Miss Fame

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Miss Fame
MJK31642 Miss Fame (Berlinale 2017).jpg
Miss Fame at the Berlinale 2017
Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen

(1985-03-30) March 30, 1985 (age 34)[citation needed]
Templeton, California, United States
Residence New York, New York
Years active 2011–present
Spouse(s) Patrick Berschy
Musical career
Labels Sidecar Records
Associated acts Alaska Thunderfuck Violet Chachki
Website missfamenyc.com

Miss Fame is the stage name of Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen, an American model, makeup artist, drag queen, recording artist and reality television personality best known as a contestant on season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race. After appearing on the show, Dam-Mikkelsen launched a music career, releasing her debut single, "Rubber Doll" on April 28, 2015. Her debut album, Beauty Marked, was released on June 9, 2015.[1]


Dam-Mikkelsen worked as a male editorial model in California before moving to New York in 2011, following the advice of fashion photographer Mike Ruiz. He then started working as a makeup artist, while at the same time modeling and performing in drag as "Miss Fame."[2]

Miss Fame was noticed by photographer Mary McCartney who featured her in her book Devoted. She has also appeared in Half-Drag, a photo series by Leland Bobbé which attracted international attention and was featured in Vogue Italia.[3] Miss Fame was also photographed for Gorgeous, a project by photographers Rob Lebow and Masha Kupets that involved Armen Ra, Candis Cayne, and Tammie Brown.[4] Dam-Mikkelsen works as a celebrity makeup artist in New York City, and has worked on models and celebrities including Ève Salvail, Snooki and JWoww, Martha Wash, Wendy Williams, and Michael Urie.[5]

On December 7, 2014, during the "Ru-Veal" of the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Miss Fame was the first queen announced to be a contestant on the show.[6] She was eliminated in the ninth episode, "Divine Inspiration", placing her seventh overall.[7] Following her elimination, she released the music video for "Rubber Doll", which was the first single from her debut album Beauty Marked.[8] The album was released June 9, 2015, and featured appearances from fellow Drag Race contestants Alaska Thunderfuck and Violet Chachki.[1]

In 2016, Miss Fame signed with IMG models Paris.[9] She contributed to the compilation album Christmas Queens 3 in 2017.[10]

In September 2018, Fame performed as a background dancer behind Christina Aguilera for Opening Ceremony's Spring 2019 collection, with other Drag Race alumni.[11] She released her own makeup line called "The Fetish of Fashion" later in October.[12]

Early and personal life

Dam-Mikkelsen was born in San Luis Obispo, California.[2] They identify as gender fluid.[13] They live with husband Patrick Berschy and their pet dachshunds Mina and Shaya.[14]



Title Details Peak


Beauty Marked 17 25


Title Year Album
"Rubber Doll"[17] 2015 Beauty Marked
"I Run the Runway"
(with Violet Chachki)

Other appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Drag Race Theme"[20] 2015 RuPaul RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2
"Toyland"[21] Various Artists Christmas Queens
"Poo" 2016 Lucian Piane, Pearl, Violet Chachki RuPaul's Drag Race: The Rusical
"Chicken" Alaska Thunderfuck Poundcake
"Christmas Waltz" 2017 N/A Christmas Queens 3



Year Title Role Ref.
2015 A Change of Heart Himself [22]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Snooki & Jwoww Himself Episode: "What a Drag!" [23]
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself (Contestant) Season 7 - Placed 7th [24]

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014–present Painted by Fame Himself Makeup tutorials [25]
2015 Untucked Himself Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race [26]

Music videos

Title Year Director Ref.
"Drag Race Theme" 2015 Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen [27]
"Rubber Doll" 2015 Ben Simkins [28]
"InstaFame" 2015 Ben Simkins [29]
"Toyland" 2015 Carlos Maldonado [30]
"I Run the Runway (feat. Violet Chachki)" 2016 Ali Mahdavi [31]

Music video appearances

Title Year Director Ref.
"Save the Queen"
2012 Unknown [32]
"Supermodel (You Better Work)" (2013 Edit)
2013 Marco Ovando [33]
"Go All Night"
(Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson)
2014 Roboshobo [34]
(Brooke Candy)
2014 Steven Klein [35]
"My Animal"
2015 Mike Ruiz [36]


  1. ^ a b c "Miss Fame - Beauty Marked". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Miss Fame – About Her". Miss Fame. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bobbé's Half Drag Shots". Vogue Italia. July 31, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "PHOTOS: Exclusive Chat with Drag Icons Delta Work, Tammie Brown and Landon Cider". Queerty. December 14, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen – Biography". Kurtis In Beauty. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Miss Fame Officially Ru-Vealed For RuPaul's Drag Race Season Seven!". WordPress. December 7, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode nine - Divine Inspiration". The Guardian. April 28, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Drag Race Star Miss Fame Releases 'Rubber Doll' Music Video". The Advocate. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Miss Fame | IMG Models". IMG Models. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  10. ^ Christmas Queens 3 by Various Artists, 2017-11-17, retrieved 2018-10-10
  11. ^ "We're Still Screaming: Xtina Performs With Drag Queens at NYFW". PAPER. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  12. ^ Tietjen, Alexa (2018-10-08). "Miss Fame on the Launch of Her Beauty Brand and the 'Mainstreaming' of Drag". WWD. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  13. ^ "Miss Fame on Twitter". Twitter. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Mina & Shaya (@the_wienas) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  15. ^ "Billboard Chart Archive" (To access, type "Miss Fame" in the artist bar, then select "Top Dance/Electronic Albums" in the chart name bar). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  16. ^ "Billboard Chart Archive" (To access, type "Miss Fame" in the artist bar, then select "Heatseeker Albums" in the chart name bar). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Rubber Doll - Single by Miss Fame". iTunes. Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "Miss Fame - Instafame". Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrYxZ6Chy_4
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz2 by RuPaul". iTunes. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  21. ^ "Alaska, Katya, "Drag Race" Queens, Spread Holiday Cheer On "Christmas Queens" Album". NewNowNext. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "Exclusive Interview With Miss Fame: Super Model Drag Queen". Llama Post. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  23. ^ "Drag Queen Miss Fame Teaches Snooki & JWOWW How To Work A Catwalk". MTV. December 19, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  24. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode one – the devil wears nada". The Guardian. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  25. ^ "This Drag Race Contestant Is Also A YouTube Makeup Celebrity". Refinery29. March 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  26. ^ Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 - Born Naked. YouTube. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  27. ^ Miss Fame - Drag Race Theme: RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz2. YouTube. February 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  28. ^ Miss Fame - RUBBER DOLL (Official). YouTube. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  29. ^ InstaFame [Official Teaser]. YouTube. June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  30. ^ Miss Fame - Toyland [Official] from Christmas Queens. YouTube. December 10, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  31. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrYxZ6Chy_4. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  32. ^ GAREK - "Save the Queen" (Official Video). YouTube. June 25, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  33. ^ RuPaul Supermodel 2013 The Drag Race Girls. YouTube. 13 September 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  34. ^ "Miss Fame on Twitter". Twitter. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  35. ^ "Miss Fame on Twitter". Twitter. April 29, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  36. ^ GAREK - "My Animal" (Official Video). YouTube. 21 April 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.

External links

  • Official website
  • Official website for Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen
  • Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen on IMDb
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