Bebe Zahara Benet: "I'm the Sh*t"
(New York, NY) Bebe Zahara Benet, the winner of the first season of Logo’s reality competition “RuPaul’s Drag Race," is about to prove why she deserves the crown of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” The music video for her debut single, “I’m the Sh*t” - from her soon-to-be-released album, Cameroon - will be world premiered on Logo this week. It will also air across the network’s online platforms: LOGOonline.com, AfterElton.com, Downelink.com and NewNowNext.com.
“I am thrilled the Logo network is strongly supporting the release of my first single,” said Benet from her new home in New York City. “ 'I’m the Sh*t' is an empowering song that encourages self-worth. We are all The Sh*t in our own unique way. We only need to discover our fabulousness and release it so that everyone can appreciate it.”
The music video is being compared to RuPaul’s 1993 break-out music video, “Supermodel (You Better Work).” Similar to how RuPaul’s song parodied the model craze of the nineties, “I’m the Sh*t” lampoons the current craze of extreme make-overs.
“Of course I’m honored by the comparison,” continued Benet, “but I would never try to duplicate the legendary RuPaul. Those would be very big stilettos to fill.”
Benet – whose legal name is Nea Marshall Kudi – was raised in Cameroon and worked in France as a male runway model before moving to the United States. His alter ego is the product of an inspirational moment during a fashion show, when some of the female models failed to appear. Kudi was asked to step in as a female. Identifying the opportunity as a chance to creatively channel that inspiration, Bebe Zahara Benet was born.
RuPaul presented the “America’s Next Drag Superstar” crown to Benet on the season finale of the Logo competition show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” In addition to the crown, Benet was awarded a feature photo spread in Paper magazine; a portrait taken by renowned photographer Greg Gorman for the l.a. Eyeworks campaign; a headlining spot on the Absolut Pride Tour, and $20,000 in cash.
“Winning the race has not changed me, I’m still the same person I was before the win”; says Benet,“but I will say that I am blessed to see that my persona inspires a lot of people who find a connection with [BeBe], and as an artist, that’s huge – even money can’t buy that. As for my career, this is a stepping stone to take my artistry to the next level, and I’m thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way and those that are still to come.”
You can preview the "I'm the Sh*t" video here: