Michelle Visage

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Michelle Visage
Rupaul Dragcon 2018-223 (28203478058).jpg
Michelle Visage in 2018
Michelle Lynn Shupack

(1968-09-20) September 20, 1968 (age 50)
  • Singer
  • radio host
  • television personality
  • television host
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)David Case
Musical career
Associated acts

Michelle Visage (born September 20, 1968 as Michelle Lynn Shupack[1][2][3][4]) is an American singer, television host, radio DJ, and author.

Early and personal life[edit]

Michelle Visage went to an arts high school in South Plainfield, New Jersey and then attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. When Visage was 16 she won a Madonna look-alike competition. Shortly after finishing her studies she headed to New York City to pursue a career as an actress.[5] She now lives in California with her husband, author and screenwriter David Case, and her two daughters, Lillie and Lola.[1][6] On November 10, 2015, she published her first book, The Diva Rules.[7] In the fall of 2019 the book is coming out in Swedish through the rainbow company Tallbergs Förlag.[8]


Music recording and music videos[edit]

Visage auditioned and won a place for Seduction, an R&B and dance vocal trio assembled by Robert Clivilles and David Cole that signed with A&M Records in 1990.[5] The group had several pop and dance hits including "Two to Make It Right". After the group's breakup, Visage collaborated with the freestyle dance act TKA as a guest vocalist on the song "Crash (Have Some Fun)".[9] Visage provided lead vocals and was the recording artist of another dance act assembled by Clivilles & Cole, The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. The song "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day", which was a cover version of the Bill Withers song "Lovely Day", was included on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day" became a #1 dance single and peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1993.[10]

Visage has been featured on several of RuPaul's music albums, and also appears in the RuPaul music videos for "New York City Beat" [11] & "From Your Heart", which originally premiered on RuPaul's Green Screen Christmas Special (2015), and was later uploaded to World of Wonder's YouTube channel.[12] Visage has also made guest appearances in RuPaul's videos for "Glamazon",[13] "Responsitrannity",[14] "The Beginning"[15] & "Nothing For Christmas".[16]

Radio and podcasts[edit]

Visage was the co-host of The Jamz Session on Hot 92 Jamz (KHHT) in Los Angeles from 2002 until 2005.[citation needed]

In 2005, Visage returned to New York City, where she served as co-host of The Morning Mix on WNEW-FM until December 2006. She also hosted on Sirius Satellite Radio's The Beat 66 from 2003–2006 [17] On March 12, 2007, she became a co-host of the morning show on SUNNY 104.3 in West Palm Beach, Florida.[18] On January 10, 2011, she joined 93.9 MIA in Miami as the host of the new MIA Morning Show.[citation needed] She left Miami and WMIA in December 2011 and moved back to Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Visage started co-hosting the weekly podcast RuPaul: What's The Tee? on April 9, 2014.[19] The pair interview celebrities, discuss their lives, and RuPaul's Drag Race. [20] The podcast won a 2018 Webby Award.[21]


In 1996, Visage became the co-host of RuPaul's VH1 talk show The RuPaul Show. She also co-hosted with RuPaul on WKTU's morning show from 1996 to 2002.

She has also hosted VH1's red carpet coverage of the 1998 Grammys and in 2002, Grease's 25th-anniversary re-release party.

On January 24, 2011, Visage debuted as the second permanent judge on Logo TV's reality-television series RuPaul's Drag Race, where she replaced former judge Merle Ginsberg. She is also a judge on the spin-off show, RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars.

On January 7, 2015, Visage became one of the contestants on the fifteenth series of the British reality series, Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5. On February 6, 2015, Visage left the house in fifth place, despite being a favourite to win.[22] Since leaving the house she has appeared on some episodes of "Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side", a companion show which airs straight after Celebrity Big Brother.

On May 13, 2017, Visage and Ross Mathews were the commentators for Logo TV's coverage of the Live Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.[23]

On August 30, 2017, it was announced that she would be a judge for the first season of Ireland's Got Talent, which aired on TV3 in February 2018.[24]

On February 5, 2019, it was confirmed by World of Wonder that Visage would appear as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK which is set to air on BBC Three in 2019.[25] Shortly after, Visage took to social media stating that she was looking forward to the show.


