Nea Marshall Kudi was born on March 20, 1984, better known as BeBe Zahara Benet, is a former male model, a drag queen from Cameroon, a 2009 OUT 100 Nominee, and winner of the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season.
Benet was a male model in Paris when he was asked to put on a dress to walk the runway as a female. This was Benet’s first experience with drag. Benet describes his drag persona Bebe as, “a strong and beautiful character illusion created for entertainment and the artistic expression of the feminine.” BeBe recently signed with Shakir Entertainment management.
Benet won the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” on Logo’s popular reality series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which premiered on the network in February 2009. Benet’s prizes included l.a. eyeworks print ads, $20,000 from Absolut and MAC cosmetics, a fashion spread in Paper magazine, and a spot on the national Absolut Pride tour
Benet currently resides in New York City. Upon moving to the United States from France, BeBe found herself in Minneapolis to be closer to family.