Phi Phi O'Hara

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Phi Phi O'Hara
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Born
Jaremi Lee Carey

(1985-10-10) October 10, 1985 (age 34)
Occupation
  • Drag performer
  • musician
  • actor
  • cosplayer
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Mikhael Ortega (m. 2017)
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
  • Producer Entertainment Group
Websitejaremicarey.com

Phi Phi O'Hara (born October 10, 1985), born Jaremi Carey,[1] is an American drag performer, cosplay artist, actor and singer who came to international attention as a runner-up on the 4th season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Carey was born on October 10, 1985 in San Antonio, Texas.[1] He is of Filipino and Portuguese descent.[2]

Carey went to school for graphic and web design.[citation needed] He is a certified optician.[3]

Career[edit]

Carey as Phi Phi O'Hara was announced as one of the thirteen contestants for RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 on November 13, 2011.[4] He achieved a runner-up position. In 2012, Carey was invited back as a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars (season 1), but declined to participate in the competition due to personal reasons. He came back for RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 2) in 2016 and initially made it to top 5, but after the return of two previously eliminated contestants placed seventh overall.

He has been featured in the music videos for "Stranger" by Chris Malinchak,[5] "Battle Axe" by Sharon Needles,[6] "Ratchet Christmas" by Jiggly Caliente[7] and "I Call Shade" by RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars (season 4) winner Trinity The Tuck.[8]

Carey made news headlines across the web with a project called "365 Days of Drag". His original goal was to post one photo in drag every day of 2016 (except for February 29th, since it was a leap year). Carey successfully completed all 365 looks, posting the final look on January 1, 2017. The final outfit was a gown made of hundreds of printed photographs that featured all of the looks from the series.[9]

In 2017, Carey organized a drag benefit show to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which featured other Drag Race alumni.[10] The event took place on November 6, 2017 in Minneapolis and raised over $80,000.[11]

In October 2019, Carey successfully completed another photo series called "31 Days of Wizardry". Each day he transformed himself into a different character from the Harry Potter universe.[12]

Music[edit]

Carey has been releasing music as Phi Phi O'Hara since 2014, but he started performing under his real name as well in 2015. His debut album Fever Heart was released on October 14, 2016.[13] He is featured in the first three volumes of the Christmas Queens albums with "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (2017),[14] "Fireside" (2016)[15] and "Naughty or Nice" (2015).[16] In 2018, Carey recorded a duet with Jiggly Caliente for her album T.H.O.T. Process called "Beat of My City".[17]

Awards[edit]

In 2017, Carey won a "People That Inspire Us AKA The Wind Beneath My Wings Award" at The WOWIE Awards for organizing the Queens United Show, a drag benefit show that raised funds for the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In 2017, Carey married his longtime boyfriend, Mikhael.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Queens Himself Documentary

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Contestant Runner-up (Season 4)
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Contestant
2016 Skin Wars Guest Season 3, Episode 4
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Contestant 7th place (Season 2)
2018 Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side Guest
2019 Dragula Guest Judge Season 3, Episode 1
2015, 2019 Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Guest

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre
2016 The Rocky Horror Show Columbia Josephine Theatre
2019 Femlins Greta Stripe Castro Theatre

Web series[edit]

Year Title Ref.
2013 Transformations
2014 Couple$ for Ca$h [20]
2015 The After Show (with Alaska)
2016 Hey Qween [21]
2019 Bootleg Fashion Photo Ruview (with Yuhua Hamasaki) [22]
2020 A Sip With Vodka

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Ref.
2012 "Glamazon" RuPaul
2013 "Knew You Seemed Shady" Pandora Boxx
2014 "Stranger" Chris Malinchak
2014 "Bitchy" Jaremi Carey [23]
2015 "Ratchet Christmas" Jiggly Caliente
2016 "Play" Jaremi Carey [24]
2016 "All Mine" Jaremi Carey [25]
2017 "Battle Axe" Sharon Needles
2019 "I Call Shade" Trinity The Tuck [26]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title
2016 Fever Heart[27]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title
2014 "Bitchy"[28]
2015 "Queen of Clubs"[29]
2015 "Take Control"[30]
2016 "Play"[31]
2016 "All Mine"[32]