Visage performed in her West End debut as "Miss Hedge" in Everybody's Talking About Jamie from October 18, 2018 until January 26, 2019.[26]



Album Year Group Notes
Nothing Matters Without Love 1989 Seduction


Song Year Artist Album
"It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day" 1992 The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. The Bodyguard soundtrack

Guest appearances[edit]

Song Year Artist Album
"Crash (Have Some Fun)" 1991 TKA Single
"Hard Candy Christmas" 1997 RuPaul Ho, Ho, Ho
"With Bells On"
"Let the Music Play"[27] 2014 RuPaul Born Naked
"Manila Radio (Interlude)"[28] Manila Luzon Eternal Queen
"New York City Beat"[29] 2015 RuPaul RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2
"L.A. Rhythm"[30] Realness
"L.A. Rhythm" (Remix)[30]
"From Your Heart" Slay Belles
"Category Is..." 2016 Butch Queen


Year Title Genre Role Notes
1989 Dance Party USA Television Herself
1990 Club MTV Television
1996–1998 The RuPaul Show Television
2002 Maybe It's Me Movie Tania
2011–present RuPaul's Drag Race Television Herself Judge
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Television
2012–present RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Television Judge
2013 That Sex Show Television
2013–2015 The Most Popular Girls in School Web Series Mrs. Zales
2015 Celebrity Big Brother Television Herself Housemate, 5th Place[22]
2017 Eurovision Song Contest Television Commentator for the United States
2018-present Ireland's Got Talent Television Herself Judge
2018 The X Factor Television Herself Simon Cowell’s Judges houses guest
2019 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Theatre Miss Hedge
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race UK Television Herself Judge


  1. ^ a b "Who Is Michelle Visage on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'? Everything You Need to Know About the Reality TV Judge!". In Touch Weekly. 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  2. ^ "Here's why RuPaul's judge Michelle Visage is the ultimate queer ally". PinkNews. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  3. ^ "Michelle Visage Birthday & Biography". Wiki Birthdays. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  4. ^ "From RuPaul's Drag Race to Ireland's Got Talent: We meet Michelle Visage". Irish Examiner. 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  5. ^ a b "Bio". Michelle Visage (official site). Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Introducing Celebrity Big Brother Star Michelle Visage".
  7. ^ Michelle Visage. "The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top by Michelle Visage — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  8. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt3AVuZBD1K/
  9. ^ "Discogs TKA". Discogs.
  10. ^ "Billboard Charts 1993".
  11. ^ "RuPaul and Michelle Visage New York City Beat Official Music Video". YouTube. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  12. ^ "RuPaul - "From Your Heart (feat. Michelle Visage)"". YouTube. 2016-01-01. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  13. ^ "RuPaul Glamazon music video (feat. Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels and Phi Phi O'Hara)". YouTube. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  14. ^ "RuPaul Responsitrannity music video". YouTube. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  15. ^ "RuPaul's "The Beginning" music video (feat. Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, Roxxxy Andrews)". YouTube. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  16. ^ "RuPaul - "Nothing for Christmas" Official Music Video". YouTube. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  17. ^ "Michelle Visage Radio Resume".
  18. ^ "Radio Industry News, New Music, Music Promotion, Radio Station Song Charts - AllAccess.com". All Access.
  19. ^ "Michelle Visage - Interview". www.EQView.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  20. ^ "Episodes". RuPaul: What's The Tee?. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  21. ^ "RuPaul's "What's the Tee" podcast wins 2018 Webby Award". Metro Weekly. 2018-04-27. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  22. ^ a b "Michelle Visage defeated by Katie Price in Celebrity Big Brother Final". Pink News.
  23. ^ https://eurovision.tv/story/eurovision-2017-broadcast-us
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/reality-tv/a26141095/rupauls-drag-race-uk-judges-guests-michelle-visage/
  26. ^ http://www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk/everybodys-talking-about-jamie-casting-announcement
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - Born Naked by RuPaul". iTunes.
  28. ^ "iTunes - Music - Eternal Queen by Manila Luzon". iTunes.
  29. ^ "iTunes - Music - RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz2 by RuPaul". iTunes.
  30. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Realness by RuPaul". iTunes.

External links[edit]