Pearl (drag queen)

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Pearl
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Pearl at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018
Born Matthew James Lent
September 11, 1990 (age 27)[citation needed]
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.[citation needed]
Occupation
Years active 2012–present

Pearl, occasionally known as Pearl Liaison, is the stage name of American drag performer and record producer Matthew James Lent.[1] Lent garnered fame through competing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, finishing joint runner-up.

Early life[edit]

Lent grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida with his mother and two sisters.[2] He spent time drawing "rich old ladies with big diamond rings and furs", which eventually morphed into his drag persona.[3]

Drag career[edit]

After moving to Chicago, Lent began performing in drag in 2012, alongside Kim Chi, using the stage name Pearl.[3] He has described Pearl's persona as a "stepford wife robot bitch".[4] Lent initially only planned to use drag as a hobby, but quickly began booking gigs at increasing frequency. He later moved to Brooklyn, New York.[3]

In December 2014, Pearl was announced to be a participant on the seventh season of the Logo TV reality television series RuPaul's Drag Race.[5] Despite a slow start to the competition, Pearl rebounded to win two main challenges, and eventually became a finalist alongside fellow competitors Ginger Minj and Violet Chachki.[6] In the season finale, Violet Chachki was crowned the winner, leaving Pearl as a runner-up.[7]

Other ventures[edit]

Music[edit]

On June 2, 2015, Lent released the album Pleasure, along with a music video for its first single, "Love Slave".[8] Unlike other albums released by Drag Race alumni, Pleasure does not feature any vocals from Lent; he instead produced the entire album. The album charted at number eleven on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart and number sixteen on the Heatseekers chart.[9]

Perfume[edit]

On June 2, 2015, Lent announced the release of a fragrance, Flazéda, with perfume company Xyrena.[10][11] In doing so, he became the first Drag Race alumni member to release a scent. The fragrance started shipping on June 30, 2015.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums
Title Details Peak
chart
positions
US
Dance

[12]
US
Heat

[13]
Pleasure 11 16
Singles
Title Year Album
"Love Slave"[15]
(featuring Jaylee Maruk)
2015 Pleasure
Other appearances
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Hey Booty"[16] 2015 RuPaul, Miles Davis Moody RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself (Contestant) Season 7 - Runner-up [17]
Web series
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Untucked Himself Companion web series to RuPaul's Drag Race [18]
Music videos
Title Year Director Ref.
"Hey Booty" 2015 Matthew James Lent [19]
"Love Slave" 2015 Michael Serrato [20]
Music video appearances
Title Year Director Ref.
"Bettie"
(Violet Chachki)
2015 Michael Serrato [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lock, Isaac (Autumn–Winter 2016). "Pearl: Venus as a Boy". Dazed. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ Van Horn, Shea (June 11, 2015). "Shea Van Horn Interviews PEARL". Brightest Young Things. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Lindsay, Benjamin (February 27, 2015). "Flawless Pearl". Next Magazine. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Fernandez, Cory (May 27, 2015). "A Real Pearl". Out. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ Nichols, JamesMichael (December 7, 2015). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season Seven Cast Revealed (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/rupaul-reveals-drag-race-final-5772352
  7. ^ Lee, Stephan (June 2, 2015). "RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 winner talks about being the 'shadiest queen'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ Nichols, JamesMichael (June 3, 2015). "Violet Chachki, Pearl And Ginger Minj, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Finalists, Release New Music". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Pearl - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ O'Donnell, Carey. "Pearl Releases New Signature Fragrance, Flazéda". Logo NewNowNext. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Flazéda By Pearl – Extrait De Parfum". Xyrena. Archived from the original on June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Pearl – Chart History – Top Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Pearl – Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Pleasure - Album by Pearl". iTunes. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Love Slave - Single by Pearl". iTunes. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz2 by RuPaul". iTunes. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ Malice, Michael (March 3, 2015). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' 7×1 Recap: No Shame in Being Shallow". Observer. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 - Born Naked. YouTube. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  19. ^ Pearl - Hey Booty: RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz2. YouTube. February 3, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ Pearl - Pleasure - Love Slave (Official). YouTube. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ Violet Chachki - Bettie [Official]. YouTube. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 

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