Pearl Liaison, or simply known as Pearl, is the stage name of Matt James, a drag performer. She is a contestant on Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Pearl was a runner-up to winner Violet Chachki, placing joint 2nd/3rd along with Ginger Minj, and was popular with fans during her run on the show.

About Pearl

Matt was born on September 11, 1990.

Pearl was heavily criticized by RuPaul and the judges for not being enthusiastic enough during the first four episodes of the show and was even said to be 'sleeping' through the competition. After a lip-sync against her friend Trixie Mattel, Pearl began to take the competition much more seriously and secured herself a placement in the top three, along with Ginger Minj, and Violet Chachki.

She initiated her musical career as a DJ in 2015, releasing her first electronic music album Pleasure.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Season Competed Season 7
Ranking: 2nd/3rd
Mini-Challenges Won: 0
Times as Team Captain: 0
Main Challenges Won: 2 (Ep. 5, 8)
Times in Bottom Two: 2 (Ep. 4, 9)
Episode Eliminated: N/A


  • Pearl and Kim Chi first started doing drag together on Halloween.
  • Pearl started doing drag as a hobby, then later decided to commit to it full time for gigs.
  • Pearl's unisex perfume "Flazéda" came out on June 2, 2015. This makes Pearl the first queen in RuPaul's Drag Race history to release a fragrance.
    • This is not counting any of the fragrances presented on Season 5's fragrance challenge.
  • Pearl and Ginger Minj have the same birthday.
  • Pearl’s original drag name was Vladonna.
  • She originally intended to do a "death by tanning" look for the Death Becomes Her runway, but had to use this look for the spoof challenge. She ended up creating her "death by plastic surgery" look in the two days leading up to that runway.
  • After her Hey Qween interview, a producer called her to confirm that she'll never appear on an All Stars season.

Memorable Quotes

  • Wake up Pearl
    "Sup." (entrance quote)
  • "Bitch I'm from New York, and you can wear fur in spring. 'K?"
  • "Worst day of my life. Someone bring me a puppy. I want to die."
  • "Gay people judging me... BIG surprise."
  • Pearl-0
    "Is there something on my face?"
  • "Fuck you, Pete!"
  • "I think I have a great personality, actually."
  • "You kinda just told me I had no personality, that doesn't really make me feel good or give me confidence."
  • "I've never even heard of Macbeth. Call me young, call me illiterate,
  • "Very flazéda."
  • "These girls need more material, I woke up a long time ago goddammit."
  • "Katya, are you confused? The saying is YOUNG, dumb and full of shit."
  • "RuPaul!" (during the Reading is Fundamental challenge)
  • "I.. I hate it here! (makes whoosh noise)"
  • "Kennedy Davenport's an amazing performer, but her biggest weakness is her short-term memory. Loss." (about Kennedy Davenport)
  • "Come through ruffles." (about RuPaul)
  • "Nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling." (Pearl saying what RuPaul told her)


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