Pearl (drag queen)
Pearl at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018
Matthew James Lent
September 11, 1990 
Pearl, occasionally known as Pearl Liaison, is the stage name of American drag performer and record producer Matthew James Lent. Lent is known for competing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, finishing joint runner-up.
After moving to Chicago, Lent began performing in drag in 2012, alongside Kim Chi, using the stage name Pearl. He has described Pearl's persona as a "Stepford wife robot bitch". 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.
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. 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. In the season finale, Violet Chachki was crowned the winner, leaving Pearl as a runner-up.
Pearl's drag daughter, Scarlet Envy, will compete on the upcoming eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
On June 2, 2015, Lent released the album Pleasure, along with a music video for its first single, "Love Slave". 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.
On June 2, 2015, Lent announced the release of a fragrance, Flazéda, with perfume company Xyrena. In doing so, he became the first Drag Race alumni member to release a scent. The fragrance started shipping on June 30, 2015.
(featuring Jaylee Maruk)
- Other appearances
|"Hey Booty"||2015||RuPaul, Miles Davis Moody||RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2|
|2015||RuPaul's Drag Race||Himself (Contestant)||Season 7 - Runner-up|||
- Web series
|2015||Untucked||Himself||Companion web series to RuPaul's Drag Race|||
- Music videos
|"Hey Booty"||2015||Matthew James Lent|||
|"Love Slave"||2015||Michael Serrato|||
- Music video appearances
- Lock, Isaac (Autumn–Winter 2016). "Pearl: Venus as a Boy". Dazed. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
- Van Horn, Shea (June 11, 2015). "Shea Van Horn Interviews PEARL". Brightest Young Things. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- Lindsay, Benjamin (February 27, 2015). "Flawless Pearl". Next Magazine. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- Fernandez, Cory (May 27, 2015). "A Real Pearl". Out. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- Nichols, JamesMichael (December 7, 2015). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season Seven Cast Revealed (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- Lee, Stephan (June 2, 2015). "RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 winner talks about being the 'shadiest queen'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- 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.
- "Pearl - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
- O'Donnell, Carey. "Pearl Releases New Signature Fragrance, Flazéda". Logo NewNowNext. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
- "Flazéda By Pearl – Extrait De Parfum". Xyrena. Archived from the original on June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Pearl – Chart History – Top Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
- "Pearl – Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
- "iTunes - Music - Pleasure - Album by Pearl". iTunes. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "iTunes - Music - Love Slave - Single by Pearl". iTunes. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "iTunes - Music - RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz2 by RuPaul". iTunes. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- Malice, Michael (March 3, 2015). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' 7×1 Recap: No Shame in Being Shallow". Observer. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 - Born Naked. YouTube. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- Pearl - Hey Booty: RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz2. YouTube. February 3, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Pearl - Pleasure - Love Slave (Official). YouTube. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Violet Chachki - Bettie [Official]. YouTube. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015.