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Hello, I'm Michelle.
Currently a judge on season 7 of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE on Logo, on Monday nights at 9 PM (aka "the best show on TV").
Soon-to-be-published author, "The Diva Rules" coming out November 1st on Chronicle Books.
And I'm an Anglophile. And militant gluten-free vegan.
That's a joke! That's a joke. I'm kidding.
Victoria's helping me out over the phone.
Update I will be doing this again, for the release of my book, "The Diva Rules" - now available for pre-order on Amazon & Barnes and Noble! Catch me on Twitter @MichelleVisage, and HATERS AND LOVERS - I LOVE YOU ALL!
And don't forget to watch RuPaul's Drag Race tonight on Logo!
And please remember to love yourself first, and ignore the hate, and don't feed the trolls. If you don't feed the trolls, they starve.
Hi Michelle, big fan of your work! One question.
How's your head?
Haven't had any complaints yet!
If you could change a season winner, who would it be?
(kisses from Brazil mama <3)
My choice is Raven.
OH GOD. That was Billy B. Ironically, you haven't seen him again.
When Santino called Alyssas dress the ugliest in drag race herstory, did you also think so?
No, absolutely not. Santino was on some serious raw-vegan high at that point, obviously! He must've inhaled some organic mushrooms before he went out there.
You placed 5th on CBBUK, and BenDeLaCreme placed 5th on season 6 of RPDR. Are you actually the same person?
You've never seen us in the same place, at the same time!
Michelle, since Kennedy was safe during the Death Becomes Her runway, what would you have said to her about her outfit?
Also, will you teach me how to paint? Cause you're fucking gorgeous
That's very sweet. I learned how to paint from the drag queens and Billy B.
OH GIRL - she would've needed to have given me a DETAILED explanation. Because i had no idea what I was looking at.
Do you occasionally use this gif of yourself when you're getting your life?
No, I don't use gifs of myself in real life! I choose gifs of Miranda Sings.
Or drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race.
Seriously, when I text with the queens, it's HILARIOUS. Because it's just face after face after face of the queens... hilarious.
I’m a huge fan of yours!
How long does on stage critique usually last?
Who is the most beautiful queen you have seen standing infront of you? (Excluding Ru)
Did you ever predict a winner based off the first runway look?
How big is your cock?
On-stage critique is probably an average of 1 hour - 1.5 hours, depending on the amount of queens, obviously.
RuPaul Andre Charles. You can't exclude Ru.
I try to. But I'm usually wrong.
Too big for you to handle!
Hi Michelle! I was wondering how many days are there inbetween judging on Drag Race? Do the guest judges hang around afterward or do they flee after filming? Also, who was your favorite guest judge?
The guest judges usually hang around, because they have so much fun, they don't just wanna run out. And I can't pick a favorite guest judge, because the judges that come on the show are literal superfans, we geek out together. Every person that's on there is a SUPER-fan of the show. It ain't cuz we pay well. Cuz they LOVE the show. And that says a lot.
Hey Michelle. First off I want to say you and your beautiful boobs give me life! I know you are not responsible for the content of Drag Race but would you ever suggest to Ru a "Night of a thousand Michelles" runway theme? We have been dieing to see one.
That's VERYverysweet. But it's RuPaul's Drag Race, darling.
And thank you - my doctor thanks you for my boobs comment.
Are you still mad that Manila lost to Raja?
Have you recovered yet from the green runway episode???
That was some kind of evil RuPaul doings right there! That's why I love him so much!
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized RuPauls, or one Rupaul sized duck?
I'm gonna go with the little RuPauls. Little ducky RuPauls.
You are one of the most vocal allies of the LGBTQ community yet you've been accused of exploiting your position and friendships to further your career. What is your response to such criticism and what can other allies do to show support for the community?
People who say that I used friendships to further my career are people who are not part of my life.
I don't care what anybody has to say about how I've gotten to where I've gotten.
I am where I am because of perseverance, work ethic, and talent. And I'm lucky enough to work with my best friend.
What was it like living with Perez Hilton? And have you spoken to him scince?
