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 a 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
(Orig. 11th Place)
1st Place
(Winner)
Main Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 8) 2 (Eps. 5, 7)
Mini-Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 2, 9) 0
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 2) 0
Times in Bottom: 2 (Eps. 4, 10) 2 (Eps. 4, 6)
Episode Eliminated: Episodes 4 & 10 N/A


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, public 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 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")
  • "That was such a fucking waste. That would've killed if somebody was here." (upon realising she was the first to enter the Werk Room)
  • "There's nobody in here, it's like a Morgan McMichaels meet-and-greet."
  • "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!"
  • “Bebe won drag race and stopped watching it “

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

UNHhhh

  • "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)
  • When I was hungry I would say to my grandparents may I please have bread.” (on UNHhhh, episode 74)
  • "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)

Others

  • "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 slapping 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)
  • "GotMeek.. " (referring to Gottmik on The Pit Stop)

Trivia

  • 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 carjacked.
    • 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 Shea Couleè. She was also 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 the 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 jewelry on Season 7 was made out of paper and on All Stars 3, she borrowed her IQ Kitty look from BenDeLaCreme (because her original look had a print that was too close together to be easily seen on HD cameras) and the fox furs she used in her finale look from Shangela. She also said that Katya helped make the bodysuit she wore during the Kitty Girl performance.
  • On February 2, 2021 it was announced that Trixie became a co-owner of "This Is It!", a gay bar in Wisconsin.
  • Trixie has a very large collection of Barbie dolls and she has a series on her channel where she shows them off by the decades they came out.
  • Trixie revealed on her podcast "The Bald and The Beautiful" Episode 9 that, from the $100,000 cash prize she won, she only received an approximation of $66,000 due to taxation, because it's considered as gambling.

Gallery

Season 7 Looks

All Stars 3 Looks

Holi-Slay Spectacular Looks

All Stars 4 Looks

Celebrity Drag Race 1 Looks

Videos

Discography

Albums

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)

EPs

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

Singles

  • "Moving Parts (Acoustic)" (2017)
  • "Yellow Cloud" (2019)
  • "Stranger (ft. Lavender Country)" (2020)
  • "Video Games" (2020)
  • "Blister In The Sun" (2021; Cover of Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes)

Appearances

  • "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

EPs

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

Singles

  • "You Belong with Me" (2009)

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