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Alaska Thunderfuck
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Thunderfuck performing on the AAA Girls tour in Denver (c.2017)
Justin Andrew Honard

(1985-03-06) March 6, 1985 (age 34)
Erie, Pennsylvania
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, US
Other namesAlaska, Alaska Thunderf*ck 5000, Alaska 5000, Alaska Thunderfun
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh
Years active2006–present
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 2) winner
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
PredecessorChad Michaels
SuccessorTrixie Mattel
Musical career

Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 (primarily known mononymously as Alaska) is the stage name of Justin Andrew Honard,[1] an American drag performer and recording artist best known as the runner-up on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race[2][3] and the winner of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.[4]

Early life[edit]

Honard was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 2003.[1][5] He studied theater at the University of Pittsburgh.[6]


2007–2012: Career beginnings[edit]

Thunderfuck at Dayton Pride in 2010

Alaska originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Dissatisfied with the auditioning process, she turned to drag and got a job at the West Hollywood club, Fubar.[7] She frequently performed in the Trannyshack shows in Los Angeles.[8] In 2009, she performed in Palm Springs Gay Pride with Tammie Brown and Jer Ber Jones.[9]

Alaska met future boyfriend Sharon Needles (stage name of Aaron Coady) through Myspace in December 2009 and eventually moved back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to live with him in 2010.[5] Along with Needles and Cherri Baum, she formed the band Haus of Haunt, which later evolved into a drag troupe based out of the bar the Blue Moon. As part of the Haus of Haunt, she helped present the Pittsburgh debut of fellow drag queen and recording artist Christeene Vale in 2013. Alaska later impersonated Vale for the music video "RuPaulogize" by Willam Belli.[10]

2013–2015: RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

Alaska Thunderfuck competed on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, under the mononym Alaska.[5][11] She had previously auditioned for every season of the show.[7] Alaska won the fragrance commercial-themed main challenge in the episode "Scent of a Drag Queen" and the main challenge for "Sugar Ball."[12][13] As part of the show, Alaska sang on the "We Are the World"-inspired song "Can I Get an Amen?". The song's proceeds helped benefit the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.[14] At the season finale in May 2013, Alaska was declared the runner-up along with fellow competitor Roxxxy Andrews. Jinkx Monsoon was the winner of the season.

In October 2013, Alaska performed as Dr. Frank N. Furter in Woodlawn Theatre's production of The Rocky Horror Show in San Antonio, Texas. RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage and season four contestant Willam Belli also starred in the musical.[15]

Since appearing on RuPaul's Drag Race, Alaska has toured and performed, appearing in RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons shows, the Drag Stars at Sea cruises, custom one-woman shows such as a Stevie Nicks tribute called "Stevie Forever", a cabaret show called "Red for Filth", and a holiday show called "Blue Christmas".[16][17] An animated version of Alaska appeared in the "RuPaul's Drag Race: Dragopolis 2.0" mobile app.[18] During the summer of 2014, she starred in a stage production of Sex and the City.[19] With brother Cory Binney, Honard has a web series sponsored by World of Wonder, called Bro'Laska.[20] In 2014, Alaska became a spokesmodel for American Apparel alongside Willam Belli and Courtney Act.[21]

Alaska has since released a string of singles, namely "Ru Girl", "Your Makeup Is Terrible", and "Nails". In June 2015, Alaska's debut album, Anus, was released to positive reviews. Singles from the album included "Hieeee" and "This is My Hair".[22][23][24]

2016–present: RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2[edit]

In 2016, Alaska returned to Drag Race for the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.[25] She received some backlash due to some of her choices of eliminations and her behavior toward the end of the competition. In response, Alaska donated $5,000 to the charity Trans Kids Purple Rainbow and posted an apology video online. In the season finale, she was crowned the second winner of All Stars.[26][27][28]

On October 14, 2016, Alaska released her second album, titled Poundcake.[29] Three singles from the album have been released: "The T",[30] "Stun",[31] "Puppet". The album is named after the puppet challenge on RuPaul's Drag Race where Alaska and fellow contestant Lineysha Sparx created a rebellious puppet called Lil' Poundcake.[32]

Alaska competed in the first season of VH1's Scared Famous, which premiered on October 23, 2017, and placed 6th in the competition.[33]

Since July 2018 she has hosted a podcast with fellow Drag Race alumna Willam Belli. The podcast, titled "Race Chaser" is "devoted to the discussion and dissection of every episode of Rupaul's Drag Race."[34] Alaska and Jeremy Mikush, performing as Alaska and Jeremy, released their debut album Amethyst Journey in August 2018.[35]

Public image and artistry[edit]