I have spoken to Perez since. We discussed all the drama. I harbor no ill will towards Perez. And it was exactly what you think it was like.
hieeeeeeee Michelle I thinks you are absolutely gorgeous and I love you so much~<333 my question is how did you become so involved in drag culture? And most importantly, why do you love the queens so much? Love you beautiful~
I love you right back!
I became involved in drag when I was 17 years old. And had no friends when I moved to New York City for college. And the gay community and the drag community are the ones that took me in.
Freaks know freaks. We're drawn to each other.
I have the utmost respect for the people that take risks. And drag queens have the biggest balls (no pun intended - wait, yes, pun intended) of ANYBODY I've ever met.
And I respect risk takers.
They're irreverent, talented... I could keep going for hours on that.
My love for them is never-ending.
Do you have a favorite lipsync from RPDR?
I loved - probably my favorite of all time was Latrice, "Natural Woman." That one always comes up first. That and Manila's "MacArthur Park."
Hi there Michelle, I really wanna know - how many people does it take to make a thing go right?
In MY house?! More than two!
How's your relationship with other contestants after Big Brother?
Have your thoughts on any of them changed dramatically after the show?
My relationships with the ones I was friends with are still fantastic & strong, and I see them whenever I can. Unfortunately, Katie Hopkins has stepped over the line with her negative comments, so I'm a bit let-down in that department.
Which queen would you have liked to be Top 3 that was eliminated too soon?
You'll have to wait and see!
They're mostly about drag race, sorry!
1) Do you agree with the (what looks like) very strong editing on the show? For example the stare down between Ru and Pearl or Max's singing during his elimination?
2) How do you feel about bioqueens?
3) Was there ever a winner or an elimination that you really didn't agree with?
4) Do you have a favourite queen?
5) What was your favourite challenge ever?
1.) It's not strong editing. It's what happened! I mean, there has to be editing, you can't put 12 hours in a 1 hour show. So obviously, there's editing, but there's not editing to make things happen that didn't happen. It all happened.
2.) I'd rather they be called "Bioqueens" rather than "Faux Queens" because there's nothing "faux" about me - except for my tits.
3.) I agree with all of them. I agree with Ru, Ru knows what Ru's doing, and I agree with everything he does. And if I don't, I would let him know. But sometimes it hurts for one of your favorite queens to go. But somebody has to go. This happened with Max - people were trying to say things like "see what happens when you listen to Michelle, and wear black hair?!" or "Change your hair color when Michelle asks you to." They're trying to say that's why he went home. But what they didn't realize is that he was SO bad on the Snatch Game. And that was the challenge.
That was the Max-challenge - The Snatch Game. And he was terrible, that's why he was up for elimination.
4.) I don't pick favorites. Don't play that game. Do I have a favorite kid? No.
5.) The Wrestling challenge.
I thought this season's "Glamazonian Airways" was awesome. Anytime they do musical theater challenges, I get very excited !
Hi Michelle! What is an aspect of the show is that is often misunderstood by fans? What is something you wish we could see more of?
One aspect that is misunderstood is the way that i judge, I think? Because i judge with an open mind and an open heart. But I'm also there to push these kids out of their comfort zones. Because what they don't realize is their run of the show is limited. And once it's over, what are they gonna do? My goal is to push them out of their comfort zone, so they can see they're so much more than what they think they are.
I think the fans get a pretty good balance on this show. They really do! They get to see their relationships - they have UNTUCKED - I don't get to see what's happening. You have to realize - I don't know anything about relationships, or personalities. All I know is what I'm seeing on the main stage. Like in the case of Violet - how am I supposed to know she's genderfluid, if she doesn't announce it? Or how would I know Monica is transitioning, if she doesn't announce it? So I don't know what these people are. All I'm doing is judging a look on the MainStage. But people will get that confused. Because people will fall in love with a backstory, and then they think I'm judging that, their persona or their being, instead of judging a drag look (simply put).
What is your favorite season of RPDR? LOVE YOU MAMA XO
Well, for me, the only reason - for me it would be season 3, because that is the real season 1. (It's when I joined the show).
