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Nina West
Host Nina West.jpg
Nina West performing in 2009
Born
Andrew Levitt

ResidenceColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materDenison University
OccupationDrag queen
Websiteninawest.com

Nina West is the stage name of Andrew Levitt,[1] an American drag queen, based in Columbus, Ohio.[2] She rose to national prominence with her appearance on the eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Education[edit]

Levitt was raised in Greentown, Ohio. He graduated from Denison University[1] with a degree in theatre.[3] He planned to pursue acting, until the September 11 attacks.[4]

Career[edit]

Nina West performing in her annual Halloween show, Axis Nightclub, 2018

West began dabbling in drag in 2001.[1] Her drag mother is Virginia West.[5] She hosts the annual "Heels of Horror" show at Axis Nightclub,[6] and has also hosted the competition "So You Think You Can Drag?"[7] In 2008, she won the Entertainer of the Year award;[8] her ensemble later inspired the singer Sia's outfit at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[9] West was included in Columbus Business First's "40 Under 40" list in 2018.[10][11]

West is currently competing in the eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[12] She won the third episode for her performance in the 'Diva Worship' challenge, and impersonated Sarah Sanders on the fourth episode, "Trump: The Rusical".[13] She then won the "Dragracadabra" challenge in episode ten.[14]

Levitt worked as a social media strategist for Axis Nightclub as of 2018 and has done social media and marketing for Union Cafe since 2013.[1][15]

Personal life and philanthropy[edit]

Levitt lives in Columbus, Ohio.[1] He is gay and an advocate and fundraiser for the LGBTQIA community. His focuses have included HIV/AIDS testing and safe sex, marriage equality, and trans rights. The Nina West Fund, established at the Columbus Foundation c. 2015,[16] is thought to be the only "drag-queen-supported fund of its kind" in the U.S.[1] The fund has raised more than $2 million,[16][17] supporting charities such as the ACLU of Ohio (fundamental rights), Dress for Success Columbus (career development for women), Equitas Health (focused on HIV/AIDS treatment),[18] and Kaleidoscope Youth Center (the largest LGBTQIA youth center in Ohio).[19]

In 2017, he received the Create Columbus Commission Visionary Award from the Columbus City Council and an equality award from the Human Rights Campaign Columbus chapter.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Wagner, Mike (January 28, 2018). "Gay-rights advocate Nina West has long used drag-queen act to raise money for charities". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on October 22, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. Seman, Gary Jr. "Everyday heroes: Drag queen gives to LGBT charities so others don't have to feel alone". The Columbus Dispatch. Ohio. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  3. "Generosity Embraces Belonging: The Nina West Fund". Columbus Foundation. 2018.
  4. Clark, Joe (2017-06-15). "The positive impact of becoming Nina West". WCMH. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  5. "How Nina West Channeled Her Republican Childhood into Queer Activism". www.out.com. 2019-04-30. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  6. Soroka, Breanna. "Review: Heels of Horror combines pop culture, Halloween". The Lantern. Archived from the original on 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  7. "Photos: Weekends events for Columbus and central Ohio, September 21–23". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  8. Thurston, Susan (17 July 2009). "Will This Lady Be a Champ?". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 4 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. Avery 4/22/2016, Dan. "How A Drag Queen Inspired Sia's Unbelievable Coachella Costume Reveal | NewNowNext". Newnownext.com. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  10. "CBF Morning Run: Reliving a splendid night at the casino, getting to know 40 Under 40, saying LoveSac and regretting it, mixing beer and ice cream, not climbing Everest and chewing on a midnight stout (Video)". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  11. "What to expect at HighBall this weekend, and Nina West on why you should go (photos)". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  12. "Miss Vanjie rejoins RuPaul's Drag Race: See the full season 11 cast". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2019-01-25. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  13. "RPDR S11E4: Nina West Shares Her Story Of Growing Up As A Republican While Growing Up As Gay". Z6mag. 2019-03-23. Archived from the original on 2019-03-25. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  14. www.vulture.com https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/rupauls-drag-race-recap-season-11-episode-10-dragracadabra.html. Retrieved 2019-05-07. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. Mantey, Jackie (2013-07-31). "People to Watch: Activist/Ambassador/Entertainer: Andrew Levitt". Columbus Alive. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "The Philanthropy of Nina West". ColumbusUnderground.com. 2017-10-10. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  17. "Is this the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race season 11?". Gay Times. 2018-10-24. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  18. "Columbus Foundation". ColumbusFoundation.org. 2018.
  19. "ABOUT - Kaleidoscope Youth Center". Kaleidoscope Youth Center of Ohio. 2019.
  20. Clark, Joe (2017-06-15). "The positive impact of becoming Nina West". WCMH. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2018-12-15.

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