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Peppermint (drag queen)

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Peppermint at RuPaul's Dragcon 2017
Background information
Also known as Miss Peppermint
Genres dance, electronica, house, homo hop
Occupation(s) Drag queen, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts Adam Joseph, Bob the Drag Queen, Cazwell, Jonny McGovern, Sherry Vine

Agnes Moore,[1] known by her stage name Peppermint or Miss Peppermint, is an American actress, singer, reality television personality, drag queen and trans-activist best known as a fixture in the New York City nightlife scene and as the runner-up on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.


Career beginnings

Peppermint started performing at the New York City nightclub Tunnel's Kurfew parties, ultimately becoming a fixture in New York City nightlife.[2] She started recording music in 2005 for Jonny McGovern's mixtape Jonny McGovern Presents: This is NYC, Bitch! The East Village Mixtape. She contributed the song "Servin' It Up", which was produced by Adam Joseph.[3] The song was later released as Peppermint's debut single in 2006.

Peppermint was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC by in 2010. The series featured fellow New York drag queens Bianca Del Rio, Dallas DuBois, Hedda Lettuce, Lady Bunny, Mimi Imfurst, and Sherry Vine.[4][5] She also appeared as a drag-version of Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model Cycle 14, Episode 5: "Smile and Pose" introducing a drag-theme runway challenge at Lucky Chengs in New York City.[6]

In 2011, Sherry Vine and Peppermint released a parody of the Lady Gaga and Beyoncé song "Telephone," titled "Make Me Moan". Following the viral success of the music video, Peppermint later released other parody songs, including a parody of Azealia Banks' song "212", titled "21/12."[7] Her song "If I Steal Your Boyfriend" was used in the 2011 film Eating Out 5: The Open Weekend.[8]

RuPaul's Drag Race

Peppermint in April 2017

On February 2, 2017, Peppermint was announced as one of the fourteen contestants on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[9] She was a popular contestant during her run on the show, and won the Roast Challenge in episode 8. She placed in the bottom two in two challenges, lipsynching to Madonna's "Music" and the Village People's "Macho Man", winning both. Her performances on both lipsyncs received praise, and garnered her the nickname of "Lip Sync Assassin". She finished in second place after winner Sasha Velour, after they both lipsynced to Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right but It's Okay".[10]

Post-Drag Race career

Peppermint will make her Broadway debut in 2018, as part of The Go-Go's-inspired musical Head Over Heels. The show will begin performances on June 23, 2018, making Peppermint the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.[11]

Personal life

Born Kevin Moore,[12][13][14] Peppermint is a trans woman.[15] Though other transgender women have competed on RuPaul's Drag Race, she was the first to be out prior to the show airing.[16] While a contestant on Drag Race, Peppermint revealed that when she had been a high-school cheerleader, she had been beaten up by a male member of her high school's basketball team.[17]



  • Hardcore Glamour (2009)
  • Black Pepper (EP) (2017)


Song Year Album
"Servin' It Up" (featuring Cazwell) 2006 Hardcore Glamour
"Thought Ya' Knew" 2007
"Dolla in My Titty (Part 1)" 2013 Non-album single
"C.L.A.T." (with Aja, Alexis Michelle & Sasha Velour featuring DJ Mitch Ferrino) 2017
"Civil War"
"Too Funky" (with Ari Gold)

Music videos

Song Year Director
"Servin' It Up" (featuring Cazwell) 2006 N/A
"Thought Ya' Knew" 2008 N/A
"Working Girl" 2009 N/A
"Excuse My Beauty" 2010 Brendan Kyle Cochrane
"Let You Have It" Karl Giant
"Fresh" (featuring Adam Joseph and Cazwell) 2011 N/A
"Dolla in My Titty" 2014 N/A
"Too Funky" (featuring Ari Gold and the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9) 2017 Marsin
"Civil War" 2017 Mikhail Torich

Parody music videos

Song Year Director
"Make Me Moan" (Sherry Vine and Peppermint) 2010 Blake Martin
"JLo Papi" (Sherry Vine and Peppermint) 2012 Francis Von Legge
"3D End of Time" N/A
"21/12" Francis Von Legge
"Epic Broadway Medley Parody" (Sherry Vine and Peppermint) 2017 N/A



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Beyond the Ladies Room Door Herself Short film
2006 Fur
2011 Finding Home Herself


Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: NY Sex Worker Season 3, Episode 14: "The Lying Game"
2009 The Real World: Brooklyn[18] Herself Episode 2: "The Outs and Ins of Brooklyn"
2010 America's Next Top Model Tyra Banks Cycle 14, Episode 5: "Smile and Pose"[6]
2010 Ugly Betty[19] Season 4, Episode 13: "Chica and the Man"
2010 The A-List: New York[20] Herself Season 1, Episode 6: "Texting and Tears"
2012 She's Living for This Herself Season 1, Episode 2: "The Peppermint Episode"
2016 The Daily Show Herself Season 21, Episode 86. "April 6—Angelica Ross"[21][22]
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 9 – Runner up

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Queens of Drag: NYC Herself Produced by
2017 Untucked Herself Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race
2018 Drag Babies Herself Drag Mentor

Music video appearances

Year Song Director
2008 "When We Get Together" (The Ones) Karl Giant
2013 "Christmas on the Dance Floor" (Greg Scarnici)[23] Greg Scarnici
2017 "C.L.A.T" Assaasd Yacoub
2017 "Faces" (Mila Jam)[24] Frank Boccia

See also


  1. ^ Quinn, Dave (March 31, 2017). "How a Violent Attack Unexpectedly Helped Transgender RuPaul's Drag Race Queen Peppermint Realize 'I Was Loved'". People. Archived from the original on April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017. ...New York City-based queen Peppermint (né Agnes Moore) [...] ...the 37-year-old... 
  2. ^ "Cast". She's Living For This official site (Here TV). Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bad Girl Peppermint". Get Out! Magazine. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gaycom launches Queens of Drag NYC". The Advocate. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ " – Queens of Drag: NYC". here TV. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b TopModelChannel (2017-04-04), ANTM 14 – Drag Queen Runway Challenge, retrieved 2017-04-22 
  7. ^ Glazer, Eliot (20 December 2012). "Drag Queen's Azealia Banks Parody Also Doubles As Savvy 2012 Rap-Up". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011) Soundtrack". RingosTrack. Retrieved 2018-06-14. 
  9. ^ "Interview – Meet the Queens". 
  10. ^
  11. ^ McPhee, Ryan (January 29, 2018). "RuPaul's Drag Race Peppermint Will Make Her Broadway Debut in Go-Go's Musical Head Over Heels". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018. 
  12. ^ Cormier, Ryan (March 17, 2017). "Wilmington native competing on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017 – via USA Today. 
  13. ^ "Miss Peppermint prima donna transgender ad avere un ruolo da protagonista a Broadway" [Miss Peppermint first transgender woman to have a starring role on Broadway] (in Italian). Archived from the original on February 5, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018. 
  14. ^ Lovece, Frank (March 6, 2018). "RuPaul apologizes for saying transgender people are not welcome on 'Drag Race'". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. Archived from the original on March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018. ...season 9 runner-up Peppermint, né Kevin Moore and now Agnes Moore...  (subscription required)
  15. ^ RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 – Meet the Queens (Megacut) – via YouTube. 
  16. ^ Beard, Lanford (May 5, 2017). "RuPaul's Drag Race Queen Peppermint on Her Dream of Becoming the Show's First Transgender Winner". People. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  17. ^ Quinn, Dave (March 31, 2017). "How a Violent Attack Unexpectedly Helped Transgender RuPaul's Drag Race Queen Peppermint Realize 'I Was Loved'". People. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  18. ^ Lawson, Richard (15 January 2009). "The Real World: Brooklyn Will Turn You Into Half a Queer". Gawker. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Bond, Justin Vivian (15 December 2009). "Twitter / RuPaulsDragRace: RT @mxjustinbond most amazing ..." Twitter. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Fox, Adam (9 November 2010). "'The A List' Recap: Compiling Itself In A City Near You". The Gloss. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Biko, Cherno (20 April 2016). "What I Really Wanted to Say on The Daily Show's Trans Episode". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017. Luckily, the legendary Miasha Forbes and Pepper Mint were able to join the panel. 
  22. ^ Peppermint [@Peppermint247] (23 February 2017). "#TBT Me on @thedailyshow w/ #JessicaWilliams @msjwilly & #trans speakers 2 #mythbust "#transpanic" l #standwithgavin" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  23. ^ Nichols, James (20 December 2013). "'Christmas On The Dance Floor,' Greg Scarnici Video, Released Featuring Jojo OrangaTang". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Stutz, Colin (31 March 2017). "Laverne Cox, Tituss Burgess & More Celebrate International Trans Day of Visibility in Mila Jam's 'Faces' Video". Billboard. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 

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