Morgan McMichaels

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Morgan McMichaels
Morgan McMichaels (Fire Under My Feet).jpg
Morgan McMichaels performing in July 2015
Born Thomas White
(1981-05-28) May 28, 1981 (age 37)
Scotland, United Kingdom
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Drag performer
Years active 2001–present
Website Official website

Morgan McMichaels[1] is the female persona of Scottish-American drag performer Thomas White.[1][2] McMichaels is best known as a reality television contestant on the second season of the cable television reality competition RuPaul's Drag Race. She recently appeared on the third season of Rupaul's Drag Race All-Stars.

Early life[edit]

McMichaels was born in Scotland in 1981 to a Scottish father and an American mother, and spent parts of her childhood in both Scotland and the United States.[3] She moved permanently from Scotland to Los Angeles when she was 18, and started doing drag in 2001.[4] Her drag mother is season 4 contestant and All Stars 1 winner Chad Michaels.[5]

Career[edit]

RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

McMichaels performing as the Evil Queen

McMichaels joined the cast of the second season of RuPaul's in 2010.[6] She was eliminated after losing a lip sync performance battle to contestant Sahara Davenport, placing eighth out of twelve.[7]

McMichaels also appeared on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, where she was eliminated first by BenDeLaCreme for saying she would send home the best competitors if she stayed. This placed her 10th in the season. She returned in the sixth episode among five eliminated queens (Thorgy Thor, Milk, Chi Chi Devayne and Aja) and was selected to be brought back by Creme, ultimately placing 5th.[8][9]

After Drag Race[edit]

McMichaels, along with fellow contestants Raven, Jujubee, Pandora Boxx, Nina Flowers, Shannel and Tammie Brown appeared in RuPaul's Drag U, a spinoff Logo series in 2010, where she appeared as a "professor" for three episodes.[10] She remained in the cast on the second season of Drag U, which made its season premiere on 20 June 2011, and was a professor for two more episodes. She returned again for one episode in the third season of Drag U in 2012.

Other than Drag Race related shows, McMichaels was featured in the music video for "S&M" by Barbadian singer Rihanna in 2011.[11] 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.[12] She hosted an internet show for WOWPresents called "Living For The Lip Sync" where she talks about lip sync fan-recorded performances by Drag Race alumni. It premiered to YouTube on September 4, 2014 and ended on January 22, 2015.[13] She made an appearance on Entertainment Tonight to talk about All Stars 3 in 2018.[14] She was featured with Laganja Estranja, Farrah Moan and Jaidynn Diore-Fierce on the thirteen season of Germany's Next Topmodel as a guest for the episode-14 challenge.[15]

Music[edit]

McMichaels released her first single, "Why You Mad Tho?" on February 3, 2018, with the remix by producer Drew G Rdr.[16] McMichaels performed the single live on the Drag Race: All Stars 3 premiere episode talent show.[17] She released a second single, "Yazz Bitch" on May 11, 2018.[18]

Tyra Sanchez controversy[edit]

On May 28, 2017, Drag Race season-two winner Tyra Sanchez made a Facebook post that falsely reported McMichaels' death after a dispute with one of McMichaels' drag sisters. McMichaels, feelings it would be uncomfortable to work with Sanchez, tried to pull out of the performance at Mickey's WEHO that night. Instead, the management canceled Sanchez's show without McMichaels' knowledge. This subsequently led fans to believe McMichaels' death was true.[19] McMichaels responded by posting a Facebook Livestream criticizing Sanchez's actions.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Morgan". Morgan McMichaels official website. Archived from the original on October 24, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ Ragan, Scott (May 5, 2016). "For Morgan McMichaels, Life Is a Drag". Advocate. Archived from the original on May 18, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ McMichaels, Morgan (July 22, 2015). Bonus: Morgan McMichaels is The Scottish Scandal. Hey Qween! (YouTube). Lebanon. Event occurs at 00:40 ... 1:22. Born in Scotland in '81, moved to American in '87, back to Scotland in '94, and back here in '99. ... My mom's American, my dad's a Scot. 
  4. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Scot Morgan McMichaels reveals gay jibes inspired diva". The Scottish Sun. 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-02-28. 
  5. ^ "9 "Drag Race" Drag Mothers And Daughters". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-02-28. 
  6. ^ "Morgan McMichaels — RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2 Contestant". LOGOTV. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  7. ^ Stransky, Tanner (9 March 2010). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' recap: It's either Team Tyra or Team Tatianna". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Oliver, Isaac (2018-03-02). "'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars': A Shocking Elimination". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  9. ^ Koch, Drew. "Here's How The Returning 'Drag Race' Queen Can Change EVERYTHING". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  10. ^ Fitzgerald, Christine (August 29, 2010). "RuPaul's Drag U Faculty Spotlight – Morgan McMichaels". Socialitelife.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  11. ^ "20 Music Videos With Drag Queen Cameos". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-28. 
  12. ^ "Lady Gaga's 'Applause' Lyric Video: Here Are The Important, Drag-Related Findings". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  13. ^ WOWPresents (2014-09-04), Morgan McMichaels is Living for the Lipsync - Miley Cyrus & Madonna, retrieved 2018-03-04 
  14. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Morgan McMichaels Spills 'All Stars 3' Secrets! (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2018-02-28. 
  15. ^ Kensbock, Verena. "Germany's Next Topmodel 2018: Die Topmodels müssen ihren Mann stehen". rp-online.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-11. 
  16. ^ Why You Mad Tho? (Drew G Rdr Remix), 2018-01-30, retrieved 2018-02-28 
  17. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars s03e01 review". The Independent. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  18. ^ Yazz Bitch by Morgan McMichaels, 2018-05-11, retrieved 2018-05-13 
  19. ^ "Drag Drama: Tyra Sanchez (Falsely) Announces The Death Of Morgan McMichaels, But That's Not The Whole Story". Instinct. 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  20. ^ Calo (2017-05-29), RuPaul's Drag Race Morgan McMichaels Response To Tyra!, retrieved 2018-07-13 

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