Pandora Boxx is the stage name of Michael Steck, a professional drag queen and comedian from Rochester, New York, best known for being a contestant on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race, and the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.
She was known on the show for her comedic timing, her infamous Carol Channing impersonation on Snatch Game, and her likability she had that many other contestants lacked. Although she gave good performances in many challenges, she was picked apart by Santino Rice for her runway presentations and choices of outfits. Despite this, Pandora was subsequently crowned Miss Congeniality of the second season of Drag Race for her charm and wit.
Her popularity during season two meant that she would return on the first-ever rendition of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. Paired with controversial figure Mimi Imfurst, Pandora started off the competition in a shaky position. Being over-whelmed by the teams twist, she stumbled in the first challenge and was sent home alongside team-mate Mimi Imfurst for losing the lip-sync.
Drag Name Origin
She was into Greek mythology during the time she started doing drag. Pandora was the first woman created and she opened the forbidden box that let out all the world’s evils leaving only man’s hope inside. She liked the story and how the name plays with the idea that you don’t know what to expect. She is a huge Madonna fan and both names have the same amount of letters ending with an A. The extra 'x' in Boxx is for the "X factor". Her middle drag name is Olivia in honor of Olivia Newton-John and so her initials could be P.O. Boxx. Her drag mother (and ex boyfriend) is Darienne Lake. She is also the drag niece of Mrs. Kasha Davis and the drag granddaughter of Naomi Kane.
Pandora was eliminated on the eighth episode of Drag Race, "Golden Gals".
The challenge was to have the queens make over openly gay older men, and transform them into their drag mothers. They not only had to give the men a makeover, but perform a duet to RuPaul's song, "Main Event" and walk down the runway together.
Jujubee gave a more astounding performance than Pandora and lip-synced the song better.
Pandora's elimination was the most controversial throughout the whole season, and she was picked as "America's Next Drag Superstar" by Entertainment Weekly.
RuPaul's Drag Race
|Season Competed||Season 2||All Stars 1|
|Mini-Challenges Won:||2 (Eps. 2, 6)||0|
|Times as Team Captain:||1 (Ep. 2)||0|
|Times Placed High||4 (Eps. 1, 3, 4, 6)||0|
|Main Challenges Won:||0||0|
|Times Placed Low||1 (Ep. 7)||0|
|Times in Bottom:||1 (Ep. 8)||1 (Ep. 1)|
|Episode Eliminated||Episode 8||Episode 1|
- "Hey fake ladies!" (Season 2 Entrance Quote)
- "I'm Pandora Boxx and I'm thirty-bleep years old."
- Pandora Boxx: "Anybody that's eaten my cherry pie raves about it."
- RuPaul: "How's the crust?"
- Pandora Boxx: "Crispy, and a little tender in the middle."
- RuPaul: "And the fruit?"
- Pandora Boxx: "Always ripe."
- RuPaul: "Is it juicy, Pandora?"
- Pandora Boxx: "It's overflowing with juices."
- RuPaul: "Would you say your cherry pie was succulent?"
- Pandora Boxx: "I would say it's succulent, and a bit moist."
- "It's great to be here, wherever I am!" - As Carol Channing in the Snatch Game.
- "Scurvy! I'm a national spokesperson for Broadway Actresses against Scurvy! We deliver limes and lemons for all the people around in the neighborhood and raspberries!" - As Carol Channing in the Snatch Game.
- "I'm a little embarrassed Ru, I'm a little embarrassed, cause I just wrote 'I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts'." - As Carol Channing in the Snatch Game.
- "Did somebody order a hooker?" (All Stars Entrance Quote)
- Pandora Boxx was a guest on the Ricki Lake Show. The title of the episode was "Get a grip doll.. you're too fat to be a drag queen".
- When not in drag, Pandora Boxx is a video game addict and is into Sci-Fi.
- Was picked as Miss Congeniality for Season 2.
- Released a hit single called "Cooter", available on iTunes and Amazon.
- She also released a very popular song called "Nice Car, Shame About Your Penis!".
- She owns her own comedy show called "Lipstick Massacre" in Rochester at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center, and the Geva Theatre.
- Michael Steck wrote, directed, produced and appeared in Mrs. Kasha Davis: The Life of an International Housewife Celebrity starring fellow drag performer from Rochester's Tilt nightclub, Mrs. Kasha Davis.
- Became engaged to his husband on Christmas Day in 2010.
- She was a professor on Drag U from Seasons 1-3, with fellow Season 2 contestants Jujubee, Raven, Morgan McMichaels and Tyra Sanchez.
- Pandora hosted a segment called "Drag Center Recap" which recapped episodes of Season 5.
- Pandora Boxx is the drag-daughter of Darienne Lake (confirmed on Reddit, on Pandora's AMA)
- She is considered a "cringe icon" by fans on Reddit.
- She is one of the 7 queens to compete on more than one season, but only lip-sync once, the other six being Milk, Thorgy Thor, Nina Flowers, Ongina, Blair St. Clair and Mariah Paris Balenciaga.
- She, along with Sahara Davenport, is one of the first two Drag Race queens to come from New York.
- She's the second queen to reach the top five without winning any challenges, following Shannel. Jujubee also achieved this in Season 2.
- Pandora was the first queen in the show to say an entrance quote.
- Pandora in All Stars 1 became the first queen that placed 5th in her original season to go home first, followed by her friends Coco Montrese in All Stars 2 and Derrick Barry in All Stars 5.
Season 2 Looks
All Stars 1 Looks
- Pandora's Official Website
- Pandora's Facebook
- Pandora's Instagram
- Pandora's Twitter
- Pandora on Apple Music
- Pandora on Wikipedia
4th: Tatianna • 5th: Pandora Boxx (Miss Congeniality) • 6th: Jessica Wild • 7th: Sahara Davenport • 8th: Morgan McMichaels • 9th: Sonique • 10th: Mystique Summers • 11th: Nicole Paige Brooks • 12th: Shangela
Emanuel Palmer • Max "The Body" Philisaire
Team Shad: Chad Michaels & Shannel • Team Rujubee: Raven & Jujubee • Team Yarlexis (5th): Alexis Mateo & Yara Sofia • Team Latrila (6th): Manila Luzon & Latrice Royale • Team Brown Flowers (7th): Nina Flowers & Tammie Brown • Team Mandora (8th): Pandora Boxx & Mimi Imfurst
Jason Carter • Shawn Morales