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Nina Bo'nina Brown

Nina Bo'nina Brown
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Pierre Leverne Dease

(1982-07-12) July 12, 1982 (age 37)
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia
OccupationDrag queen
YouTube information
Years active2006–present
GenreComedy, Makeup artist, Drag queen
(April 2019)
Total views7.9+ million
(April 2019)

Nina Bo'nina Brown is the stage name of Pierre Leverne Dease,[1] an American drag performer and YouTube / reality television personality. He is best known for ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. New York magazine named Brown one of the top 100 Most Powerful Drag Queens in America in June 2019.[2]

Early life

Dease was born on July 12, 1982 in Columbia, South Carolina.[3] Her drag name originally was "Beatta Bitchass" until he changed it to Nina Bo'nina Brown.[4] She auditioned for RuPaul's Drag Race ever since season five.[5] She was the makeup artist for some of Phi Phi O'Hara's looks for her "365 Days of Drag" project.[6]


Brown was announced as one of fourteen contestants competing on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 2, 2017.[7] She was the winner of the premiere episode challenge with Lady Gaga as the guest judge.[8] In episode four, she voiced her thoughts on not being cast as model Blac Chyna for the musical challenge. She named her 2018 tour "I Shoulda Been Blac Chyna", after this moment.[9] Drag Race alumni Alaska also referenced this moment in a line of her song "Valentina".[10] She placed in the bottom two three times, eliminating Aja and Valentina, before being eliminated herself on the makeover episode, after losing a lip sync of "Cool for the Summer" by Demi Lovato against Shea Couleé.[11]

In June 2018, she was sponsored by MAC Cosmetics to review and promote the 2018 Aaliyah collection.[12][13] She dressed as a humanoid zebra in the July 2018 issue of Paper, modeling for Gypsy Sport's Fall 2018 campaign.[14] She modeled again for Gypsy Sport's Spring 2019 campaign.[15]

Brown received notoriety from her self-published YouTube videos reviewing currently airing episodes of Drag Race. Brown began reviewing from Episode 1, fourth all star season on December 27, 2018.[16] Continuing the web series Rawview for a second season, Brown reviewed weekly episodes of season eleven beginning March 2, 2019.[17] She appeared with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo for four episodes of the WOWPresents internet series "Fashion Photo RuView" between November 2018, and January 2019, filling in for Raja and Raven.[18][19]

Personal life

Dease is openly gay.[20] He has struggled with depression and anxiety since moving to Atlanta, Georgia before the show.[21][22]

In RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, Dease has stated that the time he auditioned for Season 9 was the last time he was going to audition, since his auditions for previous seasons of Drag Race. have been rejected. According to Dease, this was a major part of his depression and anxiety. [23]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant (sixth place)
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Drag Queen Carpool Herself Guest, hosted by RuPaul [24]
Drag Makeup Tutorial Guest [25]
Whatcha Packin' Guest [26]
Queen To Queen Guest, with Aja [27]
2018 Fashion Photo RuView Guest Co-Host [28]
2019 Rawview Host [29]
How To Makeup Guest [30]
Reading Queens Guest [31]


  1. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 9 episode 1: Lady Gaga, the Queens and spoilers". International Business Times AU. 2017-03-09. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  2. ^ The Editors (June 10, 2019). "The Most Powerful Drag Queens in America: Ranking the new establishment". New York. New York Media, LLC. Archived from the original on June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "July 12th: It's YOUR Birthday, Bitch!". The WOW Report. 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  4. ^ Rindfuss, Bryan. "Chameleonic Queen Nina Bo'Nina Brown Brings Her Wild Drag Stylings to Heat". San Antonio Current. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  5. ^ Nina Bo'nina Brown (2012-05-07), Rupaul's drag race season 5 audition, retrieved 2018-08-03
  6. ^ "The Many Faces of Nina Bo'Nina Brown". Instinct. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  7. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Cast |". Logo TV. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  8. ^ Cook, Michael. "RuPaul's Drag Race, Exit Interview: Nina Bo'nina Brown". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  9. ^ "Nina Bonina Brown". Shady Ladies Events. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  10. ^ "Alaska Skewers The Year's Biggest "Drag Race" Scandal With "Valentina" Music Video". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  11. ^ Sava, Oliver. "The Drag Race crew jumps in front of the camera for the makeover challenge". TV Club. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  12. ^ "@nina_bonina_brown on Instagram: "I'm so excited about @maccosmetics @maccosmeticsuk for listening to the people and making the Aaliyah collection possible !! I hope u guys…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  13. ^ Nina Bo'nina Brown (2018-06-12), Aaliyah Mac Collection Review/Tutorial, retrieved 2018-08-03
  14. ^ "Nina Bo'Nina Brown Serves Zebra Realness in Gypsy Sport's New Campaign". PAPER. 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  15. ^ "Healing". PAPER. 2018-09-12. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  16. ^ "NINA'S RPDR ALLSTARS 4 EPISODE 2 REVIEW". 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  17. ^ "NINA'S RPDR SEASON 11 RAWVIEW PREMIER". 2019-03-02. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  18. ^ WOWPresents (2018-11-03), FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW: Dancing Queen with Miss Vanjie and Nina Bo'nina Brown!, retrieved 2018-11-03
  19. ^ WOWPresents (2018-11-17), FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW: Vanessa Vanjie and Nina Bo'nina Brown!, retrieved 2018-11-22
  20. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' moves to VH1 featuring Riverdale's Nina Bo'Nina Brown". ajc. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  21. ^ Nina Bo'nina Brown (2018-02-03), Depression and anxiety, retrieved 2018-08-03
  22. ^ Qween, Hey (2017-05-30). "Nina Bo'Nina Brown On Her Struggle With Loving Herself". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  23. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, S9:E1 "Oh My Gaga!"".
  24. ^ Drag Queen Carpool: Nina Bo'Nina Brown | RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 | Now on VH1!. YouTube. March 28, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  25. ^ Drag Makeup Tutorial: Nina's Black & White 3D Glamour | RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 | Now on VH1. YouTube. May 30, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  26. ^ Whatcha Packin’ w/ Michelle Visage & Nina Bo'Nina Brown | RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 9 Episode 10). YouTube. May 29, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  27. ^ Queen To Queen: Aja & Nina Bo'Nina Brown | RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 | Now on VH1. YouTube. June 16, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  28. ^ FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW: Dancing Queen with Miss Vanjie and Nina Bo'nina Brown!. YouTube. November 3, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  29. ^ NINA'S RPDR SEASON 11 RAWVIEW EP 1. YouTube. March 2, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  30. ^ Nina Bonina Brown's Painted Chill Grill: HOW TO MAKEUP. YouTube. February 26, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  31. ^ Nina Bo'nina Brown: Reading Queens with Char Margolis. WOWPresents. October 9, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2019.