Trixie Mattel is the stage name of Brian Firkus, a drag queen, performer, comedian and music artist best known as a Season 7 contestant of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Winner of All Stars 3. Following Season 7, Trixie started presenting a web show with Katya, entitled "UNHhhh", on the WOWPresents' YouTube channel. They later starred on their new show entitled "The Trixie & Katya Show" on Viceland, which lasted for one season before the two returned to UNHhhh. She defines her musical career as being 'the only drag folk musician' and has released three studio albums. She has a makeup collection with Sugarpill Cosmetics called "Oh Honey!", and she recently launched her own cosmetics brand called Trixie Cosmetics. In 2019, Trixie starred in her own documentary called Moving Parts, directed by her long-time boyfriend.

Drag Name Origin

Though her first choice for a drag name was Cupcake, but Mattel choose Trixie as her first name because when she was younger, she had a rough relationship with her stepfather. Whenever she was acting too feminine, her stepfather would call her Trixie like it was a slur. When she was 19, she had to step in for a person who played "Dr. Frank N. Furter" in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". It just so happened that the character's name was also Trixie, which felt like fate.

She started her career only as Trixie, but nobody really knew her name so they referred to her as "the new girl who looks like an ugly Barbie doll." She later chose Mattel as an homage to Barbie, her number one visual inspiration. As a child, she was not allowed to have a Barbie, so she became one.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Trixie Mattel
Season Competed Season 7 All Stars 3
Ranking: 6th Place 1st Place
Mini-Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 2, 9) 0
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 2) 0
Times Placed High 2 (Eps. 3, 9) 2 (Eps. 3, 6)
Main Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 8) 2 (Eps. 5, 7)
Times Placed Low 0 0
Times in Bottom: 2 (Eps. 4, 10) 2 (Eps. 4, 6)
Episode Eliminated Episodes 4 & 10 N/A

Season 7

On Season 7, Trixie was a contestant seen by many as an early front-runner and one of the fan favorites, because of her funny personality as well as her unique style. However, she stayed safe until her elimination on Episode 4, after a lip-sync against her close friend, Pearl.

Trixie's elimination sparked outrage among fans and has gone down in "RuPaul's Drag Race" history as one of the most shocking and premature eliminations, making many viewers argued that RuPaul's decision seemed to be purposefully controversial. Some fans even started an online campaign to get her reinstated.

On Episode 8, all the eliminated contestants were brought back, each one that stayed in the competition had to be paired up with one of them and create a conjoined Twins-inspired look. The winners were Pearl and Trixie, which made Trixie rejoin the competition. She placed high in Episode 9, winning the mini-challenge. She was eliminated by Ginger Minj in Episode 10.

All Stars 3

On "All Stars 3", Trixie was the first queen to enter the Werk Room and was joined by 9 other contestants of the season, quick to joke about some of the entrance looks in her confessionals. The mini-challenge was the infamous "Reading is Fundamental" challenge in which she performed well, like in most of the comedy challenges except "Snatch Game" where she played RuPaul, ending in the bottom 3 after a bad performance.

Trixie landed in the top 3 times (Episodes 3, 5, and 7) and won 2 challenges (Episodes 5 and 7), but never won a lip-sync for your legacy. Trixie also landed in the bottom twice (Episodes 4 and 6).

After a jury made up of the 6 eliminated queens cast their votes for who should be in the Top 2, they came to a conclusion. The Top 2 queens would be Trixie and Kennedy Davenport. After lip-syncing to "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, RuPaul decided that the winner would be Trixie. In her speech, she said essentially that she would use her title to make the judges proud.

Entrance Quotes

Season 7

  • "This isn't Maury Povich?!"

All Stars 3

  • "Oh, honey...that's how I roll."

Holi-Slay Spectacular

  • "Merry Christmas, you filthy animals! ...And a happy new year!"

Secret Celebrity Drag Race

  • "Enter werkroom, shift weight, catchphrase, pose."

Memorable Quotes

Season 7

  • "Ginger, does someone of your body type prefer to be called a short person or a bean bag chair?"
  • "C'mon chin strap!" (referring to Pearl's entrance outfit)
  • "I went to your mom's birthday party." (to Jasmine Masters after she said Trixie looked like she was dressed for a birthday)
  • "Alright, pubic school, calm down."
  • "I paint for the check cashing place down the street."
  • "Violet, I don't believe the rumors. I don't believe you took Sharon Needles' crown. I don't believe you're taking this one either."
  • "Ginger Minj, did you really save Carol Anne from the poltergeist in the TV?"
  • "Katya, where'd you get your outfits, girl, American Apparently Not?"
  • "And the winner is... Kelly Mantle!" (referring to Violet Chachki's winning the taping face mini challenge on Season 7)


All Stars 3

  • "Snatching trophies? *laughs* I am a trophy." (on "All Stars 3" Trailer)
  • "I belong in the Drag Race Hall of Fame because, I'm Roxxxy Andrews and I'm here to make it clear, I know you love me baby so that's why you brought me here." (on "All Stars 3: Meet the Queens")
  • "Everybody says, 'Oh my god, Trixie! It must be so amazing, it must be like everything's just handed to you!', and the truth is, yes. Everything is just handed to me. Unfortunately, I have two hooks." (on "All Stars 3: Meet the Queens")
  • "I like my men like I like my coffee..incapable of loving me back."
  • "Winner winner, chicken...dinner." (as RuPaul on "Snatch Game")
  • "On Season 7, I lost a lip-sync to Pearl. Do you know what it's like to lose a lip-sync to a partially sedated twink from Brooklyn?"
  • "Some people may say I'm fake, but those people are alcoholics."
  • "Milk, your talent can't be Velcro."
  • "Poisoning the wig water supply? Big mistake. Huge." *combs hair with baby doll* (in My Best Squirrelfriends Dragsmaids Wedding Trip)
  • "I'm in a nightmare. BeBe Zahara Benet has never seen Drag Race, Kennedy doesn't know what a meme is!"

Holi-Slay Spectacular

  • "I have been on several seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, and I'm very excited to come home for Christmas."
  • "This workroom looks like, uh, well it looks like Shangela decorated it with her own two hands."
  • *shakes present* "Socks!"
  • "I think we should do the whole Christmas Queen thing through a vote. That seems to usually work out for me."
  • "I kissed a girl!" (after kissing Mayhem Miller)

Secret Celebrity Drag Race

  • "Watching Bob and Monet argue is like watching two of the ugliest girls in town fight over a tiara." (to Jordan Connor, her mentee)


  • "Oh, honey."
  • "Oh, honey, Thanksgiving? Oh, honey, Thanksliving!"
  • "I will not Jodie Foster this kind of behavior." (on "UNHhhh", Episode 22)
  • "Do you guys have any friends that are liars? How do you deal with them? Comment below." (referring to Katya)
  • "Hi, I’m the big gulp you get behind the 7-Eleven: Trixie Mattel!" (on "UNHhhh", Episode 33)
  • "Hi, I'm the chemical burn from the spiral perm: Trixie Mattel." (on "UNHhhh", Episode 34)
  • "I don’t know what the worst thing is about kissing you: tongue, dry mouth, your beard, your red lipstick, your smoker breath or your attitude" (to Katya)(on "UNHhhh", Episode 36)
  • "Hi, I'm the star of the soft-core Iraqi porn, 'Stuck Between Iraq and A Hard Place: Trixie Mattel." (on "UNHhhh", Episode 45)
  • "Thank you for flying Christian Airlines, in case of an emergency please sip on a Capri Sun and know that this is God's Plan" (on "UNHhhh", Episode 58)
  • "Nothing, I just like you!" (said to Katya when Katya asked why she was laughing at her) (on "UNHhhh", Episode 58)
  • "If the Lord can lead you to it, he can lead you through it." (on "UNHhhh", Episode 63)
  • "Hi, I'm the British Lady who hates time -- a fucking clock destroyer: Trixie Mattel!" (on "UNHhhh", Episode 87)
  • "Everybody's born without pubes!" (on "UNHhhh", Episode 77)
  • "Well, I'm a P.I. so I'll do what I can: pee in her eye." (on "UNHhhh", Episode 91)
  • [in a Swedish Accent] "I love to shop the KLARNA. I go to my friends Hannah and Shelby and we shop together. Four easy installments. Swedish people, we do not like to pay all at once. What we like, we like the four payments. We pay the once, the twice, the three times, and on the fourth one, we say 'Okay, I am finished.'" (on "UNHhhh", Episode 100)
  • "Is this the gay episode? I've been training my whole life for this." (on UNHhhh, episode 119).
  • "I do believe in justice, but not when crossdressing is in the way" (UNHhhh, episode 134)
  • “Šïx vījõęś. Do you like śîx vìjöėš? We made a šįx vïjøè”. (Laughs) Šïx vįjöēś.” (UNHhhh, episode 135)
  • KTLA trying to turn me on? Hard nipples." (UNHhhh, episode 142).


