Mayhem Miller (drag queen)

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Mayhem Miller
Mayhem Miller.png
Miller performing live in 2018
Born
Dequan Johnson

(1982-02-09) February 9, 1982 (age 37)
Occupation
Years active2002–present
Websitetheonlymayhem.com

Mayhem Miller is the stage name of Dequan Johnson,[1] an American drag performer and actor, best known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Born February 9, 1982, Johnson is from Riverside, California.[2] She got the drag name "Mayhem Miller" from Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson's sex tape.[3] She started doing drag in 2002,[4] the same year as fellow Drag Race alumna Raven and the year after Morgan McMichaels, whom Johnson worked with before Drag Race. Johnson's other drag colleagues are alum Detox and Delta Work. She auditioned for Drag Race every year beginning with season two.[5]

Career[edit]

Mayhem Miller was announced as one of fourteen contestants for the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 22, 2018.[6] She was declared the winner of the episode one sewing challenge.[7] In episode three, she was in the bottom two and lip synced "Celebrity Skin" against Yuhua Hamasaki, and won.[8] She was eliminated in episode five after losing a lip sync of "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" against Monét X Change, and placed tenth overall.[9]

Outside of Drag Race, Miller appeared in an episode of Buzzfeed's "Try Guys" in 2014, giving a drag makeover to Eugene Yang as Cheyenne Pepper.[10] She was one of the backup dancers for NeNe Leakes's lip sync of RuPaul's "Supermodel (You Better Work)" in the show, "Lip Sync Battle" in 2016.[11] She played the character Blanquisha in the 2017 movie "Cherry Pop" with Detox, Bob the Drag Queen, Latrice Royale and Tempest DuJour.[12][13] She was with queens McMichaels, Laganja Estranja, Jaidynn Diore Fierce and Farrah Moan and singer Rita Ora for the thirteen season of Germany's Next Topmodel in May 2018.[14]

She was in the music video for Blair St. Clair's "Call My Life" in June 2018.[15]

An internet meme of one of Miller's 2011 video performances with over-exaggerated eyes was started in November 2018.[16]

Miller competed in the Drag Race television special RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular.[17]

She appeared in the music video for Iggy Azalea's "Sally Walker" on March 14, 2019.[18] She also appeared in a music video for Lizzo's song "Juice" in April 17, 2019.[19]

Music[edit]

Miller released her first single "Queen of the Party" featuring producer Brynn Taylor on December 7, 2018.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is openly gay.[21] His drag daughter is Rhea Litré.[22]

In July 2018, Johnson was refused services from an Uber driver in Minneapolis for being in drag. He expressed it on Twitter with support from his fans.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2017 Cherry Pop Blanquisha

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Backup dancer
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant (10th place)
2018 Germany's Next Topmodel
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular Contestant (Joint Winner)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2018 Call My Life Blair St. Clair
2019 Sally Walker Iggy Azalea Funeral attendee
2019 Juice Lizzo

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Try Guys Herself

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2018 Queen of the Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hernandez, Greg. "Drag Divas Get Down to Business - Vanguard Blog". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  2. ^ Koch, Drew. "Mayhem Miller's Drag Family Is Basically 'RuPaul' Royalty". Bustle. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  3. ^ Koch, Drew. "Mayhem Miller's Drag Family Is Basically 'RuPaul' Royalty". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  4. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 10, episode 5: Mayhem Miller exit interview". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  5. ^ "RuPaul's Mayhem Miller: "I have more to offer than ALL of them." - Metro Weekly". www.metroweekly.com. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  6. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 is Premiering a Week After 'All Stars'". 2018-02-16. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  7. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 premiere recap: Mayhem Miller, Miz Cracker and Christina Aguilera". Houston Chronicle. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  8. ^ "Eliminated 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Contestant Yuhua Hamasaki Talks Reviving the Spirit of Drag, Gender Neutrality & More". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  9. ^ "'Drag Race' star Mayhem Miller: 'I'm here to prove that I'm a great drag queen – not a clown'". Houston Chronicle. 2018-04-21. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  10. ^ "Guys Are Transformed Into Drag Queens For The First Time". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  11. ^ Lip Sync Battle (2016-04-14), NeNe Leakes as RuPaul vs. Todd Chrisley as Shania Twain | Lip Sync Battle, retrieved 2018-07-27
  12. ^ "Detox And Mayhem Miller Fight Over Makeup And Janet Jackson In New Clip From "Cherry Pop"". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  13. ^ "CHERRY POP: FilmOut San Diego Presents the San Diego Premiere of this Uproarious Comedy : Rage Monthly Magazine". www.ragemonthly.com. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  14. ^ "Condragulations to Laganja Estranja, Morgan McMichaels, Jaidynn Dior Fierce, Mayhem Miller, and Farrah Moan for their Triumphant Performance on Germany's Next Top Model!". The WOW Report. 2018-05-29. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  15. ^ "Drag Race star Blair St. Clair is a glamour queen in Call My Life music video". Gay Times. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  16. ^ "'Drag Race' Star Mayhem Miller Is the Face of a Hilarious New Meme: See the Best". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  17. ^ "Kim Chi, Shangela, Trixie Mattel & More to Compete in 'RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  18. ^ "Iggy Azalea - Sally Walker (Official Music Video)". 2019-03-14. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  19. ^ "Lizzo - JUICE Music Video feat. RuPaul's Drag Race Queens". 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  20. ^ "Queen of the Party (feat. Brynn Taylor) - Single". 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  21. ^ @theOnlyMayhem (July 28, 2018). "I AM BLACK. I AM GAY. I AM A MAN. I AM A DRAG QUEEN. If those are not enough for you...kindly, FUCK OFF!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Behind the Scenes with Rhea Litré". This is West Hollywood. 2018-05-10. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  23. ^ Jones, Hannah. "'RuPaul' star Mayhem Miller says Minneapolis Uber driver refused him a ride in drag | City Pages". City Pages. Retrieved 2018-07-27.