Kimora Blac is the stage name of Von Nguyen,[1] an American drag queen and television personality, best known for competing on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Kimora Blac
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Born
Von Nguyen

(1988-12-15) December 15, 1988 (age 33)
NationalityAmerican
EducationFranklin High School
Occupation
Years active2003–present
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race
SpousesRico "Anthony" Sandoval
Websitekimorasupply.com

Early lifeEdit

Von Nguyen was born on December 15, 1988, in Wichita, Kansas.[2] She is of Vietnamese heritage. Von Nguyen grew up in Elk Grove, California, then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she resided when she was cast to appear on RuPaul's Drag Race. Her drag name comes from Kimora Lee Simmons and her favorite color black, with the "k" removed because "it added a twist".[3]

CareerEdit

RuPaul's Drag RaceEdit

 
Kimora Blac in 2017

She first did amateur drag when she was fifteen with Dragula contestant Melissa Befierce.[4] She started doing professional drag when she was eighteen.[5] She auditioned for Drag Race three different times.[6]

Kimora Blac was announced as one of fourteen contestants for the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 2, 2017.[7] After being declared safe in episode one, she was placed in the bottom two in the second episode with Jaymes Mansfield and won a lip sync against her to "Love Shack" by The B-52's.[8] She was eliminated in the third episode after lip syncing to "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, against Aja.[9]

She appeared as a guest for the first challenge in the premiere of season eleven of Drag Race.[10]

Other workEdit

 
Kimora Blac in 2018

In September 2017, Blac recreated the September 2014 cover of Paper magazine with Kim Kardashian, which was given positive reception by Kardashian on Twitter.[11]

Blac became the host for the WOWPresents internet series, "Wait, What?" where she's asked trivia questions with alternating categories.[12] Her co-hosts for the show included Mariah, Derrick Barry, Gia Gunn, Laganja Estranja, Ongina, Jaidynn Diore-Fierce and Jasmine Masters. The first episode was available on YouTube on October 8, 2018.[13]

She appeared as a guest for two episodes of The Trixie & Katya Show in March 2018.[14][15] She appeared in an episode of the television series Botched with Trinity the Tuck in December 2018.[16] Blac joined Eve in her lip sync performance of Supermodel by RuPaul during her appearance on The Talk.[17]

She was a featured performer during Jennifer Lopez's performance at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards.[18]

She has a beauty and makeup channel on YouTube.

Personal lifeEdit

Nguyen cites Erika Jayne and Paris Hilton along with Simmons and Kardashian as inspirations to her drag aesthetic.[19][20]

Kimora's drag daughter is Amaya Blac.[21][22]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2021 The Bitch Who Stole Christmas[23] Townsfolk #1

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017, 2019 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant: Season 9 - 13th Place, Guest: Season 11 (Episode "Whatcha Unpackin?")
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race
2018 The Trixie & Katya Show Herself Season 1 (Episodes "Money" and "Family")
2018 Botched Herself Season 5 (Episode "Muscles, Tucks and Forehead Flaps")
2019 The Talk Herself Guest

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2018, 2019 The Pit Stop Herself Guest (Episodes "Season 10 Episode 10" and "Season 11 Episode 4")
2018–present Wait, What? Co-Host
2018 Out of the Closet Guest, Episode 5
2019 Iconic Guest, Episode 4 [24]
2019 ASMR Queens Guest, Episode 2
2019 Try Guys Episode: "The Try Guys Lip Sync Battle Drag Queens"
2019 Cosmo Queens Episode: "Kimora Blac" [25]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
2017 "Too Funky" Peppermint featuring Ari Gold
2017 "Expensive (Deluxe Version)" Todrick Hall
2020 "Ass Like Mine"[26] Morgan McMichaels

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 9 episode 1: Lady Gaga, the Queens and spoilers". International Business Times AU. 2017-03-09. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  2. ^ "KIMORA BLAC on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  3. ^ "Vegas Drag Queen Kimora Blac Dishes on Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race - Vegas Seven". Vegas Seven. 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  4. ^ Nichols, James Michael (2017-04-08). "Last Words: Kimora Blac Reflects On Her Time On 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  5. ^ ""RuPaul's Drag Race" contestants and producers open up about the shows impact on the LGBTQ community". Daily Titan. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  6. ^ "The Kim K. of 'Drag Race,' Kimora Blac, opens up about what the cameras didn't show". Screener. 2017-04-08. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  7. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Cast | logotv.com". Logo TV. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  8. ^ Nichols, James Michael (2017-04-02). "Last Words: Jaymes Mansfield Reflects On Her Time On 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  9. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' has the first great lip sync for your life of the season". Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  10. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' 11 episode 1 recap: Which queen was sent packing on 'Whatcha Unpackin'? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]". Goldderby. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  11. ^ "Kim Kardashian Loves Kimora Blac As Much As We Do". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  12. ^ "Wait, What?". WOW Presents Plus. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  13. ^ WOWPresents (2018-10-08), WAIT, WHAT? Astronomy with Kimora Blac and Mariah Balenciaga, retrieved 2018-10-18
  14. ^ "The Most Depraved Things People Would Do for $1 Million". Broadly. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  15. ^ "Family". Viceland. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  16. ^ "Watch the Botched Docs Call Out a RuPaul's Drag Race Star's Face: "My Cheekbones Are So Real!"". Eonline. 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  17. ^ Rudolph, Christopher. "Eve Recreates RuPaul's "Supermodel" Music Video in "The Talk" Lip Sync War". NewNowNext.
  18. ^ Ermac, Raffy (March 23, 2022). "Drag Race Queens Paid Tribute To Jennifer Lopez At Her iHeartRadio Music Awards Performance". Out.com. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  19. ^ Jung, E. Alex. "RuPaul's Drag Race's Kimora Blac: 'I Should've Been the Villain'". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  20. ^ "Vegas Drag Queen Kimora Blac Dishes on Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race - Vegas Seven". Vegas Seven. 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  21. ^ Kimora Blac (2018-10-05), FIRST TIME Giving my Drag Daughter the Kimora Blac look, retrieved 2018-10-18
  22. ^ "Kimora Blac on Instagram: "MY FIRST DRAG DAUGHTER! 💋 Y'all imma mom now. That's right. So proud of her journey ... and she's a hot man too! Whaaaat! She's holding…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  23. ^ Joey Nolfi (October 29, 2021). "RuPaul's new Christmas movie unites the largest Drag Race cast in history". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 29, 2021. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  24. ^ "The Week In Drag – New Music From Blair St. Clair And Tatianna, Fashion From Kimora Blac, Violet Chachki And Naomi Smalls And More!". Socialitelife.com. 2019-07-13. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  25. ^ Uy, Megan (November 24, 2019). "Kimora Blac's Bronzed Face Beat Will Keep You Warm This Winter". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  26. ^ Fitzgerald, Christina (March 1, 2020). "The Week In Drag – RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 Is Here! Plus Queerty Winners, Trixie Mattel And Scarlet Envy In The Hot Seat And Sasha Velour Shows Off Their Artistic Side". Socialitelife.com. Retrieved March 2, 2020.

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