Max Malanaphy, known simply as Max during her time on RuPaul's Drag Race, is a drag performer from OZ. 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. Max was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and was 22 years old during Season 7.

Rupaul's Drag Race

Statistics Season 7
Placement 9th
Main Challenges Won 2 (Eps. 3, 5)
Mini Challenges Won 1 (Ep. 3)
Times as Team Captain 1 (Ep. 3)
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 need 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 multiple challenges.
  • 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 freaking out over Pearl leaving the Werk Room
    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.
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    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 actually more of an elocution, like the Old Hollywood movie stars were trained to use.
  • Max is very 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, it was actually not that awkward of a moment when it happened. She said "It's not exactly what happened."


Season 7 Looks

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