Morgan McMichaels is the stage name of drag performer Thomas White. A local fixture in Southern California's drag circuit, White became a reality television personality when he joined the cast of the Season 2 of the popular cable television reality competition "RuPaul's Drag Race".
About Morgan McMichaels
Morgan McMichaels (Thomas White) is a Drag Queen from Los Angeles, California
Morgan McMichaels was known on the show for her punk/rock and roll style drag, her outfits on the runway, & her lip-sync and performance skills, and she was also known for her relationship with Raven, being long-time best friends.
Drag Name Origin
Since she is from Scotland, Morgan is from Morgan le Fay, the queen of the fairies in Arthurian legend. Morgan can also be a name for a boy or girl. McMichaels came later from her drag mother Chad Michaels and drag father Adam Magee (Chad’s partner), but she wanted to keep it Scottish so she spelled it as McMichaels.
RuPaul's Drag Race
Morgan McMichaels was eliminated during the 5th Episode of Season 2 of "RuPaul's Drag Race".
The main challenge was to create a wedding between the queen's male side and female persona, and to create their own bride gowns for the photoshoot and runway presentations.
The queens had to pose for separate pictures, first dressing up as a Groom in a full-on tuxedo, which Morgan put a twist on. He wanted to look separate from the other groom photos, going for a punk-rock look.
Morgan described his groom look as: "He just probably rolled out of bed and threw on a leather jacket and a tie and came to the chapel."
Morgan's bride dress was critiqued as looking too much like a costume, and her bride and groom photo didn't wow the judges.
Therefore, Morgan was sent to the bottom two for a second time, lip-syncing against Sahara Davenport. Sahara's dance moves, and energy during the lip-sync outshined Morgan, and Morgan was sent home.
RuPaul's Drag Race Stats
- Morgan was the first main challenge winner of season 2, winning the main challenge of episode 1, "Gone with the Windows".
- Morgan is the first contestant in series history to win the first main challenge of her season and not place in the top 3.
- Morgan was eliminated in episode 5 ("Here Comes The Bride"), giving her an 8th place position.
- Morgan lip-synced against the late Sahara Davenport to the song "Carry On" by Martha Wash before being eliminated. Her farewell message read: "All you have to do is DREAM! Morgan XOXO!"
- During the Show
- "You have no class and no manners" "Exactly, so go fix your hair, go fix your mug" "Honey, you do need to fix your mug" - to Mystique during the fight in Untucked
- "People think that, since I'm pretty, and I'm sexy, that I should just do slutty all the time." - From Episode 1
- "At the end of the day, this is a competition, and I'm out for blood."
- "I always laugh, it's a nervous thing I think" - When RuPaul announced her up for elimination on the 5th episode.
- Morgan, AKA Thomas White was born in Scotland to a Scottish father and an American Mother, and moved to the United States at the age of 15.
- Morgan's Drag Mother is Season 4 contestant and Cher impersonator, Chad Michaels.
- Jenna Jameson and Joan Jett inspired Morgan to do drag.
- Morgan's favorite song to perform in drag is "So What" by Pink, who he impersonated in the "Snatch Game."
- One of Morgan's purposes in performing in drag as "Pink" is to create a platform to support LGBT rights.
- If Morgan wasn't doing drag, Thomas said he probably would have finished school and studied in the medical fields.
- Before moving to Los Angeles, Thomas went to school to become a Immunologist.
- Morgan McMichaels is a professor on RuPaul's Drag U, from Seasons 1, 2 & 3, with fellow Season 2 contestants, Raven, Jujubee, Pandora Boxx & Tyra Sanchez
- Morgan and BenDeLaCreme are the only queens to win the first challenge of their season and not make it to the final 3.
- Morgan made an appearance in the season premier of Season 8, helping Ru pick a contestant by random and paying homage to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert before the main challenge.
Follow Morgan McMichaels
4th: Tatianna, 5th: Pandora Boxx (Miss Congeniality), 6th: Jessica Wild, 7th: Sahara Davenport, 8th: Morgan McMichaels, 9th: Sonique, 10th: Mystique Summers, 11th: Nicole Paige Brooks, 12th: Shangela Laquita Wadley
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