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Alexis Michelle, Drag queen and singer.

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Alexis Michelle is the stage name of Alex Michaels, an American drag queen and singer, who came to international attention on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.


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Michaels was raised in New York City. He attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and received a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan.


He started doing drag when he was ten years old and had paid professional gigs starting in 2003. His cousin is singer Lisa Loeb. He comes from a Jewish faith. He comes from the same drag mother as season ten contestant Dusty Ray Bottoms. He was seen wearing a Dusty t-shirt in the workroom in one of the episodes of season nine, and Bottoms wore an Alexis t-shirt in season ten. He auditioned for Drag Race eight times before being selected for season nine.


Alexis Michelle was announced as one of fourteen contestants competing on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 2, 2017. She was the winner of the annual "Snatch Game" challenge in episode six, portraying Liza Minelli. She was in the bottom two in the comedy challenge two episodes later and eliminated Farrah Moan to a lip sync of Dolly Parton's "Baby I'm Burning". In episode eleven, she was in the bottom two again with Peppermint, and lost a lip sync to the Village People's "Macho Man", placing Michelle in fifth.


She frequently performs at the Feinstein/54 Below cabaret with her Broadway show "Alexis, I Am!".


Michelle appeared with BeBe Zahara Benet, Jujubee and Thorgy Thor in the TLC show Drag Me Down the Aisle which aired on March 9, 2019. The special was subsequently given a full series order under the new name Dragnificent! and is set to premiere in April 2020.


Michelle is the drag mother of Jan Sport, who placed eighth in the twelfth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.



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