Nina Bo'nina Brown

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Nina Bo'Nina Brown
Born Pierre Leverne Dease
July 12, 1982 (age 36)
Columbia, South Carolina
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation Drag queen
YouTube information
Channel
  • Bo'nina Brown Nina Bo'nina Brown
Years active 2006–present
Genre Comedy, Makeup artist
Subscribers 86,000+
(October 2018)
Total views 6.3+ million
(October 2018)
Website ninaboninabrown.com

Nina Bo'Nina Brown is the stage name of Pierre Leverne Dease,[1] an American drag performer and YouTube/reality television personality. He is best known for competing on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life

Dease was born on July 12, 1982 in Columbia, South Carolina.[2] His drag name originally was "Beatta Bitchass" until he changed it to Nina Bo'Nina Brown.[3] He auditioned for RuPaul's Drag Race ever since season five.[4] He was the makeup artist for some of Phi Phi O'Hara's looks for her "365 Days of Drag" project.[5]

Career

Brown was announced as one of fourteen contestants competing on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 2, 2017.[6] She was the winner of the premiere episode challenge with Lady Gaga as the guest judge.[7] In episode four, she voiced her thoughts on not being cast as model Blac Chyna for the Kardashian musical challenge. She named her 2018 tour "I Shoulda Been Blac Chyna", after this moment.[8] Drag Race alum Alaska also referenced this moment in a line of her song "Valentina".[9] She placed in the bottom two three times before being eliminated on the makeover episode, after losing a lip sync of "Cool for the Summer" by Demi Lovato against Shea Couleé.[10]

One of Brown's catchphrases, "Sue Me" was an inspiration for Björk's song of the same name on her 2017 album Utopia.[11] Model Tyra Banks was accused of using one of Brown's runway looks for her December 2017 cover of Paper magazine.[12][13]

In June 2018, she was sponsored by MAC Cosmetics to review and promote the 2018 Aaliyah collection.[14][15] She dressed as a humanoid zebra in the July 2018 issue of Paper, modeling for Gypsy Sport's Fall 2018 campaign.[16] She modeled again for Gypsy Sport's Spring 2019 campaign.[17]

She appeared with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo for an episode of the WOWPresents internet series "Fashion Photo RuView" on November 3, 2018, filling in for Raja and Raven.[18]

Personal life

Dease is openly gay.[19] He has struggled with depression and anxiety since moving to Atlanta, Georgia before the show.[20][21] He received death threats from fans after Valentina's elimination from Drag Race, and Dease received some backlash after retaliating with a racist comment about Latin-Americans.[22] Dease later apologized for the posts on October 2017.[23]

References

  1. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 9 episode 1: Lady Gaga, the Queens and spoilers". International Business Times AU. 2017-03-09. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  2. ^ "July 12th: It's YOUR Birthday, Bitch!". The WOW Report. 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  3. ^ Rindfuss, Bryan. "Chameleonic Queen Nina Bo'Nina Brown Brings Her Wild Drag Stylings to Heat". San Antonio Current. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  4. ^ Nina Bo'nina Brown (2012-05-07), Rupaul's drag race season 5 audition, retrieved 2018-08-03
  5. ^ "The Many Faces of Nina Bo'Nina Brown". Instinct. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  6. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Cast | logotv.com". Logo TV. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  7. ^ Cook, Michael. "RuPaul's Drag Race, Exit Interview: Nina Bo'nina Brown". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  8. ^ "Nina Bonina Brown". Shady Ladies Events. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  9. ^ "Alaska Skewers The Year's Biggest "Drag Race" Scandal With "Valentina" Music Video". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  10. ^ Sava, Oliver. "The Drag Race crew jumps in front of the camera for the makeover challenge". TV Club. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  11. ^ "Bjork Wants To Collaborate With Nina Bo'Nina Brown". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  12. ^ "Tyra Banks Accused Of Copying Drag Race Star!". Instinct. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  13. ^ Grant, David (2017-12-01). "Tyra Banks ripped off a 'Drag Race' queen and the Internet's coming for her crown". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  14. ^ "@nina_bonina_brown on Instagram: "I'm so excited about @maccosmetics @maccosmeticsuk for listening to the people and making the Aaliyah collection possible !! I hope u guys…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  15. ^ Nina Bo'nina Brown (2018-06-12), Aaliyah Mac Collection Review/Tutorial, retrieved 2018-08-03
  16. ^ "Nina Bo'Nina Brown Serves Zebra Realness in Gypsy Sport's New Campaign". PAPER. 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  17. ^ "Healing". PAPER. 2018-09-12. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  18. ^ WOWPresents (2018-11-03), FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW: Dancing Queen with Miss Vanjie and Nina Bo'nina Brown!, retrieved 2018-11-03
  19. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' moves to VH1 featuring Riverdale's Nina Bo'Nina Brown". ajc. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  20. ^ Nina Bo'nina Brown (2018-02-03), Depression and anxiety, retrieved 2018-08-03
  21. ^ Qween, Hey (2017-05-30). "Nina Bo'Nina Brown On Her Struggle With Loving Herself". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  22. ^ "Nina Bo'Nina Brown Calls Drag Race Fans 'Racist'!". Instinct. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  23. ^ Nina Bo'nina Brown (2017-10-01), My message to you, retrieved 2018-08-03
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