Mimi Imfurst is the performance name of Braden Chapman, a professional drag queen, actor, comedian, and DJ from Portland, Maine.
Mimi Imfurst competed on RuPaul's Drag Race in Season 3 where she was eliminated third, placing 11th in the overall competition. She returned in RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, where she was partnered with Pandora Boxx to form "Team Mandora." They were eliminated in the first episode, placing 12th/11th together in the overall competition, but 6th as a pair.
She was best known on the show for her loud and proud sense of humor, which often grated on the other contestants and the viewing fans. She was often looked down on or picked on by her fellow contestants, especially for her surprise appearance in All Stars.
Drag Name Origin
Her first drag name during high school was Delilah DeMistra inspired by Hedy Lamarr’s character in Samson and Delilah. She liked DeMistra as a play on mistress. When she moved to New York, there was another drag queen named Delilah so she had to change it. She wanted her name to be a pun that is funny. She narrowed down to Heidi Schlong, Wilma Shitstink, Rhoda Dickins, Dyna Cancer, and Mimi Imfurst. Her friend Portia, who was the sidekick on The Wanda Sykes Show said, “If you don’t pick Mimi Imfurst, you’re an idiot.” Her drag mother was New York City drag queen Sweetie, that played Olestra in Starrbooty. Mimi was also a member of the Haus of Acid, a former group started by Acid Betty.
RuPaul's Drag Race
Mimi was eliminated in the third episode of Season 3. The challenge was to have the queens split into teams to create a motivating, funny, workout/exercise video.
According to the judges, Mimi's video was hard to watch because it was too silly and over-the-top. Mimi came up with a gimick of creating a high-pitched, female voice to do the talking for her part of the video. Michelle Visage even called it stupid.
Mimi Imfurst fell into the bottom two against India Ferrah, which resulted in a memorable, high-drama lip-synch. During the middle of the number, Mimi went down to the judges panel with India, ducked underneath India, and picked India up on her shoulders, carrying her back onto the main stage.
Mimi made a surprise appearance on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, possibly because of her #3 ranking in the Facebook contestant voting contest for the show. However, she was eliminated on the first episode.
A surprise twist given at the very beginning of the show, was for each contestant to compete in teams of two for the next few episodes. Each team will have to lip-sync if only one team member on each team messes up during the challenge, and both would be sent home if they fail.
Mimi and Pandora Boxx were chosen last, in fact Mimi wasn't chosen by any of her contestants. Mimi and Pandora had no choice but to team up together. Pandora was devastated, because she didn't want to be paired with Mimi, this led Mimi to struggle to keeping her team to the top.
Mimi tried her best to convince Pandora Boxx to work with her in getting to the top, but there was too much tension between the two. The pairing didn't work out the way it should have.
The main challenge was to take outrageous photographs. One photo for Half-Baked, where the queens don't put on their makeup fully and pose for a crazy, but effective photograph on how both of the teammate's personas are different. And they had to shoot another photo called "Opposites Attract", which conveys their opposite sides.
On the runway, Pandora and Mimi's team was called team "Mandora".
Due to the team's lack of self-confidence, weaknesses in the challenge, their runway costumes and the tension between the two, it put Mimi and Pandora in the bottom two together, against team Shad (Chad Michaels & Shannel).
Mimi and Pandora both agreed that Mimi would lip-sync to save the team from elimination. In the end, it came down to Mimi and Chad Michaels to lip-sync. Chad Michaels outshined Mimi Imfurst, and it sent both Pandora Boxx and Mimi Imfurst to go home.
- "I bought cookies!!!!"
- "I got a big everything girl."
- "I only weigh 98 pounds. The rest of this is liver."
- "Boo just 'cause you got a sugar daddy who pays everything for you..."
- "I try to put the B in subtle."
- "I think I could win All Stars because I'm a well routed, fierce queen."
- "This time around, I will not pick nobody up, it is time for America to see who I really am."
- "Life is like a pay-check, a generous figure is always nice."
- "This is Deja-Ru!"
- "Pandora is being a little bitchy!"
- "You listen to me for one hot minute!"
- "F*cking shenanigans!! I don't have time for this!'"
- "Do not attack my fans bitch!"
- "Shangela's lampshade has become a weapon."
- "The lipsync's starting to get a little violent."
- Has had adopted, lesbian parents since the age of 16.
- Used to sleigh with snow dogs with his adopted parents.
- Was in a band called XELLE.
- First time Mimi did drag was when he was 10 years old in Bible School.
- Started doing drag professionally at the age of 16.
- Out of drag, he listens to the news alot. He puts on MSNBC while putting on makeup.
- Quieter as a boy.
4th: Yara Sofia (Miss Congeniality) • 5th: Carmen Carrera • 6th: Shangela • 7th: Delta Work • 8th: Stacy Layne Matthews • 9th: Mariah • 10th: India Ferrah • 11th Mimi Imfurst • 12th: Phoenix • 13th: Venus D-Lite
Jason Carter • Shawn Morales
Team Shad: Chad Michaels & Shannel • Team Rujubee: Raven & Jujubee • Team Yarlexis (5th): Alexis Mateo & Yara Sofia • Team Latrila (6th): Manila Luzon & Latrice Royale • Team Brown Flowers (7th): Nina Flowers & Tammie Brown • Team Mandora (8th): Pandora Boxx & Mimi Imfurst
Jason Carter • Shawn Morales