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Growing up as a preacher’s son, Micheal faced two options: embrace the church or break free. Michael discovered his true calling by observing his sister’s unsuccessful attempts to mirror the elegance of Jackie Kennedy while participating in Alabama’s beloved child beauty pageants. At 16, he embarked on a one-way journey to New York and never glanced back.

Drawing inspiration from the pageants he had once witnessed, Mimi emerged with the mantra that more is always better. By day, Micheal diligently tends to the temperamental machines at the renowned King Wash Launderette. By night, Mimi transforms, dazzling the worn stages of New York’s drag clubs with dreams as big as her hair. Reaching for the stars and never settling for less, Paradise has become the true home Alabama never was.


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