Morgan McMichaels

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Morgan McMichaels
Morgan McMichaels (Fire Under My Feet).jpg
Morgan McMichaels performing in July 2015
Born Thomas White
(1981-05-28) May 28, 1981 (age 37)[citation needed]
Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Drag performer
Years active 2001–present
Website Official website

Morgan McMichaels[1] is the female persona of Scottish-American drag performer Thomas White.[1][2] 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.

Early life

White was born in Alexandria, Scotland[3] in 1981[citation needed] to a Scottish father and an American mother, and spent parts of his childhood in both Scotland and the United States.[4] He moved permanently from Scotland to Los Angeles when he was 18, and started doing drag in 2001.[5] McMichaels' drag mother is Chad Michaels, who appeared on the fourth season of Drag Race and later won the first All-Stars season.[6]

Career

RuPaul's Drag Race

McMichaels performing as the Evil Queen

McMichaels joined the cast of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2010.[7] She was eliminated after losing a lip sync performance battle to contestant Sahara Davenport, placing eighth out of twelve.[8]

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.[9][10]

After Drag Race

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] She made an appearance on Entertainment Tonight to talk about All Stars 3 in 2018.[15] 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.[16]

Music

McMichaels released her first single, "Why You Mad Tho?" on February 3, 2018, with the remix by producer Drew G Rdr.[17] McMichaels performed the single live on the Drag Race: All Stars 3 premiere episode talent show.[18] She released a second single, "Yazz Bitch" on May 11, 2018.[19]

Tyra Sanchez controversy

On May 28, 2017, Drag Race season-two winner Tyra Sanchez made a Facebook post that falsely reported McMichaels' death after a dispute with one of McMichaels' drag sisters. McMichaels, feeling it would be uncomfortable to work with Sanchez, tried to pull out of the performance at Mickey's WEHO that night. Instead, the management canceled Sanchez's show without McMichaels' knowledge. This subsequently led fans to believe McMichaels' death was true.[20] McMichaels responded by posting a Facebook Livestream criticizing Sanchez's actions.[21]

Personal life

In October 2018, White broke his hand in self-defense after a physical altercation with a man who proclaimed to be a Nazi.[22][23]

References

  1. ^ a b "About Morgan". Morgan McMichaels official website. Archived from the original on October 24, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ https://www.astro.com/astro-databank/McMichaels,_Morgan
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Scot Morgan McMichaels reveals gay jibes inspired diva". The Scottish Sun. 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  6. ^ "9 "Drag Race" Drag Mothers And Daughters". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  7. ^ "Morgan McMichaels — RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2 Contestant". LOGOTV. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  8. ^ Stransky, Tanner (9 March 2010). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: It's either Team Tyra or Team Tatianna". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Koch, Drew. "Here's How The Returning 'Drag Race' Queen Can Change EVERYTHING". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "20 Music Videos With Drag Queen Cameos". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  13. ^ "Lady Gaga's 'Applause' Lyric Video: Here Are The Important, Drag-Related Findings". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  14. ^ WOWPresents (2014-09-04), Morgan McMichaels is Living for the Lipsync - Miley Cyrus & Madonna, retrieved 2018-03-04
  15. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Morgan McMichaels Spills 'All Stars 3' Secrets! (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  16. ^ Kensbock, Verena. "Germany's Next Topmodel 2018: Die Topmodels müssen ihren Mann stehen". rp-online.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  17. ^ Why You Mad Tho? (Drew G Rdr Remix), 2018-01-30, retrieved 2018-02-28
  18. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars s03e01 review". The Independent. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  19. ^ Yazz Bitch by Morgan McMichaels, 2018-05-11, retrieved 2018-05-13
  20. ^ "Drag Drama: Tyra Sanchez (Falsely) Announces The Death Of Morgan McMichaels, But That's Not The Whole Story". Instinct. 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  21. ^ Calo (2017-05-29), RuPaul's Drag Race Morgan McMichaels Response To Tyra!, retrieved 2018-07-13
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "Drag queen breaks hand punching Nazi in the face". PinkNews. Retrieved 2018-10-12.

External links

  • Morgan McMichaels on IMDb
  • Morgan McMichaels interview on Logo
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