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Trixie Mattel is the stage name of Brian Firkus, a drag queen, performer, comedian and music artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, best known as a contestant from Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race and as the winner of All Stars 3. Following Season 7, Trixie began presenting a web show with Katya, entitled "UNHhhh", on the WOWPresents' YouTube channel. They later starred on "The Trixie & Katya Show" on Viceland, which lasted for one season before the two returned to UNHhhh. Trixie defines herself as being 'the only drag folk musician', and has released three studio albums to date including Two Birds (2017), One Stone (2018), and Barbara (2020). Trixie's first venture into the makeup industry was a collaboration collection with Sugarpill Cosmetics called "Oh Honey!". In early 2019, Trixie launched her own cosmetics brand called Trixie Cosmetics. Later that year she starred in her own documentary called Moving Parts, directed by her longtime boyfriend, David Silver. In 2020 Trixie and Katya released the comedic self-help parody novel Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood and subsequently became the first drag queens to make the New York Times bestseller list. They also launched their podcast The Bald and the Beautiful with recurring episodes weekly.

On October 28th 2021, Trixie was announced as a member of the judging panel for Queen of the Universe.

Drag Name Origin

Though her first choice for a drag name was Cupcake, Mattel chose Trixie as her official 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.

Track Record(s)

Season Competed: Season 7 All Stars 3
Ranking: 6th Place
(Orig. 11th Place)
1st Place
(Winner)
Maxi 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

Memorable Quotes

Season 7

  • "This isn't Maury Povich?!" (entrance quote)
  • "Ginger, does someone of your body type prefer to be called a short person or a bean bag chair?"
  • "I went to your mom's birthday party." (to Jasmine Masters after she said Trixie looked like she was dressed for a birthday)
  • "I paint for the check cashing place down the street."
  • During the Reading Challenge
    • "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

  • "Oh, honey...that's how I roll *does peace sign*." (entrance quote)
  • "Snatching trophies? *laughs* I am a trophy." (on "All Stars 3" Trailer)
  • "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")
  • "There's nobody in here, it's like a Morgan McMichaels meet-and-greet."
  • "Winner winner, chicken...dinner." (as RuPaul on "Snatch Game")
  • “Beauty and intelligence in one combined. Serving body to the fifth power to the cosine. Maybe I can tutor you, just read my text. You can meet me after class. Baby, we can solve for X.” (verse in Drag Up Your Life)
  • "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 “
  • “Stepping to the plate, I'm Trixie Mattel. Got my name in the game, better learn it well. 'Cause I'm the MVP heading up to bat and I'd go to third base but I'll never tell that. I got bleached in the blonde like Pamela and I'm stepping out the box like Shangela. I got long thick legs, a tarantula, and if you call me Kitty Girl, I can handle ya.” (verse in Kitty Girl)

Holi-Slay Spectacular

  • "Merry Christmas, you filthy animals! ... and a happy new year!" (entrance quote)
  • "I have been on several seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, and I'm very excited to come home for Christmas."
  • "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)
  • "Hey Shangela, I baked you some sugar cookies!"
    • Shangela: "I don't have sugar cookies. I've never had a sugar cookie. If I wanted sugar cookies, yes, I could probably go ahead and get some because I am what? Festive!"

Secret Celebrity Drag Race

  • "Enter werkroom, shift weight, catchphrase, pose." (entrance quote)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "So I'm not saying....that what we do is important.....but I don't think they're on the hospital watching Top Chef."
  • "Why did i pick today....of all days... to turn it. this. HARD."
  • "Do you eat yourself out?"
  • "Why am I old? Why am I fat?"
  • "I FUCKING LOVE YOUR AXE WOUND YOU FUCKING WHORE!"
  • "I once successfully peed on a Gatorade bottle and then I forgot I peed on the Gatorade bottle and i took a sip."
  • "My breast augmentation....I got breast augmentation..."
  • "Fool me once, shame on you. Melting ice caps drown my babies..? oops."
  • "You don't know what I got...."
  • " I want him to snap my neck, cum my throat and hide my body."
  • " I wouldn't be surprised if we never saw Denise Richards again."
  • "Remember Leslie Jordan? Rest in peace (...) I'm kidding..."
  • "Lemme get my driver's license and registration....*whips her tits out and whispers* drivers license....registration.."
    • *Showing her breastplate to Katya* "I didn't think there was a problem officer, have a great day."
  • "Is this the gay episode? I've been training my whole life for this." (on UNHhhh, episode 119).
  • "Hey fellas, do you like big juicy pussy?" (referring to Jasmine Masters, in UNHhhh ep. 152)
  • [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)
    • My mother she said to me, what is power? Power to me, is when the people, they listen to you.
    • Swedish people, we do not believe in power.
    • When I was hungry I would say to my grandparents: "May I please have........bread."
  • "Minus a tenth of a point Simone we've talked about this."
  • "I wish murder was legal."
  • "She was taking pictures of herself in the middle of the crosswalk; if I didn't do it a Tahoe was going to."
  • "When someone is like MCKAYLEIGH I'm like "What are you doing right now"."
  • Poor people are like I'm just trying to have my baby survive how about BETH."

