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BeBe Zahara Benet

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Citizenship  Cameroon
Role  Drag queen
Successor  Tyra Sanchez
Years active  1997 – present
Reality show  RuPaul's Drag Race
Name  BeBe Benet

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Full Name  Nea Marshall Kudi
Born  20 March 1981 (age 34) (1981-03-20) Cameroon
Known for  RuPaul's Drag Race (season 1) winner
Residence  New York City, New York, United States
Similar People  Tyra Sanchez, Nina Flowers, Sutan Amrull, Jujubee, Jinkx Monsoon

Occupation  Drag performer, Singer

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Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa (born March 20, 1981), better known as BeBe Zahara Benet, is a former male model, a drag queen from Cameroon and winner of the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" from the first season of the popular reality television series RuPaul's Drag Race.


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Kudi'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 at the last minute when a model didn't show up. Kudi describes his drag persona Bebe as "a strong and beautiful character illusion created for entertainment and the artistic expression of the feminine."


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Benet's first dance single, "I'm the Sh*t" was released on November 16, 2009. The single has been remixed by such notable remixers as Felix Baumgartner, Ralphi Rosario and Mark Picchiotti. He released his sophomore 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. He released his third single "Dirty Drums" on April 17, 2012 via iTunes. He is set to release his first full-length album in 2014. Preceding his debut album is the lead single "Face," released on March 3, 2014.


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Benet won the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" on the first season of Logo's popular reality series, RuPaul's Drag Race. Benet's prizes included an L.A Eyeworks print ad campaign, US$20,000 from Absolut Vodka and MAC Cosmetics, a fashion spread in Paper magazine, and a spot on the national Absolut Pride tour. In 2011, he appeared in two episodes of RuPaul's Drag U where he served as a drag professor.

Personal life

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Upon arriving in the United States from France, Kudi first settled in Minneapolis to be closer to family.


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  • "I'm The Sh*t" (2009)
  • "Cameroon" (2010)
  • "Dirty Drums" (2012)
  • "Face" (2014)

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