BeBe Zahara Benet
|Bebe Zahara Benet|
BeBe Zahara Benet in June 2009
|Born||Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa|
March 20, 1981 (age 37)
|Residence||Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Occupation||Drag performer, singer|
|Known for||RuPaul's Drag Race (season 1) winner|
BeBe Zahara Benet (born March 20, 1981) is the stage name of Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa, a Cameroonian-American drag performer and singer best known for winning the first season of the reality-television drag competition RuPaul's Drag Race in 2009. In 2018, she also returned as a surprise contestant for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars.
Benet's first experience with drag was at a Paris fashion show, where he was asked to put on a dress to walk the runway as a female as a last-minute replacement for an absent model. His first drag performance was alongside Cyndi Lauper in The Gay 90s bar in Minneapolis.
Benet's first dance single, "I'm the Sh*t", has been remixed by Felix Baumgartner, Ralphi Rosario and Mark Picchiotti. She released her second single, "Cameroon" in July 2010. Benet made a cameo appearance in the music video for Erasure's re-release of their song, A Little Respect, in December 2010 (which was a fundraiser for students of the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco. She released her third single "Dirty Drums" on April 17, 2012 via iTunes. and her fourth single, "Face," was released on March 3, 2014.
In 2011, Benet appeared in two episodes of RuPaul's Drag U, serving as a "drag professor".
Benet was revealed as the surprise 10th contestant on the third season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. She reached the season finale, but was not chosen to advance to the final two by a jury of previously eliminated queens and subsequently finished in joint third/fourth place along with Shangela.
|2017||Kisses & Feathers|
|2009||I'm The S**t|
|2017||Get Fierce (Lose Yourself)|
|2017||Starting A Fire|
|2018||Dirty Drums/Cameroon (All Stars Mix)|
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