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Trixie Mattel (born Brian Michael Firkus on August 28, 1989) is an American drag queen, actor, and musician.

Trixie is perhaps best known for appearing on the seventh season of Ru Pauls Drag Race, where she finished in sixth place after a prior elimination four episodes earlier. She later returned to the series as a contestant for its third all-star season in 2018.

Despite her relative lack of screentime on the show, Trixie quickly became one of that season's breakout stars, which led to her (and fellow season seven alumnus Katya) hosting the web series UNHhhh on WOW Presents.

In conjunction with her drag career, Trixie is also a musician, having released her debut studio album Two Birds in May 2017. The release was a commercial success, especially compared to the musical output of other Drag Race alumni, peaking as high as #2 on the iTunes US album chart the week it became available. In 2019, she launched her own makeup brand called Trixie Cosmetics which emphasizes bright colors and toy-like packaging designs.

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A documentary, entitled Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2019. It chronicles a few months in Trixie's life, around the time of her Drag Race: All Stars season.


Selected filmography:


Discography:

  • Greener EP (2009) note 
  • Two Birds (2017)
  • One Stone (2018)
  • Barbara (2020)

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Trixie Mattel provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Appropriated Appellation / Meaningful Name: "Trixie" comes from a pejorative nickname given to her by her stepfather, while "Mattel" is a reference to the manufacturer of Barbie, which she models her aesthetic from.
  • Ascended Fangirl: A self-professed fangirl of American Horror Story who did recaps for the show on WOW Presents, Trixie went on to appear as herself in an episode of Roanoke.
  • Black Comedy: A hallmark of her live shows. She models her style after a Barbie doll and plays cute folk songs, and by contrast she has the kind of dark, twisted humor that makes you feel terrible for laughing.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Was originally eliminated in eleventh place during her season of Drag Race, but returned four episodes later and remained for an additional two, ultimately finishing sixth. And then came back two years later for All Stars 3. And won.
  • Native Americans: Claims Native American heritage from the Ojibwe tribe.
  • Those Two Guys: With Katya.
  • Uncanny Valley Make Up: Purposely invoked, she claims she paints herself not for the back row, but for the check cashing place down the street. Her rather cartoonishly heavy style of make-up has very much become her signature style. Zig-zagged however, in that while she maintains the massive proportions on her brow crease and her contour depth, she's modified some of her style as she's gained more mainstream success. This includes using more neutral tones, toning down her blush, and getting rid of her doll-like blue contacts. In effect, Trixie has managed to soften her makeup relative to what it used to be around Season 7 of Drag Race... despite it still being cartoonish by comparison even to the vast majority of other drag queens.

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