Justin Andrew Honard was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 2003. He studied theater at the University of Pittsburgh.
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. He frequently performed in the Trannyshack shows in Los Angeles. In 2009, he performed in Palm Springs Gay Pride with Tammie Brown and Jer Ber Jones.
Honard met future boyfriend Sharon Needles through Myspace in December 2009 and eventually moved back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with him in 2010. Along with Sharon Needles and Cherri Baum, he formed the band the Haus of Haunt, which later evolved into a drag troupe based out of the bar the Blue Moon. As part of the Haus of Haunt, he helped present the Pittsburgh debut of fellow drag queen and recording artist Christeene Vale in 2013. Alaska later impersonated Christeene for the music video "RuPaulogize" by Willam Belli and Sharon Needles.
In November 2012, Logo announced 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. He had previously auditioned every season for the show. Alaska won the fragrance commercial-themed main challenge in the episode "Scent of a Drag Queen" and the main challenge for "Sugar Ball." 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. In May 2013, Alaska, along with fellow competitor Roxxxy Andrews, was declared the Runner-Up of the season.
Aaron Coady, known by his stage name Sharon Needles, is an American drag performer and recording artist. Needles rose to prominence on the 4th season of the Logo reality competition RuPaul's Drag Race, where he was crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar" in April 2012. His boyfriend and fellow drag performer was Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 (born Justin Andrew Honard). Honard met Needles online in 2009 and eventually moved back to Pittsburgh to live with him in 2011. In November 2013 it was announced that Honard and his boyfriend Sharon Needles had split up after a 4-year relationship.
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. Sharon Needles played the role the year prior.
Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 is Jer Ber Jones' drag daughter. Jones is noted for pioneering "tranimal" drag, which originated in Los Angeles and emphasized nontraditional drag influences such as Leigh Bowery and the Cockettes. Honard's drag name is derived from Alaskan Thunderfuck, a strain of marijuana. Alaska counts Divine, Britney Spears, and Marilyn Monroe as influences. His drag character's back story revolves around being an alien who crash-landed from the planet Glamtron.
Aaron Coady (born November 28, 1981), better known by his stage name Sharon Needles, is an American drag performer and recording artist. A self-described "stupid genius, reviled sweetheart, and PBR princess," Needles rose to prominence on the fourth season of the Logo reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race, where he quickly became a fan favorite and was subsequently crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar" in April 2012. As of April 2012, Needles lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his boyfriend and fellow drag performer, Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 (born Justin Andrew Honard). In an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, it was revealed that Alaska had auditioned for all four seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race but had not been selected (Thunderfuck would later go on to become a contestant, and runner up, on Season 5). Given Alaska's numerous attempts, Needles has expressed guilt that he was invited to compete after his first audition for the show. Honard met future boyfriend Sharon Needles through Myspace in December 2009 and eventually moved back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with him in 2011. Currently Honard lives in Los Angeles. In November 2013 it was announced that Honard and his boyfriend Sharon Needles had split up after a 4-year relationship.
Needles was born Aaron Coady on November 28, 1981 in Newton, Iowa. He has been candid in discussing his childhood years growing up in Iowa as a difficult time when he faced anti-gay and anti-"outsider" harassment, which prompted him to drop out of school before he could complete his high school education. In 2004, Needles moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he began working as a professional drag performer in nightclubs and various other venues with the drag troupe "the Haus of Haunt", which Needles describes as "one punk rock, messy mash up of very talented, fucked up weirdos."
In November 2011, it was announced that Needles had been selected to compete as a contestant on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The series premiered on January 30, 2012, and Needles was an instant stand-out for his "ghoulish" fashion sense and unconventional make-up choices. On the night of the premiere episode, Entertainment Weekly columnist Tanner Stransky hailed Needles' macabre style as "drop dead genius" and rhetorically asked "Is Sharon Needles the most 'sickening' (a drag term for 'fabulous') contestant ever?"
Throughout the fourth season of Drag Race, Needles endeared himself to audiences and became a favorite of the media, judges, and viewers alike for his quick wit, confidence, and humility, as well as for his "transgressive" aesthetic. On March 27, 2012, Lady Gaga tweeted – "Sharon Needles looks FABULOUS 2night on drag race. Very Born This Way outfit/fame monster wig. Any rentals for my tour? #needthatbodysuit." However, Needles himself admitted that he was ambivalent in believing that he could win stating, "(B)eing a comedic, campy, shtick queen and seeing how far those types of queens made it in past seasons, I would have been shocked if I made it past the first day."
In a departure from previous seasons of Drag Race, where rumors of previous winners had leaked before the final episodes could air, the decision was made not to pre-tape the finale episode announcing the season's winner. Instead, RuPaul decided to give fans an opportunity to voice their opinions as to who should win before taping of the final episode on April 25, 2012. For the taping, three outcomes were filmed announcing each of the "final 3" as the winner, with the true outcome only known to RuPaul and a select few involved in the editing. The finale episode aired on April 30, 2012, when it was announced that Needles had been crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar".
In June 2012, Needles won the Facebook vote to appear as a contestant on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, but declined, as the reigning champion, to participate in the competition. He also confirmed that his replacement in the competition would be fellow RuPaul's Drag U professor and the runner-up in the Facebook voting, Pandora Boxx.
Needles became a horror host in October 2012 when he began presenting horror and suspense films airing on the Logo network under the series title Fearce!
In April 2013, Needles was featured on the single "RuPaulogize," from Willam Belli's debut album The Wreckoning.
In June 2012, the Pittsburgh City Council issued an official proclamation declaring June 12, 2012, "Sharon Needles Day."
In October 2012, Needles became the face of an advertising campaign by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals promoting vegetarianism, appearing on billboards throughout the United States.
Untucked and Unzipped: Interviews and Recaps of RuPaul's Drag Race by Mr. B. Michael Peterson
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 29, 2013)
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Untucked and Unzipped: Interviews and Recaps of RuPaul's Drag Race contains 24 interviews and recaps of Season Four and the ALLSTARS season one, with a look into the behind-the-scenes for Northwest writer, Brian Michael Peterson.
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