Trixie Mattel

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Trixie Mattel
Trixie Mattel performing in Helsinki, April 2017.jpg
Trixie Mattel performing in 2017
Born Brian Michael Firkus
(1989-08-23) August 23, 1989 (age 28)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Years active 2008–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Autoharp
Labels Self-released
Associated acts

Brian Michael Firkus[1] (born August 23, 1989)[2] better known by the drag persona Trixie Mattel, is an American drag queen, singer-songwriter, and television personality from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is best known as a contestant on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race on which she placed 6th overall, and she is known for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars in which she is competing currently, and for appearing in the web series UNHhhh, alongside fellow Drag Race contestant Katya. After UNHhhh ended, she became co-host of The Trixie & Katya Show on Viceland.

Early life

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,[1] into a Native American family, Firkus is half Ojibwe.[3] His drag name originated from an abusive stepfather who would call Firkus a "Trixie" when he acted feminine.[4] After graduating high school, Firkus attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.[5] Here, 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, simultaneously performing in Chicago.[8] In 2014, Firkus attended The Institute of Beauty and Wellness before dropping out in 2015 to participate in RuPaul's Drag Race.[9]

Firkus is openly gay.[10]


RuPaul's Drag Race

Mattel competed in season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Her initial audition video included an impression of Anne Frank, which was deemed too offensive to perform on the show.[11] Trixie was controversially eliminated in episode 4, leading fans to question whether the show was scripted, with notable drag queens such as Lady Bunny tweeting their confusion with the decision.[citation needed] Firkus was brought back to the show in episode 8, winning the "Conjoined Twins" challenge with Pearl, but was eliminated again in episode 10.[12] He placed sixth overall in the competition.

Katya Zamolodchikova and Trixie Mattel

Trixie is currently appearing on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, which started airing on the 25th of January, 2018.

Life after Drag Race Season 7

Mattel went on to make television and stage appearances and star the web series UNHhhh on WOWPresents with fellow season-seven contestant Katya Zamolodchikova. Mattel has performed her stand-up comedy show "Ages 3 and Up"[13] and has released the folk/country music album Two Birds in May 2017.[14] He and Zamolodchikova have a television series on Viceland The Trixie & Katya Show, which premiered on November 15, 2017.[15][16] 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. [17][18] In October 2017, Mattel streamed on the live video gaming platform Twitch alongside 8BitDylan to raise money for the GaymerX foundation.[19]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (contestant) Season 7, 6th place [20]
2016 Gay of Thrones [21]
American Horror Story: Roanoke Herself Season 6 (Roanoke), Episode 10 [22]
2017-present The Trixie & Katya Show Host [23]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself (contestant), Season 3

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Untucked Herself (in drag) Acompanying web series to RuPaul's Drag Race [24]
Hey Qween Herself (guest)
2016-2017 UNHhhh Herself (in drag) Produced and shown on World of Wonder with Katya Zamolodchikova [25]


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected information
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Folk US Sales US Indie US Heat NZ SCO UK Country UK Indie
Two Birds 16[26] 68[27] 6[28] 2[29] [A] 93[31] 5[32] 28[33]


  1. ^ Two Birds did not enter the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart, but peaked at number 9 on the NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart.[30]


Title Year Songs Notes
Greener 2009
  • "Where the Grass Is Much Greener"
  • "Still Can't Have You"
  • "Hello, Goodbye, Hello"
as Brian Firkus
Homemade Christmas 2017
  • "Christmas Without You"
  • "The Night Before Contact" (featuring Katya Zamolochikova)
  • "All I Want For Christmas Is Nudes"
as Trixie Mattel


Title Year Album Notes
"Where the Grass Is Much Greener" 2009 Greener as Brian Firkus
"You Belong to Me" 2009 non-album single as Brian Firkus
"Mama Don't Make Me Put On the Dress Again" 2017 Two Birds Credited as Trixie Mattel/Brian Firkus
"Moving Parts (Acoustic)" 2018 non-album single Reached #1 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart

Other songs

Title Year Other artist(s) Album Ref.
"Geronimo" 2015 RuPaul RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz 2 [25]
"Eggs" 2016 Lucian Piane, Ginger Minj RuPaul's Drag Race: The Rusical [25]


  1. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher (August 2017). "Trixie Mattel: Biography". (All Media Network). Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ Mattel, Trixie [@trixiemattel] (August 23, 2015). "I love my birthday!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  3. ^ Brooke, Zach (September 8, 2015). "Point of View: Trixie Mattel". Milwaukee Magazine. Quad/Graphics. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Living Doll: Trixie Mattel". Metro Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  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. 
  6. ^ Yerxa, Mike (June 25, 2015). "A filthy, starry night with Trixie Mattel". Daily Xtra. Pink Triangle Press. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ Christians, Lindasy (December 10, 2014). "Plan B host Trixie Mattel to strut her stuff on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". The Capital Times. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ Schumacher, Mary Louise (December 7, 2014). "Milwaukee drag queen Trixie Mattel wins spot on "RuPaul's Drag Race"". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett Company. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ Guerino, Adam (June 9, 2015). "Trixie Mattel from RuPaul's Drag Race to perform in Chicago". Time Out. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ @trixiemattel (21 July 2017). "I'm a gay person who specializes in gay activities" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  11. ^ LaRose, Brianna (April 20, 2015). "Trixie Mattel's Snatch Game Impression Was Too Scandalous for 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". Beamly Agency. Coty, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  12. ^ Terrell, Matthew (March 26, 2015). "Trixie Mattel Elimination Casts Doubt on RPDR Reality". The Huffington Post. AOL Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ ""Trixie Mattel: Ages 3 and Up" | Trixie Mattel". Trixie Mattel. Retrieved 2017-10-16. 
  14. ^ "Two Birds by Trixie Mattel on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-04-30. 
  15. ^ Cuby, Michael (August 18, 2017). "Hold On to Your Wigs: Katya and Trixie Mattel Are Getting Their Own TV Show". Paper. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
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  19. ^ (8Bit), Dylan (5 Oct 2017). "This Sunday catch @trixiemattel and myself play some games to raise money for the @GaymerX foundation! 6PM CST". @EightBitDylan. Retrieved 2017-12-21. 
  20. ^ Carpentier, Megan; Rushe, Dominic (March 3, 2015). "RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode one – the devil wears nada". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ Power, Shannon (May 18, 2016). "RuPaul's Drag Race alum Trixie Mattel goes Gay of Thrones". Star Observer. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  22. ^ Avery, Dan (November 17, 2016). "Trixie Mattel Pops Up In The "American Horror Story" Season Finale". NewNowNext. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  23. ^ McHenry, Jackson (August 18, 2017). "Honey, RuPaul's Drag Race Contestants Trixie Mattel and Katya Are Getting Their Own Viceland Show, Honey". Vulture. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 Born Naked". WOWPresents on Youtube. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  25. ^ a b c "Trixie Mattel". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  26. ^ "Folk Music: Top Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  27. ^ "Top Album Sales : Page 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  28. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  29. ^ "Heatseekers Albums: Up and Coming Musicians Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  30. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  31. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  32. ^ "Official Country Artists Albums Chart Top 20 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  33. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-06-11. 

External links

  • Brian Firkus on IMDb
  • Mar, Pollo Del (May 30, 2016). "'Drag Race' Star Trixie Mattel's Campy Look, Quirky Style Saved Her Love for Drag". The Huffington Post. AOL, Inc. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  • Mar, Pollo Del (April 22, 2015). "Returning 'Drag Race' Star Trixie Mattel: My Elimination Made Fans Think the Competition Was Scripted". The Huffington Post. AOL, Inc. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  • "Milwaukee drag superstar Trixie Mattel was on the 'American Horror Story' season finale". Milwaukee Record. November 18, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 

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