  • "Hi, Ru, I'm Trixie Mattel, and I have a question from Trixie Mattel for Acid Betty. The question is, in 'Untucked', did you or did you not come for me? I will take my answer in the parking lot" (to Acid Betty at the Season 8 finale)
  • "I mean, if I had to pick someone, I’m very sexual with my heart and so I wouldn’t have sex with someone I didn’t care about, so I care about (Katya) the most."
  • "If you're going to come to the playground, bring some FUCKING toys!" (referring to Acid Betty and her interaction at the Season 8 finale on "Hey Queen")
  • "Mayhem did a cartwheel in a gown! I can't do a cartwheel with 4 people operating my limbs." (as a cameo on Season 10)
  • "Roxxxy Andrews just jumped out of her seat at a gay bar." (referring to Aquaria slapped Jinkx Monsoon, on Season 10)
  • "Are you sure you're not Michelle?" (to A'keria Chanel Davenport on Season 11)
  • "She's selling McMuffins, she's doing fine." (referring to Shangela's commercial ad for McDonald's.)
  • "She orders off the $1 Menu, not the $100,000 Menu." (referring to Shangela's commercial ad for McDonald's.)
  • "Hi, It's Trixie, not Brian today!" (On her 2009 makeup tutorial)
  • "I'm going to commit terrorist acts at places of heterosexual worship."
  • (southern accent) Katya: "I heard some kinda gay talkin' going on."
    • Trixie: "The whole hallway smells like cum." (I Like to Watch)


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  • Trixie Mattel grew up in a poor half Ojibwe family. She has a brother and at least two, or more, half-sisters. 
  • Mattel is vegetarian (since the age of 9) and an atheist.
  • She is 5'11 (1,80 m).
  • She is a democratic socialist.
  • A week before going on Drag Race, Trixie was fired from her job and car jacked.
    • She further explains this in detail in UNHhhh episode 134.
  • She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for musical theatre with Max.
  • She is often jokingly nicknamed "Tracy Martel" by Katya and fans, which originated from a pageant in which a drunk announcer forgot her actual drag name.
  • Her albums titles, "Two Birds" and "One Stone", are a play on the saying "to kill two birds with one stone."
  • She portrayed herself on the final episode of "American Horror Story: Roanoke".
  • She was one of the first RuGirls to be made into a "Funko Pop!" figurine, alongside RuPaul herself, and Alaska.
  • She can play the guitar and the autoharp, as seen on "All Stars 3" where she played the autoharp and sang.
  • She is the 1st eliminated contestant to return in her own season, and stay past the episode in which she returned, breaking the so-called "Returning Queen Curse." She was followed by Naysha Lopez in Season 8 and Latrice Royale in All Stars 4.
  • Trixie is the first non-runner up queen to win "All Stars", later followed by Monét X Change & Trinity the Tuck, and the first winner to be a returning queen on her original season.
  • On "Untucked" Season 8, Episode 3, it was revealed that Kim Chi was the one who called Trixie to go to Chicago and helped her get her first job, as according to Trixie, it was difficult for her to find one in Milwaukee. Before they went to Greyhounds, they listened to K-Pop music while on their way there.
  • Season 9 queen Jaymes Mansfield made a Michelle Visage puppet for her.
  • At one point, Trixie, Jaida Essence Hall, Jaymes Mansfield, and Joey Jay all lived in the same apartment complex in Milwaukee.
  • After Season 9 winner Sasha Velour, she's the second overall winner to not have the most challenge wins on her season, followed by Yvie Oddly on Season 11, Jaida Essence Hall on Season 12 and Shea Couleé on All Stars 5.
  • After Jinkx Monsoon in Season 5 and Sasha Velour in Season 9, Trixie is the third winner not to have won a challenge within the first 3 weeks of her season. She won her 1st main challenge in the 5th episode of "All Stars 3". She was followed by season 10 winner, Aquaria.
  • She is the first winner of a Drag Race season to land in the bottom more than once in her winning season, followed by Monét X Change and Shea Couleé. All three queens landed in the bottom at least once by default because they were not in the top.
  • She is the only winner of a Drag Race season to have never placed highest in an episode during the season she won (although Trixie won two maxi challenges, she lost both lip-syncs following those challenges). She is thus the only All Stars winner (besides Chad Michaels, as All Stars 1 was a different format) to not win a lipsync for your legacy, excluding the final lipsync of the season.
  • She is the first Native American winner.
  • She is the first winner of a season to place in the bottom on Snatch Game.
  • She has stated in "UNHhhh" that her backup for "Snatch Game" in "All Stars 3" was Dolly Parton, but as she imitated her two episodes prior in the VH1 Divas Rusical, she was unable to play her.
  • Trixie is the third most followed Drag Race queen on Twitter, only surpassed by Katya and Bianca Del Rio.
  • Trixie is the only All Stars winner to beat someone who placed higher than them on their original season (Kennedy Davenport).
  • Trixie participated in one of the first lip-syncs in herstory to feature two winners of a Drag Race season, in the fifth episode of All Stars 3 against BeBe Zahara Benet. Although Trixie hadn't won yet, it was at the time the only lip-sync featuring two Drag Race winners, though when Shea Couleé won All Stars 5 her lipsync against Sasha Velour from Season 9 (and thus before All Stars 3) became the first. These were followed by the final lipsync of All Stars 4 between the season's joint winners Trinity the Tuck and Monét X Change. If the three-way final lipsyncs of seasons four and five are also counted, Sharon Needles and Chad Michaels and Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska respectively have also lipsynced against each other.
  • On May 2nd, 2020 she became the third queen to hit 2 million followers on Instagram, after Bianca Del Río and Adore Delano. This makes her the first queen not to be on Season 6 to reach this milestone.
  • On August 6, 2020, Trixie became first queen to reach 1 million YouTube subscribers.
  • Aja revealed on Trinity The Tuck's Podcast 'Werk' that Bebe Zahara Benet had chosen Trixie's lipstick in Episode 6 of All Stars 3.
    • This makes Trixie the first winner of an All Stars season to have her lipstick chosen by a fellow contestant at some point during the competition.
  • Trixie and Katya co-hosted the YouTube Streamy Awards in 2020, and the two of them won the Streamy for Best Unscripted Series, which they were previously nominated for in the Show of the Year category in 2017.
  • Trixie has received controversy regarding her friendships with Jeffree Star and James Charles, however Trixie has stated that she doesn't pay attention to the big controversies in the Beauty community.
  • In YouTube videos reviewing her runway looks from Season 7 and All Stars 3, Trixie revealed that all her jewellery in Season 7 was made out of paper and on All Stars 3, her QI Kitty look was borrowed from BenDeLaCreme and the box furs she used in her finale look from Shangela.


