Anyone who watches RuPaul's Drag Race knows that RuPaul is the ultimate star of the show. He's not only the most famous drag queen in the world but he's also paved the way to exposure for many a drag queen through his ginormous platform. But there's one personality on the show that can potentially give RuPaul a run for his money — and that's the lovely Michelle Visage.
Michelle joined the cast of Drag Race in Season 3 of the show as a judge. She replaced Merle Ginsberg, who served on the judges' panel for the first two seasons. Now with nearly seven seasons in her pocket and a proven track record for providing insight and provocative advice, Michelle is a force to be reckoned with in her own right.
Michelle and RuPaul at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards.
But still, with new episodes of Gay for Play — Ru's trivia show — many fans continue to have questions about Michelle's mysterious background. What did she do for a living prior to RuPaul, is she a drag queen herself, and who is she married to? Keep reading to find out the answers to the most-asked questions about Michelle.
Is Michelle a drag queen?
Many fans of the show have misconceptions about Michelle's gender and/or status. Though she is a judge on a show about drag, Michelle is neither a drag queen nor is she transgender. She is a cis-gender woman.
What did Michelle do for a living prior to RuPaul?
Michelle Visage — whose real name is Michelle Lynn Shupack — is a singer, host, DJ, and now, TV personality. Her singing career began as a member of a girl group called Seduction. In the '90s, she began co-hosting The RuPaul Show on VH1 and covering red carpets. When she was 16, Michelle won a Madonna lookalike contest.
How old is Michelle?
The 48-year-old reality TV judge is from New Jersey and was adopted when she was nine months old.
Michelle performing with the RuPaul cast in Manchester in 2016.
What's Michelle's net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Michelle is worth $800,000. While much of her income comes from her work on TV with RuPaul, she is also an author of a book, a podcast host, and a vocalist.
Who is Michelle's husband?
Michelle met her husband David Case, an author and screenwriter, in 1997. While they have been together for more than 20 years and share two daughters together, the exact date of their wedding is ambiguous. He's best known for working on TV shows like Law & Order, All My Children, One Life to Live, and The Secret Life of….