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Black Women In Horror History: Monique 'Gata' Dupree

Mother of ten and horror's first Black scream queen, I have admired Monique Dupree (@Thaoriginalgata) from afar for quite some time. Dynamic women are awe inspiring to me. So much so, I tend to get really, really shy around them. Monique is a testament to hard work, resilience, and discipline. Her honesty and presence is something to aspire to.

In addition to her work in genre film, Monique is an alternative/fetish model, a front woman in a band, Negro Childe, entrepreneur with an online clothing store Liz Boutique, a very active professional wrestling enthusiast, has collaborated on a comic book Cat O' Nine Tails, and participates in charity and social outreach.

But her presence in the horror genre should not be undermined or overlooked; Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned (2008), The Lovecraft Chronicles: Dumas (2010), Bikini Bloodbath Christmas (2009), Satan Hates You (2010), Post Mortem, America 2021 (2013), Plan 9 (2014)

These handful of roles don't even scratch the surface of her extensive film resume. Monique continues her grind with more appearances in upcoming titles such as Sex, Blood, and Fairy Tales, Blood Curse, Scream Queen Campfire, and Urban Legends to Die For which she also has additional credit for directing along with Shadowhunters: Devilspeak.
 
Monique is truly an amazingly versatile individual with multiple talents, styles, interests and should be honored as a working actress in genre film unlike what we're consistently fed.

I encourage everyone to send Monique some love during Women in Horror Month and beyond as well as find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and visit her site to learn more!

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