Drag queen Nina West (stage name of singer/actor Andrew Levitt) may have placed sixth in Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2022, she was number one. West, who won the title of “Miss Congeniality” on “Drag Race,” came to SDCC to host a panel about her upcoming children’s book, The You Kind of Kind, which is illustrated by Hayden Evans. West is one of the first drag queens to have their own SDCC panel, and she was excited to be there.
West’s book is a bright light in a time where LGBTQIA+ folks are facing increased discrimination and anxiety. Her sunny disposition and focus on treating others with respect, as well as showing children it’s okay to be themselves, is refreshing.
The Nerd Element spoke to West about her book, her time at SDCC, how we all could be kinder to each other, and her hopes for what The You Kind of Kind could mean to the children and all who read it.
Nina West’s The You Kind of Kind may be pre-ordered at www.ninawest.com