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Intro American drag queen
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From United States of America
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Gender transgender female
Peoplepill ID peppermint
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Peppermint or Miss Peppermint, is an American actress, singer, television personality, drag queen, and activist from New York City. She is best known from the nightlife scene and, in 2017, as the runner-up on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. In 2018 Peppermint made her debut in The Go-Go's-inspired musical Head Over Heels as Pythio, becoming Broadway’s first out trans woman to originate a lead role.


Career beginnings

Peppermint started performing at the New York City nightclub Tunnel's Kurfew parties, ultimately becoming a fixture in New York City nightlife. She started recording music in 2005 for Jonny McGovern's mixtape Jonny McGovern Presents: This is NYC, Bitch! The East Village Mixtape. She contributed the song "Servin' It Up", which was produced by Adam Joseph. The song was later released as Peppermint's debut single in 2006.

Peppermint was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC by gay.com in 2010. The series featured fellow New York drag queens Bianca Del Rio, Dallas DuBois, Hedda Lettuce, Lady Bunny, Mimi Imfurst, and Sherry Vine. She also appeared as a drag-version of Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model Cycle 14, Episode 5: "Smile and Pose" introducing a drag-theme runway challenge at Lucky Chengs in New York City.

In 2011, Sherry Vine and Peppermint released a parody of the Lady Gaga and Beyoncé song "Telephone," titled "Make Me Moan". Following the viral success of the music video, Peppermint later released other parody songs, including a parody of Azealia Banks' song "212", titled "21/12". Her song "If I Steal Your Boyfriend" was used in the 2011 film Eating Out 5: The Open Weekend.

RuPaul's Drag Race

On February 2, 2017, Peppermint was announced as one of the fourteen contestants on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Though other transgender women have competed on RuPaul's Drag Race, she was the first to be out prior to the show airing, having come out in 2012. She won the Roast Challenge in episode 8. She placed in the bottom two in two challenges, lip-synching to Madonna's "Music" and the Village People's "Macho Man", winning both. Her performances earned her the favorable nickname "Lip Sync Assassin".

Ultimately, she finished in second place after winner Sasha Velour, after they both lip-synced to Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right but It's Okay".

Head Over Heels

Peppermint made her Broadway debut in The Go-Go's-inspired musical Head Over Heels using the songs of The Go-Go's. The plot of the show is somewhat based on The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia written by Sir Philip Sidney in the 16th century. The show began previews in June 2018 and officially opened July 2018, at the Hudson Theatre; playing the role of Pythio, Peppermint became the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.

Writing for Deadline Hollywood, Greg Evans summed up his impression of the musical as "occasionally amusing, occasionally cloying", expressing disappointment that many popular Go-Go's songs appeared to have been flattened over the years the musical spent in development. In Entertainment Weekly, Kelly Connolly viewed the show more favorably, praising "the charismatic cast" and Michael Mayer's "joyful production"; she gave the A- score overall. The New York Times's critic Ben Brantley's review drew criticism as transphobic and misgendering of Peppermint's character. The Times subsequently edited the review and Brantley apologized for it, writing that he had tried to "reflect the light tone of the show". The show closed in January 2019.

Television appearances

Peppermint has had appearances on Pose and Saturday Night Live, and in October 2019 played the role of Pastor Olivia, "the [transgender] leader of an LGBTQ-friendly congregation", in a two-episode arc of God Friended Me.

Personal life

Peppermint is a trans woman who was raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware. She felt her non-gender conformity was policed so she tried to fit in with others' expectations. She transitioned after moving to New York City and came out in 2012, before she appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Though other transgender women have competed on the show, she was the first to come out prior to the show airing. She does not use her birth name, and asks that publications not deadname her. For several years, she went by the name "Angel", which derived from her portraying Angel in a one-act of Rent. While a contestant on Drag Race, Peppermint revealed that when she had been a high-school cheerleader, she had been beaten up by a male member of her high school's basketball team.


Studio albums

Title Details
Hardcore Glamour
  • Released: September 16, 2009
  • Label: Hardcore Glamour
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Black Pepper
  • Released: June 21, 2017
  • Label: Hardcore Glamour
  • Formats: digital download
A Girl Like Me: Letters to My Lovers
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Producer Entertainment Group


Title Details
Sugar & Spiked
  • Released: April 3, 2017
  • Label: JRED Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: March 10, 2018
  • Label: SNOWCONE
  • Formats: digital download


As lead artist

Song Year Album
"Servin' It Up" 2006 Hardcore Glamour
"Thought Ya Knew" 2007
"Dolla in My Titty (Part 1)" 2013 Non-album singles
"C.L.A.T." 2017
"Civil War" Black Pepper
"Too Funky"
"#Liftmeup" 2019 non-album single
"What You're Looking For" 2020 A Girl Like Me: Letters to My Lovers

As featured artist

Song Year Peak chart positions Album
"Category Is"
2017 non-album single
"I Call Shade"
2019 13 Plastic

Other appearances

Song Year Other artist(s) Album
"We Three Queens" 2017 Manila Luzon and Alaska Thunderfuck Christmas Queens 3
"What Child Is This" Thorgy Thor
"R U Mad" 2018 Michael Blume & Shea Coulee Cynicism & Sincerity
"Pretty Girl Anthem" Jiggly Caliente T.H.O.T. Process
"Vision of Nowness" Original Broadway Cast of Head Over Heels Head Over Heels (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" Jeremy Kushnier, Rachel York, & Original Broadway Cast of Head Over Heels
"Whoever You Might Be" 2020 Jackson Teeley Within Earshot: Anthems for the In-Between

Music videos

Song Year Director
"Servin' It Up"
2006 N/A
"Thought Ya' Knew" 2008
"Working Girl" 2009
"Excuse My Beauty" 2010 Brendan Kyle Cochrane
"Let You Have It" Karl Giant
2011 N/A
"Dolla in My Titty" 2014
"Too Funky"
2017 Marsin
"Civil War" Mikhail Torich
2018 Brenden T. R. Gregory
"Black Pepper" Assaad Yacoub
"Vision of Nowness" 2019 Tyler Stone

Parody music videos

Song Year Director
"Make Me Moan" 2010 Blake Martin
"JLo Papi" 2012 Francis Von Legge
"3D End of Time" N/A
"21/12" Francis Von Legge
"Epic Broadway Medley Parody" (Sherry Vine and Peppermint) 2017 N/A

Awards and nominations

Year Award Giving Body Category Work Results Ref.
2018 WOWIE Awards Break A Leg Award Peppermint in Head over Heels Won
2019 WOWIE Awards Best TV Moment Herself and Jiggly Caliente Nominated
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