She has stated, "I am a huge fan of drag for many reasons; first and foremost being that it is an extremely important form of performance art. Drag uses humor as means of relaying a message, and because humor tends to get overlooked as a valid way to communicate through art, drag tends to get pigeonholed into being something "less than" when you think about it in terms what you’d see at a museum. I can’t think of almost anything more artistically redeeming than a huge museum full of drag queens, but maybe that's just me."[36][37]

She has cited Gianni Versace, Lady Gaga and Marc Jacobs as her favorite fashion influences.[38] Thought Catalog described her style as "risk-taking" and "creative", with "weird choices";[39] Yahoo! called her Lil Poundcake outfit a "pink nightmare" and "clownish crazy", and "the drag and music world would certainly be very quiet without Ms Thunderfuck".[40]

Billboard listed Thunderfuck the seventh-most-active drag queen on social media on its August 2015 Social 50 chart.[41]

Honard's drag name is derived from Alaskan Thunderfuck, a strain of cannabis. Alaska counts Divine and Marilyn Monroe as her "role models".[42]

Personal life[edit]

Alaska was in a relationship with fellow drag queen Sharon Needles for four years before separating in December 2013, though they remain on good terms.[43][44]


Title Details Peak chart positions




Anus 3 4 14
  • Released: October 14, 2016[50]
  • Label: Producer Entertainment Group
  • Format: Digital download
4 3 28 200


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Ru Girl"[52] 2013 Non-album single
"Your Makeup Is Terrible"[53] 2014 Anus
"Hieeee"[55] 2015 5
"This Is My Hair"[56]
"Anus"[57] 2016
"Puppet"[58] Poundcake
"The T"
(featuring Adore Delano)
"Come to Brazil" 2017
"Snaked" 2018 Non-album singles

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Let's Get Something Started"[59]
(Candy Apple Blue featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
2013 Night Tracks
"Can I Get an Amen?"[60]
(RuPaul featuring Drag Race Season 5 Cast)
Non-album single
"I Look Fuckin' Cool"[61]
(Adore Delano featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
2014 Till Death Do Us Party
"Ride for AIDS"
(Willam featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
2015 12 Shartistry in Motion
"Read U Wrote U"
(RuPaul featuring Alaska Thunderfuck, Detox, Katya & Roxxxy Andrews)
2016 Non-album singles
"Yet Another Dig"
(Bob the Drag Queen featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
(Cake Moss featuring Alaska)
"La China Mas Latina"
(Gia Gunn featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Kai Kai" 2013 Sharon Needles, Ana Matronic PG-13
"Miss Fame" 2015 Miss Fame Beauty Marked
"Everyday Is Christmas" N/A Christmas Queens
"Working Holiday" 2016 Manila Luzon Christmas Queens 2
"Chr!$tm@s $ux!" N/A
"We Three Queens" 2017 Manila Luzon, Peppermint Christmas Queens 3
"Angels We Have Heard on High" N/A
"All This Body" 2018 Jiggly Caliente, Ginger Minj T.H.O.T. Process
"America's Sweetheart" Blair St. Clair Call My Life
"Santa Baby" N/A Christmas Queens 4
"Inspire Me (Reprise)" 2019 Manila Luzon Rules!
"Where Are the Jokes?" Trinity The Tuck Plastic




Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 TupiniQueens Herself In production. Brazilian film. [citation needed]
2018 Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia With Hate Herself Cameo
2018 The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Morgana Television film [63]
2018 The Quiet Room Hattie Independent film [64]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 3Episode 1: "Casting Extravaganza"
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself Season 4 – Cameo in video message
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 5 – Runner-up
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself Season 5
2015 The Art Of Herself Episode: "The Art of Drag"
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Anna Wintour Season 7Episode 1: "Born Naked"
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 8Episode 10: "Grand Finale"
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself Season 2 – Winner
2017 The New Celebrity Apprentice Herself Episode: "Candy for a Billionaire"
2017 @midnight Herself Episode 580
2017 Scared Famous Herself Season 1 – 6th place
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself Season 3 – Cameo
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself Season 4 – Cameo

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Pure Camp Herself Produced by World of Wonder [65]
2014–present Bro'Laska Herself Produced by World of Wonder [20]
2017 Shane and Friends Herself Season 5 – Episode 27
2017 Dragula Herself Season 2 – Episode 4
2018 The Pit Stop Herself Produced by VH1
2018 Ass Controller Alexis Thunderstorm Produced by [66]


Year Title Role Theatre Ref.
2013 The Rocky Horror Show Dr. Frank N. Furter Woodlawn Theatre [15]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2015 "Do It Like Miley" Team Heartbreak Herself [67]
2016 "Expensive" Todrick Hall Herself [68]
2017 "Power" Little Mix feat. Stormzy Herself [69]
2018 "666" Sharon Needles Herself -


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