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"We all know that we did a great job. Those poor judges really have to split wig hairs."

The words “plastic” and “fantastic” both come to mind when talking with Trixie Mattel, a drag queen and country chanteuse with a Barbie-worthy wardrobe and biting wit.

This month, the 28-year-old Wisconsin native – known for the oversized personality, and eyelashes, she brought to season seven of “Ru Paul: Drag Race” – makes another television turn, on “Ru Paul: Drag Race All Stars.”

Mattel couldn’t tell us exactly what to expect from the show, but she assured us that “it’ll be the best season of ‘Drag Race’ to date.” And she was able to share what the rest of 2018 has in store for her.

For starters, she’ll be traveling around the world for her one-woman comedy show “Trixie Mattel – Now with Moving Parts.” She’ll also be releasing a second country album. One Stone (a follow-up to 2017’s Two Birds), in the spring. And she’ll continue to work with fellow Ru Paul alum Katya Zamolodchikova on the Viceland series “The Trixie and Katya Show,” which airs on Wednesday nights.

In other words, she’s staying busy. “This is a slow week for me, and I have to go to Chile and Peru.” But the recent Los Angeles transplant and jet-setting starlet always finds time for her fans, and for Milwaukee. “I visit a few times a year,” she says. “If I didn’t do drag for a living, I would have never left Wisconsin. Milwaukee has some fabulous artists. They just need to support each other.”


‘A Real Drag’ appears in the January 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find it on newsstands beginning January 1, or buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.

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