Hello Michelle! I've always wondered: are there any Absolutly outrageous moments that were never aired? I know one time you showcased your boobs (for queens.com), but has there been anything similar? Don’t be afraid to be Honest Company. (Michelle, I’m also trying to secure you some sponsors for season 8. wink)
Uhhh - Logo is smart enough that if I do anything crazy, they're gonna show it.
OF COURSE it makes it on there! And then they'll use it as promo! They're not dumb!
is your muffin buttered?
My question is what was your favorite challenge so far in the entirety of Drag Race? Also, what is a challenge from previous seasons would you like to see return?
One of my favorite challenges was - you're gonna laugh at me - was the wrestling challenge. I loved the wrestling challenge. I would LOVE to do that, part 2! And yeah! Who can ever get enough of drag queens wrestling?!? Not me!
are you ever gonna change your hair colour?
I want to SO badly.
Whomever asked - you asked the right question.
I am considering - yes, considering - don't be surprised... I'm due for a change.
Who is your favourite non-drag race queen?
Lily Savage, of the United Kingdom.
And she's retired to a convent, too.
Michelle, will you ever return to the world of music and release a solo single?????????
Do you really need an album from a 46 year old popstar?!
Whatever happened to Merle Ginsberg?
Didn't you see the episode? She apparently turned into a card table...
Hi Michelle, super big fan of yours, sup sup?
From the first 6 seasons, how would you arrange all-stars 2? And what are your thoughts on Ru never remembering your children's names on the podcast?
It's the same way Kris Jenner had to name all of her kids with "K's" - I chose "L's" and it makes me laugh.
Hi Michelle! You were a part of the ball scene in the 80's; were you a member of any house? What is your favorite house?
I was a member of the Magnifiques. But I always wanted to be an Extravaganza.
But (A) I wasn't a Latina and (B) they didn't want me, they didn't see me! Bet they regret that now!
Feels mean to make you pick just one, so who are your top 5 favourite queens EVER?!
Hi Michelle! My Question is will you adopt me? Haha I love you so much and you're my favorite judge on drag race, stay fierce! Love!
Yes, of course. Consider yourself a Visage.
Michelle, first, you. are. AMAZING. Love ya.
I love how your critiques are very personalized and seek to get the best from each queen.
Who would you play on Snatch Game?
Believe it or not - I would play Rosie Perez.
Visually, it's a simple one.
But with the personality - you could own it.
Or maybe even Lisa Lisa.
The KEY to Snatch Game is NOT the visual. That's the easy part for these talented queens. The tough part is the embodiment.
Hi just a few questions!
1)Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction while performing and how did you handle it?
2)What must a lady always carry in her purse?
1.) Yes. Many times. You have to play it off. Because what's the option? Like, for me, I was singing recently on tour, and my voice was not there for the end of the song. IT wasn't there. It sucked. So when the song ended, I said "Sometimes it is what it is" and i belted it out a cappella, just to prove that I could, to myself! Because if you don't go with it, it's more awkward. Like, if I were Madonna and I fell with the cape, I would've stopped, laughed, and said "Hold up hold up, let's start all over, act like this didn't happen" - I wouldn't care if it was live TV! No!
2.) Um.... lipgloss.... credit cards... pocket rocket... and phone.
Hiieeee!! As a fellow showtune lover, what would be your ultimate dream broadway gig?
Oh, that's SUCH a good question.
Oh my god, there's so many.
Anita in WEST SIDE STORY... Morales in A CHORUS LINE... Miss Mona in BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE... and the list goes on and on...
1) Are you really a vegan? how did you maneged that?
2) Did you talked to Violet already about the hate thing?
3) When will we have BOTS in Brazil?
Love yo, mamma!!
1.) I am a vegan. I'm a gluten-free vegan. And it's even more challenging on the road. But it's for health, not vanity.
2.) We're working on the Brazil, first of all! And second of all, I saw Violet in Atlanta, and all she said to me was she hates me, so nothing has been discussed.
Comments on Bruce Jenner's situation?
