Miss Fame

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Miss Fame
MJK31642 Miss Fame (Berlinale 2017).jpg
Miss Fame at the Berlinale 2017
Born
Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen

(1985-03-30) March 30, 1985 (age 33)[citation needed]
ResidenceNew York, New York
Occupation
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)Patrick Berschy
Musical career
Genres
LabelsSidecar Records
Associated actsAlaska Thunderfuck Violet Chachki
Websitemissfamenyc.com

Miss Fame is the stage name of Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen, an American model, makeup artist, drag queen, recording artist and reality television personality best known as a contestant on season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race. After appearing on the show, Dam-Mikkelsen launched a music career, releasing her debut single, "Rubber Doll" on April 28, 2015. Her debut album, Beauty Marked, was released on June 9, 2015.[1]

Career[edit]

Dam-Mikkelsen worked as a male editorial model in California before moving to New York in 2011, following the advice of fashion photographer Mike Ruiz. He then started working as a makeup artist, while at the same time modeling and performing in drag as "Miss Fame."[2]

Miss Fame was noticed by photographer Mary McCartney who featured her in her book Devoted. She has also appeared in Half-Drag, a photo series by Leland Bobbé which attracted international attention and was featured in Vogue Italia.[3] Miss Fame was also photographed for Gorgeous, a project by photographers Rob Lebow and Masha Kupets that involved Armen Ra, Candis Cayne, and Tammie Brown.[4] Dam-Mikkelsen works as a celebrity makeup artist in New York City, and has worked on models and celebrities including Ève Salvail, Snooki and JWoww, Martha Wash, Wendy Williams, and Michael Urie.[5]

On December 7, 2014, during the "Ru-Veal" of the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Miss Fame was the first queen announced to be a contestant on the show.[6] She was eliminated in the ninth episode, "Divine Inspiration", placing her seventh overall.[7] Following her elimination, she released the music video for "Rubber Doll", which was the first single from her debut album Beauty Marked.[8] The album was released June 9, 2015, and featured appearances from fellow Drag Race contestants Alaska Thunderfuck and Violet Chachki.[1]

In 2016, Miss Fame signed with IMG models Paris.[9] She contributed to the compilation album Christmas Queens 3 in 2017.[10]

In September 2018, Fame performed as a background dancer behind Christina Aguilera for Opening Ceremony's Spring 2019 collection, with other Drag Race alumni.[11] She released her own makeup line called "The Fetish of Fashion" later in October.[12]

Early and personal life[edit]

Dam-Mikkelsen was born in San Luis Obispo, California.[2] He identifies as gender fluid.[13] He lives with his husband, Patrick Berschy, and their pet dachshunds, Mina and Shaya.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak
chart
positions
US
Dance

[15]
US
Heat

[16]
Beauty Marked 17 25

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Rubber Doll"[17] 2015 Beauty Marked
"InstaFame"[18]
"I Run the Runway"
(with Violet Chachki)
[19]
2016

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Drag Race Theme"[20] 2015 RuPaul RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2
"Toyland"[21] Various Artists Christmas Queens

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2015 A Change of Heart Himself [22]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Snooki & Jwoww Himself Episode: "What a Drag!" [23]
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself (Contestant) Season 7 - Placed 7th [24]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014–present Painted by Fame Himself Makeup tutorials [25]
2015 Untucked Himself Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race [26]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Drag Race Theme" 2015 Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen [27]
"Rubber Doll" 2015 Ben Simkins [28]
"InstaFame" 2015 Ben Simkins [29]
"Toyland" 2015 Carlos Maldonado [30]
"I Run the Runway (feat. Violet Chachki)" 2016 Ali Mahdavi [31]

Music video appearances[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Save the Queen"
(Garek)
2012 Unknown [32]
"Supermodel (You Better Work)" (2013 Edit)
(RuPaul)
2013 Marco Ovando [33]
"Go All Night"
(Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson)
2014 Roboshobo [34]
"Opulence"
(Brooke Candy)
2014 Steven Klein [35]
"My Animal"
(Garek)
2015 Mike Ruiz [36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Miss Fame - Beauty Marked". Amazon. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Miss Fame – About Her". Miss Fame. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bobbé's Half Drag Shots". Vogue Italia. July 31, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "PHOTOS: Exclusive Chat with Drag Icons Delta Work, Tammie Brown and Landon Cider". Queerty. December 14, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen – Biography". Kurtis In Beauty. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Miss Fame Officially Ru-Vealed For RuPaul's Drag Race Season Seven!". WordPress. December 7, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode nine - Divine Inspiration". The Guardian. April 28, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Drag Race Star Miss Fame Releases 'Rubber Doll' Music Video". The Advocate. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Miss Fame | IMG Models". IMG Models. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  10. ^ Christmas Queens 3 by Various Artists, 2017-11-17, retrieved 2018-10-10
  11. ^ "We're Still Screaming: Xtina Performs With Drag Queens at NYFW". PAPER. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  12. ^ Tietjen, Alexa (2018-10-08). "Miss Fame on the Launch of Her Beauty Brand and the 'Mainstreaming' of Drag". WWD. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  13. ^ "Miss Fame on Twitter". Twitter. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Mina & Shaya (@the_wienas) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  15. ^ "Billboard Chart Archive" (To access, type "Miss Fame" in the artist bar, then select "Top Dance/Electronic Albums" in the chart name bar). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  16. ^ "Billboard Chart Archive" (To access, type "Miss Fame" in the artist bar, then select "Heatseeker Albums" in the chart name bar). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Rubber Doll - Single by Miss Fame". iTunes. Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "Miss Fame - Instafame". Amazon. Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrYxZ6Chy_4
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz2 by RuPaul". iTunes. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  21. ^ "Alaska, Katya, "Drag Race" Queens, Spread Holiday Cheer On "Christmas Queens" Album". NewNowNext. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "Exclusive Interview With Miss Fame: Super Model Drag Queen". Llama Post. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  23. ^ "Drag Queen Miss Fame Teaches Snooki & JWOWW How To Work A Catwalk". MTV. December 19, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  24. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode one – the devil wears nada". The Guardian. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  25. ^ "This Drag Race Contestant Is Also A YouTube Makeup Celebrity". Refinery29. March 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  26. ^ Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 - Born Naked. YouTube. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  27. ^ Miss Fame - Drag Race Theme: RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz2. YouTube. February 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  28. ^ Miss Fame - RUBBER DOLL (Official). YouTube. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  29. ^ InstaFame [Official Teaser]. YouTube. June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  30. ^ Miss Fame - Toyland [Official] from Christmas Queens. YouTube. December 10, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  31. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrYxZ6Chy_4. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  32. ^ GAREK - "Save the Queen" (Official Video). YouTube. June 25, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  33. ^ RuPaul Supermodel 2013 The Drag Race Girls. YouTube. 13 September 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  34. ^ "Miss Fame on Twitter". Twitter. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  35. ^ "Miss Fame on Twitter". Twitter. April 29, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  36. ^ GAREK - "My Animal" (Official Video). YouTube. 21 April 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.

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