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Alexis Michelle is the stage name of Alex Michaels, a drag performer from New York City, New York. She was one of the 14 queens who competed on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. She finished in fifth place.

Rupaul's Drag Race

Season 9

Alexis Michelle
Season Competed: Season 9
Ranking: 5th
Mini-Challenges Won: 1 (ep. 5)
Times as Team Captain: 0
Main Challenges Won: 1 (ep. 6)
Times in Bottom Two: 2 (ep. 8, ep. 11)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 11
AlexisMichelleEp1Look

Alexis's Entrance Look

Episode 1: Oh. My. Gaga! - For the main challenge, the girls had to compete in a charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent pageant, serving up a hometown look and a Lady Gaga look.

For the hometown look, she chose a pop up cape with the statue of liberty and "I heart NY" symbols on it, and a swimsuit with civil right messages, representing New York City. She was critiqued for the messages on her swimsuit not being written very clearly. For the Gaga look, she chose Gaga's 2015 Golden Globes Awards outfit. She received praise from all judges.

Episode 5: Reality Stars: The Musical - Alexis won the sexy selfie mini challenge, and as a result got to choose the roles the queens had to play for the lip-sync challenge "Kardashian: The Musical".  Alexis chose Kris Jenner and performed well in the challenge, landing in the top three, but ultimately did not win due to her 'basic' runway outfit. In Untucked she blamed the other queens for not telling her to change her outfit, which she received backlash for.

Episode 6: Snatch Game - Alexis chose to impersonate Liza Minnelli for the Snatch Game, a choice RuPaul was very excited about. Alexis's Madonna runway for the episode was inspired by Madonna's Dick Tracy character Breathless Mahoney. Alexis performed very well and got good critiques, both on her Liza and her Madonna runway, and she was declared the winner of the challenge.

Episode 8: RuPaul Roast - In the Reading is Fundamental mini-challenge Alexis was thrown off by the reads involving her size (mainly by Nina Bo'nina Brown and Farrah Moan). Farrah later apologized to Alexis for her read. Alexis painted herself green for the roast as it is Michelle's least favourite colour, but bombed her routine, landing her in the bottom two against Farrah. Alexis won the lipsync, and Farrah was eliminated.

Episode 9: Your Pilot's On Fire- In the TV Pilot challenge, Alexis was criticized for not standing out in her Pilot, and her Club Kid look, but Trinity and Peppermint both received positive reviews. She was in the bottom 3, but did not have to lip sync for her life and was declared safe.

Episode 10: Makeovers Crew Better Work- Alexis chose crew member Brody for the makeover challenge. Once again, Alexis received negative reviews on her runway look. Her runway seemed to look very similar to her entrance look, and was not well received by most judges. However, Michelle Visage commented that her look was much better than that of Shea Couleé or Nina Bo'Nina Brown. Therefore, she was once more declared safe from elimination

Episode 11: Gayest Ball Ever- In the Village People look for the Gayest Ball Ever, Alexis chose the Native American. On the runway, all 3 of her looks were heavily criticized, and even some of her fellow contestants like Trinity Taylor and Sasha Velour agreed that she had mediocre looks. This caused much frustration with Michelle, and she apparently accused them of being "shady whores". Due to her bad runway looks, she wound up in the bottom 3 along with Peppermint. While Michelle started off strong in the Macho Man lipsync, it was Peppermint who stole the show with her wig reveal and funky moves. As a result, Peppermint was saved, and Alexis was sashayed away, which gave her a placement of 5th out of 14 contestants.

Quotes

  • "Did you catch the T on Coont?"
  • "Alexis Michelle is known for her theatricality, her lipsync talent, her live vocals and uhm... being pretty thirsty."
  • "I'm a good girl, I am."
  • "I am all about body, curve, swerve, glamour, class, a little touch of prostitute, and of course, mug."
  • "Fucking shady whores..."
  • "If I see something, I say something."
  • "Well Tamar, have you ever watched the show?"

Trivia

  • She had auditioned every year since Season 2 before getting selected.
  • Alexis is Jewish.
  • She is the cousin of singer Lisa Loeb.
  • She is known for riding the NYC subway to gigs, which is what inspired her 'Princess Subway Fish' outfit in the 'Draggily Ever After' sewing challenge.
  • She has the same drag first name as Alexis Mateo of Season 3 and All Stars 1.
  • She has the same real first name as Alisa Summers of Season 4 and the same real last name as Chad Michaels, winner of All Stars 1 and runner up for Season 4.
  • Alexis, along with Aja, Peppermint, and Sasha Velour, was interviewed for getoutmag and had to do a Broadway themed look. Alexis chose to base hers on the musical Sweeney Todd. [1]
  • Second queen to wear a mustache while lipsyncing.
  • Alexis, along with AjaPeppermint, and Sasha Velour, released a song on April 21, 2017 called "C.L.A.T."
  • Alexis Michelle once went on a date with Bob The Drag Queen, where they ended up watching each other's audition tapes for RuPaul's Drag Race.

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