Max Malanaphy, known simply as Max during her time on RuPaul's Drag Race, is a drag performer best known for being a contestant on Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race, coming in at 8th originally, but then moved to 9th due to Trixie Mattel re-entering the competition.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Season Competed Season 7
Ranking: 9th Place
Mini-Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 3)
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 3)
Times Placed High: 0
Main Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 3, 5)
Times Placed Low: 0
Times in Bottom: 1 (Ep. 7)
Episode Eliminated Episode 7


Season 7

"Well! It's about time."

Drag Name Origin

Max came from her real name Max Malanaphy instead of a drag name because nothing felt right and he felt that he needed the authenticity. She goes by only the first name because she felt that Malanaphy is a silly drag name.

Memorable Quotes

  • "Positive energies... Positive energies...!"
  • "It's a Drag competition; if you're not optimistic and having fun then you're not doing it right!"
  • "Here's some Shakespeare shit."
  • "I'm Max; a starlet on the rise."
  • "I feel very uncomfortable right now.”
  • "That energy can't be in this situation.”
  • (singing) "C'mon everybody and get the fuck out of my way! Boom, boom, boom, boom."
  • (singing) This chair has my name on it, this chair has my name on it. I am gonna come and sit."
  • (singing with Violet) "Boop boop" "And I'm 'bout to punch somebody in the face" "And they re-arranged the furniture and I don't know where to go" "Let me get my drink"
  • "They're all very sexual."
  • "$5,000.00? Girl, if you had not told me that I would have guessed you got that off like the clearance rack at Cache." (referring to Ginger Minj's runway gown in Untucked in Episode 5.)
  • "You're so much more than a joke about your personality."


  • Max is the youngest queen that competed in season 7, being 22 years old at the time of competing. She is only 11 days younger than Season 7 winner, Violet Chachki.
  • Max is the lowest placing contestant to win two Maxi-Challenges, in 9th place. Next in line are Shangela in Season 3 and Nina West in Season 11, who both won two Maxi-Challenges and ultimately placed 6th.
  • Max, and fellow Season 7 contestant and winner Violet Chachki, were the first queens to impersonate a former Drag Race contestant on the Snatch Game. Max portrayed Season 4 winner Sharon Needles.
  • Max and Trixie Mattel were in the University of Milwaukee theater department, and were in the show No, No, Nanette together.
  • Max likes to snowboard.
  • Max has kept several different kinds of pets, including snakes, rabbits, and reptiles.
  • Max has an iguana named Smaegs
  • Max is a fan of Miranda Sings and was originally going to portray her in the Snatch Game.
  • Max used to be able to speak some Spanish but has mostly forgotten it.
  • There is a running joke of Max having a fake British accent, but it’s more of elocution like the Old Hollywood movie stars were trained to use.
  • Max has stated that she's open to doing All-Stars. Despite being highly requested by the fanbase to compete on All-Stars, she supposedly did not get the call for any All-Stars season after Season 7.
  • Max was reportedly "done dirty" by the producers during her season. In the Snatch Game episode on the runway, Max had a moment when she needed to adjust her corset because it was too tight, and while she was sitting on the ground doing so, the episode shows a clip of her bursting into song seemingly unprovoked. However, despite us not seeing or hearing anyone prompt Max, according to her in an interview [1], RuPaul asked her to sing and it was not that awkward of a moment when it happened. She said, "It's not exactly what happened."
  • Max has been on an indefinite hiatus from the drag scene, with her last Instagram post in drag being posted on October 4th, 2018[2].


Season 7 Looks

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