Trixie Mattel

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Trixie Mattel
Trixie Mattel performing in Helsinki, April 2017.jpg
Mattel performing in Finland, 2018
Brian Michael Firkus

(1989-08-23) August 23, 1989 (age 29)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Years active2008–present
Known for
SuccessorTrinity Taylor and Monét X Change
Musical career
GenresCountry Folk, Americana
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • Clarinet
  • autoharp
Associated acts

Brian Michael Firkus (born August 23, 1989),[1] known by the stage persona Trixie Mattel, is an American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mattel is best known as the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season 3, competing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, and co-starring on the web series UNHhhh and its Viceland follow-up The Trixie & Katya Show alongside co-host Katya Zamolodchikova and guest host Bob the Drag Queen. Mattel's first studio album, Two Birds, was released in 2017, followed by her second album, One Stone, in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Firkus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] He is half Ojibwe, and comes from a Native American family living in Crivitz, Wisconsin.[2][3] He had an abusive stepfather who would call him a "trixie" when he acted feminine, which would later inspire his drag name.[4] After graduating high school, Firkus attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee,[5] where he was introduced to drag while performing in a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Oriental Theatre.[6]

He first performed in drag in 2008, at LaCage NiteClub in Milwaukee.[7] Firkus became a staple among the Milwaukee drag scene, while also performing in Chicago alongside other acts introduced on RuPaul's Drag Race, such as Kim Chi.[8][9] In 2014, Firkus attended The Institute of Beauty and Wellness before withdrawing later that same year to participate in RuPaul's Drag Race.[10]


RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

As a competitor in Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Mattel was originally and controversially eliminated in episode four and later reentered the competition in episode eight by winning the "Conjoined Twins" challenge with Pearl Liaison. Mattel was once again eliminated in episode 10,[11] placing sixth overall and becoming the first queen to last more than one episode after returning to the competition.[11]

Mattel later returned for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, which started airing on January 25, 2018. On March 15, 2018, her fellow competitors voted for her to advance to the final two, where she ultimately won against runner-up Kennedy Davenport in the final lipsync battle.[12][13]

She competed in the 2018 television special RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular and won alongside the other competitors[14][15]

Other ventures[edit]

After competing on Drag Race, on December 31, 2015, Mattel guest starred in a special edition of WOWPresents' Fashion Photo Review[16] with fellow season seven contestant Katya Zamolodchikova, which later launched UNHhhh, that premiered on March 25, 2016. The duo later went on to star in The Trixie & Katya Show, which premiered on Viceland on November 15, 2017.[17][18] Also in November 2017, Trixie and Katya starred in a drag stage adaptation of the 1997 cult film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, entitled Trixie and Katya's High School Reunion.[19][20]

Mattel has toured around the world with her stand-up comedy show called "Ages 3 and Up".[21] In October 2017, Mattel streamed on the live video gaming platform Twitch alongside 8BitDylan to raise money for the GaymerX foundation and many other charities before and since.[22]

Trixie has toured on the "Haters Roast: The Shady Tour" with other queens from RuPaul's Drag Race, such as Jinkx Monsoon and Thorgy Thor for their 2017 and 2018 alumni tours.

In February 2018, she announced her new comedy tour "Now with Moving Parts", set to begin in April 2018.[23]


Mattel released the country folk album Two Birds in May 2017.[24] Her second album, One Stone, was released on March 15, 2018, the same night as the RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars finale.[25]

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Mattel listed her primary influences as June Carter Cash and Dolly Parton and states that she grew up on the music of George Jones, Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash. She is also a fan of Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Aimee Mann and Kacey Musgraves.[26]

In a September 2018 interview with Billboard magazine, she announced that she is working on her third studio album.[27] She says that the album will have an "electro-folk" sound.

Personal life[edit]

Firkus is openly gay.[28] He is a vegetarian.[29][30]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015-2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Contestant) Season 7, 6th place; Seasons 8 & 10 Guest appearance [31]
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Herself Season 6, Episode 10: "Chapter 10" [32]
2016 Gay for Play Game Show Herself Season 1, Episode 5: "Featuring Mindy Cohn"
Season 2, Episode 2: "Featuring Frankie Grande"
2017-2018 The Trixie & Katya Show Co-Host 14 episodes [33]
2018-2019 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself (Contestant) Season 3, Winner; Season 4 (guest) [13]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Guest) Season 10, Episode 1: "10s Across The Board" [34]
2018 Super Drags Champagne (voice) English dub; Main cast
2018 Larry King Now Herself Guest
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular Herself (contestant) Joint Winner

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself (in drag) [35]
2015-2017 Hey Qween Herself (guest) 3 episodes
2016 Gay of Thrones Herself Recap Season 6, Episode 4: "Thrust of the Stranger" [36]
2016-present UNHhhh Herself (in drag) 4 seasons, 84 episodes
With Katya Zamolodchikova
2018-2019 The Pit Stop Herself (in drag) All Stars 4 Host [37]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected information
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Folk
US Indie
US Heat.

UK Country
UK Indie
Two Birds 16 6 2 9 93 5 28
One Stone
  • Released: March 16, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
16 10 1 85 66 19


Title Year Songs
Greener (as Brian Firkus) 2009
  • "Where the Grass Is Much Greener"
  • "Still Can't Have You"
  • "Hello, Goodbye, Hello"
Homemade Christmas 2017
  • "Christmas Without You"
  • "The Night Before Contact" (featuring Katya Zamolochikova)
  • "All I Want For Christmas Is Nudes"

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected information
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat
US Indie
Two Birds, One Stone 7 36


Title Year Album Notes
"Where the Grass Is Much Greener" 2009 Greener as Brian Firkus
"You Belong to Me" 2009 non-album single as Brian Firkus
"Mama Don't Make Me Put On the Dress Again" 2017 Two Birds Credited as Trixie Mattel/Brian Firkus
"Moving Parts (Acoustic)" 2018 non-album single Reached #83 on the Scottish Singles Chart.[48]
"Break Your Heart" One Stone as Trixie Mattel

Other songs[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album Ref.
"Geronimo" 2015 RuPaul RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz 2 [37]
"Eggs" 2016 Lucian Piane, Ginger Minj RuPaul's Drag Race: The Rusical [37]
"Drag Up Your Life" 2018 RuPaul, BeBe Zahara Benet, BenDeLaCreme, Shangela, & Kennedy Davenport Non-album single
"Kitty Girl" 2018 RuPaul, BeBe Zahara Benet, Shangela, & Kennedy Davenport Non-album single”
"Aileen (Jolene Parody) 2018 Willam Belli Now That’s What I Call Drag Music, Vol. 1


Title Year Location(s) Ref.
Ages 3 and Up 2015-2017 Chicago, U.S. [49]
Now with Moving Parts Tour 2018 [50]
Super Bowl Cut 2018
Skinny Legend Tour 2019 [51]


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