Big Freedia Brings Bounce and Boldness to 'Celebrity Squares' as a Trailblazing Voice

From pioneering New Orleans bounce to advocating gender fluidity, the iconic Big Freedia’s infectious energy and musical prowess shine in her journey from artist to educator. Here's a glimpse into the life of the star.

Big Freedia has joined “Celebrity Squares” as one of the knowledgeable, famous voices helping contestants win a cash prize. Big Freedia is No stranger to TV. We’ve seen her on “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,” “College Hill: Celebrity Edition” and on a few other shows as herself. Big Freedia has such an infectious personality that keeping her off-screen for long is hard. She’s so New Orleans and reps wherever she goes. Here are five quick facts about the Queen of New Orleans Bounce.

Big Freedia’s New Makeup Collection is About ‘Being Your Best, Bold, Beautiful Self’

She is Nonbinary
Big Freedia believes that gender is on a spectrum and that anyone can tap into any part of that spectrum. Big Freedia taps into feminine, masculine and androgyny. That is why, when it comes to pronouns, she doesn’t really have a preference. She, her, they, or them are all fine in her book. This conversation was expanded upon when Freedia appeared on “College Hill: Celebrity Edition.” She was patient with her castmates, even Stacey Dash, in explaining her stance but also educating people on what it means to be gender fluid.

Brought Bounce to the World
Big Freedia isn’t the only foundation bounce artist from New Orleans, but she is one of the biggest names from the movement. She is one of the artists who helped to bring the genre to the mainstream, and she educates people on the history of music.

Her Dancers are Legendary
Big Freedia’s mission to bring bounce to the world was to incorporate her dancers, sometimes known as the “Shake Team Divas.” They would twerk and shake up the world with their complicated ass acrobatics, which stems from a West African style of undulating known as Mapouka, something Big Freedia talks about often.

Has a Bounce Christmas Song
Bounce Christmas music isn’t a novel concept. You can find bounce Christmas mixes if you look for them. However, “Make It Jingle” is a Big Freedia bounce Christmas song, making it much more special.

She’s A Trained Musician
Big Freedia may be known for rapping and chanting repetitively but the musicality runs deep. She took piano lessons and sang in her church choir as a child, eventually becoming the assistant director.

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