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Michelle Visage Profile
Michelle Visage is an American radio DJ, singer, actress, media personality, television host producer, and former showgirl. Initially gaining recognition as a member of the band Seduction, she earned five singles with the group that charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
Michelle Visage Age
Visage is 55 years old as of 2023. She was born on 20th September 1968 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America. She celebrates her birthday on the 20th of September every year.
Michelle Visage Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches tall.
Michelle Visage Family
Visage grew up in New Jersey. She was adopted and was aware of this from an early age. She attended South Plainfield High School in South Plainfield, New Jersey, graduating in 1986. When Visage was 16, she won a Madonna lookalike competition. She then moved to New York and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan for two years.
Visage looked up to Madonna, Belinda Carlisle, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper, and Dale Bozzio. Visage’s mother died when she was 30, after finishing her studies she stayed in New York City to pursue a career as an actress. In New York, she was active in the club scene, and her mother, Arlene, even gave her a fake ID so she could make connections to help further her career.
Visage became prominent in the New York drag ball scene and learned voguing from various people including Willi Ninja. She also became involved with Cesar Valentino and the pair appeared voguing together on the television show The Latin Connection in 1988, which they said was the first time voguing had appeared on national TV.
Michelle Visage Surname
Michelle adopted her surname, Visage, after gaining the nickname “Cara” from the people she spent time with in the New York ball scene. However, because people pronounced it incorrectly she decided to change it to “visage” a name she has stuck with. Visage also met her future friend and co-star RuPaul for the first time in the late 1980s, when she attended club nights and parties hosted by Susanne Bartsch.
In 1989, Visage performed at “The Love Ball”, which was organized by Bartsch as a benefit for the Design Industries Foundation For AIDS. It is said that The Love Ball is where Madonna first witnessed voguing, the inspiration for her song “Vogue”. However, participating in New York nightlife was not Visage’s sole occupation and during the day she worked as a receptionist at the shop Casablanca and Fundamental Things in the New York garment district.
Michelle Visage Husband and Children
She lives in California with her husband, David Case, and her two daughters. On November 10, 2015, she published her first book, The Diva Rules. In her early years, Visage suffered from an eating disorder that she says began when she was around 13 years old and continued into her adult life. Visage is vegan On Episode 214 of What’s the Tee? In her podcast with RuPaul, Visage said that as an adult, she has had sex with both human beings
“I’ve been with women; I’ve had sex with women… But I realized I never wanted to have a relationship [with them].” In April 2019, Visage revealed she had Hashimoto’s disease, which led to getting her trademark breast implants removed
Michelle Visage Radio and podcasts
Visage was the co-host of the morning show on WKTU in NYC from 1996-2002 when she and co-host RuPaul started working together professionally. When RuPaul left radio, Visage continued to many morning shows including Hot 92 Jamz (KHHT) in Los Angeles between 2002 and 2005. In 2005, Visage returned to New York City, where she served as co-host of The Morning Mix on WNEW-FM until December 2006.
She also hosted Sirius Satellite Radio’s The Beat 66 from 2003 to 2006 On March 12, 2007, she became a co-host of the morning show on SUNNY 104.3 in West Palm Beach, Florida. On January 10, 2011, she joined 93.9 MIA in Miami as the host of the new MIA Morning Show. She left Miami and MIA in December 2011, moving back to Los Angeles. Visage started co-hosting the weekly podcast RuPaul: What’s the Tee? on April 9, 2014. The pair interview celebrities and discuss many topics ranging from their personal lives to RuPaul’s Drag Race. The podcast won a 2018 Webby Award.
Visage also presented her Fabulous Divas on BBC Radio 2, with episodes broadcast in December 2019 and August 2020. In October and November 2020, she covered for Rylan Clark-Neal on his BBC Radio 2 show and in February 2022 she covered for Dermot O’Leary on his Saturday weekend breakfast show. As of 15th July 2022, she has begun presenting her show each Friday night from 7 till 9 pm on BBC Radio 2.
Michelle Visage RuPaul’s Drag Race
Two years later Visage was contacted by RuPaul again and invited to appear on season three of the show. After her boss once again said she was not able to appear, she was persuaded by her friend Leah Remini to contact CBS officials who allowed her to join the show as a judge.
So on January 24, 2011, Visage debuted as a permanent judge, along with Santino Rice and Billy B, on season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race, replacing Merle Ginsberg. She has also appeared on all seven seasons of the spin-off show, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
In 2019, she received her first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Competition Program, having been a producer of Drag Race since its eleventh season. That same year she became a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, which airs on BBC Three. In 2021, Visage served as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.
Michelle Visage appearances
On January 7, 2015, Visage became one of the contestants on the fifteenth series of the British reality series, Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5. On February 6, 2015, Visage left the house in fifth place. Since leaving the house she has appeared on some episodes of Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, a companion show that airs straight after Celebrity Big Brother.
Visage has made several other TV appearances including hosting VH1’s red carpet coverage of the 1998 Grammys and in 2002, Grease’s 25th-anniversary re-release party. On May 13, 2017, she and Ross Mathews were the commentators for Logo TV’s coverage of the Live Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
More recently she has appeared as a judge on the first two seasons of Ireland’s Got Talent, the first of which began airing on TV3 in February 2018. In 2020, Visage joined fellow Ireland’s Got Talent judge Louis Walsh on the judging panel of the teen recycled-fashion competition Junk Kouture.
Michelle Visage Career
Visage auditioned and won a place for Seduction, an R&B and dance vocal trio assembled by Robert Clivilles and David Cole that signed with A&M Records in 1990. The group had several hits, the most famous being “Two to Make It Right”. After the group’s breakup, Visage collaborated with the freestyle dance act TKA as a guest vocalist on the song “Crash “.
Visage provided lead vocals and was the recording artist of another dance act assembled by Clivilles and Cole, The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. The song “It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day”, which was a cover version of Bill Withers’s song “Lovely Day”, was included on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. “It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day” became a number-one dance single and peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1993.
Visage has also been featured on several of RuPaul’s music albums and appears in the music videos for “New York City Beat” and “From Your Heart”, which originally premiered on RuPaul’s Green Screen Christmas Special (2015), and were later uploaded to World of Wonder’s YouTube channel. Visage has also made guest appearances in the videos for RuPaul’s songs “Glamazon”, “Responsitrannity”, “The Beginning” and “Nothing for Christmas”.
Michelle Visage Book: The Diva Rules
Visage is not your average diva. Powerful, positive, and polished, this diva’s not only glamorous, but she’s also a savvy businesswoman with serious credentials who works her tail off. From her days vogueing in the downtown Manhattan clubs in the ’90s to her successful career in radio and her ultimate cult status as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Michelle has achieved her dreams and then some!
In The Diva Rules, Visage shares her rules and advice for living life to the fullest and finding success no matter the hand you’re dealt. With her no-nonsense style and super sassy voice, Michelle tells readers to “Keep Your Shit Together,” “Give Good Face,” and “Be Thankful You’re a Misfit,” in addition to 22 other invaluable life lessons on finding your power and sparkling your way to the top
Michelle Visage Net Worth
Visage has an estimated annual net worth of $ 2 million to $6 million earned from her career.
Michelle Visage Social Media Platforms
Visage is very active on her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. She has 659.9k followers on Twitter, 2 Million followers on Instagram, and 508k followers on Facebook.