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Brian Michael Firkus (born August 23, 1989),[1] known by the stage persona Trixie Mattel, is an American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mattel is known for being the winner of the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, and for placing sixth on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Trixie Mattel
Trixie Mattel performing in Helsinki, April 2017.jpg
Mattel performing in Finland, 2017
Born
Brian Michael Firkus

(1989-08-23) August 23, 1989 (age 30)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
OccupationProfessional drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, television personality
Years active2008–present
Known for
PredecessorAlaska
SuccessorTrinity Taylor and Monét X Change
Musical career
GenresCountry folk, Americana
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • clarinet
  • autoharp
Associated acts

Mattel co-hosts the web series UNHhhh and its Viceland follow-up The Trixie & Katya Show alongside Katya Zamolodchikova. Her first studio album, Two Birds, was released in 2017, followed by her second album, One Stone, in 2018.

Early lifeEdit

Firkus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] He is half Ojibwe, and comes from a Native American family living in Crivitz, Wisconsin.[2][3] He had an abusive stepfather who would call him a "trixie" when he acted feminine, which would later inspire his drag name. He almost went by the name Cupcake before deciding on Trixie Mattel.[4] After graduating high school, Firkus attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee,[5] where he was introduced to drag while performing in a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Oriental Theatre.[6]

He first performed in drag in 2008, at LaCage NiteClub in Milwaukee.[7] Firkus became a staple among the Milwaukee drag scene, while also performing in Chicago alongside other acts introduced on RuPaul's Drag Race, such as Kim Chi.[8][9] In 2014, Firkus attended The Institute of Beauty and Wellness before withdrawing later that same year to participate in RuPaul's Drag Race.[10]

CareerEdit

RuPaul's Drag RaceEdit

As a competitor in Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Mattel was originally and controversially eliminated in episode four and later reentered the competition in episode eight by winning the "Conjoined Twins" challenge with Pearl Liaison. Mattel was once again eliminated in episode 10,[11] placing sixth overall and becoming the first queen to last more than one episode after returning to the competition.[11]

Mattel later returned for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, which started airing on January 25, 2018. On March 15, 2018, her fellow competitors voted for her to advance to the final two, where she ultimately won against runner-up Kennedy Davenport in the final lipsync battle.[12][13]

She competed in the 2018 television special RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular and won alongside the other competitors.[14][15]

Other venturesEdit

 
Katya Zamolodchikova with Trixie Mattel

After competing on Drag Race, on December 31, 2015, Mattel guest starred in a special edition of WOWPresents' Fashion Photo Review[16] with fellow season seven contestant Katya Zamolodchikova, which later launched UNHhhh, that premiered on March 25, 2016. The duo later went on to star in The Trixie & Katya Show, which premiered on Viceland on November 15, 2017.[17][18] Also in November 2017, Trixie and Katya starred in a drag stage adaptation of the 1997 cult film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, entitled Trixie and Katya's High School Reunion.[19][20]

Mattel has toured around the world with her stand-up comedy show called "Ages 3 and Up".[21] In October 2017, Mattel streamed on the live video gaming platform Twitch alongside 8BitDylan to raise money for the GaymerX foundation and many other charities before and since.[22]

Trixie has toured on the "Haters Roast: The Shady Tour" with other queens from RuPaul's Drag Race, such as Jinkx Monsoon and Thorgy Thor for their 2017 and 2018 alumni tours.

In February 2018, she announced her new comedy tour "Now with Moving Parts", which began in April 2018.[23]

A documentary film titled Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019, and screened until May 2019. It documents Mattel as she embarks on her "Moving Parts" tour following her All Stars win, as well as her personal struggles.[24]

On May 1, 2019 Mattel announced that she will be releasing her make-up brand "Trixie Cosmetics" later that month, with the products launching at RuPaul's DragCon LA on May 24, 2019.[25]

In June 2019, Mattel was one of 37 queens to be featured on the cover of New York Magazine.[26]

MusicEdit

Mattel released the country folk album Two Birds in May 2017.[27] Her second album, One Stone, was released on March 15, 2018, the same night as the RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars finale.[28]

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Mattel listed her primary influences as June Carter Cash and Dolly Parton and states that she grew up on the music of George Jones, Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash. She is also a fan of Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Aimee Mann and Kacey Musgraves.[29]

In a September 2018 interview with Billboard, she announced that she is working on her third studio album that will feature an "electro-folk" sound and is going to be called Barbara, how she mentioned on a panel in Dragworld.[30] The first single from the album, "Yellow Cloud," was released on May 17, 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Firkus is openly gay.[31] He is a vegetarian.[32][33]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (contestant) Season 7, 6th place [34]
2016 Herself (guest) Season 8, Episode 10: "Grand Finale"
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! Herself Season 7
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Herself Season 6, Episode 10: "Chapter 10" [35]
2016 Gay for Play Game Show Herself Season 1, Episode 5: "Featuring Mindy Cohn"
Season 2, Episode 2: "Featuring Frankie Grande"
2017–2018 The Trixie & Katya Show Herself (co-host) 14 episodes [36]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself (contestant) Season 3, Winner [13]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (guest) Season 10, Episode 1: "10s Across The Board" [37]
2018 Super Drags Champagne (voice) English dub; Main cast
2018 Larry King Now Herself Guest
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular Herself (contestant) Joint Winner
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself (guest) Season 4, Episode 10: "Super Queen Grand Finale"
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (guest) Season 11, Episode 5: "Monster Ball"

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts Herself (in and out of drag) Documentary film about Mattel [38]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015–2017 Hey Qween Herself (guest) 3 episodes
2015 Transformations with James St. James Herself Episode: "Trixie Mattel"
2016 Gay of Thrones Herself Season 6, Episode 4: "Thrust of the Stranger" [39]
2016–present UNHhhh Herself (co-host) 4 seasons, 110 episodes
With Katya Zamolodchikova
[40]
2018–2019 The Pit Stop Herself (host) All Stars 4 Host [40]
2019 The X Change Rate Herself (guest) Episode: "Trixie Mattel"

DiscographyEdit

ToursEdit

  • Ages 3 and Up (2015–2017)[41]
  • Now with Moving Parts Tour (2018)[42]
  • Super Bowl Cut (2018)
  • Skinny Legend Tour (2019)[43]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ When you are true to yourself amazing things can happen | This We Believe Retrieved 2018-09-10.
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  5. ^ Kennedy, Kerrie (June 3, 2015). "For Brian Firkus, a childhood slur became the springboard for success as Trixie Mattel". Wisconsin Gazette. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
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  33. ^ @trixiemattel (30 June 2018). "Triggered. Also I'm a vegetarian" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 20 September 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018 – via Twitter. Invalid |url-status=no (help)
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