Alyssa Edwards is the stage name of Justin Johnson, an American drag performer and choreographer from Texas. He is best known for being a contestant on Season 5 and All Stars 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Alyssa is considered by fellow queens, and fans to be a Drag Race Legend, having competed for the crown twice, running a successful dance company, getting their own TV show, and being the origin of Drag Race terms such as, RIGGA MORRIS from All Stars 2, BACK ROLLS from Season 5, and her iconic tongue pop. She has made her mark as the one of the show's most memorable contestants, and won the hearts of the nation.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Alyssa Edwards
Season Competed Season 5 All Stars 2
Ranking: 6th Place 5th Place
Mini-Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 5, 9) 0
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 9) 0
Times Placed High 1 (Ep. 2) 0
Main Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 4) 2 (Eps. 3, 5)
Times Placed Low 1 (Ep. 6) 0
Times in Bottom: 3 (Eps. 7, 8, 9) 2 (Eps. 4, 7)
Episode Eliminated Episode 9 Episodes 4 & 7

Drag Name Origin

She grew up in a large family where everyone all had to agree upon a TV show to watch, and Who's the Boss was the one. She thought if she ever was a girl, she would be Alyssa Milano. Her last name came from her drag mother, Laken Edwards. Alyssa's early mentors were Miss Manny, her drag grandmother, and Whitney Paige, a Texas pageant queen.


Season 5

"Girl, I am gagging!"

All Stars 2 (Episode 1)

"Alright... My name is Alyssa Edwards and I need, I need, I need, I need, I need to get up in this all-star gig! *Tongue pop*"

All Stars 2 (Episode 5)

"I'm back, back, back, back again!"

Secret Celebrity Drag Race (Episode 2)

"Alright, ladies! The world's pageant mother has just punched the clock!"

Secret Celebrity Drag Race (Episode 4)

"Who ordered a dancing queen?"

Farewell Message

Season 5

"The sky is the limit when your ♡'s in it. Don't dream it, be it. Always and forever, Alyssa."

All Stars 2 (Episode 4)

"It's Not Personell... its DRAG! P.S. Log Off. Always & Forever, Alyssa E. 💋"

All Stars 2 (Episode 7)

"IMAGINE, CREATE & INSPIRE! ♥ you all! Always & Forever, Alyssa Edwards ALL STARS"

Beyond Belief

Following Season 5, Logo started working with Justin on a show called Beyond Belief which focuses on the Beyond Belief Dance Company, which he is the director of. However, the airing of the series was cancelled following the tragic death of Johnson's mother, who featured heavily in the show. A new version of the series is going to be on Netflix, premiering October 5, called "Dancing Queen".


  • Alyssa was originally shortlisted for Season 4, but did not make the final cast and was later cast on Season 5 instead.
  • Alyssa was the last queen in the show ever to be given immunity, as she was saved on Season 5's Snatch Game despite giving one of the worst performances.
  • Alyssa is the first and currently the only queen to have 5 Low placements in a row on a season: She was Low on episodes 5 and 6 and was in the Bottom 2 on episodes 7, 8 and 9.
  • Alyssa is the second queen to be eliminated 3 times in total from both the regular series and in the All Stars series, the first being Tatianna.
    • Her third elimination was on the first anniversary of her mother's passing.
  • Alyssa has been impersonated for Snatch Game by Violet Chachki from Season 7 and Aja from Season 9.
  • Alyssa is the first queen to have been saved in a double shantay you stay twice (in episode 7 of Season 5 against Roxxxy Andrews, and against Tatianna in episode 5 of All Stars 2), the second being Eureka.
  • Alyssa is the drag mother of Season 2 and 3 contestants Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Season 11 contestant Plastique Tiara, and Season 6 contestants Laganja Estranja and Gia Gunn. Fellow Season 5 queen Vivienne Pinay is also considered an honorary member. Alyssa's drag mother is Laken Edwards, a drag sister of Alexis Davenport, and the Davenport drag family.
  • Johnson owns his own dance studio, 'Beyond Belief', located in Mesquite, Texas.
  • Along with Victoria Parker, she appeared in the 2008 documentary, "Pageant," a film documenting five men competing in the Miss Gay America pageant.
  • Alyssa won several prestigious pageants including Miss Gay USofA in 2006 (also won by Asia O'Hara in 2007 and Kennedy Davenport in 2019), Miss Gay America in 2010 (also won by Coco Montrese in 2010 and Asia O'Hara in 2016), and All American Goddess in 2010 (also won by India Ferrah in 2008, Asia O'Hara in 2012 and Alexis Mateo in 2016). She was also Trinity Taylor's first runner up for National Entertainer of the Year 2014.
  • Alyssa is the third queen to stay past the episode she returned in defying the "Returning Queen Curse". The first queen to do so is Trixie Mattel of Season 7, and the second being Naysha Lopez of Season 8.
  • Alyssa is only one of five queens to be eliminated thrice. The other queens that have been eliminated thrice are Tatianna, Morgan McMichaels, and Shangela.
  • Alyssa is not only known for her quotes, but also for the faces she makes in the mirror.
  • Alyssa had her own web series on the Wow Presents YouTube channel, called: Alyssa's Secret counting 114 episodes.
  • Alyssa made a guest appearance as the choreographer for the Pharmarusical Challenge in season 10 episode 2, and in the Farm To Runway Challenge in season 11 episode 7.
  • A Netflix documentary series about Alyssa's life, called Dancing Queen, was released on October 5, 2018.
  • She appeared on The Bachelorette.
  • She has her own eyeshadow palette with Anastasia Beverly Hills.
  • Alexis Mateo filmed Alyssa's audition video.
  • Alyssa has only lost a lip sync against Coco Montrese (on Season 5) and Shea Couleé (on All Stars 5).
  • Alyssa appears on a shirt worn by Damien Hubbard in Mean Girls the Musical.
  • Alyssa is the first queen to make two appearances on RuPaul's podcast, What's The Tee? She would be followed by Katya and Raven.
  • During an Instagram Live, Alyssa stated that, while Justin was born in Mesquite, Texas, she was born in Venezuela.


