Why Bebe Zahara Benet Is The Best “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Winner Of All Time


With all due respect to the queens who have clutched the coveted Drag Race crown in her wake, Bebe Zahara Benet is the first, original and best winner in the show’s herstory. Season One of Drag Race introduced America to its next drag superstar and to Cameroon’s true First Lady . (Sorry ’bout it, Chantal Biya.)

Here’s why Bebe Zahara Benet is a tuck above all the other winners on RuPaul’s Drag Race.


Effortlessly mixing sass and class, The Lady Benet had her eye on the prize from Day One.



Armed with an array of catsuits and a walk that could solve world hunger, Bebe provided the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “fierce.”



Even when paired with other queens, Bebe couldn’t help but stand out and show out.



Yas, bitch, make no mistake — Bebe was all biznis.



And her runway looks set the bar high for all following Drag Race queens to limbo under.



I’m still convinced this leopard catsuit was the best thing that ever happened to television. It’s Chaka Khan meets Shaka Zulu.



And Ru just Chaka Khan’t handle it.



All the while, Bebe was offering up a face buffet. We might as well call her Bebe Sizzler Benet, because she was serving all you can eat.

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And that face landed her a campaign with L.A. Eyeworks.



While others have nestled the Drag Race tiara in their weaves, no one has made it look so royal as this African queen.



And that is why, my legendary up-and-coming children, Bebe Zahara Benet is the greatest RuPaul’s Drag Race winner that ever was.

Les Fabian Brathwaite, part of a balance breakfast.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat