Vivienne Pinay was the stage name of Michael Donehoo, a former drag performer from New York City, New York. Donehoo is best know for being a contestant on Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and was the fourth contestant in series history to be of Filipino descent.
Drag Name Origin
The term "Pinay" is from Tagalog (a Philippine language) meaning "Girl from/ of the Philippines". Being of Filipino decent, Donehoo decided to use this term in his stage name to pay tribute to his heritage.
RuPaul's Drag Race
|Season Competed||Season 5|
|Times as Team Captain:||0|
|Times Placed High||1 (Ep. 2)|
|Main Challenges Won:||0|
|Times Placed Low||1 (Ep. 3)|
|Times in Bottom:||1 (Ep. 4)|
|Episode Eliminated||Episode 4|
During the show, Vivienne became one of only seven contestants in series history to be accused of "resting on pretty" (The other six being Mariah and Carmen Carrera of Season 3, Courtney Act of Season 6, Miss Fame of Season 7, Derrick Barry of Season 8, and Farrah Moan of Season 9).
Vivienne lasted through the first 3 episodes of Season 5 until Episode 4 "Black Swan: Why It Gotta Be Black?" where she played the part of "America's Next Drag Superstar" during the main challenge where the contestants performed in a ballet. After being criticized on the main-stage for her lackluster performance in the ballet, she was placed in the bottom two alongside fellow contestant Honey Mahogany. RuPaul then chose to send both queens home for "half-stepping" in the first double elimination to occur on the show.
Since her appearance on Season 5, she is currently working as the personal assistant to fellow contestant Alyssa Edwards and is on her WOWPresents web-show "Alyssa's Secret". She can often be seen fixing Alyssa's hair and makeup.
As Michael, Vivienne appeared in the ninth season of SyFy channel reality series, Face-Off, as one of the couples who were married as part of the main challenge.
- "Vivienne is all about glamour. My beauty is everything."
- "I will always be the fishiest queen today, tomorrow, next month, the past seasons, and the next seasons to come."
- "I love all my girls! Here's to the revolution of the FISH! ♡ Always, Vivienne Pinay," (Farewell message)
- Vivienne, along with Honey Mahogany, were the first two queens to be eliminated in a double elimination.
- Vivienne no longer does drag.
- Vivienne considered herself to be the fishiest contestant on Season 5.
Season 5 Looks
4th: Detox • 5th: Coco Montrese • 6th: Alyssa Edwards • 7th: Ivy Winters (Miss Congeniality) • 8th: Jade Jolie • 9th: Lineysha Sparx • 10th & 11th: Honey Mahogany & Vivienne Pinay • 12th: Monica Beverly Hillz • 13th: Serena ChaCha • 14th: Penny Tration
Jason Carter • Shawn Morales