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Album
2015 "GAG"
(Jonathan Hernandez feat. Jaremi Carey & Cory Wade)
non-album single
2018 "Beat of My City"
(Jiggly Caliente feat. Jaremi Carey)
T.H.O.T. Process

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peregrin, Tony (January 3, 2012). "All Hail the Queens: Phi Phi O'Hara competes for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar". RedEye. Chicago, Illinois. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. ...the 26-year-old...
  2. ^ "Filipino 'Drag Race' Queens Raising Money To Combat Typhoon Haiyan Devastation".
  3. ^ "Phi Phi O'Hara — The Socialite Life Interview".
  4. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race | Season 9 Episodes (TV Series) | LOGOtv.com". Logo TV. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  5. ^ Chris Malinchak - Stranger (Official Video) ft. Mikky Ekko, 2014-07-06
  6. ^ Sharon Needles - Battle Axe (Official Video), 2017-10-06
  7. ^ Jiggly Caliente - Ratchet Christmas (Official Video), 2015-09-12
  8. ^ Trinity The Tuck - I Call Shade (feat. Peppermint), 2013-07-23, retrieved 2019-02-14
  9. ^ Winfred, Tim (2017-01-02). "PHOTOS: Phi Phi O'Hara successfully completed her #365DaysOfDrag project". Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  10. ^ "Phi Phi O'Hara Sets Superstar Drag Benefit Show For Puerto Rico". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  11. ^ "Phi Phi O'Hara, Cynthia Lee Fontaine & More Drag Queens Share Messages of Support for Puerto Rico". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  12. ^ "Magical 'Harry Potter' Cosplay Transformations & 31 Days of Wizardry: Interview With Jaremi Carey".
  13. ^ "Fever Heart".
  14. ^ "Christmas Queens 3".
  15. ^ "Christmas Queens 2".
  16. ^ "Christmas Queens".
  17. ^ "T.H.O.T. Process".
  18. ^ "The WOWIE Awards 2017".
  19. ^ "Anniversary".
  20. ^ WOWPresents (2014-03-28), Phi Phi O'Hara & Mikhael - Couple$ for Ca$h, retrieved 2019-05-24
  21. ^ Hey Qween (2016-07-04), Phi Phi O'Hara LOOK AT HUH! Part 1 On Hey Qween with Jonny McGovern | Hey Qween, retrieved 2019-05-24
  22. ^ YuhuaHamasaki (2019-02-16), PHI PHI O'HARA joins BOOTLEG FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW for the All Stars 4 FINALE!!!!!!, retrieved 2019-05-24
  23. ^ Jaremi Carey (2014-04-07), Phi Phi O'hara - "Bitchy" Official Music Video, retrieved 2019-05-24
  24. ^ Jaremi Carey (2016-09-16), Jaremi Carey - Play [Official], retrieved 2019-05-24
  25. ^ Jaremi Carey (2016-10-14), Jaremi Carey - All Mine [Official], retrieved 2019-05-24
  26. ^ Trinity The Tuck - I Call Shade (feat. Peppermint), retrieved 2019-05-24
  27. ^ Fever Heart by Jaremi Carey on Apple Music, 2016-10-14, retrieved 2018-02-16
  28. ^ Bitchy - Single by Phi Phi O'hara on Apple Music, 2014-04-08, retrieved 2018-02-16
  29. ^ "Queen of Clubs" from Queen of Clubs - Single by Phi Phi O'hara on iTunes, 2015-03-10, retrieved 2018-02-16
  30. ^ Take Control - Single by Jaremi Carey on Apple Music, 2015-06-29, retrieved 2018-02-16
  31. ^ Play - Single by Jaremi Carey on Apple Music, 2016-09-16, retrieved 2018-02-16
  32. ^ All Mine - Single by Jaremi Carey on Apple Music, 2016-10-14, retrieved 2018-02-16

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