Peppermint (drag queen)
Peppermint in 2017.
|Also known as||Miss Peppermint, Agnes Moore|
|Genres||Dance, electronica, house, homo hop|
|Occupation(s)||Drag queen, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Adam Joseph, Bob the Drag Queen, Cazwell, Jonny McGovern, Sherry Vine|
Agnes Moore, known by her stage name Peppermint or Miss Peppermint, is an American actress, singer, television personality, drag queen, and activist. She is 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.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Peppermint started performing at the New York City nightclub Tunnel's Kurfew parties, ultimately becoming a fixture in New York City nightlife. 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. The song was later released as Peppermint's debut single in 2006.
Peppermint was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC by gay.com in 2010. The series featured fellow New York drag queens Bianca Del Rio, Dallas DuBois, Hedda Lettuce, Lady Bunny, Mimi Imfurst, and Sherry Vine. 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.
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." Her song "If I Steal Your Boyfriend" was used in the 2011 film Eating Out 5: The Open Weekend.
RuPaul's Drag Race
On February 2, 2017, Peppermint was announced as one of the fourteen contestants on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. 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".
Head Over Heels
Peppermint made her Broadway debut in The Go-Go's-inspired musical Head Over Heels. The plot of the show is somewhat based on The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia written by Sir Philip Sidney in the 16th century. The show began previews on June 23, 2018 and officially opened July 26, 2018, at the Hudson Theatre; playing the role of Pythio, Peppermint became the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.
Writing for Deadline, Greg Evans summed up his impression of the musical as "occasionally amusing, occasionally cloying", expressing disappointment that many popular Go-Go's songs appeared to have been flattened over the years the musical spent in development. In Entertainment Weekly, Kelly Connolly viewed the show more favorably, praising "the charismatic cast" and Michael Mayer's "joyful production"; she gave the A- score overall.
The New York Times's critic Ben Brantley's review drew criticism as transphobic and misgendering of Peppermint's character. The Times subsequently edited the review and Brantley apologized for it, writing that he had tried to "reflect the light tone of the show".
Head Over Heels closed on January 6, 2019, after six months of showings.
Born Kevin Moore, Peppermint is a trans woman. Though other transgender women have competed on RuPaul's Drag Race, she was the first to be out prior to the show airing, having come out in 2012. 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.
|Sugar & Spiked|
As lead artist
|"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"||Black Pepper|
|"Too Funky" (with Ari Gold)|
As featured artist
(RuPaul featuring Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Coulee, & Trinity Taylor)
(Adam Joseph featuring Peppermint)
|"I Call Shade"
(Trinity The Tuck featuring Peppermint)
|"We Three Queens"||2017||Manila Luzon & Alaska Thunderfuck||Christmas Queens 3|
|"What Child Is This"||Thorgy Thor|
|"Blend"||2018||Cazwell & Craig C.||Blend|
|"I'm Turning It"|
|"R U Mad"||Michael Blume & Shea Coulee||Cynicism & Sincerity|
|"Pretty Girl Anthem"||Jiggly Caliente||T.H.O.T. Process|
|"Vision of Nowness"||Original Broadway Cast of "Head Over Heels"||Head Over Heels (Original Broadway Cast Recording)|
|"Heaven is a Place on Earth"||Rachel York, Jeremy Kushnier, & Original Broadway Cast of "Head Over Heels"|
|"Servin' It Up" (featuring Cazwell)||2006||N/A|
|"Thought Ya' Knew"||2008|
|"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|
|"Too Funky" (featuring Ari Gold and the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9)||2017||Marsin|
|"Civil War"||Mikhail Torich|
|"Vision of Nowness"||2019||Tyler Stone|
Parody music videos
|"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|
|2005||Beyond the Ladies Room Door||Herself||Short film|
|2007||CSI: NY||Sex Worker||Season 3, Episode 14: "The Lying Game"|
|2009||The Real World: Brooklyn||Herself||Episode 2: "The Outs and Ins of Brooklyn"|
|2010||America's Next Top Model||Tyra Banks||Cycle 14, Episode 5: "Smile and Pose"|
|2010||Ugly Betty||Season 4, Episode 13: "Chica and the Man"|
|2010||The A-List: New York||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"|
|2017||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||Season 9 – Runner up|
|2018||Saturday Night Live||Drag Queen||Guest Appearance; Episode: “Steve Carell/Ella Mai”|
|2010||Queens of Drag: NYC||Herself||Produced by gay.com|
|2017||Untucked||Herself||Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race|
|2018||Drag Babies||Herself||Drag Mentor|
Music video appearances
|2008||"When We Get Together" (The Ones)||Karl Giant|
|2013||"Christmas on the Dance Floor" (Greg Scarnici)||Greg Scarnici|
|2017||"Faces" (Mila Jam)||Frank Boccia|
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...New York City-based queen Peppermint (né Agnes Moore) [...] ...the 37-year-old...
- "Cast". She's Living For This official site (Here TV). Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- "Bad Girl Peppermint". Get Out! Magazine. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
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- TopModelChannel (2017-04-04), ANTM 14 – Drag Queen Runway Challenge, retrieved 2017-04-22
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- "Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011) Soundtrack". RingosTrack. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
- "Interview – Meet the Queens".
- "Drag Race's Peppermint on New York, Her Documentary, and Being Trans on TV". 2017-09-15.
- 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.
- Evans, Greg (2018-07-27). "'Head Over Heels' Review: The Go-Go's Musical That Isn't". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
- Connolly, Kelly (July 26, 2018). "Broadway's 'Head Over Heels' is a giddy neon anthem of acceptance: EW review". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
- Brantley, Ben (27 July 2018). "Review: Ye Olde Go-Go's Songs Hit the Renaissance in 'Head Over Heels'". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
- McHenry, Jackson (27 July 2018). "New York Times Critic Gets Dragged for Misgendering in Head Over Heels Review". Vulture. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
- Steiner, Chelsea (27 July 2018). "Ben Brantley's New York Times Review of Head Over Heels Mocks Non-Binary and Trans Folks". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
- Huston, Caitlin (27 July 2018). "Ben Brantley issues apology for 'Head Over Heels' review". Broadway News. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
- "Head Over Heels". playbill.com. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
- 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.
- "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). Gay.it. 2018-02-02. Archived from the original on February 5, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- 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)
- RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 – Meet the Queens (Megacut) – via YouTube.
- 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.
- @Peppermint247 (9 November 2018). "Actually I was out as trans since 2012. The only people I came out to were the girls in the room I hadn't met. There's a difference between all stars and a regular season where we are being introduced to the world" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- 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.
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- Bond, Justin Vivian (15 December 2009). "Twitter / RuPaulsDragRace: RT @mxjustinbond most amazing ..." Twitter. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- Fox, Adam (9 November 2010). "'The A List' Recap: Compiling Itself In A City Near You". The Gloss. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- Biko, Cherno (20 April 2016). "What I Really Wanted to Say on The Daily Shows 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.
- Peppermint [@Peppermint247] (23 February 2017). "#TBT Me on @thedailyshow w/ #JessicaWilliams @msjwilly & #trans speakers 2 #mythbust "#transpanic" l #standwithgavin buff.ly/2lvPEdj" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Nichols, James (20 December 2013). "'Christmas On The Dance Floor,' Greg Scarnici Video, Released Featuring Jojo OrangaTang". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
- 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.