Best of Alyssa Edwards Season 5

Best of Alyssa Edwards Season 5

Alyssa Edwards' All Stars 2 Runway Looks

Alyssa Edwards' All Stars 2 Runway Looks

The Evolution of Alyssa Edwards

The Evolution of Alyssa Edwards

Memorable Quotes

Season 5

  • "Don't get bitter, just get better."
  • "Jealousy's a killer in this industry!"
  • "...Alright. Oh, I see where this is going."
  • "Why you being cute?"
  • "I don't get cute I get drop dead gorgeous."
  • "Get a grip, get a life, and get over it."
  • "BACKROLLS?!?!"
  • "This is $400! That is THIRTY-FAHVE!"
  • "Game on, bitch. The sequel."
  • "Every woman has a secret. Mine happens to be a little bigger... I'm a man."
  • "They read me the house down underneath the cement."
  • "What the hell are you squirping like a chirping like a bird outside the window?"
  • "It's not personal, it's drag."
  • "Girl, look how orange you fuckin' look, girl!"
  • "And then walks in Coco Montrese."
  • "She was the one backstabbin' me, behind my back."
  • "Bitch, sit yo ass down and shut the hell up, bitch!"
  • "The Ghetto's a place mama, so don't call someone a place."
  • "You called me your sister last night! You borrowed my earrings today!"
  • "Reading you is like reading a Walt Disney book, it's simply too easy."
  • "Santino, will you please shut the fuck up with your no-drag-knowledge mouth?"
  • "Oh she really came that way? ...alriggghht."
  • "I am not"
  • "Not on tonight!"
  • "I need to get up in this gig, girl."
  • "Wrong queen mama cuz I'm not the one."
  • "Mama, this is garbage."
  • "Gurl, you're a joke gurl. I could read you on your lack of talent."
  • "This is human, mama. This is $450, that is $35."
  • "Put your mouth where your fashion is."
  • "Cause I'm what? Sickening!"
  • "The face crack of the century."
  • "I'm not going to entertain drama, chaos, confusion, and madness."
  • "I'm not a drug addict, I'm not an alcoholic, I'm a teacher, I'm a mentor, I'm a leader!"
  • "I'm a performer baby, this is what I do."
  • "You're not my mama, don't explain nothing to me, sweetie."
  • "Deuces!"
  • "Don't get bitter, just get better."
  • "Always and forever, Alyssa Edwards."
  • *Tongue pop*
  • "Oh, but you wanna really fight."
  • "Shade."
  • "Really? The cross dressing uncle?"
  • "It's nine inches and fully functional!"

