By Mark Kariel

At press time, five episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 have aired. South Beach is proud to host the queens from Season 9. The next two queens to grace the South Beach stage are Trinity Taylor and Alexis Michelle!

May 6: Trinity Taylor!

Born Ryan Taylor in Birmingham, Alabama, and currently living in Orlando, Florida, Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor is one of 14 contestants competing for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 9.trinity-taylor5

Having started drag as a dare in high school, Trinity now has about 14 years of drag experience under her belt. And quite the belt it is! Trinity is known for her tuck, and uses @TrinityTheTuck as her name on most social media sites. She has competed in national pageants and won the National Entertainer of the Year pageant in 2014, among other titles. Trinity is definitely on Drag Race to compete, and to compete fiercely and completely.

Through the first five episodes that have aired at press time, Trinity was declared safe in two episodes, high in one episode (which basically means she was in the top three), lip-sync’d for her
life in Episode 4 along with fellow contestant Charlie Hides, and won the main challenge in Episode 3!

Let’s go back to that lip-sync for your life in Episode 4. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an absolute must. Watch it now! You’ll be mighty glad that you did. It’s full of high energy, glamour, twerking, sexiness and acrobatics!

Will Trinity’s immaculate tuck, high energy lip-syncs, and pageant experience be enough to send her to the top? Stay tuned to find out!

May 13: Alexis Michelle!

Alexis Michelle is the stage name of Alex Michaels from New York City. Having auditioned for RuPaul’s Drag Race since Season 2 of the show, Alexis was announced as one of the 14 contestants competing on Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

trinity-taylor2Through the first five episodes of Drag Race that have aired at press time, Alexis was declared safe in the first three episodes, and high in the last two episodes. No “lip-syncs for your life” yet for Alexis, so she should be considered one of the favorites to keep on marching towards that crown!

I just watched the video of Alexis Michelle at the Premiere of Season 9, which was a Broadway number of the song “All That Jazz” from the Broadway musical, Chicago. It is simply amazing and a must-see. Watch it now!

According to Alexis herself, “Alexis is known for her theatricality, her lip-sync talent, her live vocals and, um, being pretty thirsty!”

Will Alexis have the opportunity to show off her broad music and performance skills on the main stage of Season 9? How far will this talent take her? Stay tuned.

On both Saturday nights, there will be one big show with an encore after midnight, followed by an autograph and photo shoot party. Come have your photo taken with these amazing queens from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race!

South Beach is located at 810 Pacific Street in Houston, Texas 77006. For more information, visit or call 713-521-0107

Ru-minder: Stay tuned for the next edition of the MONTROSE STAR for many more upcoming RuPaul’s Drag Race events. Season 9 airs on a new night of the week, Friday, on a new channel VH1. Head over to JR’s Bar & Grill each Friday night for Houston’s only official VH1 viewing party. The show starts at 7 p.m. JR’s Bar & Grill is located at 808 Pacific Street in Houston, Texas 77006.