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BeBe Zahara Benet was the last queen standing on the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She did it with creativity and attitude, working her curves on the runway and in front of the lens. Still, she doesn’t credit her hips with taking home the crown; she says it was her face. “Nothing beats the face,” she sings about it in her hot new single that hits streets this month. The ricocheting tribal rhythms and braggadocios dance lyrics in Bebe’s ode to beauty are sure to get the queens battling on the dance floor this season.
David Atlanta: Do people still scream “Cameroon” at you everywhere you go?
BeBe Zahara Benet: (Laughs) I am telling you, if I hear it one more time! Yes, they still do and I am just now learning to embrace it, knowing it is coming from a good place. Hey, it is putting my place of birth on the map, so thanks Ru!
DA: Being on a big show like RuPaul’s Drag Race has to have been a boost to your career. Has it hurt in any way?
BZB: I’m not sure I would say hurt, but it has its challenges. With so many entertainers coming from the show, we all naturally go for the same jobs. Luckily, there are many spaces out there that are in need of our art.
DA: How are you different from the other Drag Race girls putting out songs?
BZB: I am so happy that other drag entertainers are expressing themselves through music. I think it opens us up to a broader market. As for how different I am, I have a really good music foundation. I grew up singing in church. I do a lot of my own songwriting and compositions.
DA: What is the main message in “Face”?
BZB: When I was on Drag Race, “Face” became a tag word that resonated with a lot of my fans. What better way of celebrating “Face” than with a song? Remember “your face” is everything.
DA: How is Face different than “I’m the Shit” and “Cameroon”?
BZB: “Face” face fuses tribal, pop, dance, and electro sounds all in one song. It’s modern, fresh, fun… something for the kids.
DA: What inspires your music?
BZB: Memories from my two homes, Africa and America.
DA: If you could give one piece of advice to young Bebe after winning the first RuPaul’s Drag Race, what would it be?
BZB: Enjoy every moment because they will become the memories that inspire you.
“Face” is now available on iTunes. For more on BeBe Zahara Benet, visit bebezahara.com.