Columbus native Nina West is a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Eleven. Axis Nightclub is her home bar.
Nina not only serves as hostess alongside her drag mother Virginia West, but the two also work together to produce production shows throughout the year like the Heels of Horror Halloween show and Nina and Virginia’s Christmas Special. During these productions, West holds fundraisers for The Nina West Fund, which supports local LGBTQ+ organizations. To date, Nina has helped to raise more than $2 million over the past 17 years.
Both as a person and a performer, I’m really campy and really colorful and really larger than life. My background is in theater and acting. I really love the ability to kind of grab onto a character within lipsync performances. It’s just really adapting and adjusting to a character. But I’m also a really compassionate, empathetic person and I’m highly emotional and so that comes out in my drag too.Nina West