Why did BeBe Zahara Benet turn to drag? (EXCLUSIVE)

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Perhaps you have heard of the reality competition series that could. RuPaul’s Drag Race — which was, of course, created by legendary Emmy-winning drag queen RuPaul Charles. The groundbreaking, diverse drag queen competition show has snatched Emmys and earned mainstream pop culture recognition. It continues to attract new fans and retain the loyalists it has attracted since its humble 2009 start. (Y’all will remember that Godforsaken). “Vaseline” camera filter?)

Perhaps the VH1 series wouldn’t be the sensation it is today without the impact of its very first winner, BeBe Zahara Benet — whose name out of drag is Marshall Ngwa. Paving the way for beloved winners like Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5), Bob the Drag Queen (Season 8), Aquaria (Season 10), and Jaida Essence Hall (Season 12), BeBe is a trailblazing artist and performer with a powerful story — one that will inspire others to shoot for the stars in hopes of achieving their own queer American dream.