Trixie Mattel whose real name is Brian Michael Firkus, is an American drag queen, reality television personality, singer-songwriter, and entrepreneur. Mattel is popularly known for competing on the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and being the winner of the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars. Mattel is also one of the 4 judges of the upcoming drag singing competition series known as Queen of the Universe Season 1.
In this post, I will be writing about Trixie Mattel biography, age, career, family, awards, net worth, relationship, and other facts about him. First, let’s look at his profile summary.
Trixie Mattel Profile Summary
Brian Michael Firkus
August 23, 1989
32 years old
Place of Birth
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Drag Queen, Singer-songwriter, Comedian, TV Personality, TV Judge, Author, DJ, Entrepreneur, YouTuber
Trixie Mattel Biography
Trixie Mattel was born as Brian Michael Firkus on August 23, 1989, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. He comes from a Native American family living in Crivitz, Wisconsin. He is half Ojibwe. Mattel’s stepfather was abusive and he usually called Mattel “Trixie” when he acted feminine. This name later inspired his drag name. Mattel almost went by the name Cupcake before deciding on Trixie Mattel.
After Mattel graduated from high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he received a BFA in Music Theatre. He was introduced to drag while performing in a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Oriental Theatre.
Trixie Mattel Career
Mattel first performed in drag at LaCage NiteClub in Milwaukee. He became a staple of the Milwaukee drag scene while also performing in Chicago alongside drag queen friends of his such as Kim Chi and Shea Couleé, who would later go on to also appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Mattel first achieved notoriety as a competitor in Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2015. Mattel co-hosted the web series UNHhhh and previously co-hosted its Vice spin-off, The Trixie & Katya Show, alongside fellow drag queen and frequent collaborator Katya Zamolodchikova.
In 2017, Mattel’s first studio album, Two Birds, was released. This was followed by her second album, One Stone, in 2018. Both albums charted on the Billboard Folk Albums chart at number 16. In 2020, her third album Barbara was released, and in 2021, her first EP Full Coverage, Vol. 1 which features Mattel’s covers of various songs was released.
Mattel and Katya wrote the book Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood in 2020. The book became a New York Times bestseller. Mattel is also the CEO and founder of Trixie Cosmetics, a cosmetics brand and she operates a YouTube channel where she showcases the brand’s products, reviews products from other makeup brands, posts new music and music videos, and video collaborations with other drag queens and various celebrities. Mattel has a Twitch channel where she streams games such as The Sims 4 and Dead by Daylight. In June 2019, she appeared on New York magazine’s list of “the most powerful drag queens in America”. She ranked fourth in the list. Mattel is set to judge the drag queens alongside Michelle Visage, Leona Lewis, and Vanessa Michaels in the drag singing competition series Queen of the Universe in 2021.
Trixie Mattel Awards/Nominations
Mattel has won many and these include; three Streamy Awards, one James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, three WOWIE Awards, two Queerty Awards, one GLAAD Media Awards, one Canadian Podcasting Awards, and one American Influencer Awards.
Trixie Mattel Family
Mattel had an abusive stepfather but nothing is known about his biological parents.
Trixie Mattel Relationship/Dates
Mattel is openly gay. He has been in a relationship with filmmaker David Silver since 2016. David Silver is also the producer of his documentary Moving Parts.
Mattel is a vegetarian and his persona is largely based on his love of Barbie Dolls. He owns a large collection of Barbies, which he has shared in various videos on his YouTube channel.