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Nina Flowers is the stage name of Jorge Luis Flores Sánchez,[1] a drag performer, makeup artist, DJ and one of the contestants of the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

On the reunion, Nina was crowned by fans Miss Congeniality.

Nina later competed on the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars alongside Tammie Brown, forming Team Brown Flowers.

Drag Name Origin

For her drag name, Jorge chose "Nina Flowers" because before performing and doing drag, her stage name was actually her real name (Jorge Flores) until she decided to enter her first beauty pageant. Nina won the pageant and became Miss Continental in 1999. As Jorge couldn't enter the pageant with her boy name, he decided to think up of her drag name. Jorge's favorite Rock Star was Nina Hagen, his last name means "flowers" in Spanish, so he combined Nina Hagen's first name and "Flowers" together to form his drag name.[2]

Track Record(s)

Nina Flowers
Statistics Season 1 All Stars 1
Ranking: 2nd Place
Miss Congeniality
9th/10th Place
Maxi Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 1) 0
Mini Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 6) 0
Times as Team Captain: 0 0
Times in Bottom: 0 1 (Ep. 2)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 8 Episode 2

Memorable Quotes

  • "LOCA!"
  • "I don't consider myself as a female impersonator, I like to be more androgynous. It's an extravaganza."
  • "Just plug it in, and blow... shhhhhhhhh!" (promoting a hair dryer on the third episode challenge)
  • "This is your name."
  • "Tell me about your H-I-... uh H..." (trying to ask the guests judges on the third episode about their "HIT TV SHOW". Nina struggled and was mistaken quickly for appearing to say "HIV")
  • "My favorite part of doing drag is the transformation. Nina takes over more and more and when she's done... the different persona comes out. That's really where the art is."

Trivia

  • Nina started doing drag in March 1993.[4]
  • Jorge moved to Colorado because her partner decided to move to the United States.[2]
  • Some of Nina's idols include Boy George, Annie Lennox, Pete Burns, Cyndi Lauper, Nina Hagen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Divine and RuPaul.[5][4]
  • One of Nina Flowers's passions besides drag is DJ'ing. Nina Flowers can relate to being a DJ because she believes both passions are to entertain her audiences, and she believes the music makes life beautiful.
  • Her drag mother was Alex Soto.[6]
  • Nina is the first...
    • ...maxi challenge winner in the herstory of Drag Race.
    • ...queen in history to compete on the show due to winning the fan vote. She was the winner on an online voting competition and won a spot on Season 1.[7]
    • ...queen besides RuPaul to walk down the runway.
    • ...first contestant to be critiqued in every episode until the finale.
    • ...contestant in history to have never been in the bottom two.
    • ...runner-up who never placed in the bottom two while the winner of her season did.
    • ...latinx queen to achieve a runner-up spot, and highest placing latinx contestant on the season.
    • ...Miss Congeniality to get a runner-up spot, the second being Bimini Bon-Boulash.
  • On May 29, 2009, the mayor of Denver, Colorado made May 29th "Nina Flowers Day" in order to recognize her contributions to the city's LGBT community.[8]
  • Nina Flowers was the only queen from Season 1 who never ended up lip syncing for her life until the finale.
  • She lip synced alongside Yuhua Hamasaki during the Season 10 finale.
  • Nina is one of the 7 queens to compete on more than one season, but only lip sync once, the other six being Milk, Thorgy Thor, Pandora Boxx, Ongina, Blair St. Clair and Mariah Paris Balenciaga.
  • Since 2014, Jorge no longer does drag, as "he needed new challenges in his life" and felt the need to conquer other territories, in this case, music. However, he remains in drag when performing as a DJ, as the Nina Flowers brand is recognized around the globe and took many years of preparation.[9]

Gallery

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 Looks

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 1

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 1 Looks

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Looks

Filmography

Television

Year Series Notes
Unknown Objetivo Fama
2009 RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 1) As contestant, placed 2nd
2010 RuPaul's Drag U (Season 1) Episode: "Dateless Divas"
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (Season 1) As contestant, placed 9th/10th
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Untucked (Season 1)
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10 Episode: "Grand Finale"
2020 The Circuit

Web Series

Year Series Notes
2009 Under the Hood of RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 1) As contestant

Film

Year Series Role Notes
2009 Beware the White Monster Native 2 Short
2011 Hormonal Activity Bloody Mary Video short, also Makeup Department

Music Videos

Year Song Song Artist Notes
2009 Cover Girl RuPaul feat. Bebe Zahara Benet Cameo
2012 Responsitrannity RuPaul Cameo
2014 "I Look Fuckin' Cool" Adore Delano feat. Alaska Thunderfuck Cameo

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance - Lawrence La Fontain-Stokes | Google Books
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 (PT) Who’s That Queen? Nina Flowers | Draglicious — December 20, 2020
  3. Stories Of Sexuality And Gender: Drag Superstar Nina Flowers | Liberal America — January 24, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nina Flowers – Flower Power | Hotspots! Magazine — January 20, 2011
  5. Nina Flowers Interview - Rupaul's Drag Race (Season 1) | YouTube — May 22, 2008
  6. Post by djninaflowers | Instagram — April 2, 2020
  7. RuPaul's Drag Race | RuPaulsDragRace.com | Wayback Machine
  8. Essay: Three Colorado reality TV contestants become unlikely community leaders | Colorado Public Radio — January 27, 2014
  9. ‘I was born to create and entertain’ | Los Angeles Blade — February 17, 2021

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