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Merle Ginsberg is a fashion writer and television personality who was one of the judges on RuPaul's Drag Race in the first two seasons of the show. She was also one of the professional contestants on Bravo's Launch My Line. Born in Atlantic City, NJ and currently based in Los Angeles, she has written pieces on fashion for numerous magazines such as Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Maxim, The New York Times Magazine and Cosmopolitan. She also works as the editor-in-chief of website FashionRules.com, and has appeared on several television shows.

Michelle Visage replaced the fashion journalist as a judge in 2011. In Season 7, she was brought back as a guest judge on Ru Hollywood Stories, where the episode included 3 acting skits (1 for each team) that was about how Michelle took Merle's spot. As well, she found the videos very funny.