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Nina West is an American drag queen, performer, comedian, the 2008 national holder of the "Entertainer of the Year" title, as well as one of the Season 11 contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race finishing in 6th place and being voted Miss Congeniality.

Nina would later return to compete on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.

Prior to Drag Race[]

Since starting her career in the theatre program at Denison University back in 1999, Nina West has been performing for over 20 years. She has been in over 35 main stage productions and currently writes and produces her own show. West auditioned for "RuPaul's Drag Race" nine times before she made it on Season 11. Besides drag, West started the Nina West Foundation and has raised more than $2 million dollars for organizations benefiting the LGBTQ youth and families. West is an advocate and leader for the LGBTQ community in Ohio.

Name Origin[]

"Nina" comes from the singer Nina Simone, while "West" comes from the fact that she's part of the "Haus of West".

Track Record(s)[]

Statistics USA Season 11 USA All Stars
Season 9
Ranking: 6th Place
(Miss Congeniality)
Maxi Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 3, 10) 2 (Eps. 3, 7)
Mini Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 3, 7) 2 (Eps. 7, 8)
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 3) TBA
Times in Bottom: 1 (Ep. 11) N/A
Episode Eliminated: Episode 11 TBA

Entrance Quotes[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11[]

  • "Welcome to Season 11. It looks like things just got... elevengendary."

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 9[]

  • "Welcome to All Stars 9. It looks like things just got... nineconic." (entrance quote)

Memorable Quotes[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11[]

  • "21? I’m still gagged by that." (referring to Plastique Tiara's age)
  • "More like a Buick." (referring to Mercedes Iman Diamond)
  • "It's a maternity test, she's my mom."
  • (crying) "I would like to see my mom!"
  • "Welcome to the Gimme More hour-of-power prayer circle."
  • "Testify sister!"
  • "Hooh, that's filthy."
  • "Now we know some of you are just now getting back from Work Bitch."
  • "Thank you Miss Vanjie! I just thanked myself!" (impersonating Vanessa Vanjie Mateo)
  • "It doesn't look like she needs to eat but..." (referring to Raven)
  • "Why are we yelling?" (during Untucked)
  • "Now I need to set things straight, I'm not Harvey Weinstein. The only thing I've assaulted is a cheese plate." (as Harvey Fierstein in Snatch Game)
  • "OOOAAAHHHH ♪♪" (as Joann Waley in Snatch Game)
  • "Now I want you to know - my answer is coming from ALOT of experience from working with DICKS. Dick Martin! Dick Martin- DICK NICKSON! Dick Nickson! You know, I've worked with so many dicks though I think Paul Lynde really outdid me." (as Joann Waley in Snatch Game)
  • "MAGIC!"
  • "I can feel the wind go up my ass, which is amazing, I haven't felt that in weeks."
  • "She's getting ready for a busy day of, sitting."
  • "Meh." (after winning Miss Congeniality)
  • "It is our responsibility to create the world that we wanna live in."
  • "Be kind."
  • "Go West!"

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 1[]

  • "Everybody say old! EVERYBODY SAY OLD!" (to RuPaul in the RuPaul Roast)

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 9[]

  • "Welcome to All Stars 9, it looks like things just got...nineconic" (Entrance quote)


  • Nina West has been doing drag since 2001.[citation needed]
  • Nina is a national holder of the 2008 "National Entertainer of the Year" title. She won the title after her moving dress performance, which was later copied by Sia at the 2016 Coachella Festival (she gave Nina credit for the dress).[3]
  • Before being cast for Season 11, she auditioned nine different times.
  • She is the second oldest contestant on Season 11, after Shuga Cain.
  • She is the third ever contestant to have the name "Nina", following Nina Flowers and Nina Bo'nina Brown.
  • Her favourite past-contestant is "All Stars 3" winner Trixie Mattel.[citation needed]
  • She was paired with Raven for Episode 1's mini-challenge, a photoshoot.
  • She appeared in Kahanna Montrese's music video for "Scores".
  • She is the second queen to do two characters in Snatch Game, after Bob The Drag Queen. She was later followed by Widow Von'Du.
  • Nina's Season 3 audition tape was shown on the casting extravaganza, along with Alaska, Katya, Thorgy Thor and other future contestants.
  • Nina is the third Miss Congeniality to be eliminated in the Makeover Challenge, after Pandora Boxx and Monét X Change.
  • Nina is the first queen to have a direction in her name.
  • Nina is tied for the second-longest run before her first time in the bottom 2, competing in 11 episodes.
  • Nina starred as Edna Turnblad in the US National Tour of ''Hairspray''.[4]
  • Nina only had 3 pairs of shoes with her on Season 11.[5]
  • On May 15, 2024, Nina was given an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design.[6]
  • On both seasons she appeared on, Nina won her first challenge on Episode 3.


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11 Looks[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 Looks[]

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 1[]

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 1 Looks[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Looks[]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 9[]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 9 Looks[]

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