Miss Fame is the stage name of Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen an American drag queen, makeup artist, model, recording artist and reality television personality who competed on season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Following his elimination from the show, Dam-Mikkelsen launched a music career, releasing his debut single, "Rubber Doll" on April 28, 2015. His debut album, Beauty Marked, was released on June 9, 2015.

Career

Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen was born in San Luis Obispo, California. Dam-Mikkelsen worked as a male editorial model in California. Following the advice of fashion photographer Mike Ruiz, he moved to New York in 2011 and started working as a makeup artist. At the same time he began modeling and performing in drag as "Miss Fame."

Miss Fame was noticed by photographer Mary McCartney who featured him in her book Devoted. He has also appeared in Half-Drag, a photo series by Leland Bobbé which attracted international attention and was featured in Vogue Italia. Miss Fame was also photographed for Gorgeous, a project by photographers Rob Lebow and Masha Kupets that involved Armen Ra, Candis Cayne, and Tammie Brown. Dam-Mikkelsen works as a celebrity makeup artist in New York, and has worked on models and celebrities including Ève Salvail, Snooki and JWoww, Martha Wash, Wendy Williams, and Michael Urie.

On December 7, 2014, during the "Ru-Veal" of the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Miss Fame was the first queen announced to be a contestant on the show. He was eliminated in the ninth episode, "Divine Inspiration", placing him seventh overall. Following his elimination, he released the music video for "Rubber Doll", which was the first single from his debut album Beauty Marked. The album was released June 9, 2015, and featured appearances from fellow Drag Race contestants Alaska Thunderfuck and Violet Chachki.

Discography

Albums

TitleDetailsPeak
chart
positions
US
Dance

US
Heat

Beauty Marked1725

Singles

TitleYearAlbum
"Rubber Doll"2015Beauty Marked
"InstaFame"
"I Run The Runway"2016

Other appearances

TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Drag Race Theme"2015RuPaulRuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2
"Toyland"Various ArtistsChristmas Queens

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleRef.
2015A Change of HeartHimself

Television

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2014Snooki & JwowwHimselfEpisode: "What a Drag!"
2015RuPaul's Drag RaceHimself (Contestant)Season 7 - Placed 7th

Web series

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2014–presentPainted by FameHimselfMakeup tutorials
2015UntuckedHimselfCompanion show to RuPaul's Drag Race

Music videos

TitleYearDirectorRef.
"Drag Race Theme"2015Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen
"Rubber Doll"2015Ben Simkins
"InstaFame"2015Ben Simkins
"Toyland"2015Carlos Maldonado
"I Run The Runway (feat. Violet Chachki)"2016Marco Adriano Pirrone

Music video appearances

TitleYearDirectorRef.
"Save the Queen"
(Garek)
2012Unknown
"Supermodel (You Better Work)" (2013 Edit)
(RuPaul)
2013Marco Ovando
"Go All Night"
(Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson)
2014Roboshobo
"Opulence"
(Brooke Candy)
2014Steven Klein
"My Animal"
(Garek)
2015Mike Ruiz