December 25, 1964
Los Angeles, California, USA
Mathu Andersen has been involved in the creative process since he was nineteen years-old, working in fashion, music, art, popular culture and “unpopular culture.”
Originally from New South Wales, Australia, Mathu Andersen has a background in fashion and textile design. His work on the film “Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds” as makeup artist earned him a “Best Achievement in Costume Design” nomination with The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in 1988. After moving to New York in 1986, he teamed up with Zaldy Goco and became a fixture of NYC nightlife. Andersen has worked with photographers including Francesco Scavullo, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Deborah Turbeville, and Ellen von Unwerth. His work has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, Harper’s, Glamour, Allure, and Cosmopolitan. Andersen has also photographed Dita Von Teese, Kelly Osbourne, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, RuPaul, La Toya Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Nicole Richie, Khloe Kardashian, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Abdul, Leah Remni and Cher’s mom.
Anderson moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and after a successful career working in music videos and joined “RuPaul’s Drag Race“ and spin-off show “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars“ as RuPaul’s go-to hair, make-up and stylist guru. He was the creative producer and managed RuPaul’s image for the show. Although Anderson has worked extensively in the world of make up, he has also put more energy towards his work in photography and graphic design. His work with World of Wonder Productions has also allowed him to expand into other areas like writing, directing, producing, film editing and generally being a part of pop culture in an interesting way.
In 2009, he was makeup designer for the Michael Jackson documentary “This Is It“. In 2013 he launched his first ever solo show “The Instagram Art of Mathu Andersen” showcasing a selection of his work. In 2014, Anderson strut the runway for the Marco Marco Show during the LA Fashion Week 2014 along with the who’s who of West Hollywood and Drag Race personalities.
I, of course, am supermodel of the underworld.
Mathu Andersen left “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2017 in the middle of production of the first episode of its ninth season. Thereafter, he deleted all his social media content and accounts. Only remnants of his Instagram and YouTube channel are left. A recluse, Anderson is timid about his rising popularity which he expressed in a reply to a comment of his one-on-one talk with RuPaul, “Oh my……such kind comments. That is gratifying. Comment sections can be quite daunting sometimes.“ There’s no official word about his departure or whereabouts, except for a recent photo op shared by Mario Diaz on Twitter.
Well……after years of lurking around Youtube I think i have the confidence to perhaps participate and upload my own content. This is still a daunting prospect because i have seen how people behave in comment sections and quite frankly its a jungle in here……. Go read “Lord of the flies” ……or see the movie, as reading does not seem to be such a popular pass time any more. Anyhow for some reason I seem to picking up some subscribers so i am taking that as a sign of encouragement. This may take a minute to figure out….But it will happen…….Oh yes…..it will happen
— Mathu Andersen/YouTube (Oct. 4, 2008)
Mathu Andersen is best known for his long-time collaboration with RuPaul in creating the glamazon drag persona they both affectionately call "the monster."
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