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)
  • "Are you sure you're not Michelle?" (to A'keria Chanel Davenport on Season 11)
  • "GotMeek.. " (referring to Gottmik on The Pit Stop)
  • "The whole hallway smells like CUM." (on Netflix's Youtube show: "I like to watch")

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.
  • Trixie is an atheist.[citation needed]
  • She is a democratic socialist.[citation needed]
  • 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.[1]
  • She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for musical theatre with Max.[citation needed]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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[citation needed], 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, Latrice Royale in All Stars 4., and Eureka! in All Stars 6.
  • Trixie is the first non-runner up queen to win "All Stars", later followed by Monét X Change, Trinity the Tuck, Shea Couleé and Kylie Sonique Love. 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.[citation needed]
  • At one point, Trixie, Jaida Essence Hall, Jaymes Mansfield, and Joey Jay all lived in the same apartment complex in Milwaukee.[citation needed]
  • 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, Shea Couleé on All Stars 5 and Kylie Sonique Love on All Stars 6.
  • 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, Shea Couleé and Kylie Sonique Love. All four 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.[3]
  • Trixie is the most followed Drag Race contestant on Twitter.
  • Trixie is one of two All Stars winners to beat someone who placed higher than them on their original season, later followed by Kylie Sonique Love (Kennedy Davenport & Pandora Boxx).
  • 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 4 and 5 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 Rio 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 5 of All Stars 3.[citation needed]
    • 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.
  • In YouTube videos reviewing her runway looks from Season 7 and All Stars 3, Trixie revealed that...[4][5]
    • ...all her jewelry on Season 7 was made out of paper.
    • ...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).
    • ...the fox furs she used in her finale look from Shangela.
    • ...She also said that Katya briefly 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • Trixie revealed on her podcast "The Bald and The Beautiful" Episode "C*m Dump Millionaire with Priyanka". 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.[8]
  • Trixie is the only winner of All Stars...
  • Trixie has the shortest reign of any All Stars winner, at 11 months (337 days). She is the only All Stars winner to not reign for at least a year.
    • Coincidentally, her Milwaukee sister whom she is very close to, Jaida Essence Hall, is also the shortest reigning regular season winner.
  • Laganja Estranja choreographed her "Hello Hello" Music Video[9]
  • She is the fourth Drag Race alumni, after Willam, Alaska and Phi Phi O'Hara, to be a guest judge on The Boulet Brothers' Dragula.

Gallery

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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 4 Looks

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race 1

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race 1 Looks

Videos

Discography

Albums

As Trixie Mattel
Year Title Artwork Tracklist
2017 Two Birds TwoBirdsAlbumCover.jpg
  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])
2018 One Stone OneStoneAlbumCover.jpg
  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
2019 Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (The Acoustic Soundtrack) MovingPartsAcousticAlbumCover.jpg
  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)
2020 Barbara BarbaraAlbumCover.jpg
  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
  • "Full Coverage, Vol. 1" (2021)
    1. Video Games (Cover of Video Games by Lana Del Rey)
    2. Blister In The Sun (Cover of Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes)
    3. Believe (Cover of Believe by Cher)
    4. Jackson (feat. Orville Peck) (Cover of Jackson by Johnny Cash)

Singles

  • "Moving Parts (Acoustic)" (2017)
  • "Yellow Cloud" (2019)
  • "Stranger (feat. Lavender Country)" (2020)
  • "Video Games" (2020; Cover of Video Games by Lana Del Rey)
  • "Blister In The Sun" (2021; Cover of Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes)
  • "Jackson (feat. Orville Peck)" (2021; Cover of Jackson by Johnny Cash)
  • "Hello Hello" (2021)

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)

Bibliography

Trixie's Books
Book Title Release Date Cover
Trixie and Katya's
Guide to Modern
Womanhood
July 14th 2020
Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood.jpg


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References

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