Season 7 Looks

All Stars 3 Looks

Holi-Slay Spectacular Looks

Celebrity Drag Race 1 Looks




As Trixie Mattel
  • "Two Birds" (2017)
    1. Mama Don't Make Me Put On The Dress Again
    2. Make Up Your Mind
    3. I Know You All Over Again
    4. Seen My Man
    5. I'll Wear Your Ring
    6. Bluegrass
    7. Seen My Man - Wisconsin Demo [Live])
  • "One Stone" (2018)
    1. Little Sister
    2. Break Your Heart
    3. Soldier
    4. Red Side of The Moon
    5. Moving Parts
    6. The Well
    7. Wind Up Man
  • "Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (The Acoustic Soundtrack)" (2019)
    1. Moving Parts (Guitar Version)
    2. Backwoods Barbie
    3. Heavy Crown
    4. Hello, Goodbye, Hello
    5. Keep On The Sunny Side
    6. Kitty Girl (AS3 Version)
  • "Barbara" (2020)
    1. Malibu
    2. We Got The Look
    3. Girl Next Door
    4. Jesse Jesse
    5. Gold
    6. I Don't Have A Broken Heart
    7. I Do Like You
    8. Stranger (cover of Lavender Country's I Can't Shake the Stranger Out of You)


  • "Homemade Christmas" (2017)
    1. Christmas without You
    2. The Night Before Contact
    3. All I Want for Christmas is Nudes


  • "Moving Parts (Acoustic)" (2017)
  • "Yellow Cloud" (2019)
  • "Stranger (ft. Lavender Country)" (2020)


  • "Geronimo" by RuPaul ft. Trixie Mattel
  • "Eggs" (2016) by Lucian Piane, Ginger Minj & Trixie Mattel
  • "Kitty Girl" (2018) by RuPaul ft. All Stars 3 Cast
  • "Chapstick" (2019) by Todrick Hall ft. Trixie Mattel
As Brian Firkus


  • "Greener" (2009)
    1. Where The Grass is Much Greener
    2. Still Can't Have You
    3. Hello, Goodbye, Hello


  • "You Belong with Me" (2009)

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