The Truth Behind Trixie Mattel’s Drag Name

Brian Firkus – aka Trixie Mattel – is perhaps one of the most famous queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. When we first met Mattel in season 7, she was just a drag queen from a small town with a dream. In fact, Mattel was the very first queen on the show to be from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which has a very different drag scene than big cities like Los Angeles or New York. Although she wasn’t as elegant or fashionable as her competitors at the time, Mattel was known for her quick wit and snappy one-liners. Unfortunately, the Milwaukee Queen was sent home early and fought her way back into the competition, only to be eliminated in 6th place.

But something remarkable happened when she left Drag Race. Though she didn’t win, Mattel quickly became a fan favorite for her off-show ventures, such as her popular web series UHNhhh, starring fellow Drag Race member Katya. When she was brought back for Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Mattel had throngs of fans cheering her on. In the end, Mattel triumphed in the competition and was inducted into the “Drag Race” Hall of Fame!

Now millions of people know the name of Mattel. But where exactly does this name come from?

Trixie Mattel’s drag personality comes from personal experience

When it comes time for a drag queen to choose a name, it’s important that the name represents who they are. And Trixie Mattel is the perfect drag name for her, as she often takes inspiration from Barbie dolls. She has a series on her YouTube channel showing off her huge collection of vintage Mattel Barbies at her house. “Growing up, I was never allowed to have dolls,” Mattel revealed to Vogue. “I grew up poor and went to drama school and had no idea about fashion, and [Barbie] was the one who really taught me what head-to-toe dressing is all about.”

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If that’s where her last name comes from, where does “Trixie” come from? Well, this story is much sadder. “When I was younger, I had an abusive stepfather,” Mattel shared in a Q&A with Milwaukee Magazine. “He called me ‘Trixie’ when I was acting too feminine or gay or emotional.” Mattel then explained that she reclaimed the name when she landed the role of usher Trixie in a local production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. played.

Mattel also revealed on an episode of her web show, UNHhhh, that her stage name was almost “Cupcake.” Could you imagine?

Trixie Mattel is a superstar

Even though the name “Trixie” came from pain, Trixie Mattel certainly flipped it and made it one of the most famous drag names in the world – probably right after RuPaul!

In 2019, Mattel launched her own makeup brand called Trixie Cosmetics. Selling everything from eyeshadow palettes to lip gloss, Trixie Cosmetics has become one of the top drag queen-owned brands and helped Mattel reach her $10 million net worth, per Celebrity Net Worth. Another Mattel business is their boutique motel, Trixie Motel, which has received its own home makeover-themed series on Discovery+. She also appears as one of the judges on the Queen of the Universe drag singing competition show. Yes, Mattel is certainly a busy bee, but she takes inspiration from those who came before her.

“I just keep thinking, how can we do more?” Mattel told Out Traveler. “How can Sylvester and RuPaul and all these people who literally paved stone by stone [the way to make] is it possible for someone like me to do this in 2022 – I almost feel like, well, how dare I not follow these things?

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