska Thunderfuck Christmas Queens 3
"What Child Is This" Thorgy Thor
"R U Mad" 2018 Michael Blume & Shea Coulee Cynicism & Sincerity
"Pretty Girl Anthem" Jiggly Caliente T.H.O.T. Process
"Vision of Nowness" Original Broadway Cast of Head Over Heels Head Over Heels (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" Jeremy Kushnier, Rachel York, & Original Broadway Cast of Head Over Heels

Music videosEdit

Song Year Director
"Servin' It Up" (featuring Cazwell) 2006 N/A
"Thought Ya' Knew" 2008
"Working Girl" 2009
"Excuse My Beauty" 2010 Brendan Kyle Cochrane
"Let You Have It" Karl Giant
"Fresh" (featuring Adam Joseph and Cazwell) 2011 N/A
"Dolla in My Titty" 2014
"Too Funky" (featuring Ari Gold and the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9) 2017 Marsin
"Civil War" Mikhail Torich
"Vision of Nowness" 2019 Tyler Stone

Parody music videosEdit

Song Year Director
"Make Me Moan" (Sherry Vine and Peppermint) 2010 Blake Martin
"JLo Papi" (Sherry Vine and Peppermint) 2012 Francis Von Legge
"3D End of Time" N/A
"21/12" Francis Von Legge
"Epic Broadway Medley Parody" (Sherry Vine and Peppermint) 2017 N/A

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Beyond the Ladies Room Door Herself Short film
2006 Fur
2011 Finding Home Herself

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: NY Sex Worker Season 3, Episode 14: "The Lying Game"
2009 The Real World: Brooklyn[30] Herself Episode 2: "The Outs and Ins of Brooklyn"
2010 America's Next Top Model Tyra Banks Cycle 14, Episode 5: "Smile and Pose"[7]
2010 Ugly Betty[31] Season 4, Episode 13: "Chica and the Man"
2010 The A-List: New York[32] Herself Season 1, Episode 6: "Texting and Tears"
2012 She's Living for This Herself Season 1, Episode 2: "The Peppermint Episode"
2016 The Daily Show Herself Season 21, Episode 86. "April 6—Angelica Ross"[33][34]
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (contestant) Season 9, Runner up
2018 Herself (guest) Season 10, Episode: 10s Across the Board
2018 Saturday Night Live Drag Queen Guest Appearance; Episode: “Steve Carell/Ella Mai
2019 Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Drag Queen Guest Appearance
2019 Pose Euphoria Guest Appearance

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Queens of Drag: NYC Herself Produced by gay.com
2017 Untucked Herself Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race
2018 Drag Babies Herself Drag Mentor

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Song Director
2008 "When We Get Together" (The Ones) Karl Giant
2013 "Christmas on the Dance Floor" (Greg Scarnici)[35] Greg Scarnici
2017 "C.L.A.T" Assaasd Yacoub
2017 "Faces" (Mila Jam)[36] Frank Boccia
2017 "Expensive (Deluxe Version)" (Todrick Hall) Todrick Hall and Matthew Macar

Theatre creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Head Over Heels Pythio San Francisco, California, Curran Theatre
2018–2019 Broadway, Hudson Theatre

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ McPhee, Ryan (January 29, 2018). "RuPaul's Drag Race Peppermint Will Make Her Broadway Debut in Go-Go's Musical Head Over Heels". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Cast". She's Living For This official site (Here TV). Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Bad Girl Peppermint". Get Out! Magazine. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
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  25. ^ @Peppermint247 (9 November 2018). "Actually I was out as trans since 2012. The only people I came out to were the girls in the room I hadn't met. There's a difference between all stars and a regular season where we are being introduced to the world" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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