Love you queen <3
My thoughts are this:
A very big name, in Hollywood, did a very BIG interview, with a very BIG TV anchor, and made a big splash in the world for people understanding what it is to be transgender, and knowledge.
He didn't have to say anything.
I know there were some people saying to exploit, or get ratings up for his show.
I think that's bullshit.
I think he did a VERY BRAVE thing.
This man was an American Sweetheart. He's a hero. He's a gold-winning athlete on the cover of a Wheaties box. This wasn't easy for him to do.
Very, very brave.
And I'm very, very proud.
Would y'all ever consider having super fans be invited for the makeover challenge?
Oh, that would be fun, but i don't run the show! But that would be fun!
What would you say is the one comment you’ve said on air, that the fans disagree with the most.
And are there any comments you have made about a queen that you regret?
Love Ya Byeeeee Kitty Girl! <3 Come visit us in /r/rupaulsdragrace more often!!
I never, ever live life in regret.
It's not worth it.
Are there comments that I wish I didn't say on the show? No. I stand behind everything i say. That's why I say it. I don't say it for attention, or for press. I say it because at that moment, I mean it.
The advice is to learn how to tap into all you have within you.
EVERYTHING and everyone you need is inside of you.
I know it's hard to do it alone. But I promise you - what everybody else has to say is none of your business.
You worry about you.
Michelle! I can't miss this opportunity to say that you are a goddess and a diva and a fierce queen and a deeply-admired, greatly-appreciated woman. I've been listening to the podcast for the past year and you have touched my very soul (ooo!) in so many ways. Seriously, babe, I could listen to you talk for the rest of my life. PLEASE go on to do even MORE fabulous things! You have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent AND you know how to bring out these qualities in those around you. You're amazing. I send you huge amounts of love and big sloppy puppy dog kisses and harem girl salaams before your awesome greatness.
Okay, since I'm told that I MUST also have a question to all of this, you say that you took French in school - so for all of us French queens in Paris, will you say something in French for us?
Je voudrais allez au lavabo, si vous plait!
What can we expect from your book and would you ever release a solo album? Or even an album of duets with the queens!
An album is a possibility, MAYBE, if the right producers were attached.
The book is called "The Diva Rules." The subtitle is "Ditch the drama, find your strength, and sparkle your way to the top."
And that's really what it's about.
All the chapters in my life where something tried to take me down, and i didn't let it, and I got right back up and fought even harder - and how you can too.
I will be reading the audiobook. Who else could voice it!?
Michelle, what is the craziest fan interaction that you've ever had?
When people cry, and are shaky and crying, it's weird for me, because I'm just me. I'm not Madonna. I'm just me. But not only is it weird for me, it's just incomprehensible, but it's just the most endearing, beautiful thing.
It's so adorable. Just seriously. I just scoop 'em up and hug 'em.
Michelle, are we going to be gagged by tonight's episode??
OHMYGODYES TONIGHT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE EPISODES OF THE ENTIRE SEASON!
Can you describe the Drag Race fans in one word?
And I love it all! I wouldn't have it ANY other way.
What character has a queen never done for Snatch Game that you'd like to see done?
Lots of love from Central PA.
Oh, that's a tough one.
I'd love to see an old star like Marlena Dietrich. She's my ultimate idol. She was a notorious bitch. And a German accent, it could be just... genius.
What do you think of having a Deaf queen on RPDR one day?
I think that's amazing. I would LOVE for that. We don't discriminate! Of COURSE!
who's surprised you the most with their growth since appearing on Drag Race?
JINX! 100% Jinx Monsoon.
I mean, she's really come into her own.
You know who else I've been really impressed with?! Serena Cha Cha. There's been a slew of them. But we've all seen Jinx's growth. Her drag is looking so beautiful, her makeup is flawless, I'm so proud of Jinxy.
And Alaska - I think she's come a long way, too, with her drag. And she's constantly evolving.
Does it get annoying when people constantly goad you for spoilers?
Oh, when they try to get 'em?