All Stars 2

  • "My name is Alyssa Edwards, and I needa, I needa, I needa, I need to get up in this all star gig!" (entrance quote)
  • "BEAST!"
  • "Gila monster."
  • "Gutted."
  • "Rotted."
  • "Let me get my glock out my clutch."
  • "Well, I was a lovely fifth alternate!"
  • "Now I was a lovely- *counts* - fourth runner-up!"
  • "If y'all send me home, it was rigged. Rigga morris, girl. It was Rigga Morris!"
  • "You're that girl I knew you were."
  • "Phi Phi, I tried to hug you though."
  • "You ain't never done a beauty mask before?"
  • "Log off, Phi. Log off. Don't log off, delete the account."
  • “Baby, nothin’ was notarized. No contracts are signed. My attorney was not present. That was hog wash."
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  • "Bitch, that was so 3 years ago!"
  • "Girl, we have buried the hatch!"
  • "You got your Dorito fantasy!" (to Coco Montrese)
  • "I'm not joking bitch!"
  • "Bitch better have my money!"
  • "I might need to have my cleft notes."
  • "Who told you that?"
  • "Oh my gosh, look at Katya Zigawadawadawada!"
  • "The Hills Have Eyes, Part 2: The Remix."
  • "Barbara please!?" (as Joan Crawford in Snatch Game)
  • "You think you're clever don't you? Think again." (as Joan Crawford in Snatch Game)
  • "I'm giving y'all rich white woman. Dynasty. Dallas. Joan Collins. Rrrichh!"
  • "My hair is so quaffed, I don't care if my fur's fake."
  • "Is she country enough?"
  • "Please, no teams. I fuck up alone all by myself."
  • "I wish you would snatch my wig, girl!"
  • "Come and get me up, baby."
  • "Trust the duchess, when she says this. Y'all thought y'all had packed me? It ain't over just yet, baby."
  • "I'm back back back back back again!"

Alyssa's Secret

  • "My name is Alyssa Edwards, and thiiss, is Alyssa's Secret!" *tongue pop*
  • "Edit that out!"
  • "What the fuck is goin' on in here on this day?"
  • "Baby, I got a doctorate... in drag."
  • "Vivi!"
  • "I faced fear in the face."
  • "I need to, I need to, I need to! Ooh, girl, I just broke the mic."
  • "Shangie! Shangie Angie! What the FUCK!"
  • "I was shaken, but not stirred."
  • "I couldn't go back to sleep, so I just started putting on my makeup."
  • "Girl, getcho ass up off that floor, NAOOHW!" (to Laganja Estranja)
  • "Blake, do I do all that?" (at DragCon)
  • "But what would you do for talent?" (to Violet Chachki at DragCon)
  • "I can change a pillowcase, send a text, and teach a jazz class!"
  • "We came out there lookin like the ying and the yang." (describing her lip-sync with Tatianna on All Stars 2)
  • "You better BEAT bitch! You better be BEAT bitch!"
  • "After all the scrimping and scrailling and fanaigaling, these bitches left me over here just to dry all by myself with flyaways, gimme that hairspray."
  • "Bring in the bitch."
  • "I felt ambushed."
  • "I will never call Papa John's AGAIN!"
  • "Is somebody gettin' stabbed or something?"
  • "You're gonna get ate!"
  • "Poor me!"
  • "Ya lie, ya lie, ya never lied so damn much!"


  • "I am so glad we didn't have no Charlie Hides in this group, y'all girls came to SLAY!"
  • "A kinda, Big Spender moment."
  • "Karb, ah... you think you're clever, don't you."
  • "Big eyes! Like Aubrey O'Day!"
  • "I haven't had a sip of wine in three years!"
  • "So, this is what y'all worked on?"
  • "Well..."
  • "If I could describe my spirit animal... that might be Miss Silky."
  • "Plastique, girl if you come around that corner and have me act like a stage mom from Toddlers & Tiaras."
  • "Ok, she's disqualified."
  • "And now she's punching, this bitch has gotta get to the bus stop... let's don't say that, rewind back, I don't want Roxxxy sendin' me a tweet."
  • "You wouldn’t know about any of those things because you’re not a woman of integrity, intelligence, and energy.” (to Katya questioning her answer in the MTV Movie Awards)
  • "I'm in a DARK shower! There's NO hot water! I slept in a coffin last night, I thought I had met the end of the day and was going to meet my maker! The bus came to a stop! And now I'm COLD!" (on Shangela's Instagram)
  • "I don't feel like a woman! I don't feel like a woman, oh god, I feel like a beached whale, please free Willy. Please, please free Willy!" (on Shangela's Instagram)
  • "I wanna be the hostess with the mostess." (on Dancing Queen)
  • "Death, taxes, and crazy dance moms." (on Dancing Queen)
  • "Aah-ooh? *turns 180 degrees* What the FUCK is a wedge?!" (on Secret Celebrity Drag Race)
  • "I think Peronka is struggling mentally." (on The Pit Stop)


Season 5 Looks

All Stars 2 Looks

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