Braden Chapman, Hanson, Massachusetts
Drag performer, singer-songwriter, actor
Mimi Imfurst is an American drag performer, actor and recording artist. Imfurst was a fixture in the New York Drag scene, nominated for 12 Glammy Awards, before appearing on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race. Imfurst is also a founding member of the girl group Xelle.
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Mimi Imfurst was born Braden Chapman in Hanson, Massachusetts, but was raised in Maine. Chapman became homeless when he was kicked out of his house for being gay. He was later adopted by a lesbian couple and started doing drag at the age of 16. Chapman graduated from Marymount Manhattan College.
Mimi Imfurst originally went by the drag name "Delilah," which was inspired by Hedy Lamarr's character in Samson and Delilah.
Mimi Imfurst is perhaps best known for his annual Christmas show where he portrays Jesus's mother Mary, for which he appears in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Despite this, Imfurst's role has been met with controversy. In 2005, the Catholic Advocacy Coalition named him one of the top ten anti-Catholic people. One of his shows in Times Square was protested by over 600 people.
In 2010, Imfurst acted in several Off-Broadway plays, including Boylesque, a parody of the film Burlesque, which opened at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. He also acted in Mayo on Your Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Bowery Poetry Club and Thank You for Being a Friend, a parody of the The Golden Girls. Imfurst starred in the title role in Rhoda Heartbreak.
Imfurst 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, and Sherry Vine.
Mimi Imfurst auditioned three times before becoming a contestant on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race. He was eliminated after lifting fellow contestant India Ferrah over his head during their lip-sync. Imfurst was among 12 former contestants brought back for RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race. He was partnered with Pandora Boxx to form Team Mandora, but was eliminated in the first episode. In the show's fifth season, Jinkx Monsoon impersonated Imfurst for the main challenge during Episode 2, "Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza."
In 2011, Imfurst appeared in an Entertainment Weekly photo spread along with Pandora Boxx that featured Melissa McCarthy channeling Divine. Imfurst also appeared on the cover of Next with Carmen Carrera and Manila Luzon. That same year, Imfurst starred as Rodney in the Off-Broadway play My Big Gay Italian Wedding.
Mimi Imfurst has appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and the The Howard Stern Show. Imfurst also performs as a stand-up comedian, having opened for Kathy Griffin and Mo'Nique.
Xelle is an American pop "girl group", consisting of members Mimi Imfurst, JC Cassis, and Rony G. The group first met in 2010 when Imfurst hosted a karaoke bash.
For Xelle's first music video "Party Girl," the group started a successful Kickstarter campaign, meeting their goal of $3,000. "Party Girl" was directed by Hilarion Banks and costumes were provided by Geoffrey Mac.
"Invincible," Xelle's second single was released on February 14, 2012, with proceeds of the song going to GLSEN. "Invincible" features fan-submitted videos holding signs that deal with victimization and bullying issues.
Xelle's music video for "Queen" featured appearances by Imfurst's fellow RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Alexis Mateo, Jiggly Caliente, Jujubee, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O'Hara, Raven, Shannel, Tammie Brown, and Yara Sofia.
Xelle has appeared on Big Ang and Jersey Couture.
Mimi Imfurst left Xelle in July of 2013, with an official statement released by the group on their web page August 1, 2013.