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Morgan McMichaels performing in July 2015
28 May 1981
Loch Lomond, Scotland
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Morgan McMichaels (born 28 May 1981) is the female persona of Scottish-American drag performer Thomas White. A local fixture in Southern California's drag circuit, White became a reality television personality when she joined the cast of the second season of the popular cable television reality competition RuPaul's Drag Race. She is the drag daughter of renowned drag queen Chad Michaels.
Early life and career
Born as Thomas White in Scotland, he is one of four siblings. Born to a Scottish father and a Scottish mother, he relocated to Los Angeles, California when he was 18 years old.
RuPaul's Drag Race
McMichaels joined the cast of the second season of RuPaul's in 2010. During her time on the show, she became close friends with fellow contestant Sonique and continued her friendship with Raven. Highlights included losing her wig during a Gone with the Wind-inspired photo shoot, winning the first challenge with a Barbarella-inspired costume, getting into a heated argument with fellow contestant Mystique Summers Madison (which was featured in an "Untucked" episode), and winning a lip synch battle to the song "Two of Hearts" by Stacey Q — against contestant Sonique. McMichaels' final challenge was to pose for a wedding photo as both the bride and the groom, and design and model a wedding gown.
Her gown was criticized for the shape and looking too much like a costume, and she ended up in the bottom two. She was eliminated after losing a lip sync performance battle to contestant Sahara Davenport.
After Drag Race
In 2011, McMichaels was featured in the music video "S&M" by Barbadian singer Rihanna, which was released as the third single off her fifth album Loud. She joined the cast of the second season of RuPaul's Drag U, which made its season premiere on 20 June 2011. He returned for the third season of RuPaul's Drag U in 2012. On 11 April 2013, McMichaels made a guest appearance on Tabatha Takes Over at the VIP Nightclub in Riverside, California where McMichaels performed a lip sync as Tabatha. Morgan was also featured in Lady Gaga's lyric video of "Applause" along with other drag queens.
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