Nina Flowers

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Nina Flowers
Nina Flowers Drag.jpg
Born Jorge Luis Flores Sanchez
(1974-02-22) February 22, 1974 (age 43)
Residence Denver, Colorado U.S.
Occupation drag queen, DJ, make-up artist
Years active 1993 – present
Partner(s) Antonio Purcell de Ogenio

Jorge Luis Flores Sanchez[1] (born February 22, 1974),[2] better known as Nina Flowers, is a Puerto Rican drag queen, DJ, activist, professional make-up artist, and reality television personality who has been performing since 1993.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

Flowers was raised in Puerto Rico,[5] and started her drag career in March 1993 while studying to become a professional makeup artist.[6] In 1999, she won both the Miss Puerto Rico Continental and Miss City Lights Continental pageants.[7]

Television[edit]

Flowers became a cast member on Logo's reality series, RuPaul's Drag Race, which premiered on the network in February 2009. Flowers finished in second place and won the Miss Congeniality award during the first season's reunion special. The publicity generated by his participation on the show brought many new opportunities to perform at various national and international LGBT events including Denver Pride, San Juan Pride, Chicago Pride and Vancouver Pride. Besides his participation on RuPaul's Drag Race, Flowers (along with season two contestant Jessica Wild) has performed on the popular Puerto Rican television program Objetivo Fama, which airs throughout the United States and Latin America.

In early 2010, Flowers joined the cast of Logo's new reality series, RuPaul's Drag U. This summer replacement series premiered on July 19, 2010.[8] On 6 August 2012, it was announced that Flowers was one of twelve past Drag Race contestants selected to join the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars which premiered on the Logo network on 22 October 2012.[9] Forming Team Brown Flowers along with contestant Tammie Brown, both contestants were eliminated in the second episode of the series which aired on 28 October 2012.

Music[edit]

In December 2009, Flowers (in collaboration with DJ Ranny) released his first dance single "Loca", which is available for purchase via iTunes and other commercial music sites. The single has been remixed by such notable remixers as William Umana, Joe Gauthreaux, and Manny Lehman. The single reached its highest spot (#15) on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play the week of 30 January 2010.[7] Continuing his first successful venture in the dance music industry, Flowers released his first EP of original songs on July 15, 2010. Titled Start Your Engines, the album is a compilation of six tracks that he and producer/remixer William Umana produced. The first single, "Locas in da House," utilizes Flowers's trademark catchphrase in a tribal house anthem.[10] In January 2011, Flowers released his dance single "I'm Feelin Flowers", which he produced in collaboration with Miami-based deejay/producer DJ MDW.[6] His single "Rock the Beat" was released on July 31, 2012.

Nina Flowers Drag Queen
Nina Flowers

Personal life[edit]

Flowers and his partner, Antonio Purcell reside in Denver, Colorado, as of 2009.[5] In addition to his careers in drag and make-up, Flowers is one of the resident deejays at Tracks, Denver's largest gay nightclub.

On May 29, 2009, Denver's mayor, John Hickenlooper, issued a proclamation declaring May 29 as "Nina Flowers Day" in recognition of Flowers's contributions to the city's LGBT community.[11]

The artist holds residencies in several cities including Denver, CO for “Tracks Night Club,” “SAGA Saturdays” in Boston, MA; “Reload Afterhours” in Los Angeles; and “Gus Presents” in San Francisco, CA. He also held residencies at NYC’s “Viva Saturdays by Ric Sena;” “Matinee North America;” and ongoing appearances at Hydrate, Chicago, IL; Score and L.P.N Afterhours in Miami Beach; and One Magical Weekend in Orlando, FL; including many other clubs both nationally and internationally. Internationally, he’s appeared at destinations such as “THE WEEK,” in São Paulo, Brazil; The “Pink Party,” in Mexico City, and “CC Slaughters,” in Puerto Vallarta, both in Mexico; “Teatron Night Club,” in Bogota, Colombia; “Club Destinations” in Beijing, China; “Club MOAB” in Panama City, Panama; and “Club GENETIC,” in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Truly an international artist, Nina’s also appeared at cities such as Vancouver & Toronto, in Canada; Sydney and Brighton, in Australia; and the UK, at London, Birmingham, and Scotland; and San Pedro, Costa Rica. Nina continues to travel all over the world presenting a high energy, tribal sound and looks forward to being in a place near you be it live or listening to Nina’s audio selection.

Discography[edit]

EP

Singles

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Me". Nina Flowers official site. Archived from the original on April 5, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ "About". Nina Flowers verified Facebook page. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ Patricia. "Nina Flowers: RuPaul Drag Race Finalist" Right Celebrity March 24th, 2009, accessed January 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "Interview with Nina Flowers" ChicagoPride.com December 2, 2009, accessed January 13, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Kennedy, Lisa. "Nina Flowers is hot!" Denver Post May 31, 2009, accessed January 13, 2010 |archivedate= AOctober 26, 2016| archiveurl = https://web.archive.org/web/20161026043446/http://www.denverpost.com/2009/05/28/nina-flowers-is-hot/
  6. ^ a b Elfman, Sheri (January 2011). "Flower Powe". Hot Spot. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Nina Flowers One Night Only @ Spin Night Club!". ChicagoStageReview.com. December 3, 2009. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ RUPAUL’S DRAG UNIVERSITY: Sneak-Peek! from hollywoodjunket.com 14 April 2010
  9. ^ RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars cast includes Jujubee, Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon from chicago.gopride.com; 06 August 2012
  10. ^ Getting to know Denver's hottest drag queens from denver.metromix.com June 2010
  11. ^ Nina Flowers: Queen for a "Day" from www.outfrontcolorado.com 1 June 2009

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External links[edit]

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