Bunny Michael

Bunny Michael is an American visual artist, musician, and rapper, known online for their "Me and My Higher Self" memes.[4] They describe these memes as "messages of self-love and expressions of how we can all treat ourselves better".[5]

Bunny Michael
Place of birth Dallas, Texas, USA[1]
Nationality American
Pronouns they/them[2]
Gender identity nonbinary[3]
Occupation visual artist, musician
Known for "Me and My Higher Self" memes

Early lifeEdit

Bunny Michael was raised in Dallas, Texas.[6] They are the middle of three children born to a second-generation Mexican-American father and a Samoan mother. They were raised in an affluent suburb. Michael attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. They realized they were queer at the age of fifteen and stated that coming out to their family was a difficult process. Michael briefly moved in with their first girlfriend's family. They have since reconciled with their family. Michael graduated from Marymount Manhattan College.[7]


Michael is a visual artist, musician, and rapper[6] whose work often examines the relationship between the masculine and feminine, the body and the soul, and the self and higher self.[8] After graduating from college, they shared their music through Myspace. Michael was the vocalist performing by the name Bunny Rabbit with producer Black Cracker. It is described by HuffPost as an "eponymous experimental rap collaboration." Bunny Rabbit toured with CocoRosie and gained praise from New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones who stated in 2007, "I am fond of the deeply odd, occasionally obscene art rap of Bunny Rabbit."[7]

Michael garnered a large fan base through Myspace which allowed them to book their own U.S. tour.[7]

Michael was working as a waiter in 2017.[7] In 2018, Michael went on tour in Europe with Fever Ray.[9]

They are known for their "Me and My Higher Self" memes on Instagram which started when Michael was undergoing a major spiritual transformation of their own.[6] This project is aimed at increasing self-love,[10] and much like Michael's music and visual art,[11] also explores the multiplicities within the self.[6] Remezcla reports that Michael is a "queer multimedia artist...[who] utilizes music, art videos, and memes as their mediums to explore themes of self love and acceptance, spirituality, and sexuality in a time when our 'deepest truths are being revealed'."[4]

Michael is the host of “Broadly Hotline,” a web series on Broadly.[12]

Michael is currently working on starting a podcast centered around self-care, personal growth, and other millennial-related topics.[12]

Michael appeared in two seasons of the HBO series High Maintenance.

Personal lifeEdit

Michael moved to New York City one week before the September 11 attacks in 2001.[13] Michael now lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with fiancée Khara Gilvey and a cat named Pepper.[12]


  1. Fischer, Marieke (29 December 2017). "HEALED BY NATURE: BUNNY MICHAEL ON DISCOVERING HER HIGHER SELF". INDIE Magazine. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  2. https://www.instagram.com/bunnymichael/
  3. Broadly (24 October 2018). "Trans Actor Tom Phelan on Gender Pronouns: Broadly Hotline". YouTube. Retrieved 2 May 2020. Oct 24, 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alejandra, Itzel (9 January 2018). "Bunny Michael's Spiritual Memes Will Help You Find Your Higher Self". Remezcla. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  5. Rose, Annie (16 January 2017). "Bunny Michael on Spiritual Sexuality and Transcending Gender". Posture Media. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Saxelby, Ruth (December 20, 2016). "Meet Bunny Michael, The Artist Whose Tragicomic Memes Say What Everyone Is Feeling". The FADER. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Frank, Priscilla (2018-02-01). "The Selfie-Help Guru Healing Millennials On Instagram". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  8. "Posture Magazine champions underrepresented creators and entrepreneurs". Posture Media. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  9. Bulut, Selim (2018-03-16). "Bunny Michael is the meme-making, psychedelic rapper touring with Fever Ray". Dazed. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  10. Dommu, Rose (2017-07-29). "Bunny Michael's 'Self/Higher Self' Memes Spread a Message of Self-Love". Out. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  11. Baritaux, Zio (2017-12-21). "these memes are the queer, uplifting answer to evil kermit". i-D. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Oswaks, Molly (2018-08-15). "Bunny Michael Is a Rapper and Meme Maker". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  13. "Interview with Bunny Michael". Mask Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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