Nobody's lips are tighter-sealed than mine. No matter WHAT the bathroom walls say.
What's your proudest moment in life so far?
My two children.
Do you have any queens that you want to see on season 8?
Yeah! A lot!
I don't do the casting, so...
Hi Michelle, I'm a big fan and I have 2 questions for you before I have to run off to class.
1) If you were a drag queen what would your name be?
And 2) In the seasons when you and Santino had to choose a returning queen what was the criteria you were looking for?
Edit: I'd also like to say Thanks for doing this. :)
1.) Hehe. Well, the name I would've wanted to use I'm not allowed to use anymore.
2.) The ones who we believed still had something to prove, and weren't yet done.
You as Anita would GIVE ME LIFE.
Yeah, me too!
What do you think of the fans reaction to the lack of sewing challenges this season?
I don't understand why there has to be X amount of sewing challenges, or X amount of acting challenges. We have an incredible team of writers. Every season we have to grow. If we become predictable, you'll tune out. We can't make everybody happy ALL of the time, so let's make SOME Of the people happy ALL of the time.
Do you feel like you've improved as a judge over the years?
Hehehehe. Did I need improvement? I feel like I've remained true to who i am, and true to the art of drag, which I revere so very much.
Will you guys please ever do a DragCon in London?
I would LOVE to. It's not up to me. It would be MASSIVE.
Michelle! Who's outfit this season did you most want to read but you didn't get the chance to?
Oh my god, there's been so many over the years. But this season, I'll go with Kennedy's "Death" outfit.
That rooster...horse... gazelle-slicing thing? I have NO idea what she was!
There are a lot of RPDR questions, but I want to know: what do you like to do for fun (either by yourself or with your girls, or both!)?
I love shopping (that sounds so stupid, but we love shopping together - my favorite thing to do with my 15 year old daughter is go to garage sales - EVERYWHERE - we love doing it! My 13 year old daughter doesn't care, she won't touch anything that's used - if we go to thrift stores, she'll say "Ew, somebody else touched this!" but my 15 year old loves it). They're so different. It's so weird. Same mother, same father, but literally there's not ONE similarity. They don't even look alike!
Hi Michelle! Who would you like to see guest judge for season 8?
Question from mum: how long does it take you to get your hair so big?😂
Hours, darling, HOURS!
Hey Michelle, I met you at London BOTS last week and you were just amazing :) Such a fantastic evening! I was wondering, what is your favourite of all Ru's runway looks?
Ru's looks, in particular?
It's the pink, hand-painted, leopard print gown. It's like chiffon, or organza.
OH MY GOD, the silk, hand-painted, fuchsia, leopard-print gown.
I want to vomit over its beauty.
If you could give one piece of advice to anybody, what would it be?
Live your life for YOU.
When we try to please other people, we're never happy.
What's your favourite film?
One you can watch time and time again.
And Madonna's TRUTH OR DARE.
Do you feel a change in style from queens who came up in clubs vs. those who came up on YouTube or some other way on the Internet? It feel almost as if the roots of drag are shifting.
It's called evolution. The drag queens i grew up with, and the drag queens that started out in season 1 and season 2, and were doing it for a while, are different than the new generation of queens. The new generation of queens are raised on YouTube and RuPaul's Drag Race. They haven't paid their dues in the clubs. So therefore, I think there's a little more entitlement with them. Paying dues is the single most important thing you can do - not just for drag, but for your career.
You need to EARN it.
If you didn't earn it, it's not going to stay.
If you got the chance to pick out a lip sync for your life song, what would you choose? You can also pick the two queens you'd like to face off! (All strictly hypothetical, of course)
I lip-synch for my life every time that song plays on that show. Behind the judges, too!
ALL the songs. I lip-synch for my life, every week. Sometimes they show me, sometimes they don't.
But if I had to do it onstage - Madonna's "Express Yourself," probably.
Tammy Brown, and I love Latrice. It couldn't be more opposite. It would be the MOST INSANE lip-synch.
Do you know how many UK tour dates you will have for your book signing?
I don't know solidly yet. But enough for plenty of people to come out!