Jasmine Masters

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Jasmine Masters
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Born Martell Robinson
October 16, 1976 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Drag queen, actor
Years active 1997–present

Jasmine Masters is the stage name of Martell Robinson,[1] an American drag queen, actor and singer. He is best known for competing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born on October 16, 1976 in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed] He first did drag in 1997 at the age of 19 by impersonating Patti LaBelle.[2] His drag name "Jasmine Masters" came from Jasmine Guy and her drag mother, Destiny Masters.[3] He started to audition for Drag Race ever since Season two.[4]

Career and Drag Race[edit]

Before Drag Race, Robinson appeared as the character, Mordecai, in the 2008 film First Sunday.[5] She also appeared with fellow Drag Race alumnus Willam for an episode of The New Normal in 2013.[6] Shortly after his season, he was one of thirty drag queens featured in Miley Cyrus's 2015 VMA performance.[7]

Jasmine was announced as one of the fourteen contestants for season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race on March 2, 2015.[8] He was eliminated in the third episode after lip-syncing against Kennedy Davenport, and placed 12th overall. During his time on the show, he received online death threats including racist remarks, which eventually led to RuPaul defending Masters on Twitter.[9] Masters would be referenced in 2017 by Nina Bo'Nina Brown for season nine of Drag Race, with Brown impersonating him for the annual Snatch Game.[10]

Robinson gained notoriety with his self-published YouTube videos on his channel. His video entitled "RuPaul Dragrace fucked up drag" criticizing the show's portrayal of Drag sparked ridicule from fans and queens including Phi Phi O'Hara.[11] The video was featured in Willam's internet show, "Willam's Beatdown".[12] His video "Fix ur breath" was featured in a post on Justin Bieber's Instagram page, making Masters go viral.[13]

Because of Masters's viral success, he is the host of his own web show with WowPresents called "Jasmine Masters Master Class" that premiered its first episode in 2018.[14] He also was featured as a guest in an episode of "Lemme Pick You Up" with Ts Madison.[15] He was with Tammie Brown, Miz Cracker, Eureka O'Hara, Shea Coulee and Ginger Minj for two episodes of the Billboard web series "Spillin' The Tea" in June 2018.[16] He was with Trixie Mattel to discuss the Drag Race season ten contestants for Access.[17]

Masters appeared in the music video for Pandora Boxx's "Oops I Think I Pooped" on September 24, 2018.[18]

Jasmine is known to have coined the term "Jush" which means either self-love or minding ones own business.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RuPaul fights back after death threats are sent to Drag Race queen". Gay Star News. 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  2. ^ "Jasmine Masters - WEHOville". WEHOville. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  3. ^ "Her Name is Jasmine Masters and She Has Something to Say - Queer Black Millennial". Queer Black Millennial. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 7 – Hotspots Interviews Jasmine Masters | Hotspots! Magazine". Hotspots! Magazine. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ Winfred, Tim (2015-04-16). "10 Things You Never Knew About Jasmine Masters". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  6. ^ KiMO sMash (2013-01-11), "The new normal" - reading, retrieved 2018-03-20
  7. ^ "Meet All 30 Of Miley's Day-Glo Dancers From Her Insane VMA Performance". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  8. ^ Nichols, JamesMichael (2015-01-28). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Adds New Judges, Will Premiere March 2". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  9. ^ "RuPaul fights back after death threats are sent to Drag Race queen". Gay Star News. 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  10. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: "Snatch Game" Welcomes Liza Minnelli, Jasmine Masters, and Other Gay Icons". The Stranger. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  11. ^ Winfred, Tim (2016-01-30). "Jasmine Masters: "'RuPaul's Drag Race' F*cked Up Drag"". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  12. ^ willam belli (2016-06-17), BEATDOWN S3 Episode 19 with Willam (Part 1), retrieved 2018-03-20
  13. ^ "Justin Bieber Just Made Jasmine Masters A Viral Star". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  14. ^ "World of Wonder Announces Animated 'Drag Tots,' Executive Produced by RuPaul, & New Jasmine Masters Series". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  15. ^ WOWPresents (2018-02-07), LEMME PICK YOU UP: Jasmine Masters with T.S. Madison, retrieved 2018-03-20
  16. ^ "'Drag Race' Queens Talk Drag's Future in Pop Culture, Importance of Supporting Local Talent: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  17. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10: Trixie Mattel & Jasmine Masters Rate The New Queens!". Access Online. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  18. ^ Pandora Boxx (2018-09-24), Pandora Boxx - Oops I Think I Pooped (Official Video), retrieved 2018-09-24
  19. ^ "'Drag Race' Queen Jasmine Masters Explains What 'Jush' Means: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-14.

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