Where it all began…
Equal parts bold, beautiful, brassy, and business-minded, female illusionist, international recording artist, and spokesmodel Bebe Zahara Benet breaks the drag mold.
Born and raised in the Western African country of Cameroon, Bebe moved to Minneapolis nearly 15 years ago to complete her college studies and be closer to her family.
Bebe’s first introduction to the drag art form was at a Paris fashion show, where she was asked to put on a costume to walk the runway as a female at the last second when another model failed to show up. Bebe got her start as a full-on drag entertainer not long after moving to Minneapolis, inspired by the budding drag scene there. Bebe’s first major performance was alongside pop diva Cyndi Lauper in a performance of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” during LGBT Pride. Soon, Bebe was wowing audiences with her international flavor and regal stage presence. After the third attempt to recruit her, Bebe was convinced to join the inaugural season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Bebe was the last woman standing, and got right to work churning out hit music and unforgettable live shows.
“Drag artists are more men than real men. You need a lot of courage, personality, and guts to go out there. You’re going to get criticized by everyone.”
– Bebe Zahara Benet
Bebe’s latest smash is the braggadocios dance anthem and ode to beauty, “Face” produced by rising Canadian singer-songwriter Dakarai. But it’s not Bebe’s first foray into the music world; rather, it follows a string of commercial and critical hits for BeBe. Her debut single “I’m the Shit” went viral and is considered a fan-favorite throughout the country, while her follow-up “Cameroon” recently went viral in East Asia as a line-dancing sensation. “Dirty Drums” was a big seller on iTunes and “Give That Body to the Music,” a free download exclusive, became popular among many DJs around the country. BeBe has collaborated on original music with reputable producers in the dance music scene. Namely, BeBe has maintained a long-term relationship with the acclaimed producer/DJ Mark Picchiotti, who’s worked with the Kylie Minogue, and remixed for Madonna and Rihanna. BeBe has also worked with Ralphi Rosario, Felix Baumgartner and DJ Naughty Boyy. Moreover, BeBe partnered with renowned producer Beto Sutter for her sell-out show “Vanity,” who also produced Vanity’s hit predecessor and off Broadway spectacle Creature.
BeBe has impacted countless fans and supporters with her many talents and appearances. In her music, style and performances BeBe has managed to fuse glamour and high fashion with tribal sensibilities and a punk rock edge, bringing an international flare to pop culture.
Inspired by the sophistication and class of Diana Ross, the edge and boldness of Grace Jones, the sass and fierceness of Beyoncé and her own trademark “savage beauty,” BeBe is poised to once again take over the world. 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for Bebe and she has new music, new live shows, and number of exciting business and television ventures in the works. It seems as if everything’s coming up Bebe, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.