BeBe Zahara Benet Is Quite A Creature

Categories: Drag Queens

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Last night at xl, BeBe Zahara Benet--the very first winner of RuPaul's Drag Race--proved she truly earned her crown.

The Cameroon-born drag star put on her elaborately entertaining Beto Sutter-produced show called Creature, which mixes bits of Grace Jones, Kevin Aviance, Julie Taymor, Leigh Bowery, and Josephine Baker for a shimmering ode to uniqueness.

Against pulsing visuals of African tribespeople and pouncing wildlife, BeBe emerged in a shaman (or maybe sha-woman) costume as six hot male Alvin Ailey types danced around in grass skirts and two singing divas in tight black sequins belted the backups.

It was quite a spectacle--a far cry from the usual drag shtick of aping Britney and Whitney--and she carried it through with hypnotic dance music, droll banter, and astounding costume changes (from a rainbow skirt with a glittery top and a head protrusion to a shiny gold S&M outfit complete with eye goggles and spiked helmet).

"I look like your mother," she told one tourist in the crowd, "but I'm built like your father."

Well, my father was built like my mother, but even he wasn't as uniquely arresting as BeBe Zahara Benet.

She's doing the show there again next Thursday. Do you dare?

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Photo: Next magazine


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Movielover
Movielover

She is a good queen and I'm sure Ru is proud.  There were a couple of other very good queens on the show that season too.  Too bad the Drag Race season is over, thank the lordy True Blood is coming on soon.  Most tv is so terrible!

Vivi
Vivi

Don't like the use of the sword "aping"? You're an idiot. Aping means imitating. It refers to the drag queens how ape Britney, Whitney etc.

And what is an Alvin Ailey type dancer? You need to go out more.

Vivi
Vivi

"drag queens who ape..." 

Vivi
Vivi

I had too many typos so I had my comment removed.

Anyway, "aping" means imitating. He was referring to all drag queens who imitate Britney, Whitney etc. For you to read racism into it is rather insane.

And you don't know what an Alvin Ailey type dancer is? You need to go out more.

latenitebump
latenitebump

don't like the use of the word aping to describe! and what is exactly an alvin ailey type dancer?other than that bebe is fierce!

Dmbj03
Dmbj03

BeBe is the BEST!!!! I saw the show. And it was everything!!!!!!

Mpbeat
Mpbeat

I saw this show last month when it first opened and I was blown away. The pagentry and majesty that is Bebe were in full force. And then some.

VonD
VonD

The best review I've read in a while, Michael Musto, and yes, chile, I dare!

Angora
Angora

Thank you bebe for not doing the same old drag queen shtick!

Roids
Roids

You describe things so well. This sounds spectacular.

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