In this week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Mini Challenge was the infamous “Bitch Fest with Puppets.” Why? Because everyone loves puppets. Sasha won the challenge. The Maxi Challenge was a “Ball…the Gayest Ball Ever,” where the girls have to work three looks: “Rainbow She Better Do,”  “Sexy Unicorn,” and “Village People Eleganza Extravaganza.” In the end, Shea won the challenge with Sasha a close second, and Trinity was safe. The bottom two were Peppermint and Alexis, but Peppermint KILLED the lip sync challenge and Alexis sashayed away.  Her exit interview:

Q: At what age did drag become an interest and how did you pick your name?

A: I started dressing up in my mom’s clothes when I was very young, but it tapered off as I grew up. It then resurfaced in middle and high school, and I started to pursue drag professionally in my first year of college. As for my name, I struggled finding a comical name that felt right. So, I decided to feminize my given name, and came up with Alexis Michelle. It is very indicative of what my drag style is.

Q: How many times did you apply to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race? How did it feel when you found out you got chosen?

A: This was my eighth time applying to be on the show. When I found out I was cast, it was a wild, surreal, dream come true. It was very gratifying and throughout the process I had to constantly pinch myself and say, “Girl, it’s happening!”

Q: Is there additional pressure on the contestants now that RuPaul has been on for 8 seasons and 2 all-star seasons?

A: There is some pressure as the visibility of the show is now greater than ever.

Q: Tell us about your RuPaul’s Drag Race experience?

A: It was a whirlwind and it flew by, but it also felt like I was there for a year. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but also the most rewarding. It is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Q: The last few episodes you seemed stressed and defensive. Was it just the pressure of the competition?

A: Yes. The competition was stiff and it was very stressful. We all felt that the heat was turned up.

Q: Who do you want to win?

A: I am truly rooting for all of them. It is too hard to choose because they are all deserving.

Q: Who from the cast are you genuine friends with?

A: I feel a kinship towards all of them. However, I speak with Peppermint, Charlie, Sasha, and Farrah the most.

Q: Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.

A: People would be surprised to find out that I almost didn’t audition for season nine, and was thinking about going to culinary school instead! 

Q: What’s ahead for Alexis?

A: Next, I’ll be touring with my one womAn show, so be sure to come check it out! Also, stay tuned for music.

To find out more about Alexis Michelle, Check out her website: or catch her on social media Michelle,