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Ru Paul’s Drag Race let’s get sickening!

The most fabulous – and now Emmy award-winning – show in herstory is back. So obviously, we just had to meet the new queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine. OK ladies, now let’s get in formation…


Name Nina Bo’Nina Brown

Real name Pierre Leverne Dease

Age 34 From Atlanta, Georgia

What do you believe is the defining moment in all of drag herstory? The defining moment was way before Drag Race, but having Drag Race was a definite change for being in the public eye. Describe the moment you first got into drag… My first time in drag was just sneaking in woman’s clothing. From there it ended up transitioning to art and then back into drag, so it all blends together. What’s your drag dream? I’m living one of my drag dreams now by being on Drag Race, but I also used to dream of a drag top model show, so maybe that as well. What’s the role of drag in Trump’s America? My role in Trump’s America is to just make it and live like everyone else. But now with Drag Race queen in my bio, I can use that to my advantage to show the world that we’re here, stronger than ever. Explain what you have to offer Drag Race that we’ve never seen before… You’ve never had a Nina Bo’Nina Brown on Drag Race. I’m the queen to give you many looks, from glam to creature, to whatever I choose. Plus, as far as the show goes, most of the black queens have kind of been in the same lane, so I want to show that we black queens are just as unique as any other queens. How do you carve out a legacy and career that lasts as long as RuPaul’s? It’s kind of hard to do because drag is so cliché now and people aren’t really as wowed by it anymore. Unless I was to somehow get on mainstream TV, that’s probably the only way. But I’m down for the challenge as being as influential as Ru. Which season nine girl would you kai kai with? None!

Name Shea Couleé

Real name Jaren Shea Merrell

Age 27 From Chicago, Illinois

What do you believe is the defining moment in all of drag herstory? It would be remiss of me not to honour Martha P Johnson and how she changed the trajectory of drag forever due to her role in the Stonewall riots. Trans individuals have been major pioneers in the fight for equality for the LGBT+ community and do not get the credit they deserve for putting themselves on the front lines. Her bravery and ferocity in wanting her existence to be validated and respected has paved the way for every gender non-conforming individual.

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