Alexis Mateo

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Alexis Mateo
Alexis Mateo First Miss Flamingo 2012.jpg
Born Alexis Mateo Pacheco
(1979-07-24) July 24, 1979 (age 35)
Florida, Puerto Rico
Occupation Drag Queen, Dancer, Reality Television Personality

Alexis Mateo Pacheco (born July 24, 1979), better known as Alexis Mateo, is a Puerto Rican drag queen, performer, and reality television personality.

Biography[edit]

Mateo was born and raised in Florida, a town in north central Puerto Rico. An alumnus of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo campus, Mateo started his drag career in Puerto Rico’s gay nightclub circuit before relocating in 2001 to Orlando, where he worked as a dancer and performer at Disney World.[1] In addition to his drag career, he is a winning fashion designer and has won the 2001 Inter Fashion Award for Best Fashion Designer.[2][3]

While residing in Central Florida, he won many gay pageants including Miss Florida US of A, Miss Florida Latina, Miss Orlando, Miss Central Florida, Miss Lakeland, Miss Waterside, Miss Suncoast, Miss Suncoast America, Miss ASAP, Miss Lakeland America, Miss Orlando Latina, Miss Florida International and Sunshine State All American Goddess.[2][4]

Mateo has also been active in AIDS awareness and activism. After being featured in a Gilead Sciences ad titled "Red Ribbon Runway" with fellow Drag Race co-stars Manila Luzon, Delta Work, Shangela Laquifa Wadley and Carmen Carrera,[5] the dress he was featured wearing was auctioned off by Logo in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Proceeds from the auction were donated to the National Association of People with AIDS.[6] In 2012, along with other RuPaul's Drag Race contestants, Mateo appeared in the music video "Queen" by band Xelle (which featured former drag race contestant Mimi Imfurst as a member).[7]

Alexis was head judge for the National Don't H8 System, where she performed and judged the 3rd Annual National Mr. Don't H8 STUD pageant, crowning MACXIMUS the winner.

Television[edit]

Mateo joined as a cast member on the third season of Logo's reality series, RuPaul's Drag Race, which premiered on the network on January 29, 2011. Mateo won three of the main challenges (Episodes 2, 3, and 9) before making it to the top three, where he was eliminated in the season finale which aired on April 25, 2011. With a personal catchphrase ("BAM!"), and a strong, yet friendly personality, especially when confronting other contestants (Carmen Carrera) and judges (Michelle Visage), Mateo became one of the most memorable contestants of the season.[8]

Mateo served as a guest professor on the third episode of the third season of Drag Race spin-off series RuPaul's Drag U.[9] On August 6, 2012, it was announced that Mateo was one of twelve past Drag Race contestants selected to join the cast of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race that premiered on the Logo network on October 22, 2012.[10] Teamed with contestant Yara Sofia to form Team Yarlexis, the duo was eliminated in the fourth episode of the series which aired on November 12, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Mateo resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida where he performs at gay venues and events both locally and throughout the United States. In April 2011, Mateo along with fellow contestant Yara Sofia launched a boycott of a Tampa beauty supply shop after they both claimed they were told to leave the store because of their sexual orientation.[11]

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