Who is Nicole Paige Brooks?
Brian Cristopher Pryor was born on 8 July 1972, in Marietta, Georgia, USA, and is a reality television personality, best known from gaining fame as Nicole Paige Brooks through the reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. He achieved popularity despite only being in the show for a short period of time during its second season.
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The Net Worth of Nicole Paige Brooks
How rich is Nicole Paige Brooks? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned largely through success on reality television. His fame has helped him gain numerous opportunities, and as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Drag Beginnings
Very little is known about Nicole Paige’s life before his rise to fame, but sometime during his youth his family moved to Germany with the US military, where he resided until he was 16 years old. Afterwards, they moved back to the US and resided in Oklahoma City, before again moving, to Memphis, Tennessee, before finally settling in Atlanta, Georgia.
He grew up with two siblings, a sister and a brother. According to him, he only started doing drag as the result of a dare during Halloween, but then realized that he had the potential for the craft, and began performing at clubs – most of his makeup was done by his roommate Micah. According to him, Nicole is the name of a girl he liked during high school and Paige comes from the pin-up model Bettie Page. The Brooks was later added as he went under the tutelage of drag mother Shawnna Brooks, when he became a part of the group called House of Brooks, which later took in 10 drag daughters.
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Eventually, Brooks popularity grew when he became a part of the reality competition show entitled “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. The show is produced by World of Wonder, and documents RuPaul as he searches for the next drag superstar of America; RuPaul is the host, mentor, and head judge of the series. Each week, contestants are given challenges on which they are rated by a panel of judges including Carson Kressley, Ross Matthews, and Michelle Visage, with guest judges too. The title of the show is a play on drag queen and drag racing.
The show has run for over 11 seasons, and has become popular, and is the highest rated television program on Logo TV, inspiring the creation of several spin-off shows. It also airs in other countries, such as the UK, the Netherlands, Israel, and Australia. The show gained three consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Host for a Reality Program from 2016 to 2018. They have also been nominated and rewarded for others, including a GLAAD Media Award, and a Critics’ Choice Television Award. The prize during the second season Nicole Paige entered was $25,000, a lifetime supply of cosmetics, top billing in a drag tour, along with many other benefits.
Competition and Aftermath
Nicole Paige entered during the time when the number of contestants was increased from nine to twelve. He made an impact during the start of the show, but was unable to make it through, being eliminated during the second episode of the season. The challenge during that episode was to try and earn money in the streets in full drag during the day time, selling cherry pie gift certificates. He was the one who gave the weakest performance during the episode, and ended in the bottom two with eventual runner-up Raven – he then lost and was sent home, becoming the first contestant to achieve 11th place.
He later appeared in the reunion episode of the show, and then in an episode of “Fashion Photo RuView”, in which he filled in for his friend Raven; he is also close friends with Violet Chachki who would win the seventh season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. His online popularity significantly increased after the show, and he appeared in several YouTube shows for interviews done regarding his life as a drag queen.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Brooks married a man named Jonathan, and has a biological son whom he referred to after he was eliminated from the show. He did not mention who the mother of the child is, nor has he revealed much information about the child. While he did not win the competition, the fame he got from the show was enough to help skyrocket his career as a drag queen, as he was soon offered contracts to perform in several locations.
— Nicole Paige Brooks (@nicolepbrooks) June 25, 2019
Similar to numerous drag queens and social media personalities, he is highly active online through accounts on social media. He has an account on Instagram which has over 27,000 followers, and mainly posts of personal photos. He uses the platform to promote his events while also posting photos of himself alongside other drag queens. He has a Twitter account too, which has over 26,000 followers, also used to promote his work, including an appearance in the event Ru Paul’s Drag Con which will be held in New York City in 2019. He also has a Facebook page which promotes the latest news, and advocacies concerning his identity.