Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, also known mononymously as Alaska or as Alaska Thunderfuck, Alaska Thunderfvck, or Alaska 5000[2] is the stage name of Justin Honard, an American drag performer, recording artist, and drag idol. Honard is best known for appearing on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life

Justin Andrew Honard was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 2003.[3][4] He studied theater at the University of Pittsburgh.[5] Honard has a half-brother named Cory Binney, with whom he stars in a World of Wonder web series, Bro'Laska. He also has an older sister Brooke, and a younger brother Ryan.[6]

Career

Honard originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Dissatisfied with the auditioning process, he turned to drag and got a job at the West Hollywood club, Fubar.[7] He frequently performed in the Trannyshack shows in Los Angeles.[8] In 2009, he performed in Palm Springs Gay Pride with Tammie Brown and Jer Ber Jones.[9]

Honard met future boyfriend Sharon Needles through Myspace in December 2009 and eventually moved back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with him in 2010.[3] Along with Sharon Needles and Cherri Baum, he formed the band Haus of Haunt, which later evolved into a drag troupe based out of the bar the Blue Moon.[10] As part of the Haus of Haunt, he helped present the Pittsburgh debut of fellow drag queen and recording artist Christeene Vale in 2013.[11] Alaska later impersonated Christeene for the music video "RuPaulogize" by Willam Belli.[12]

It was announced in November 2012 that Alaska Thunderfuck was among 14 drag queens who would be competing on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, but would be known by the mononym Alaska.[3][13] He had previously auditioned every season for the show.[7] Alaska won the fragrance commercial-themed main challenge in the episode "Scent of a Drag Queen" and the main challenge for "Sugar Ball."[14][15] As part of the show, Alaska sang on the "We Are the World"-inspired song "Can I Get an Amen?". The song's proceeds helped benefit the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.[16] In May 2013, during the season finale, Jinkx Monsoon was declared the winner and Alaska was declared the runner-up of the season, along with fellow competitor Roxxxy Andrews.

In October 2013, Alaska performed as Dr. Frank N. Furter in the Woodlawn Theatre's production of The Rocky Horror Show. RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage and season four contestant Willam Belli also starred in the musical.[17]

Since appearing on RuPaul's Drag Race, Honard has toured and performed consistently, appearing in RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons shows, the Drag Stars at Sea cruises, custom one-woman shows such as a Stevie Nicks tribute called "Stevie Forever", a cabaret show called "Red for Filth", and a holiday show called "Blue Christmas".[18][19] During the summer of 2014, he starred in a stage production of "Sex and the City".[20] With brother Cory Binney, Honard has a web series sponsored by World of Wonder, called Bro’Laska.[21] Alaska recently became a spokesmodel for American Apparel alongside Willam Belli and Courtney Act.[22]

Honard has since pursued a music career, and released a string of singles, namely "Ru Girl", "Your Makeup Is Terrible", and "Nails". In June 2015, Alaska's debut album, Anus, was released to positive reviews. Singles from the album included "Hieeee" and "This is My Hair".[23][24][25][26][27]

Artistry

Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 is Jer Ber Jones' drag daughter.[28] Jones is noted for pioneering "tranimal" drag, which originated in Los Angeles and emphasized nontraditional drag influences such as Leigh Bowery and the Cockettes.[29] Honard's drag name is derived from Alaskan Thunderfuck, a strain of marijuana. Alaska counts Divine, Britney Spears, and Marilyn Monroe as her main influences. Her drag character's back story revolves around being an alien who crash-landed from the planet Glamtron.[2][4]

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
US
Dance

[4]
US
Heat

[4]
US
Indie

[4]
Anus3414

Singles

As lead artist

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
Comedy
Digital

[35]
"Ru Girl"[4]2013Non-album single
"Your Makeup Is Terrible"[4]2014Anus
"Nails"[4]
"Hieeee"[4]20155
"This Is My Hair"[5]
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
Comedy
Digital

[35]
"Let's Get Something Started"[5]
(Candy Apple Blue featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
2013Night Tracks
"Can I Get an Amen?"[5]
(Rupaul featuring Drag Race Season 5 Cast)
Non-album single
"I Look Fuckin' Cool"[5]
(Adore Delano featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
2014Till Death Do Us Party
"American Apparel Ad Girls"[5]
(with Courtney Act & Willam)
10Shartistry in Motion
"Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man"[5]
(with Courtney Act & Willam)
Non-album single
"Ride for AIDS"
(Willam featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
201512Shartistry in Motion
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances

TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Kai Kai"[5]2013Sharon Needles, Ana MatronicPG-13
"Miss Fame"[5]2015Miss FameBeauty Marked

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2015TupiniQueensHimselfIn production. Brazilian film.[5]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2011RuPaul's Drag RaceHimselfSeason 3Episode 1: Casting Extravaganza
2012RuPaul's Drag Race: UntuckedHimselfSeason 4 – Cameo in video message
2013RuPaul's Drag RaceHimselfSeason 5 – Runner-up
2013RuPaul's Drag Race: UntuckedHimselfSeason 5
2015The Art OfHimselfEpisode: "The Art of Drag"
2015RuPaul's Drag RaceHimselfSeason 7Episode 1: Born Naked

Web series

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2013Pure CampHimselfProduced by World of Wonder[5]
2014–presentBro'LaskaHimselfProduced by World of Wonder[21]

Music videos

As lead artist

TitleYearDirectorRef.
"Hooker Shoes"
(featuring Amy Vodkahaus)
2013Michael David and Michael Quigley[6]
"Ru Girl"Carly Usdin[6]
"Your Makeup is Terrible"2014Saša Numić[6]
"Nails"Ben Simkins[6]
"American Apparel Ad Girls"
(with Courtney Act & Willam)
Shawn Adeli[6]
"Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man"
(with Courtney Act & Willam)
Mairin Hart[6]
"Hieeee"2015Ben Simkins[6]
"This Is My Hair"Jayson Whitmore[6]
"Everyday Is Christmas"Paul Alley[6]
"Gimme All Your Money"
(feat. Laganja Estranja)
2016Justin Andrew Honard and Nick Laughlin[6]
"Anus"Sasa Numic[60]

As featured artist

TitleYearDirectorRef.
"Let's Get Something Started"
(Candy Apple Blue featuring Alaska Thunderfuck 5000)
2013Fading Brunette[61]
"Can I Get an Amen?"
(Rupaul featuring Drag Race Season 5 Cast)
2013Lucian Piane[62]
"I Look Fuckin' Cool"
(Adore Delano featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
2014Ben Simkins[63]
"Ride for AIDS"
(Willam featuring Alaska Thunderfuck)
2015Ryan Parma[64]
"Expensive"
Todrick Hall
2016Todrick Hall

Theatre

YearTitleRoleTheatreRef.
2013The Rocky Horror ShowDr. Frank N. FurterWoodlawn Theatre[17]