Coco Montrese in 2014
July 2, 1974
|Alma mater||Alabama State|
|Known for||RuPaul's Drag Race season 5|
|Title||Miss Gay America 2010|
Coco Montrese (born July 2, 1974) is the stage name of Martin Cooper, an American drag queen, entertainer, and reality television personality. Montrese came into the spotlight after being crowned Miss Gay America 2010 when Alyssa Edwards' title was revoked. She subsequently appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 as well as RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Season 2.
Montrese became interested in drag around age 19 or 20 and was named by her drag mother Mokha Montrese. She entered pageantry, eventually becoming runner up in the 2010 Miss Gay America pageant. The titleholder, Alyssa Edwards, was stripped of her crown for conflicting business dealings. On February 27, 2010, Montrese was then crowned as Miss Gay America 2010.
Before appearing on RuPaul's Drag Race, Montrese worked at Walt Disney World for 11 years as an entertainer for the Fantasmic show. Working there allowed her to be able to work during the day and do drag during the evenings. She then moved to Las Vegas, where she appeared in a number of shows as a Janet Jackson impersonator.
Montrese applied just once for RuPaul's Drag Race and was accepted for their fifth season as one of fourteen contestants. The show aired January 28, 2013 and completed May 6, 2013. During the show, Montrese was criticized for her orange makeup, which inspired many internet memes. She fell into the bottom four times, eventually sending her "arch rival" Alyssa Edwards home during their lipsync. Montrese ended up being sent home by Detox Icunt the next week, garnering a fifth place finish. Jinkx Monsoon ended up winning the competition.
Montrese was chosen to appear on RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season 2, which premiered August 25, 2016. It was rumored that she was a replacement for Laganja Estranja, but when asked Montrese stated, "I don't know anything about that." Montrese was the first contestant cut from the show, being eliminated by Roxxxy Andrews. When asked who should have appeared on the season who was not cast, Montrese stated "Trixie Mattel ― I think she’s the life of the party. I love Trixie Mattel, she was so funny on her season and I would love to see her there." Alaska Thunderfuck ended up taking the crown.
- Miss Gay America - first alternate, then winner (2010)
- Miss Gay Heart of America (2009)
- Miss Gay Heart of America - first alternate (2008)
- Miss Gay Orlando (2008)
- Miss Gay Days (2008)
- Miss Gay Florida America (2007)
- Miss Gay Florida USofA (2005)
- Miss Lakeland (2003)
- Miss Hernando County
When asked if queer people should support the Black Lives Matter movement, Montrese responded, "I think it’s important the LGBTQ community support all movements that support all people and equality for all. If we don’t start shedding light on these things, younger generations won’t even recognize it. If you don’t bring up the past, you are doomed to repeat it. We’re all fighting for the same thing — they want to be seen as the same as everyone else — so yes, they should support that."
|2013||Toddlers and Tiaras||Episode: "Las Vegas: LalapaZOOza"|
|2013||RuPaul's Drag Race season 5||12 episodes|
|2013||2013 New Now Next Awards|
|2013||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!||10 episodes|
|2016||RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season 2||Four episodes|
|2014||Ring My Bell||Herself||Guest|
|Bestie$ For Ca$h||Special Guest|
|2016||Queen to Queen||Guest, with Ginger Minj|
|2016||"The T"||Alaska Thunderfuck|
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